Dallas police visit businesses on New Year’s Eve

The new rules came after two people were killed and 16 injured in shootings at a concert and trail ride south of Dallas earlier this year.

DALLAS, Texas — Officers have visited “dozens” of businesses planning New Year’s Eve parties and events this weekend because they did not register the events with the city and were not registered with the city, a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department revealed Friday. There was no prior submission of a security plan.

The department’s Tactical Planning Unit visited the businesses, and the owners received flyers drafted by the city attorney’s office informing them that their planned event would violate city ordinances, the spokesman said.

Photos of the flyers are below:

The new event rules came in June after two people were killed and 16 injured in a shooting at a concert and trail ride south of Dallas in June.

City councilors passed an ordinance requiring business promoters to register with the city’s business promoters registration program, pay a $175 registration fee and meet security program requirements.

Under the ordinance, fines for violating any new regulations will range from $500 to $2,000.

However, the flyer said the fine would not exceed $500. It also said violations of the ordinance could result in the property being designated as a habitual nuisance property and/or financial liability for any emergency response.

A section requiring a safety plan is employed to prevent or quickly respond to any incidents of violence or shootings that may occur at the event.

“[C]The City Council wishes to protect residents, visitors and employees at promotional events by ensuring that all commercial promoters develop, maintain and adhere to safety plans that address crowd management, crowd control and safety to reduce violent crime and damage to persons and property harm,” the decree reads.

A “promotional event” as defined in the Regulations is any indoor commercial event open to the public, or an outdoor event open to the public with an expected attendance of more than 100 people.

Events that fall under this category include dance performances, concerts, and theater performances.

Safety plans need to include information such as maximum occupancy of venue space, expected total and maximum expected attendance at any given time, crowd management plan, safety management plan, and first aid and medical information including accident/incident reports for the venue program.

The regulations state that any promoter who is summoned twice or more for violating the new regulation may have his promoter registration suspended.

Promoters who host events without being registered with the City, without an approved safety plan, or in violation of an approved safety plan can be fined up to $2,000 per violation.

A spokesperson for the DPD told WFAA that the visits and leaflets were intended to educate about the new business promotion regulations.

The flyer also says the Dallas Office of Special Events will work with businesses that apply to register by Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. 30.

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