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Framing provides structure and support to a building, which is exactly how we think of Development Services Department (DSD) communications. The goal of every newsletter, email, social media post, and engagement opportunity is to provide you with tools and updates to help you navigate the development process. This page contains a library of DSD correspondence about various topics, including editions of the monthly Building Connections e-newsletter. Don't miss out on an issue, sign up today to receive Building Connections directly in your inbox.

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November 2022

November 10, 2022 | Important Update

Sent to 10,143 active residential permit holders

  • Residential Building Inspections Not Available Nov. 14 & 16
     

November 4, 2022 | Important Update

Sent to 5,702 DSD email subscribers

  • Prepare Active Construction Sites for Expected Storms

 

October 2022

October 31, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,715 DSD email subscribers

  • New DSD Webpages Offer Easy Access to Development Guidance, Resources
  • Council Updates City’s Parkland Dedication Requirements
  • Nature in the City Invites You to Schedule Tree-Off Time
  • Get Tree Smart Lunch & Learn Wait List Available

October 20, 2022 | City Invites Community to 5th Annual Roots & Wings Festival

Sent to 488 City of Austin Public Information Office media contacts


October 13, 2022DSD Offering November and December Get Tree Smart Sessions

Sent to 3,567 DSD email subscribers


October 7, 2022 | Environmental Criteria Manual Proposed Rule Updates Now Posted

Sent to 4,484 DSD email subscribers

 

September 2022

September 27, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,709 DSD email subscribers

  • FY 2023 Budget Brings Additional Resources and Lower Fees for Many Processes
  • Chat Features, Hours Change to Improve Service
  • Wait List Now Open for Future Get Tree Smart Sessions
  • Roots & Wings Branches Out, Schedule Now Available
August 2022

August 29, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,710 DSD email subscribers

  • Directory of Services Finds the Right Page
  • Pre-Submittal Options Help to Get Right Info in Queue
  • New BSPA Form Now Required by Austin Energy
  • 2021 Community Tree Report Branches Out

 


August 19, 2022 | Prepare Construction Sites for Rain

Sent to 6,037 active permit holders

 


August 11, 2022 | AB+C Portal Access Restored  (message from City CIO Chris Stewart)

Sent to 5,714 DSD email subscribers


August 5, 2022 | Special Event & Outdoor Music Venue Fee Engagement Notification

Sent to 788 special event and outdoor music venue stakeholders

July 2022

July 25, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,717 DSD email subscribers

  • DSD Announces Executive Team Updates
  • Former DAC Team Gets New Structure and Name
  • Permitting System Upgrade Coming August 1
  • Applications to Host Roots & Wings Events Due Aug. 5
  • Rest Break Reminder for Construction Sites
  • Leafing through Tree Smart Plans

July 7, 2022 | Tree Smart Lunch and Learn Notification

Sent to 3,601 tree permit holders


July 13, 2022 | Notice of Upcoming AMANDA Upgrade

Sent to 9,523 AMANDA users and DSD stakeholders and 512 members of Community Registry

June 2022

June 30, 2022 | Building Connections Update

Sent to 5,727 DSD email subscribers

  • Proposed Parkland Dedication Fees for FY 2023 Reflect Higher Land Costs
  • DSD Simplifies Appointment Scheduling Process
  • New Carbon Monoxide Detector Rules
  • Commercial Intake Launches Customer Dashboard Tool
  • Tree Smart Educational Meetings Restarting in July
  • Parkland Early Determination Process Improvements
  • Roots & Wings Festival to Return
  • Nature in the City Blog Post
  • Upcoming Key Dates

June 27, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,731 DSD email subscribers

  • DSD Simplifying Appointment Scheduling Process
  • New Carbon Monoxide Detector Rules
  • Commercial Intake Launches Customer Dashboard Tool
  • Tree Smart Educational Meetings Restarting in July
  • Parkland Early Determination Process Improvements
  • Roots & Wings Festival to Return
  • Nature in the City Blog Post Upcoming Key Dates

June 22, 2022 | New Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Sent to 5,166 mechanical and general contractors


June 13, 2022 | Contractor Registration Update

Sent to 1,412 contractor registration stakeholders

May 2022

May 31, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,736 DSD email subscribers

  • Building Safety Month
  • Now Schedule Environmental and Tree Inspections Online
  • Tenant Notification and Relocation Ordinance in Review
  • Parkland Dedication Fees for Commercial Development
  • Tips for Using Expedited Plan Review Service
  • Street Impact Fee Collection Begins in June
  • Top 10 Tips for a Successful Inspection
  • Dust Off Your Air Quality Knowledge
  • Upcoming Key Dates

May 13, 2022 | Environmental Inspections Stakeholder Engagement Reminder

Sent to 432 neighborhood environmental protection stakeholders


May 12, 2022 | Safe Fencing Stakeholder Engagement Reminder

Sent to 1,651 safe fencing stakeholders

April 2022

April 26, 2022 | Safe Fence Regulations Code Amendment Process Underway

Sent to 1,653 safe fencing stakeholders


April 25, 2022 | Building Connections

  • Revisions to Service Center Request Form
  • Land Use Team Upgrades Intake Process
  • Site Plan Exemption Simplified for Tree Permits
  • Safe Fence Regulations Code Amendment Process Underway
  • Get Registered: Upcoming Street Impact Fee Webinars
  • Save Water and Money with Austin Water Rebates
  • Small Business Week: Permitting Guidance for Small Business Owners
  • Two New Programs Replace Shop the Block Pilot
  • Urban Forest Grants Grow Opportunities to Support Austin Trees
  • Building Safety Month is Coming Soon!

Sent to 5,739 DSD email subscribers


April 22, 2022 | You Are Invited: Understanding Environmental Protections in Neighborhoods

Sent to 432 neighborhood environmental protection stakeholders


April 5, 2022 | Continue Outdoor Operations Through Austin Transportation Department

Sent to 7 Shop the Block permit holders

March 2022

March 30, 2022 | Introducing New Parking Lot Patio Program

Sent to 14 Shop the Block permit holders


March 28, 2022 | Building Connections

  • Get Registered to Learn About New Street Impact Fees
  • Wednesday Workdays
  • Alarm Administration Payments Move to CityBase
  • Time Saving Pro Tip: One-Time Inspections
  • Register for Tomorrow's Free Fire Code Symposium

Sent to 5,735 DSD email subscribers


March 28, 2022 | You Are Invited: Learn About Proposed Improvements to the Solar & Energy Storage Systems Permitting & Inspections Process

Sent to 230 solar energy stakeholders


March 22, 2022 | Important Update: Preparing Construction Sites for Severe Weather

Sent to 2,027 Building Permit holders


March 4, 2022 | Important Update: DSD Returns In Person + Modifies Intake to Reduce Backlog

Sent to 5,740 DSD email subscribers

February 2022

Feb. 28, 2022 | Building Connections

  • New Asbestos Options
  • City Launches CityBase Payment Portal
  • Stakeholder Meeting Recap & New Resources
  • PDC Receives City's First WELL Gold Certification
  • Permitting ATX Moves to City Website
  • How Preliminary Plan Review Can Help You
  • Planting Seeds for the Future

Sent to 5,739 DSD email subscribers


Feb. 11, 2022 | Comment on Proposed Changes to Tree Rules Through Feb. 28

Sent to 4,547 tree permit holders and neighborhood associations


Feb. 3, 2022 | Important Update: DSD Offices Closed Due to Winter Weather Friday, Feb. 4

Sent to 5,734 DSD email subscribers


Feb. 2, 2022 | Important Update: DSD Offices Closed Due to Winter Weather Thursday, Feb. 3

Sent to 5,735 DSD email subscribers


Feb. 1, 2022 | Expired Permit Reminder: Austin-Travis County Permit Extension Orders Expire March 1, 2022

Sent to 8,131 permit holders

January 2022

Jan. 31, 2022 | Building Connections

  • Building New Foundations for You - Read the FY 2021 Annual Report
  • Remote Operations to Continue in February
  • Inaugural Affordable Housing Planning Officer Selected
  • Alarm Permits Now Available through DSD
  • DSD Releases Code Interpretation Library
  • AB+C Portal Offline Evening of Feb. 2 for Maintenance
  • Comment on Proposed Changes to Tree Rules by Feb. 28
  • Stay Weather Aware This Week
  • Stakeholder Meeting Resources Now Available
  • Online Resources Can Help with Inspection Questions
  • Environmental Inspections Team Tackles Removal of Ghost Underground Storage Tanks
  • Moving Healthy Heritage Trees

Sent to 5,722 DSD email subscribers


Jan. 28, 2022 | Stakeholder Materials Now Available on DSD Webpage

Sent to 79 attendees of Jan. 26, 2022, stakeholder meeting


Jan. 27, 2022 | New Volume Builder Resubmittal Temporarily Unavailable

Sent to 36 volume builder customers


Jan. 26, 2022 | Reminder: New Demolition Notification Process in Effect

Sent to 1,602 demolition permit holders and contractors + Community Registry


Jan. 24, 2022 | DSD Continues Remote Operations Until Further Notice

Sent to 5,724 DSD email subscribers


Jan. 19, 2022 | Volume Builder Portal Enhancement to Simplify Resubmittals, File Management

Sent to 36 volume builder customers


Jan. 10, 2022 | Important Update

  • New Online Form Simplifies Building Application Process
  • Virtual Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 26
  • New CityBase Payment Portal Scheduled to Launch Jan. 20
  • Key Dates at a Glance

Sent to 5,725 DSD email subscribers


Jan. 3, 2022 | DSD Returns to Remote Operations Due to Omicron Surge

Sent to 5,716 DSD email subscribers

 

December 2021

Dec. 20, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Orders Extend Permit & Development Application Deadlines

Dec. 13, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Site Plan Exemption Process Form Improves Access and Visibility
  • New Asbestos Requirements Affect Some Renovations, Demolitions
  • Building Connections to Return in 2022, Important Updates to Continue
  • Appointments Now Available for Austin Public Health Reviews
  • Stakeholder Meeting Coming in January
  • Happy Holidays from DSD!
November 2021

Nov. 22, 2021 | Important Update

  • Staff to Update Commission on Environmental Rules, Enforcement
  • Permitting and Development Center Honored by Local Organizations
  • Water Benchmarking Offers Conservation Opportunities for Developers
  • City to Retire Zoning Profile Tool, Rely on Property Profile for Zoning Info
  • DSD Development Process Team Featured in CityView Episode
October 2021

Oct. 18, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Residential Permit Application Process
  • Commercial Building Plan Review Delays
  • Erosion Control in Inclement Weather
September 2021

Sep. 27, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Demolition Requirements Begin This Friday, Oct. 1
  • FY 2022 Fees Become Effective Friday, Oct. 1
  • Previous Editions of Important Update Now Available Online
  • Share Your Story to Help Shape the Next Historic Preservation Plan

Sep. 13, 2021 | Important Update

  • Information About New Demolition Notification Requirements Available
  • Choosing Correct Meetings for Plan Review Questions and Guidance
  • Development of Proposed Contractor Registration Program Underway
  • Intake and Service Center Positions Filled, Training in Progress
  • Updated Parkland Fees Become Effective October 1
  • Housing and Planning Department to Offer Affordable Housing Training
  • New Legal Documents for Fiscal Surety Now Available
August 2021

Aug. 30, 2021 | Important Update

  • Reminder: New Technical Codes Go into Effect This Week
  • Virtual Preview of New Code Interpretation Library Coming Wednesday
  • New Site Concept Plan Option Offers Feedback Before Formal Submittal
  • FY 2022 City Fees Begin October 1, Development Fees Remain Flat

Aug. 16, 2021 | Important Update

  • AB+C Portal Reverts to Previous Version to Address Performance Issues
  • Multiple Initiatives Underway to Improve Development Process Timelines
  • Council Approves City Budget for FY 2022, Development Fees Stay Flat

Aug. 9, 2021 | Important Update

  • Austin Build + Connect Portal Replacement to Go Live August 16
  • Preview Code Interpretation Library Sept. 1, Launch Planned for October
  • Revised Technical Codes Go Into Effect September 1
July 2021

July 16, 2021 | Important Update

  • Weigh In Now on Proposed Rules for Expanded Timed Inspections
  • Training Available in August for Revised Technical Codes
  • Revised Legal Forms Available for Easements and Restrictive Covenants
  • Use PDC Appointment Scheduler for Virtual and In-Person Meetings
June 2021

June 28, 2021 | Important Update

  • Permitting and Development Center (PDC) to Open July 6
    • Making Appointments
    • Arrival and Check-In
    • General Information about the PDC

June 14, 2021 | Important Update

  • Free Vaccination Event this Saturday, June 19 (English)
  • Clínica de Vacunación, Junio 19 (Español)

June 7, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Positions Approved to Support Growing Housing Needs in Austin
  • Updated Technical Codes Approved by Council, Effective September 1
  • DSD Stakeholder Meetings Postponed
  • Material Shortages Call for Radiant Roof Barrier Options
  • Residential Projects Get More Time to Adapt to New Austin Energy Rule
  • Some 2020 National Electric Code Requirements Postponed
  • Additional Notation Requested on Solar-Ready Construction Applications
  • Preservation Program Accepting Applications Through June 14
May 2021

May 17, 2021 | Important Update

  • Service Center Requests Just Got Easier
April 2021

April 23, 2021 | Important Update

  • Proposed Technical Code Addition Combines Flood-Related Building Requirements
  • International Fire Code Amendments Also Open for Comment
  • Upcoming Milestones for Codes and Building Criteria Manual Rules
  • City Council Votes to Extend Fee Waivers Until June 1
  • Delays in Site Plan Corrections and Exemptions

April 9, 2021 | Important Update

  • Proposed Building & Environmental Criteria Manual Updates Available
March 2021

March 29, 2021 | Important Update

  • New Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) Portal is Live

March 15, 2021 | Important Update

  • Austin Build + Connect Portal Replacement Postponed

March 14, 2021 | Important Update

  • Proposed Technical Code Amendments Comment Period to Close March 14

March 8, 2021 | Important Update

  • Austin Build + Connect Portal Replacement On Track for March 15
February 2021

Feb. 15, 2021 | Important Update

  • Registration Now Open for February 24 Stakeholder Meeting
  • More Proposed Technical Codes Coming Next Week
  • Intake Processing Timelines Updated Weekly
  • Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) Portal Update Postponed
  • Equity Assessment Now Available
  • Residential Plan Review Intake to Reserve Fridays for Project Updates Through June
  • Services Closed for Presidents Day

Feb. 1, 2021 | Important Update

  • Proposed 2021 Mechanical and Plumbing Codes Now Available for Review
January 2021

Jan. 25, 2021 | Important Update

  • Pilot Offers Opportunity to Resolve Conflicting Comments Quickly
  • Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) Portal Update Moved to February
  • Payment Required with Site Plan Corrections
  • Residential and Commercial Intake Delays
  • Stakeholder Meeting Coming Next Month

Jan. 12, 2021 | Important Update

  • Environmental Criteria Manual Amendments Available for Review
  • Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) Portal Update on Track for Feb. 1
  • Residential Plan Review Team to Reserve Fridays in January for Project Updates
  • Other Rulemaking and Stakeholder Opportunities

Jan. 8, 2021 | Important Update

  • Opportunity to Provide Input on Development Rules Now Available

 

December 2020

Dec. 23, 2020 | Important Update

  • Proposed Rules for Demolition Notification Now Available
August 2020

Aug. 26, 2020 | Open PDF

  • Update on Demolition Permit Notifications

Aug. 20, 2020 | Open PDF

  • Update on Demolition Permit Notifications
  • Accessing and Using the Demolition Notification Tool