Before You Begin
- The FY 22-23 City of Austin budget includes this ACE fee schedule. Starting October 1, 2022, ACE will assess special event permitting fees. Applicants will be charged an application processing fee at the time of application submittal and an ACE permitting fee after reviews are complete and before the permit is issued.
- Review the Event Planning Guide Overview and the ACE Special Event Application How-To Guide before you begin filling out the Special Event Application.
- If your preferred venue is a City of Austin park property, contact PARD staff at email@example.com before submitting an ACE application to verify that the space is available and appropriate.
- Check out this flowchart (pdf) to better understand how the application process works.
The ACE Application is available online here: abc.austintexas.gov.
Filling Out the Application
Portal registration: Austin Build + Connect Registration Guide (pdf)
Application: ACE Special Event Application How-to Guide (pdf)
Once an ACE application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by ACE staff and designated into one of four tiers.
Deadlines for final Approval or Denial of Application:
Tier 1 = close of business, 1 business day before event
Tier 2 = 30 calendar days after application is deemed complete
Tier 3 and Tier 4 =
Preliminary approval or denial of application due within 10 business days of receiving application
Final approval or denial of application due 30 calendar days before event
For any questions, please contact the Austin Center for Events via email at SpecialEvents@austintexas.gov or 512-974-1000.