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Special Events Ordinance

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 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

Save the Dates: Write the Rules Summer Series

ACE wants your input as it develops the special events ordinance administrative rules.  Join us for public meetings in June, July, August, and September to share your ideas and feedback on the proposed rules.

Next Meeting

August 14

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

New Central Library

Special Event Center

710 W. Cesar Chavez

Austin Center for Events Write the Rules Public Meeting Summer Series

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

Learn More

Administrative Rules Community Engagement

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

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