AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin released a new application Monday to apply for special events that will determine what permits and planning documents are required to meet internationally adopted safety standards.
The application can be found in the event planning section of Austin’s special events website. The application consolidates permit applications from eight departments and provides a tool for the city to monitor event-related capacity and quality-control during major events.
The upcoming SXSW period is expected to bring another year of unprecedented growth. To ensure that events meet internationally-adopted safety standards, the City will be continually evaluating the volume of permits applied for and issued during SXSW 2014 and all major events going forward. This includes Temporary Use Permits, Temporary Event Sound Permits and Temporary Change of Use Permits and Occupant Loads.
To absorb continued SXSW growth and to provide the maximum benefit to presenters, performers, attendees, residents and businesses, the City will also use the comprehensive application to develop quality control measures such as:
- Ensuring event hours do not exceed the organizer’s ability to safely manage and staff the event.
- Enhanced public safety enforcement in high-traffic areas of downtown.
- Strict enforcement of standing room only occupancy, including no reclassifications for venues that have not previously obtained occupant load determinations from the Austin Fire Department.