Deadlines are approaching for residents interested in hosting parties in buildings that do not have a certificate of occupancy, hosting a band or disc jockey, or selling goods during the Formula One race weekend Nov. 16–18.
“We want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, and one of those ways that we can ensure that is by managing this event through the permit process,” said Rodney Gonzales, deputy director of economic growth and redevelopment services. “Part of our process and our strategy is to carefully review any permit request that we get, and to consider those permits and the activities that will happen in the city cumulatively.”
For residents looking to host a band or DJ for an event, they will need an a one-day, temporary event sound permit. Applications for a one-day permit are due Oct. 24. According to David Murray, sound engineering consultant with the City of Austin, any commercial event that has outdoor sound also requires an outdoor sound permit.
For residents wishing to sell merchandise during the F1 race weekend, city officials said they will need a temporary use permit.
“As you all know, Austinites are very creative and may want to sell some of their Austin-themed or Texas-themed designs during the event,” said Sylvia Arzola, senior public information specialist with the Planning and Development Review Department. “A temporary use permit will allow you to sell merchandise on private, commercial-zoned land.”
Sale of merchandise is not permitted on sidewalks or within public right of way. The deadline to apply for the temporary use permit is Nov. 5.
Those wishing to host a party in a building that does not have a certificate of occupancy will need a temporary change of use permit and are also deadlined for Nov. 5. Brian Tanzola, division chief for the Austin Fire Department, said issuing the temporary change of use permit will be dependent on inspectors' ability to evaluate the spaces and buildings.
“Due to the increased demand at this time, just because you apply does not mean it will be granted,” Tanzola said.
Officials said at least two public assembly code enforcement teams will be patrolling the city and monitoring activities.
“Based on everything we can know, [Formula One] will be an event unlike anything Austin or the region has ever experienced,” Gonzales said. “At the City of Austin, we are very excited to be hosting this event.”
F1 is expected to bring about 300,000 visitors to the city during race weekend. City officials expect the event to fill 200,000 total hotel room nights and have an estimated economic impact of $6.1 million in tax revenue.
Permits are available at the Development Assistance Center at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road. For more information, visit www.atxgrandprix.org.