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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.

The Building Plan Review Division reviews residential and commercial building 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 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.