FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if a school is available for use?
Contact the school of choice directly to inquire about facility availability.  Find a campus phone number.

How do I begin the facility use process?
Visit the Facility Use page to download a building use application for school groups or non-school groups.  Once the application has been completed, submit the application to the school of choice.  The campus principal or principal's designee is authorized to approve or deny use of facilities on their campus. Although you may fill it out electronically, please be sure to sign on the second page under applicant.

How soon do I have to submit a building use application to the school of choice?
You must submit your application to the school of choice at least three weeks prior to the date of the event.

How will I know if my event has been approved?
Once the Office of Facility Use has received the building use application from the campus, the applicant will be notified via email or U.S. mail of approval or disapproval of the request for use of facilities.  

Do I need to get approval for advertising my event?
The applicant must not make firm plans, advertise activities, or sell tickets to an event prior to receiving written approval for the use of school facilities. [ GKD(REGULATION) ]

What are the liability insurance requirements?
View and download the Insurance Guidelines for Outside Vendors & Contractors and/or Sole Proprietors. If you have questions regarding the specific requirements, please contact the Director of Risk Management Izzy Williams Zandany at 512-414-2295.

When is the facility use payment due?
Payment for an event is due 10 days prior to the event.  Fees shall be paid directly to the Office of Facility Use, not to a school or employee of the District. Payment can be submitted by mail or in person to 3908 Avenue B, Room 2015, Austin, TX 78703, and made payable to Austin Independent School District. Credit/debit card payment (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express) can be submitted by phone to Estella Flesch at 512-414-0546.

How do I cancel an event?
Applicants must give written notice of cancellation by mail, e-mail or fax to the principal or principal's designee and the Office of Facility Use at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled activity.  Applicants who fail to give notice shall be responsible for costs incurred by the district.

What types of events are allowed at an Austin ISD school?
After school enrichment programs, Boy/Girl Scouts, church services, home owner association meetings, sports events, camps, tournaments, etc., are permitted.

What types of events are not allowed at an Austin ISD school?
Events such as private parties, birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, etc., are not permitted.

Can I use the facilities for free since my program benefits Austin ISD students?
The district receives many requests from a wide variety of programs that support the district and students. In order to assure fair treatment for all patrons, facility use fees will be charged according to the Facility Use Fees. Separate fees are charged to cover the general costs associated with facility use and the direct costs of custodian, building supervision, and other services. Non-profit organizations with a valid federal 501(c)(3) or a non-profit status letter from the State Comptroller’s Office receive a 50 percent facility fee reduction.

If an organization is holding an event that is fee-based to participants or donations are accepted, then rental fees would apply.

Is alcohol allowed for religious observations?
Alcoholic beverages and the use of tobacco products are not permitted on school property at any time.

What’s required to film or shoot a commercial on AISD facilities?

  1. Building Use Application to be signed and approved by the principal at least three weeks prior to the event date.
  2. Brief synopsis of the film and film script to be emailed to the Facility Use Office for review.
  3. A film or commercial cannot be rated “R” or “X”.
  4. If the film or commercial is approved, the organization must use the District’s Location Release Agreement which states that a film cannot be rated “R” or “X” and the name of the school or the District’s name may not be revealed.
  5. Liability insurance to be submitted naming the District as an additional insured. Please view the Insurance Guidelines for Outside Vendors & Contractors and/or Sole Proprietors. If you have questions regarding the specific requirements, please contact the Director of Risk Management, Izzy Williams Zandany, at (512) 414-2295.
  6. The Facility Use Office will process the application and assess fees.

I would like to rent the Performing Arts Center (PAC), does the application process go through the Facility Use Office?
Visit the Rent the PAC page or contact the staff at the Performing Arts Center, Director of Fine Arts Alan Lambert at 512-414-4760 or Center Manager Jacob Lange at 512-414-4762.

I am interested in renting the Burger or Delco Center.
The Burger and Delco Center fall under the District’s Athletic Department. For information about renting these facilities, contact the Athletic Department at 512-414-1050.