Payment Types Accepted: Anytime: Online (PDF), Cash, or Money Order.
More than 14 days from the event date: Check
Payment Deadlines: If you book a site or facility today (for example), payment in full is due within 14 days. Payments for additional permits are due at the time they are requested, and BEFORE a permit will be released.
USE FOR: PARK ONLY events. For example, an public event, fundraiser with food and non-alcoholic beverages. May NOT include alcohol sales, structures, or tent permits.
USE FOR: Curfew extensions, an event at a typically non-bookable park, or public events with food vending/merchandising May NOT include alcohol sales, structures, or tent permits.
NOTICE: Special requests require review and processing time in addition to the 14 day cut off booking period for typical picnic or facility rentals. A lead request time of 4-6 months is strongly suggested.
Consult with a PARD event planner PRIOR to applying. Many parks are booked by annual reoccurring events.
Use for events which require services/permits for a park AND any one of the following: public safety personnel/security personnel, medical support services, lake/open water use, use of sidewalks/streets as part of a run/walk route or similar, fire inspections, tents/ canopies, building structures such as stages or platforms, health permits, public events where alcohol will be served or sold.
All picnic site rentals start at $60 per site per day for any period between 10 am and 10 pm at most sites. Bookings start 6 months in advance, or read more here. Payments are due received in the park events office within 14 days of booking to confirm the reservation. Use the "At a Glance" picnic site list below and find a site that matches your needs. Our picnic sites/shelters document shows all picnic sites and features to help you make an educated decision on which site fits your needs. Check the online calendar for availability.
Call in bookings start 6 months in advance, or read more here. Payments are due received within 14 days of booking to confirm the reservation. Check the online calendar for availability. Select the park from the "location list", and then select "event facility" in the "features" box to narrow results to ONLY the event facilities. The guidebooks below include pricing, rules and allowances for each site. Learn more about specific permit topics in the policies section.
The events office will make every effort to review and approve filming uses when an application is received. However, it is more difficult with shorter lead times or at park locations with high public usage such as pools or metropolitan parks. In order to be most successful, thoroughly detailed applications should be received 7 or more days in advance of the requested start date. Permits are handled in the order received. Shoots with at popular or metropolitan parks, with multiple locations, detailed needs, or large numbers of cast/crew should plan to submit requests 14 days or more in advance of the start date.
Commercial use approvals (permits) are required and issued for training classes, exercise groups in the park system. Per City Code Chapter 8: COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY means to advertise or provide a good, service, class, or instructional activity for compensation. COMPENSATION means any money, thing of value, payment, reward, tip, consideration, donation, gratuity, or profit paid to, accepted by, or received by a person. APPROVAL means a permit, reservation agreement, or other written document that evidences an authorization by the department.Fines: $100-$500 fine, $250 minimum fine during a special event , Class C Misdemeanor
Concession approvals (permits) are required and issued to applicants for commercial activity requests (vending, merchandise sales, etc) in the park system. Concession permits are issued at stand-alone park locations where short-term or single concession needs arise that benefit an activity or the public at the requested park location.Concession permits, are NOT issued for vendors to vend outside or near permitted special events where organizers typically coordinate vendors inside their permitted grounds and spaces.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Office of Special Events (OSE) is available to assist with large scale event planning. Annually, Austin parks serve as the home for events, festivals and concerts which serve approximately 1 million attendees. PARD staff are able to assist and provide an overview and understanding the City’s requirements of logistical and behind-the-scenes planning to help ensure your event is safe, high quality, well-organized, and enjoyable for all of your guests.
Large scale event planning requires careful and deliberate consideration of many details including park protection, scheduling, safety and security planning, insurance coverage, road closures, special needs access, temporary permits, transportation and shuttle services, waste management and environmental measures, and much more. Extensive advance planning is required for special events, typically beginning 12 - 6 months minimally in advance.
Many events are annual. These event in Austin Parks receive standing reservations. The spring and fall seasons are typically fully booked by annual events. Special events required 6 months to 1 year advance planning and require extensive advanced development by the promoter/organizer to ensure safe, and sufficient plans are procured to sustain the event.