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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 are now adopted

The modified proposed SEO rules were adopted on February 25, 2019. The adopted rules, including staff response to public comments can be viewed here .

The public has 30 days to appeal any adopted rule(s). Appeals must be filed with the City Clerk's office.

An appeal is initiated by filing an appeal statement which includes name, address, telephone number, rule number being appealed and a short explanation of why the rule(s) should be appealed. All appeals must be in writing and must be delivered to the clerk's office in person or via email to city.clerk@austintexas.gov.  To download an appeal statement form click here.

The adopted SEO rules are effective April 1, 2019.

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