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The purpose of the City of Austin's Boat Dock Registration Program is to improve boat dock visibility for public safety personnel on the lake when responding to emergency calls for service. This program was established in response to Austin City Council Resolution No. 20130829-078 adopted on August 29, 2013.

Citizen Connect is a new online tool (replacing Austin Code & Permit Tracker) which allows searches of complaint cases by address, case number or various region filters.

A program that allows residents to contact the Austin Code Department and talk to an experienced code inspector who can help them with general code questions, provide resource guidance, and give updates on their existing cases.

Community engagement plays a big role in Austin Code's educational outreach. By reaching out to diverse neighborhoods and stakeholders, we can better educate the community on city codes and ordinances.

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.).

All private haulers that collect, remove, or transport waste, recycling, and/or organic/compost within the City of Austin for a fee must obtain a Private Hauler License (City of Austin Code 15-6, Article 3).

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.

If a rental property has received numerous health and safety complaints within 24 consecutive months, they are required to register their property with the Repeat Offender Program (ROP) to meet City Council resolution (Ordinance No. 20130926-012; Ordinance No. 20141120-003). This ordinance requires inspections and other guidelines for rental properties falling under the “2-5-2” conditions.

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). 

Chapter 13 of the City’s Local Amendments to the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), defines a Rooming/Boarding House as a building that is not a hotel, motel, bed & breakfast or short term rental that provides lodging (with or without meals) for 7 or more unrelated individuals.  A license is required to operate a rooming or boarding house in Commercial or Residential properties. 

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.

Living in Austin is safe and easy when you are able to know what potential dangers at home could look like.  The Austin Code Department believes in the importance of educating tenants about common code violations in order to encourage people to take proactive actions to preserve their quality of life.

Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) are required to obtain an operating license annually (Ordinance No. 20160223-A.l). This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Find out what type of Short-Term Rental you have.

Spring is the season of growth and a time for change. As the days get longer and the grass gets greener, many of us take this as an opportunity to clean and declutter. Follow these important city codes to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe and clean. Para más información, haga clic aquí.

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.