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 structural conditions, lighting, ventilation, sanitation, and fire safety. The Austin City Council adopted the 2015 IPMC on October 12, 2017, and issued some local amendments to it: Ordinance no. 20171012-SPEC001.

These amendments will require property owners to:

  • Obtain permits for any work requiring permits
  • Display visible addresses on all property
  • Maintain stairways and guardrails in good condition and based on specific standards
  • Establish appropriate size of bedrooms and occupancy requirements in dwelling units
  • Abide by water temperature requirements for hot water in dwelling units
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in dwelling units

Additional Information:


Carbon Monoxide Alarms

As of April 1, 2018, any structure that is used for residential purposes and uses gas or fuel-burning appliances and/or has an attached garage that connects to the structure, are required to install and maintain Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms.


  • If there is a gas or fuel-burning appliance inside the bedroom or inside an attached bathroom to the bedroom, then the alarm must be placed inside the bedroom.
  • Alarms must also be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms, when the gas or fuel-burning appliance is outside the bedroom and/or there is an attached garage that connects to the dwelling unit.
  • A gas or fuel-burning appliance includes, but is not limited to: a water heater, furnace, space heater, stove, oven, boiler and/or a fireplace.

Click here to read the full ordinance text for Section 705 Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

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Public Input: Insect Screen Requirements

Public input regarding insect screen requirements is being collected through April 30. All input received will be submitted to the Austin City Council on or before June 30, 2018. Learn more and provide your feedback.



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