Municipality Location and General Contact Information


Address
301 W 2nd St
Austin TX 78701
Website
https://www.austintexas.gov
Phone
512-974-2000
Building Department information for City of Austin, TX

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City of Austin, TX - Building Department Information


The following Building Department information is available for City of Austin, TX

Building and Related Codes and Amendments

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CODES AND REGULATIONS

Austin City Code & Land Development Code

This page contains links to the City Code, Land Development Code, and other development-related resources.

Building Technical Codes

The City of Austin's Building Technical Codes (Chapter 25-12), contain regulations for Building, Electric, Fire, Property Maintenance, Mechanical, Plumbing, Residential, and Solar Energy.

Fences

Questions regarding fences are common. This page has some helpful information on fencing and its regulation in the City of Austin.

Residential Design & Compatibility Standards

The Residential Design and Compatibility or "McMansion" regulations, were designed to minimize the impact of new construction, remodels, and additions to existing buildings on surrounding properties in residential neighborhoods by defining an acceptable building area for each lot within which new development may occur.

Rule Postings and Technical Criteria Manuals

The City of Austin's Technical Criteria Manuals were created to interpret and specify the requirements established in the Land Development Code (Volumes 3 & 4 of the City's Code of Ordinances).

Specific Area Regulations

This page contains links to regulations that replace zoning in areas where compact, walkable and mixed-use development is desired.


City Code

Title 1-30 of the Code of Ordinances.

Land Development Code (Title 25)

Chapters 25-1 thru 25-13 regulate development within the City's planning and zoning jurisdiction.

Chapter 25-12 (Technical Codes) - As of September 16, 2013, the City of Austin will follow the 2012 International Residential Code. Chapter 25-12 includes local amendments to the International Residential Code.

Land Development Code (Title 30)

Austin/Travis County Subdivision Regulations (Title 30) - Regulations apply to the subdivision of land in the portion of the City of Austin's extraterritorial jurisdiction that is within Travis County, including the areas that the city has annexed for limited purposes.

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Permit Information and Forms

The Permit Center issues building and applicable trade (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, irrigation) permits, provides permit payment services, and registers licensed contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and irrigation) to perform work. Contractors must be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation before registering with the City of Austin. View contractor registration requirements and payment services.

A building permit is required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, move or demolish any building or structure within in the City’s zoning jurisdiction or in certain Municipal Utility Districts (Section 25-12-243 of the City Code). To learn whether your project will require a permit, call the Permit Center at 512-978-4000. A trade permit (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, irrigation) may also be required depending on the scope of work.

All permits expire on the 181st day after the date the permit is issued and the project has not received an inspection, or after the date of the last inspection that shows progress toward completion of the project. A permit will be deemed "Expired" after 180 days if the project has not received an inspection. Prior to issuance of a building permit, all expired permits must be resolved. Check whether an expired permit exists on your property, or call 512-978-4000. You can resolve expired permits by following the expired permit process.

Once a permit has been issued, an inspection must be scheduled. Once the final inspection has been completed, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Certificate of Compliance (CC) will be issued.

Homestead Permit - A person who is not licensed to perform electrical, mechanical & plumbing work may perform within a residence and on property owned by the person if the eligibility requirements are met. View Homestead permit eligibility requirements.

To appeal the issuance of a building permit, please contact the Building Official for more information.

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Permits

The Planning and Development Review Department issues various types of permits.

Find out what you need before you start your development project.

Permitting information and requirements are listed below.

Permits

Miscellaneous Permits

Permit Resources

Other Helpful Resources

Additional Information

City of Austin Construction Information and Building Plans


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Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

For assistance in obtaining hydrant flow testing information for a construction project or for a fire sprinkler system water supply, please complete the Hydrant Flow Test Request Form or contact AFD’s Technical Services Section.


ONLINE TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Web Resources

Online Training Videos

  • Land Use and Development - These training videos provide an overview of City of Austin’s development services including regulations, development review, permitting, inspections, trees and recognizing the impact of development.
  • Watershed Protection Ordinance - These training videos provide an overview of the basic concepts of the Erosion Hazard Zone requirements of the Watershed Protection Ordinance and an overview of the Watershed Protection Ordinance’s rules regarding floodplain modification.

Geographic Information

City Codes

Miscellaneous