Austin Fire Department (AFD) Special Events contact: AFDSpecialEvents@austintexas.gov.
“Our Mission Goes Beyond Our Name” is the cornerstone of AFD. The Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to protecting lives, promoting public safety and assisting all parties involved to provide a level of service that will insure a safe and successful event.
AFD reviews all special events, assessing the fire safety needs and dictates the occupancy load for all enclosed venues. Working as a team member of Public Assembly Code Enforcement (P.A.C.E.), with representatives from City and State departments and commissions, AFD plays an intricate role in evaluating fire safety and enforcing all 2012 International Fire Code regulations. Regulated items include, but are not limited to the following: fire lanes and public safety access, tents and temporary membrane structures, fireworks, pyrotechnics, open flames, theatrical flame or laser performances, occupant loads, exiting, egress, use of decorative materials and finishes, use, location, storage or propane or other fuel type equipment and crowd management.
AFD event requirements issued prior to and on-site must be adhered to. Inspectors may interpret the International Fire Code and require additional public safety actions be taken prior to issuing any AFD permits and/or load card(s). Inspectors may assign public safety requirements at their discretion.
All events are subject to a site plan approval and a fire inspection.