Search for building and development information (building permits, residential and commercial plan review cases, site plans, subdivisions, and zoning cases)

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Search for building and development information (building permits, residential and commercial plan review cases, site plans, subdivisions, and zoning cases)

  1. Go to Austin Build + Connect (AB+C)

When you arrive at the page, there are several mothods to conduct a search for a  case or a particular collection of cases.  The instructions below correspond to the image below.

  1. Permit Number: Enter the Permit Number and click on "Submit."
  2. Case Number: If you receive a notice in the mail about a project near you, enter that Case Number here. Click on "Submit."
  3. Address: Use just the street name if exact address is unknown.
  4. Project Name: Does not have to be exact or complete.
  5. Permit/Case Type: Click on drop-down arrow and select type.  If needed, use drop down menu for "Sub Type" and "Work Type"
  6. Start Date/End Date:  Enter an estimated permit/project start date.  The End Date will auto-populate to the current date.  Hit "Submit" at bottom of page.

 

For more detailed explanations of the various functions of this software, click on the “Web Help”link toward the bottom of the left-side green bar on this page.

Guide to Case Types and Codes:

Blank Box=entire number is the same as Permit/Case number; one=no reference file name for this permit/case type.
Permit / Case Type Search (drop-down list to select type) Permit / Case SUFFIX Case File PREFIX #SubTypes
Board of Adjustment BA C15 4
Sign Review Board Variance BA C16  
Building Permit BP   39
Concrete License LC   0
Development Assistance Center DA DA 3
Driveway / Sidewalks DS   4
Electrical Permit EP   2
Environmental Inspection EV SP 3
General Permit GP GP 4
Mechanical Permit MP   2
Neighborhood Planning NP NP  
Neighborhood Plan Amendment NP NPA 2
Operating License OL none  
Plan Review PR   0
Plumbing Permit PP   40
Right of Way Excavation Permit EX   6
Right of Way Use Permit RW   1
Sign / Banner Permit SB   8
Site Plan (Administratively Approved) SP SP 2
Site Plan (Commission-Approved) SP SPC  
Site Plan Correction SC Various (SP, C8) 4
Sound Ordinance SO SO  
Subdivision C8 C8 0
Subdivision Joint City/County C C8J 6
TAP (Water) Permit W none 4
Trade Registration TR TR 4
Tree Permit TP none 2
Zoning ZC C14 7
Zoning - Historic ZC C14H 0
Zoning - PUD ZC C814 9

Deciphering the “Reference File Name”

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Not all Case Types and SubTypes are listed below-only the most commonly searched.
  • Formats below apply to the number in the Reference File Name column of the online record.
  • For queries, you may use the % symbol as a wild card anywhere in the number, as many times, particularly at the end of the prefix and at the very end of the case number. There are too many variations to list here.
  • For Descriptions of document images (under Folder Attachments): the ~### refers to Sheet # of the applicant’s drawings that have been scanned and posted online. Please read Sheet ~001 to see the index of sheets. Any (#) notation following the Sheet # refers to a modified sheet, and the highest (#) of any page is the latest revision of that page.
  • Case numbers prior to March 2007 may denote the year in two digits rather than four digits (example, C14 - 04 - 0001 rather than C14-2004 - 0001).
  • SMART Housing suffix .SH (example C14-2012-0001.SH or SP- 2012 -0001.SH) may be attached to various types of cases: Zoning, Subdivision, Site Plan, etc.

Board of Adjustment:

  • C15 - yyyy - #### (example C15-2012-0001)
  • Variance from Zoning Regulations
  • Interpretation of Development Services Department's (DSD)  Director’s determination

Zoning:

  • C14 - yyyy - #### (example C14 - 2012 - 0001)
  • Historic Designation: C14H - yyyy -#### (example C14H- 2012 - 0001)
  • Planned Unit Development: C814 - yyyy - #### (example C814 - 2012 - 0001)

Subdivision, Resubdivision:

  • Amended Plat or Preliminary Plan: C8-yyyy-#### (example C8-2012-0001)
  • Preliminary Plan Revision: Revision # follows original case #, with a decimal (example C8-2012-0001.1)
  • Joint City & County Subdivision (subdivisions in Austin ’s ETJ): prefix C8J -(example C8J-2012-0001)

Site Plan (Administrative)

  • Staff review only; does not involve public hearing at PC or ZAP
  • Land Use only: SP-yyyy-####A (example SP-2012-0001A)
  • Construction Plan only (associated with Land Use type) SP-yyyy-####B (example SP-2012-0001B)
  • Consolidated Plan (land use & construction): SP-yyyy-####C (example SP-2012-0001C)
  • Construction only (no land use required): add suffix D SP -yyyy-####D (example SP-2012-0001D)
  • Small Project Site Plan: additional suffix of S (example SP-2012-0001CS)
  • Site Plan Extension: added suffix of (XT) or (XT2) : SP-yyyy-####(XT)
  • Managed Growth Agreement: added suffix of .MGA : SP-yyyy-####.MGA
  • Site Plan Revisions: Revision # follows the case number, in parentheses (example SP-2012-0001(1))

Site Plan (Commission)

  • Requires Planning Commission or Zoning & Platting Commission hearing, but not Council)
  • Same format as Administrative SP, except for prefix (example SPC-2012-0001 instead of SP-2012-0001)
  • All Change of Use / Conditional Use Permits go to Commission

Building Permit:

  • Format: yyyy-####### BP (six digits) (example 2012-012345 BP)
  • There are 39 BP Sub Types (Commercial and Residential)
  • Examples:
    • Single Family Houses
    • Two Family Buildings
    • Renovations/Remodel
    • Residential Garage/Carport Addition
    • Commercial Nonresidential
    • Demolition