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Learn about common Austin Code violations and how City of Austin codes and ordinances protect our health and safety. Report suspected violations by calling 3-1-1 or filing a complaint online. Once filed, a service request will be created for code enforcement, and the matter will be investigated.

The City of Austin adopted an ordinance on Feb. 23, 2009 prohibiting intentional feeding of deer.

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.).

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 basics such as structural conditions, lighting, ventilation, sanitation, and fire safety.

All employees performing construction activities at a construction site are entitled to a rest break of no less than ten (10) minutes for every four (4) hours worked by City Council resolution (Ordinance No. 20100729-047). 

Austin Code Department's current outreach initiative shows how a code inspector responds to four kinds of code violations: Substandard Living ConditionsDangerous StructuresFire-Damaged Buildings and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Many Austin residents live in rental properties such as apartments or duplexes. We work with tenants, property management, and landlords to make sure your home is maintained to safety standards. Download our English and Spanish flyers to learn more.

Springtime is the season of growth and a time for change. As the days get longer and the grass gets greener, many take this as an opportunity to clean and keep up with home maintenance. Here are some important codes and resources to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe and clean.

A person may not allow stagnant water that is likely to promote disease to accumulate on the person's property. A person shall drain, fill, or re-grade the person's property to remove or prevent a violation of this subsection.

Are you Summer Ready? Learn how to keep your home safe this summer! Download the bilingual educational flyer: Summer Ready with Austin Code (PDF 2.36MB) 

Did you know that grass and weeds more than 12 inches in height is considered an unsanitary condition and a code violation? City code (City of Austin Code 10-5, Article 2) requires that grass and weeds be maintained below 12 inches.