City Council is expected to consider the draft special events ordinance in August. The proposed ordinance reflects years of work by City staff to identify any budgetary, ordinances, or staffing changes that would be necessary to implement the creation of a streamlined special event permitting process. The Austin Center for Events (ACE) lead a comprehensive public engagement effort to gather insight from Austin residents and other stakeholders to guide their efforts to outline a plan for managing special events that emphasizes safety while preserving their character and Austin's vibrant culture.
What does the Special Events Ordinance do?
Creates a City Code specifically for special events.
Codifies the Austin Center for Events (ACE) and authorizes the interdepartmental team to carry out the responsibilities related to managing the special event application process, regulating, and permitting.
Establishes four Tier Levels for special events based on impact of the event.
Focuses Chapter 14-8 (Temporary Closure for Right of Way Events) on roadway closures and neighborhood block parties.
Requires public safety and waste management plans.
Allows ACE to limit the number of permits within the Impact Area based on capacity, public health, safety, and welfare.
A Council Work Session briefing on the draft ordinance is slated for Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Staff anticipates presenting the draft Special Events Ordinance to the Austin City Council for consideration on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
You can learn more about the Special Events Ordinance here.