A team of technical and professional staff in Land Use Review Division reviews application plans for compliance with the core provisions of the Land Development Code (LDC) for requirements including zoning, design standards, subdivision, drainage/floodplain, water quality, transportation, environmental review, erosion control, and mitigation and/or protection of protected or heritage trees. Review of plans is also coordinated with other city departments such as Austin Energy, Austin Water Utility, Austin Fire Department, Public Works, Right-of-Way (ROW), Utility Coordination, and Accessibility. Reviews are also coordinated with agencies including the county, school districts, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Capital Metro and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

 Most of Austin's development regulations are codified in the City Code, Technical Criteria Manuals, and Standard Details and Specifications.

NEW Land Use Review Submission Process

Land Use applications and updates can now be submitted with the online form:

Land Use Intake Request Form

Land Use Intake Request Form

The webform provides guidance on submission requirements and allows applicants to:  

  • Submit applications for Site Plans, Subdivisions, Zoning, Zoning Verification Letters, and the General Permit Program
  • Submit updates for Site Plans, Zoning and some Subdivision applications
  • Instantly upload large files up to 150MB each
  • Request an AB+C account to be connected to a case 

Feedback for this new submission process can be submitted here



Zoning establishes the types of land uses permitted on a parcel of land within the full or limited purpose jurisdiction of the City of Austin. Zoning also sets the development standards for a site, such as building height, setbacks, floor-to-area ratio, neighborhood compatibility, screening, landscaping, and impervious cover limitations. For more information, visit the Zoning webpage.



Subdivision applications are reviewed for compliance with Austin's development regulations as provided in the Land Development Code. For more information, visit the Subdivision Review webpage. 

Site Plan

Site plan applications are reviewed for compliance with Austin's development regulations as provided in the Land Development Code. For more information, visit the Site Plan webpage. 

General Permits

 A program established to expedite the development review, permitting, and construction of administrative site plans for City Departments and City of Austin Franchised Utilities that are located on city properties, city easements, and/or public right-of-way. For more information, visit the General Permit webpage.

Vested Rights

The Regulatory Policy and Administration division reviews vested rights petitions submitted under Land Development Code Chapter 25-1, Article 12, and Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code. A Vested Rights Petition should be submitted before a Subdivision or Site Plan application. 

Forms and Applications

For a complete list of forms and applications, visit the Forms & Applications webpage.


Starting in March 2022, the Land Use Intake Team will be unavailable on Wednesdays for chat in an effort to focus on catching up on previous requests to reduce overall wait times.


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