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Codes and Regulations

Technical Criteria Manuals were created to interpret and specify the requirements established in the Land Development Code (Volumes 3 & 4 of the City's Code of Ordinances).

The Code Interpretation Library provides useful information on how the City interprets and applies certain regulations in the Land Development Code (Title 25 of the City Code), including site development and subdivision regulations, as well as technical (construction) codes.

The Residential Design and Compatibility or "McMansion" regulations, were designed to minimize the impact of new construction, remodels, and additions to existing buildings on surrounding properties in residential neighborhoods by defining an acceptable building area for each lot within which new development may occur. 

The City of Austin's Building Technical Codes (Chapter 25-12), contains regulations for Building, Electric, Fire, Property Maintenance, Mechanical, Plumbing, Residential, and Solar Energy. The City of Austin follows the 2021 International Building Code.

This page contains links to the City Code, Land Development Code, and other development-related resources.

This page contains links to regulations that replace zoning in areas where compact, walkable and mixed-use development is desired.