Residential Permitting

Residential Permitting

An official resource of the City of Austin


Karl Metzelear •

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.



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



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



Prepare your application materials and learn how to submit.



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



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.


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


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


Process for converting an attached porch, carport or garage into interior living space

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 August 25, 2021

Check my application status

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

Updated August 25, 2021

Building near a tree

Be conscious of any trees that could get damaged when you start working on a new project.

Updated August 25, 2021


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.