A building permit is required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, move or demolish any building or structure within in the City’s zoning jurisdiction or in certain Municipal Utility Districts.
All building plans must be reviewed and approved by Residential or Commercial Building Plan Review before a permit is issued. A trade permit (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, irrigation) may also be required depending on the scope of work. To learn whether your project requires a permit, call us at 512-978-4000.
What happens after the permitted work has been completed?
Depending on the type of work that is permitted, an inspection is required. Click here to learn more about the type of inspections required during construction. Once the permitted work is completed, a final inspection is required. Upon Final Inspection, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Certificate of Compliance (CC) will be issued authorizing occupancy of the structure.
Do Permits Expire?
Permits remain active for 180 days, but will expire on the 181st day if the project has not received an inspection, or after the date of the last inspection that shows progress towards completion of the project. An expired permit must be resolved before a new building permit can be issued. To check whether an expired permit exists on your property, call 512-978-4000. You can resolve expired permits by following the expired permit process.