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Special Events Ordinance

Special Events Ordinance and Administrative Rules Development

City Council adopted the special events ordinance on May 10, 2018. The modified proposed SEO rules were adopted on February 25, 2019. Austin Center for Events (ACE) began processing event applications under the new ordinance on April 1, 2019. A community panel will evaluate the effectiveness of the ordinance for one year. 

  • Read the adopted ordinance here
  • Read the adopted rules, including staff response to public comments, here.
  • View the Notice of Decision on Appeal of Adopted Rule here.

Questions? Contact us: specialevents@austintexas.gov, 512-974-1000.

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Administrative Rules Community Engagement

9/6/18 Meeting Information

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Read: 9/6 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

9/4/18 Meeting Information

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8/21 Meeting Informtion

Read:Temporary Change of Use & Venue Occupancy Load Follow-Up Meeting Notes

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8/14 Meeting Informtion

Read: Public Safety Plan Requirements APD

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8/14 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

8/7 Meeting Information

Read: Waste Reduction-Diversion Plan, Emissions Management Plan  

View: Meeting Opening Presentation


Rules Overview Powerpoint Presentation- Resource Recovery, Sustainability, Transportation,  Public Health- Food & Beverage Permitting

8/7 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/17 Meeting Information

Draft Rules: Public Safety Requirements AFD, ATCEMS

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7/17 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/10 Meeting Information


Draft Rules: Permitting-Temporary Structures, Tents, Temporary Change of Use, Temporary Use, Occupant Load changes for permanent assembly venues

7/10 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

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6/26 Meeting Information

Read: Draft Rules Application Requirements

6/26 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

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6/19 Kick-Off Meeting Information

Read: Feedback Summary

View: Meeting Presentation