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Time running out to request permits for SXSW events

Gary Dinges

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 31, 2014

The clock’s ticking for event organizers planning concerts and parties during South by Southwest.

The city of Austin is warning that time is running out to request permits required to hold events during the festival, which runs March 7 through 16 this year.

Permits commonly needed, according to city, include ones for temporary change of use and temporary event sound.

The early deadline is necessary, the city says, because officials from the police, EMS and fire departments, as well as the transportation department and the music and entertainment division must review each request.

“In the context of any event occurring during SXSW, regardless of official affiliation, the city will determine if the number of events exceeds public safety resources,” said Austin police special events commander William Manno. “When that determination is made, city officials will suspend issuance of any new temporary-related permits.”

For more details on the steps necessary to hold a gathering during SXSW, visit