In October 2017, we began tracking the compliance of the fire protection systems in commercial buildings in the City of Austin through the online tool, The Compliance Engine (TCE). Annual reports, deficiencies, repairs, and acceptance testing for new installs are all required to be submitted through the TCE website.
Temporary Change of Use - Required for structures or portions of structures used as public assemblies not currently having a “Certificate of Occupancy." Fire code definition of “public assembly” consists of 50 or more people. (use of vacant building, warehouse or a high-rise office/garage as a public assembly, etc.) The permit requires on-site fire watch due to conditions the current fire code, size, complexity and/or unique safety issues regarding the activities associated with the proposed event or structure.
Not more than twelve TCOU permits shall be issued for a given address in one calendar year.
Exhibit and Trade Show - Required for facilities hosting events with temporary vendor display or booths within the assembly area of the facility. A floor plan review/inspection is part of the fee. Event centers, conventions centers, arenas, and hotels with ballroom/meeting rooms require permits when hosting an event or when deviating from standard ballroom configuration.
Fireworks - Activities associated with use the of pyrotechnics and/or open flames must be reviewed/approved by the Austin Fire Department in compliance with the current City of Austin fire code. Fireworks Permit Application