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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 draft special events ordinance on May 10, 2018 with amendments. 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.

What's New

ACE wants your input as it develops the special events ordinance administrative rules.  A series of community meetings to gather feedback and suggestions for the draft rules is being planned for June, July, and August.  The meeting dates and times will be posted soon. 

Have questions about the Special Events Ordinance or the rules development process? Email us at: specialevents@austintexas.gov

Learn More

Special Events Ordinance Development

  • To read the adopted draft 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. 

Administrative Rules Development