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Special Events Ordinance

Special Events Ordinance and Administrative Rules Development

City Council adopted the special events ordinance on May 10, 2018. Austin Center for Events (ACE) will process event applications under the new ordinance starting April 1, 2019.  A community panel will evaluate the effectiveness of the ordinance for one year. 

  • To read the adopted ordinance click here

What's New

SEO Rules Have Been Posted

The Austin Center for Events proposes to adopt the following rules on or after January 19, 2019.  

A copy of the proposed rules are available here.

Comments on the proposed rule are requested from the public. Comments should be submitted to:

Mr. William Manno, Corporate Special Events Program Manager
Austin Center for Events 
505 Barton Springs Road, Suite 1070
Austin, Texas 78702,
512-850-4477, or via email at

To be considered, comments must be submitted before January 18, 2019, the 32nd day after the date this notice is posted. A summary of the written comments received will be included in the notice of rule adoption that must be posted for the rule to become effective.


A rule proposed in this notice may not become effective before the effective date established by a separate notice of rule adoption. A notice of rule adoption may not be posted before January 18, 2019 (the 32nd day after the date of this notice) or not after February 25, 2019 (the 70th day after the date of this notice).

If the proposed rules are not adopted on or before February 25, 2019, they are automatically withdrawn and cannot be adopted without first posting a new notice of proposed rules.


A copy of the complete text of the proposed rules is available above or for public inspection and copying at the following locations:

Austin Center for Events 505 Barton Springs Road, Suite 1070, Austin, Texas 78702. and
Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, located at 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas.

Copies may be purchased at the following locations at a cost of ten cents per page:

Austin Center for Events
505 Barton Springs Rd., Suite 1070
Austin, Tx. 78704

Questions? Contact us: specialevents@austintexas.gov, 512-974-1000.

Learn More

Administrative Rules Community Engagement

9/6/18 Meeting Information

View: Meeting Presentation

Read: 9/6 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

9/4/18 Meeting Information

View: Meeting Presentation

8/21 Meeting Informtion

Read:Temporary Change of Use & Venue Occupancy Load Follow-Up Meeting Notes

View: Meeting Presentation


8/14 Meeting Informtion

Read: Public Safety Plan Requirements APD

View: Meeting Presentation


8/14 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

8/7 Meeting Information

Read: Waste Reduction-Diversion Plan, Emissions Management Plan  

View: Meeting Opening Presentation


Rules Overview Powerpoint Presentation- Resource Recovery, Sustainability, Transportation,  Public Health- Food & Beverage Permitting

8/7 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/17 Meeting Information

Draft Rules: Public Safety Requirements AFD, ATCEMS

View: Meeting Presentation

7/17 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

7/10 Meeting Information


Draft Rules: Permitting-Temporary Structures, Tents, Temporary Change of Use, Temporary Use, Occupant Load changes for permanent assembly venues

7/10 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

View: Meeting Presentation



6/26 Meeting Information

Read: Draft Rules Application Requirements

6/26 Meeting Feedback Summary & Notes

View: Meeting Presentation


6/19 Kick-Off Meeting Information

Read: Feedback Summary

View: Meeting Presentation