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The Service Center (formerly the Permit Center) issues building and applicable trade (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, irrigation) permits, provides permit payment services, and registers licensed contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and irrigation) to perform work.   Contractors must be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation before registering with the City of Austin.  View contractor registration requirements and payment services.

Building Plan Review is responsible for reviewing Residential and Commercial construction plans for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.  Once a building plan is approved, a building permit is issued by the Service Center, along with applicable trade permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing & irrigation).  

Austinites recognize that trees are valuable economically, aesthetically, socially, and for the environmental sustainability of the region. The Community Tree Preservation Division's mission is to protect, and nurture this asset on behalf of the community. This is accomplished through an interconnected mix of regulation, planning, partnerships, and collaborative work.  

The City Arborist Program is responsible for issuing tree permits for residential & commercial properties in compliance with the Land Development Code (Chapter 25-8, Subchapter B);City requirements are designed to achieve a balance of re-forestation and preservation, frequently emphasizing one of the two elements to achieve the best long-term benefit for the community.

The Development Assistance Center (DAC) provides development consulting services and business-related permitting services.  They will answer your questions and make sure you are knowledgeable about the procedures and requirements that apply to your project.

View information on building inspections, commercial site and subdvision inspections, and environmental inspections performed by the Development Services Department.

The Land Use Review Division reviews and permits site plan and subdivision applications for compliance with Chapters 25 and 30 of the Land Development Code. 

Want to plant trees but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have trees on your property and want to know what they are, or how to make sure they’re healthy and protected? Check out the resources below for more information. 

Our Community's Urban Forest Vision...

Austin’s urban forest is a healthy and sustainable mix of trees, vegetation, and other components that comprise a contiguous and thriving ecosystem valued, protected, and cared for by the City and all of its citizens as an essential environmental, economic, and community asset.

Learn about six ways that homeowners, architects and homebuilders can help keep Austin cool.