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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.  Mark your calendars, then join us for public meetings in June, July, August, and September and share your ideas and feedback on the proposed rules.

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

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Administrative Rules Community Engagement

6/19 Kick-Off Meeting Presentation