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Special Events in Austin

Austin Center for Events (ACE)
Oversees permitting and planning for special events and festivals:

Amplified Sound

Outdoor Music Venue Permits: Contact Brian Block in the City of Austin Development Services Department for information on permit requirements and application.

  • Issued to outdoor live music venues for amplified sound.
  • Apply for an OMV Permit, click here.
  • Applicant Prepared Notice Agreement, click here.

Outdoor Amplified Music in Residential Neighborhoods

  • Outdoor Music Venue Permits may not be issued for the use of sound equipment located within 100 feet of property zoned and used as "residential".
  • Amplified sound without a permit is only allowed in residential areas 10am to 10pm CST and up to 75 decibels.

Noise OrdinanceChapter 9-2: Noise and Amplified Sound

Creative Space Permitting & Development Support

The Development Process Team supports small businesses and homeowners through the permitting and development process by:

  • Providing information about the development process.
  • Offering a single point of contact for the duration of your project.
  • Connecting you with the right resources every step of the way.

Contact the Development Process Team at (512) 974-1040 or

Film & Media Production

Street Performance

Street performing (a.k.a. "busking") is legal in Austin and does not require a permit unless you are performing in a City park. Please obey the following City Code requirements and best practices:

  • Acoustic performances only, with sound at 85 decibels or under - NO amplification allowed.
  • Don’t block sidewalks.
  • Noise or music cannot be audible to a nearby business or residence after 10:30 PM CST.
  • Always cooperate with Austin Police requests.
  • Safety first! Make sure you’re performing where people can safely gather without danger of stepping into a roadway.
  • Performing Artists in the Parks Permits: Performing artists are allowed to entertain in the parks provided they are registered with and approved by the Parks and Recreation Department.  The permit fee for performing artists is $10 per day, and permits may be purchased in two-week increments. Please call 512-974-6797 for information.

State of Texas Regulations & Tax Requirements for Venues / Special Events

  • State Order GA-38 includes vaccine-related prohibitions on private entities that are receiving, or will receive, public funds through any means, including grants, contracts, loans, or other disbursements of taxpayer money. Read the full State Order (GA-38) for more details.

  • Texas Music Office Special Events Guide 

Music & Entertainment Services

Serves as an ombudsman and resource for creatives and creative businesses about City operating, permitting, and code enforcement requirements, and acts as a liaison for these groups to other City Departments. Contact Kim McCarson for details: