Demolition Permit

Submittal 

See the Demolition Permit Application for Submittal Requirements. This application applies to both Residential and Commercial Structures. 

  • Commercial structure demolitions greater than 10,000 sq. ft. require site plan approval. 
    For demolitions less than 10,000 sq. ft., a Site Plan Exemption can be requested. 
  • Before you apply for a Demolition permit, verify with the Development Services Department that new construction will be permitted at the site. 
  • You must obtain all required City of Austin permits before starting your demolition project. Depending on the extent of your work, you may be required to obtain some of these permits: 
    • Building 
    • Mechanical (heating/air conditioning) 
    • Electrical 
    • Plumbing 
    • Concrete (sidewalks and driveways in the public right-of-way) 

All residential and commercial demolition applications are submitted to Building Review Intake. 

Review 

Residential structures more than 40 years old require review by the Historic Preservation Office in the Housing and Planning Department, and possibly the Historic Landmark Commission. 

Proposed work that will remove, impact the critical root zone, or prune more than 25% of the canopy of a protected size tree must be reviewed for a tree permit. 

  • Inspection of erosion/sedimentation controls, and tree protection must be requested by the owner before demolition begins. 

New Demolition Process 

Effective October 1, 2021, the following process changes apply to all demolitions. If processes or requirements are not listed, they have not changed. 

Commercial or Multi-Family Only: Site Plan

For Commercial or Multi-Family Structures Only: submit and obtain site plan for approval prior to submitting your demolition project to Plan Review Intake:

  • Submit site plan application to Land Use Review, or 
  • Submit site plan exemption application to Development Assistance Center
Step 1. Demolition Application

For total demolitions and qualifying partial demolitions: 

  • Submit the Demolition Permit Application and Affidavit of Compliance to Building Plan Review
  • Additions and/or remodels with greater than 50% of exterior walls demolished shall comply with the Demolition Notification requirements
Step 2. Building & Trade Permit Activation

For Building & Trade Permit Activation: 

  • A Pre-Demolition Permit Fee is required for total demolitions and qualifying partial demolitions
  • A Pre-Construction Inspection will be included with demolition permits and added to additions and/or remodels with greater than 50% of exterior walls demolished
  • Refrigerants Disposal Acknowledgement is provided to General Contractor
Step 3. Environmental & Trade Permits

Schedule, Conduct and Pass Inspections

  • Prepare for, schedule and pass the environmental (EV) inspection and required trade permit inspections for demolition work
  • Upload Refrigerants Disposal Acknowledgement to the building permit folder via AB+C Portal
Step 4. Pre-Construction Inspection

Schedule, Conduct and Pass Inspection

  • Pre-Construction Inspection is the last inspection conducted prior to demolition 
  • Inspector will verify:
    • Tree & Environmental protections are in place, utilities are capped or appropriately addressed, trade permits passed; and
    • Refrigerants Disposal Acknowledgement is uploaded to the building permit
  • Upon verification, Building Inspector will provide Demolition Notification Packet to General Contractor
Step 5. Demolition Notification

Contractor shall complete Demolition Notification requirements

  • Five to 10 business days prior to demolition activity, General Contractor is responsible for:
    • Placing the yard sign and door hangers per instructions; and
    • Uploading Demolition Notification Acknowledgment to the Building Permit folder via Austin Build +Connect (AB+C) Portal to start the minimum five day ‘notification window'
  • The minimum 5 day ‘notification’ window starts the day the Acknowledgement is uploaded.
Step 6. Begin Building Demolition

Demolition may begin after Demolition Notification requirements are met and the minimum five day ‘notification window' has closed.

  • Environmental Inspection and revegetation are required if a vacant lot is proposed; otherwise,
  • Standard New Construction inspections can begin

Demolition Notifications

To track demolition applications in your neighborhood or another defined area, register for an Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) account and sign up to receive Demolition Notifications by email. This new DSD online tool will send you notifications following application and approval for demolition permits, based on criteria you select. (See pages 3-9 of the AB+C User Manual for information on how to register.)

How to Receive Demolition Permit Notifications

  1. Start at Austin Build + Connect.
  2. If you have an account, sign in; if not, register for an account (required for all notifications, as well as online permits and payments).
  3. Select “My Notifications” on left navigation panel.
  4. Select “Sign up for Demolition Notifications.”
  5. Follow the prompts to “Name this alert” and “select one notification type.” Notification Types include: Address, Community Registry (neighborhood association, etc.), Council District or Zip Code.
  6. Select “Save.”
  7. You may set up more than one alert at any time.

For more detailed instructions on setting up demolition notifications, view Demolition Notification Instructions (PDF).

Relocation Permit

There are two types of relocations for residential and commercial structures:

  • Relocating a structure from outside the city limits to inside the city limits; or from inside the city limits to a different location inside the city limits
  • Relocating a structure from inside the city limits to outside the city limits

See Relocation Permit Application for Submittal Requirements. This application applies to Residential and Commercial Structures.

All residential and commercial relocation applications are submitted to Residential Building Review.

Moving buildings

A person receiving a permit to move a building along a public right-of-way in the city is responsible for contacting Austin Police Department for a uniformed police escort.

If the building exceeds 17ft 6in in height when loaded you are responsible for contacting Austin Energy for an escort.


Fees

View the Demolition/Relocation Fee Schedule. This link will redirect you to a list of fee schedules. If your project requires review by the Historic Preservation Office, refer to the Historic Preservation fee schedule.

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