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AFD Permits

The Austin Fire Department is responsible for issuing several different kinds of permits, including:

Public Assembly (PA)

  • An Annual Public Assembly Permit (PA) is required for public establishments who anticipate or operate at an occupancy rate of 50 or more people, and whose gross sales constitute 51% alcohol.

Fire Protection Systems (FPS) Program

In October 2017, we began tracking the compliance of the fire protection systems in commercial buildings in across the City of Austin through the online tool, The Compliance Engine (TCE). Annual reports, deficiencies, repairs, and acceptance testing for new installs are all required tomust be submitted through the TCE website.

  • Management Companies

  • Fire Protection Systems Program Contact Information:

E-mail address:

Phone: 512-974-0160, option 4

High-piled Storage

Operational permit required to use a building or portion of a building as high-piled storage exceeding 2,000 sq ft. Permit renewal required every three years.

Hazardous Materials

Learn more about the Hazardous Materials permit

Operational permit required to use, possess, manufacture, and/or dispense hazardous materials in certain quantities.

Requirements information and requests

Prescribed Burns

Permits related to Special Events:

  • Recreational Fires
  • Carnival/Circus
  • Festival/Fair
  • Fireworks/Pyrotechnics
  • Special Effects
  • Temporary Change of Use (TCOU)
  • Temporary Helistop
  • Temporary Occupancy Load Adjustments
  • Tent(s)
  • Theatrical Performance w/ Open Flame
  • Trade Show/Exhibit

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AFD Patch

If you meet the security criteria (PDF), please send a copy of your Fire Department ID addressed to our Headquarters location. Only 1 patch per request please.

Children's Safety and Fire Education (SAFE)

Any parent or guardian who suspects their child may have a problem with fire should call the SAFE program coordinator at 512-854-4357.

Fire Department approval is required to install a stationary Liquefied Petroleum gas (LP-Gas) aboveground or underground container or LP-Gas cylinder exchange cabinet at commercial businesses, multi-family housing, and one- and two- family dwellings.