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PROGRAMS

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. For questions, please email: STRlicensing@austintexas.gov.

ACD Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship.  In addition, young people will learn what it’s like to work as a Code Inspector.  The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth grow, develop, and pursue their special interests.

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

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.

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.

The Repeat Offender Program (ROP) was created in 2013 as a rental registration program for properties with multiple code violations. The intent of City Council in passing this ordinance and its amendment (Ordinance No. 20130926-012Ordinance No.