The City has reached the maximum number of permitted events for March 7-16
The City of Austin has reached the maximum number of permitted events that can be held March 7-16, 2014.
The City of Austin will no longer accept Temporary Use Permits, Temporary Event Sound Permits, Temporary Change of Use Permits and Occupant Loads for Austin events planned during this time, including events associated with the SXSW Festival.
The decision was made by the Austin Center for Events (ACE) a collaborative office comprised of teams from Austin Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Transportation departments, along with the Music & Entertainment Division.
“We believe suspending permit applications is a pro-active measure key to ensuring that adequate resources are available to thoroughly inspect and effectively manage events during the SXSW 2014 time period,” said Austin Police Department Commander William Manno, an ACE partner.
The ACE team based its decision on the volume of applications submitted to date, which has already surpassed the total number of events for SXSW 2013.*
“In the downtown area alone, we have 190 Bars and Clubs that are expected to be at capacity, and we’re adding 148 temporary events on top of those, which will also require inspection and monitoring,” said Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief David Brietzke, an ACE partner. A majority of the temporary events won’t be set up and ready for inspection until the day before or day of the event.
*SXSW 2014 submitted permits by the numbers TUP’s 107 TCOU’s 71 Music 106
*SXSW 2013 approved permits by the number TUP’s 98 TCOU’s 45 Music 97
ACE introduced a comprehensive application in early January to ensure temporary events meet internationally-adopted safety standards.