What is a Special Event?
Special event means a temporary event or gathering using either private or public property, which involves one or more of the following activities, except when the activity is for construction or house moving purposes only:
(1)Closing a public street;
(2)Blocking or restriction of public property and streets;
(3)Offer of merchandise, food, or beverages on public property or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
(4)Erection of a tent on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
(5)Installation of a stage, band shell, trailer, van, portable building, grandstand or bleachers on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
(6)Involving amplified sound;
(7)Placement of portable toilets on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
(8)Placement of temporary no parking signs in a public right-of-way.
Street means the entire width between the boundary lines of every right-of-way publicly maintained, when any part is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
When is a Special Event not needed?
No permits shall be required under this section for the following:
(1)Private party upon private property when no public property is used.
(2)Public school district sponsored and supervised events when school property is used.
(3)The Armed Forces of the United States of America, the military forces of the state, political subdivisions of the state, and the forces of the police and fire departments acting within the scope of their duties.
(4)Nonprofit corporation sponsored functions where the estimated attendance is less than 250 persons.
Are additional permits required?
(a) Tent permits, building permits, electrical permits, food establishment and handing permits, sign permits and all other permits and licenses required by ordinance or other law for specific activities conducted in conjunction with or as a part of the special event must be applied for separately.
(b)Approval of a special event permit authorizes the city departments to issue permits for locations where the activity would otherwise be prohibited by ordinance.
Is security, crowed control and traffic control required?
An applicant shall provide police officers for security, crowd control and traffic control at the parade or special event in accordance with the following schedule:
|# of participants or spectators
||Minimum # of officers
||6 plus 1 for every 1,000
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Amplified sound means music, speech or sound projected or transmitted by artificial means, including but not limited to amplifiers, loudspeakers or any similar devices which emit sound distinctly discernible at a distance of more than 100 feet beyond the property line of the premises where the equipment is located.
Carnival means a temporary amusement park.
Circus means a public entertainment with performances by acrobats, clowns, and/or trained animals.
Concession means a facility at a special event where food or drink is offered to the public.
Nonprofit organization (abbreviated “NPO”, or “non-profit” or “not-for-profit”) means a corporation organizaed not for profit and subject to the provisions of the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act. See Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann. Arts 1396-1.01 through 1396-11.01; Tex. Bus. Orgs. Code, ch. 22, §§ 22.001-.409, I.R.C. § 501(c) as enacted and as may be amended. Such corporations may be organized for any lawful purpose or purposes including but not limited to the performance of charitable, religious, athletic, patriotic and civil functions and the conduc of professional, commercial and trade associations. A nonprofit organization must submit proof of its nonprofit corporate status to the city administrator in order to receive the benefits of permit and fee waiver as stated herein.
Outdoor amusements means an outdoor area, portable building, or portable and/or motorized equipment open to or used by the public, which provides entertainment or amusement.
Parade means the assembly of three or more persons whose gathering is for the common design and purpose of traveling or marching in procession from one location to another location to express feelings and beliefs on current political, religious or social issues.
Person means any individual, assumed name entity, partnership, association, corporation or other organization.
Sidewalk means that portion of a street intended for the use of pedestrians that is located between the curblines, or lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines.