Before You Begin

  • Review this Event Planning Guide and the ACE Special Event Application How-To Guide before you begin filling out the Special Event Application.

  • Check out this flowchart (pdf) to better understand how the application process works.


The ACE Application is available online here:

Filling Out the Application


Application Submission

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 or 512-974-1000.