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Residential Permitting

An official resource of the City of Austin

Shed

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Process Overview

Work with the City of Austin to make sure your next building or renovation project is safe, sustainable, and permitted. There are five key steps to getting a permit. For more information, check out our general process page.

Define

1

Decide what you want to do and if you need a permit for your project.

Consult

2

Learn how to get a free consultation and what to prepare.

Apply

3

Prepare your application materials and learn how to submit.

Review

4

Respond to any feedback from the city, get your permit, and begin work.

Inspect

5

Get your work inspected by the city and close out your permit(s).

Featured Projects

Are you changing or adding to your home? Check out these detailed permitting guides of common Austin residential projects.

Shed

A simple, enclosed structure that is physically detached from your house and will be used for storage

Interior remodel

The process of fixing or updating appearance or functionality within an existing home without adding or removing square footage

Deck

A platform-like structure without walls, often made of planks, that no one will live on and is typically used for lounging and gathering

Residential Toolkit

Find details about specific city processes, your property, or your applications using the Residential Toolkit.

Can I get a permit?

Certain things can prevent you from receiving a permit.

Updated September 8, 2017

Get in line on QLess

Hold your place in line and save time.

Updated September 8, 2017

Check my application status

It takes about 15 business days for your permit application to be reviewed once you submit it.

Updated September 8, 2017

Resources

Having trouble understanding something? Check out our Resources section to help you navigate the permitting process.

Applications & Forms

Forms and applications needed for residential permits.

Sample Plans

Examples of effective sample plans.

Contact a department

Directory of departments involved in permitting.