Fort Worth residents are encouraged to comment on a proposed Special Events Ordinance.
The Special Events Advisory Committee — made up of Fort Worth residents, neighborhood activists and stakeholders who organize and manage special events — has been meeting for the past year to formulate new special events policies and practices that will be adopted into a City ordinance.
- Download a copy of the proposed Special Events Ordinance  (PDF)
- Watch video of the presentation  of the proposed ordinance at the April 20 Pre-Council meeting
- Download the April 20 presentation  (PowerPoint)
About the proposed ordinance
The proposed regulations, which have been presented to the City Council, would apply to any outdoor gathering on public or private property that attracts more than 500 attendees, requires a street to be closed, sells food or beverages, or uses tents, stages, bleachers, fireworks, open flames or portable toilets. It would also apply to parades, neighborhood events requiring the use of city streets, events in parks and some First Amendment activity.
If the ordinance is approved, the new regulations become effective Oct. 1.
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Events conducted entirely on the property of a church, educational institution, college or university campus, or on property containing an occupied residence would be exempt. Additionally, events per contracts with the City or at City-owned facilities and at the Texas Motor Speedway would be exempt.
Event organizers would be required to apply to the City by a date certain in order to attend two committees — the Events Calendar Committee and the Pre-Event Committee — and must provide notice to surrounding property owners. The two committees would be in charge of scheduling events, reviewing event plans and applications. The Events Calendar Committee would include City staff and representatives from Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., the Cultural District and the Stockyards. The Pre-Event Committee would include representatives from The T, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. A designated employee from the City’s Public Events Department will serve as the special events manager to coordinate the process.
A separate committee is studying fees associated with special event permits and will make a recommendation to the City Council at a later date.
How to offer feedback
Several opportunities are available for offering your comments about the proposed ordinance:
- Send e-mail to SpecialEvents@fortworthgov.org .
- On June 7, the Special Events Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Botanic Garden Center Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
- On June 21, the Special Events Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Botanic Garden Center Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
- On July 13, the City Council will conduct a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting to consider adoption of the ordinance.