Karl Metzelear • https://flic.kr/p/pdAzH3
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).
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
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
Find details about specific city processes, your property, or your applications using the Residential Toolkit.
It takes about 15 business days for your permit application to be reviewed once you submit it.
Updated April 29, 2021
Having trouble understanding something? Check out our Resources section to help you navigate the permitting process.