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.
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.
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