Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 9, 2021 at 10 p.m.

Applications for Special Event Permits

The Convention and Event Services – Office of Special Events (CES-OSE) is accepting applications under Governor Abbott's most recent Executive Order (GA-34). With public safety and health as a top priority, CES-OSE is taking extra steps to ensure all permitted events are activated in as safe and COVID-19 mitigating manner as possible.

As outlined in Chapter 42A (Special Events Ordinance) of the Dallas City Code, a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days is required to process an application, depending on the complexity and scale, and we will not be able to expedite applications. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee a permit will be issued.


  • The CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on their website: Considerations for Events and Gatherings. After reviewing the considerations, event planners and administrators shall use CDC's Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool to protect staff, volunteers, and attendees.
  • Provide OSE a copy of page 2-5 of the CDC's Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool. CDC's Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool.  
  • Take all appropriate actions recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at your special event.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations and guidance in accordance with Federal, State and County postings
  • All outdoor events that take place on City of Dallas property should enforce mask compliance for the safety of all guests, participants, volunteers, vendors, and staff except while eating or drinking or participating in strenuous exercise activity.
  • For events with attendance restrictions. Permit holder shall establish a reliable means to monitor, document and control attendance. Permit holder is responsible for completing and documenting the total number of people within the entire event footprint as requested. Headcount includes all event staff, vendors and patrons. (only for permits with attendance restrictions)

Applications for Commercial Film Permits

Effective March 10, 2021, on-set/on-location media production is allowed to operate without any occupancy limits.


  • Take all appropriate actions recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.
  • Individuals should, to the extent feasible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at both indoor and outdoor locations.
  • We strongly recommend the continued use of standard health and safety practices. Attached to this permit is the health recommendations for media productions choosing to operate in Texas. Media productions may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all employees, crew, cast and independent contractors.
  • As part of an effort for the Texas Film Commission to effectively communicate health and safety parameters for productions taking place in Texas, please complete the following registration form providing the Commission with the necessary details regarding your project information. Upon completion of this registration, they will update you with state-issued safety bulletins as they arise.
  • Please be advised that indoor capacity restrictions may be reduced at the county level in Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) where COVID-19 hospitalization rates have surpassed more than 15% for seven consecutive days.

Stay On Guard Dallas 

Stay On Guard Dallas is a bilingual public awareness campaign, created by the City of Dallas that engages residents, community leaders and organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more