Frequently Asked Questions
Claims Payments and Information
No, walk-ins are welcome during business hours. However, to better assist customers with payments, account information, and any associated paperwork, we prefer you call and schedule an appointment if possible.
Forms of payment accepted by the Claims Division include check, cashier’s check, money order and cash. Sorry, no credit card payments accepted. For payment of returned checks, we are NOT able to accept payment by check. Payments may be made in person during our office hours or may be mailed to our mailing address.
Mailing Address: City of Austin-Claims Division P.O. Box 96 Austin TX 78767
If you believe that you were billed in error or that you are not liable for the damages presented in our claim against you; please put your concerns in writing and submit to the Claims Division within 30 days from the date of the letter/invoice. To expedite the review of your correspondence, please provide the following information in your dispute: Claims File Number, address where damage occurred, date damage occurred, description of the loss and how it occurred, your reason(s) why you are disputing the billing and any other photos, invoices, or reports that support your rationale. Your written response may be sent by regular mail, email or fax to the following addresses:
Mailing Address: City of Austin-Claims Division PO Box 96 Austin TX 78767-0096 Email: Claims.Coa@austintexas.gov Fax: (512) 974-2931
If you feel the City has caused damage to your property or person, you can file a claim by sending a letter within 45 days from the date of the incident with the following information: Date, time, and location of the incident, description of what occurred, type of damage(s) or nature of injury, copies of invoices, receipts, and/or estimates, any additional documents supporting your claim (i.e., photos, diagrams, statements, police reports, etc.) and a full mailing address and daytime telephone number. You may mail or fax the following information to:
City of Austin Law Department Attn: Claims P.O. Box 1546 Austin TX 78767-1546 or Fax (512) 974-6490
You may contact our office directly at (512) 974-2828, 512-974-2909 or email email@example.com to obtain a current balance or a payoff for a judgment lien. When you contact us, please be able to provide the following information: Claims File Number, recorded document filing number, defendant name, judgment amount, and a contact phone number.
Our hours of operation are Monday- Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our office is located at 811 Barton Springs Road, Suite 920 Austin, Texas 78704. Staff are working remotely to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and an appointment is required.
Financial Advocacy Resources
No. The City ordinance does not limit the fees or interest that the payday lender or auto title lender can charge.
Contact the City of Austin at: CABCommunications or contact City staff at 512.974.2466.
Credit Access Businesses, more commonly known as payday and auto title lenders, operating within the City of Austin must follow certain requirements in how they structure their loans. To see a complete list of the requirements, please visit the Consumer Resources (link) page or see the whole ordinance.
The City of Austin will investigate complaints and will determine if a violation has occurred. If a business violates the ordinance the business may be given an opportunity to correct the noncompliance or the business may be required to pay a fine.by Municipal Court. Violations of the ordinance constitute a Class C Misdemeanor violation.
Businesses that offer payday loans and auto title loans.
The auto title loans and payday loans. A title loan is secured using a clear vehicle title. A payday loan is a cash advance that may be made in exchange for a personal check or authorization to debit a deposit account and the amount of the check or authorized debit, equals the amount of the advance plus a fee.
Grant for Technology Opportunities Program
Yes, but realize that the City is interested in awarding a diverse range of programs and organizations.
Applications can be downloaded on-line at www.gtops.org or picked up at the City of Austin Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs, 124 West 8th Street, Suite 210.
Payment of the grant is made on a reimbursement basis. Grantees will track and report expenses and program success to City via an online grant management portal.
The best are letters of financial support (matching funds), letters pledging volunteer staffing and services or donating equipment or supplies. General letters of support should explain precisely why the organization is qualified to develop the project.
A recognized non-profit organization such as a Neighborhood-Based organization or an Austin non-profit organization. Individuals must partner with an Austin or Neighborhood-based Organization to qualify. Grants are awarded to the non-profit organization, not directly to individuals.