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.).

Already have a Garage Conversion?

If a garage conversion has been completed, a permit must be issued, an inspection performed, and a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) issued to ensure that the garage conversion meets the minimum standards of the city code. Your garage conversion is not legal unless a CO has been issued. 

Thinking about a Garage Conversion?

If a permit has not been issued, or you are planning to convert your garage, contact Residential Plan Review at 512-978-4000. Staff in Residential Plan Review will walk you through the building permit application process and advise you of the necessary steps to ensure that your converted garage meets Austin city code. 

If your home is located in a floodplain, there are additional requirements. To see if your property is located within the floodplain: call the Floodplain Office at 512-974-2843 or visit the Floodpro website (click “Floodplain Information” and enter your address)

FAQ

What do I do to get started?

The application and instructions are available online. If you have questions about the application process, City staff can provide assistance and guide you through the process by calling Residential Plan Review, at 512-978-4000. 

 

How much will it cost to get a permit?

You can find a comprehensive list of residential permit fees here.   

 

What if I do not get a permit for my garage conversion?

Failure to get a permit and inspection may result in enforcement action.

 

I purchased my home with a converted garage.  Am I responsible for getting a permit if a permit was not issued?

Yes, all garage conversions must meet life/safety requirements of the City Code.

 

Why do i have to do anything if i bought it this way?

All life/safety requirements of the City Code go with a property, not the owner.

 

How do I know if I am in a FloodPlain?  If I am, what do I do?

If your home is located in a floodplain, there are additional requirements.  To see if your property is located within the floodplain: call the Floodplain Office at 512-974-2843 or visit the Floodpro website (click “Floodplain Information” and enter your address)