City announces 2018 Spring Festival application deadlines


Event planners are encouraged to apply now

As the 2018 Spring Festival Season quickly approaches, the City of Austin’s Center for Events (ACE) encourages venues and event organizers to submit Spring Festival special event permit applications as soon as possible.
Spring Festival dates are March 9-18, 2018.

Applications can be filled out and submitted online under the Event Planning section on the ACE web page at www.austintexas.gov/citystage.

ACE is dedicated to providing event organizers with the resources necessary to execute safe, secure and quality events. Deadlines are based on the type of permit being requested:

  • Amplified Sound Permit – Multiple Days (96 hour) 30 days before event
  • Amplified Sound Permit – Single Day (24-hour) 21 days before event
  • Temporary Change of Use Permit 21 days before event
  • Temporary Use Permit 10 days before event

Submission of a special event application does not guarantee event approval. Due to the high number of applications received for temporary events during Spring Festival season, limited City resources may prevent later submissions from being reviewed or approved.

Temporary Event Sound permits are needed if the event has outdoor amplified sound and is not on City parkland or in the rights of way. A Temporary Event Sound Permit is required if the locations is a parking lot or patio. These types of permits may be issued to event operators as a multi-day (96-hour) or 24-hour permit for outdoor amplified sound.

The Temporary Change of Use to a Public Assembly/Operational Permit is required for structures or portions of structures used as public assemblies that do not have a Certificate of Occupancy for that type of use. Under fire code definition, a “public assembly” consists of 50 or more people.

The Temporary Use Permit typically involves the short-term use of property that is not otherwise included in any existing site plan or Certificate of Occupancy. Factors such as current zoning, location and duration of the temporary use are considered when approving a temporary use permit.
Examples for a TUP, include use of a parking lot or vacant dirt lot.

Additional information about special events in Austin may be accessed through the SpecialEvents.


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