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Special Events Ordinance

Special Events Ordinance and Administrative Rules Development

City Council adopted the special events ordinance on May 10, 2018. 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. 

  • To read the adopted ordinance click here
  • Click here to read a recap of  community feedback, shared with the Austin Center for Events and City Council, that shaped the development of the special events ordinance.

What's New

Write the Rules Summer Series

Thank you for participating in the draft SEO rules community engagement meeting series this summer.   The feedback you shared Austin Center for Events staff is an extremely important part of the  special events ordinance administrative rules development process. ACE staff anticipates the adminstrative rules will be posted for public comment in early November.

Have questions about the Special Events Ordinance or the rules development process? Email us at: specialevents@austintexas.gov

Learn More

Administrative Rules Community Engagement

9/6/18 Meeting Information

View: Meeting Presentation

Read: 9/6 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

9/4/18 Meeting Information

View: Meeting Presentation

8/21 Meeting Informtion

Read:Temporary Change of Use & Venue Occupancy Load Follow-Up Meeting Notes

View: Meeting Presentation


8/14 Meeting Informtion

Read: Public Safety Plan Requirements APD

View: Meeting Presentation


8/14 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

8/7 Meeting Information

Read: Waste Reduction-Diversion Plan, Emissions Management Plan  

View: Meeting Opening Presentation


Rules Overview Powerpoint Presentation- Resource Recovery, Sustainability, Transportation,  Public Health- Food & Beverage Permitting

8/7 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/17 Meeting Information

Draft Rules: Public Safety Requirements AFD, ATCEMS

View: Meeting Presentation

7/17 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/10 Meeting Information


Draft Rules: Permitting-Temporary Structures, Tents, Temporary Change of Use, Temporary Use, Occupant Load changes for permanent assembly venues

7/10 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

View: Meeting Presentation



6/26 Meeting Information

Read: Draft Rules Application Requirements

6/26 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

View: Meeting Presentation


6/19 Kick-Off Meeting Information

Read: Feedback Summary

View: Meeting Presentation