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ACD Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship.  In addition, young people will learn what it’s like to work as a Code Inspector.  The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth grow, develop, and pursue their special interests.

Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) are required to obtain an operating license annually (Ordinance No. 20160223-A.l). This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Find out what type of Short-Term Rental you have. For questions, please email:

Austin Code Department aims to bring our communities to a safe standard for Austin residents and visitors. This list of community resources is available to help Austin residents resolve potential hazards. Haga clic en "Español" de abajo para ver estes Recursos Comunitarios en español.

Citizen Connect is a new online tool (replacing Austin Code & Permit Tracker) which allows searches of complaint cases by address, case number or various region filters.

A program that allows residents to contact the Austin Code Department and talk to an experienced code inspector who can help them with general code questions, provide resource guidance, and give updates on their existing cases.

One of our goals is to strengthen community relations, awareness and understanding of local code requirements. Here are ways that you can connect with us to stay informed and gain support on how to keep your home and your surroundings safe.

The City of Austin adopted an ordinance on Feb. 23, 2009 prohibiting intentional feeding of deer.

The City of Austin requires building permits to convert or renovate a garage into a living space (this includes a storage room, bedroom, game room, office, etc.).

Private haulers collect, remove or transport waste, recycling and/or organic compost. All private haulers that operate for a fee within the City of Austin must get a Private Hauler License (City of Austin Code 15-6, Article 3).

Chapter 13 of the City’s Local Amendments to the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), defines a Rooming/Boarding House as a building that is not a hotel, motel, bed & breakfast or short-term rental that provides lodging (with or without meals) for 7 or more unrelated individuals.  A license is required to operate a rooming or boarding house in Commercial or Residential properties. 

The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) is a model code that regulates the minimum maintenance requirements for existing residential and commercial buildings. The IPMC is intended to establish minimum standards for basics such as structural conditions, lighting, ventilation, sanitation, and fire safety.

The purpose of the City of Austin's Boat Dock Registration Program is to improve boat dock visibility for public safety personnel on the lake when responding to emergency calls for service. This program was established in response to Austin City Council Resolution No. 20130829-078 adopted on August 29, 2013.

The Repeat Offender Program (ROP) was created in 2013 as a rental registration program for properties with multiple code violations. The intent of City Council in passing this ordinance and its amendment (Ordinance No. 20130926-012Ordinance No.

All employees performing construction activities at a construction site are entitled to a rest break of no less than ten (10) minutes for every four (4) hours worked by City Council resolution (Ordinance No. 20100729-047). 

Austin Code Department's current outreach initiative shows how a code inspector responds to four kinds of code violations: Substandard Living ConditionsDangerous StructuresFire-Damaged Buildings and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Many Austin residents live in rental properties such as apartments or duplexes. We work with tenants, property management, and landlords to make sure your home is maintained to safety standards. Download our English and Spanish flyers to learn more.

Springtime is the season of growth and a time for change. As the days get longer and the grass gets greener, many take this as an opportunity to clean and keep up with home maintenance. Here are some important codes and resources to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe and clean.

A person may not allow stagnant water that is likely to promote disease to accumulate on the person's property. A person shall drain, fill, or re-grade the person's property to remove or prevent a violation of this subsection.

Are you Summer Ready? Learn how to keep your home safe this summer! Download the bilingual educational flyer: Summer Ready with Austin Code (PDF 2.36MB) 

Did you know that grass and weeds more than 12 inches in height is considered an unsanitary condition and a code violation? City code (City of Austin Code 10-5, Article 2) requires that grass and weeds be maintained below 12 inches.