ROWMAN (Right of Way Management Approval Network) Application

Any events requesting to use the public right-of-way (street, sidewalk, alleyway, or parking spaces), must submit an application through the Right of Way Management Network (ROWMAN) as well as an ACE Application. A ROWMAN application is required to ensure the event closure is included in the City of Austin’s permitting system. This allows the event manager to identify any potential conflicts included construction and event closures.

View instructions for submitting a ROWMAN Application here (pdf).
 


Traffic Control Plan (TCP)

A traffic control plan (TCP) describes temporary traffic control measures and devices used to facilitate vehicular and pedestrian traffic around a temporarily closed area, such as a construction zone or special event. TCPs are required to be signed and sealed by a Certified Professional Engineer (PE), and the final engineer-sealed TCP must be approved by the City of Austin Transportation Department, Right-of-Way Division.   

View an example Traffic Control Plan here (pdf).
 


Neighborhood Block Party

Criteria:

  • It is a residential street — no commercial or multi-family properties.
  • No bus route operates on the street.
  • The area does not include intersections and will not affect a traffic signal.
  • The area is a full, single block to be closed off with barricades.
     

Process:

1. Complete the ROWMAN application at least 10 days before the date of the event. With it, you'll need the following documents:

  • Sign-offs from 100% of the block with 80% approval from the residents on the street. Download the sign-off form here
  • A diagram of your block that shows closures and items that will be placed on the street. Download the template that matches your area: cul-de-sac (pdf) or street block (pdf).
  • A rental quote for barricades. If you would like to rent from the City of Austin, our inventory has the following items available to be rented for free, on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Four (4) Type One barricades
    • Four (4) barricade lights
    • Two (2) "Road Closed" signs
    • Two (2) high-visibility vests

2. Apply for a "Street Event" permit through the Right of Way Management Approval Network (ROWMAN)

3. Pay the $50 permit fee. Payment can be made online, by mail, or in person at the Service Center (formerly Permit Center). 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas

For more Information: http://austintexas.gov/blockparty.

If the block doesn’t meet these requirements, then it would be considered a Tier 2 closure and an ACE Application must be submitted.       
 


Event Requirements

Tier 1

All requirements are due no later than 3 business days prior to the first day of the event. An application cannot be turned in 3 business days out and other requirements turned in one or two days later. An exception will be made for permit fee payments.

All items due 3 business days prior to event:

Tier 2

All requirements are due no later than thirty (30) business days prior to the first day of the event. An application cannot be turned in thirty (30) business days out and other requirements turned in one or two days later. An exception will be made for permit fee payments.

Attendance at an ACE Meeting may be required.

Due 30 calendar days prior to the first event day, unless noted:

  • ROWMAN (Right-of-Way Management Approval Network) Application
  • Sign-off form (pdf) from businesses/residents affected by the requested Right-of-Way closure
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Site Plan
  • Street closure document (pdf)
  • Preliminary Engineered Traffic Control Plan
  • Safety Plan
  • Will be developed in coordination with APD/AFD/EMS. Due prior to permit issuance—not required at 30 days out.
  • Event application approval from APD/AFD/EMS
  • Will occur as part of the permit process—not required at 30 days out.
  • Barricade Provider Information 
  • Contact with Cap Metro (if applicable)
  • Contact with Capitol Preservation Board & State Facilities (if applicable)
  • Toilet/Trash arrangements
  • Copies of TABC permits (if applicable) 
  • Payment for all permit fees are required prior to issuance of event permit
     

Tier 3

Application with Event Route Map and/or Site Plan is due 120 calendar days prior to the first day of the event.

Preliminary approval of the event, by ACE management, will be awarded at maximum 10 business days after receipt of ACE Application. Once preliminary approval has been issued, the event can move forward with meeting remaining requirements to receive their event permit. 

Due 10 calendar days after preliminary approval provided:

Due 60 calendar days prior to event:

Due 30 calendar days prior to event:

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Final Site Plan
  • Event application approval from APD/AFD/EMS
  • Safety Plan
  • Any additional public parking spaces needed for event support outside of closure submitted through ROWMAN.
  • Grandfathered Events notifications mailed.
  • Toilet/Trash Arrangements
  • Copies of TABC permits (if applicable) 
     

Due 10 calendar days prior to event:

  • Route signs placed
  • Sealed Engineered Traffic Control Plan
  • Payment for all permit fees are required prior to issuance of event permit

     

Tier 4

Application with Event Route Map and/or Site Plan is due 180 calendar days prior to the first day of the event.

Preliminary approval of the event, by ACE management, will be awarded at maximum 10 business days after receipt of ACE Application. Once preliminary approval has been issued, the event can move forward with meeting remaining requirements to receive their event permit.  
 

Due 10 calendar days after preliminary approval provided:

Due 60 calendar days prior to event:

  • Attend an ACE Meeting
    • May be scheduled earlier.
  • Preliminary Engineered Traffic Control Plan
  • Street closure document (pdf)
  • Grandfathered events draft notification mailer approved by ATD Special Events Staff
     

Due 30 calendar days prior to event:

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Final Site Plan
  • Event application approval from APD/AFD/EMS
  • Safety Plan
  • Any additional public parking spaces needed for event support outside of closure submitted through ROWMAN.
  • Grandfathered Events notifications mailed.
  • Toilet/Trash Arrangements
  • Copies of TABC permits (if applicable)

 

Due 10 calendar days prior to event:

  • Route signs placed
  • Sealed Engineered Traffic Control Plan
  • Payment for all permit fees are required prior to issuance of event permit
     

For more information, please email TransportationSpecialEvents@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-6501.