The Austin Transportation Department works with the Economic Development Music Office and local venues to distribute permits allowing performers to load and unload in designated Musician Loading/Unloading zones.

How it Works

These zones make it easier and safer for musicians and performers to load and unload gear when performing in Downtown Austin, while also freeing up parking for other Downtown visitors.

  • Musician loading permits are $25 each and are requested and paid for by the venue.
  • The permit will allow musicians/performers to load/unload in any designated musician loading zone for 30 minutes. 
  • It is up to the venue to keep track of their permit and get it back from performers when loading/unloading is complete.
  • The permit can only be requested by the venue that hosts the live performances. 

Venues may request a permit by emailing the application to If it is feasible to put in a shared zone we will contact the venue to set up an appointment to pick up permits for their venue. If not, we will direct the venue to the next nearest zone and likewise set up an appointment to obtain permits for their venue. There is a strict 2 permit per venue limit.  

Want to request a new musician loading zone? Please email us at