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Special Events Ordinance and Administrative Rules Development
On May 24, 2012, Austin City Council passed Council Resolution 20120524-089, directing the City Manager to create a special events team and identify any budgetary, ordinance, or staffing changes necessary to implement the creation of a streamlined special event permitting process.
City Council adopted the draft special events ordinance on May 10, 2018 with amendments. Austin Center for Events (ACE) will process event applications under the new ordinance starting April 1, 2019. A community panel will evaluate the effectiveness of the ordinance for one year.