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Read previous issues of Building Connections, Important Updates, and other stakeholder communications.

June 2024

June 18 | Weather Update

Sent to  10,471 email subscribers and active permit holders


June 11 | Weather Update

Sent to  8,818 email subscribers and active permit holders


June 10 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,775 email subscribers

May 2024

May 31 | Important Update

Sent to 5,742 email subscribers

June Webinars to Cover Variety of Development Updates


May 29, 2024 | Come Learn from City Experts About Environmental Inspections

Sent to 672 engagement stakeholders


May 28, 2024 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,740 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review
  • More Time for Pending Building Permits
  • Tree Protections Webinar Moves to July 16
  • Technical Building Codes Meeting on May 30
  • Feedback on Sound Assessment Proposal
  • June Virtual Stakeholder Meetings
  • Adopting a Smoke-Free Housing Policy
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling Reminder
  • Safety Tips Working Around Power Lines

May 28, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,560 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 23, 2024 | New Rule to Allow More Time to Activate "Pending" Building Permits

Sent to 3,413 pending permit holders and other stakeholders


May 21, 2024 | Lakeside Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,756 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 16, 2024 | DSD Limited Services on May 22 for Awards & Recognition Event

Sent to 5,737 email subscribers


May 14, 2024 | Invitation: Technical Building Codes Engagement

Sent to 3,156 engagement stakeholders and permit holders


May 13, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 8,718 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 9, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 8,727 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 8, 2024 | Update on Transforming Site Plan Review: Case Management and Review Processes

Sent to 5,744 email subscribers


May 6, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to  4,218 active permit holders and other affected stakeholders

New Bedroom Window Requirements Effective May 20


May 1, 2024 | Update on Transforming Site Plan Review: Completeness Check Process

Sent to 5,246 email subscribers


May 1, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,576 email subscribers and active permit holders

April 2024

April 29, 2024 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,745 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review
  • Building Safety Month
  • Input on More 2024 Technical Building Codes 
  • Bedroom Window Requirements Effective May 20
  • Formal Signature Process Update
  • Transportation and Public Works Improves Process
  • Webinar on Recommended Changes to Tree Protections
  • Learn about Transit Supportive Code Amendments
  • Webinars for Austin Small Business Week
  • Virtual Stakeholder Meetings on June 11-12
  • Austin Celebrates Tree City USA Designation

April 25, 2024 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,766 email subscribers


April 18, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,565 email subscribers and active permit holders


April 16, 2024 | Commercial Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,757 email subscribers and active permit holders


April 10, 2024 | Update on Transforming Site Plan Review

Sent to 5,736 email subscribers 


April 1, 2024 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn 

Sent to 5,748 email subscribers


April 1, 2024 | Expansion of the City of Austin’s Structural Review Services

Sent to 3,024 email subscribers

March 2024

March 29, 2024 | Invitation: Technical Building Codes Engagement

Sent to 3,322 engagement stakeholders and permit holders


March 27, 2024 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,726 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review Update
  • DSD Operational Changes for Total Eclipse
  • Technical Code Amendments Webinar
  • Potential Residential Inspection Delays in April
  • Feedback Needed for Engagements
  • Equity-Based Preservation Plan Open House
  • ProjectDox Coming Soon for Expedited Review

March 20, 2024 | Invitation Reminder: Sound Assessment and Disclosure Requirements Engagement

Sent to 73 engagement stakeholders


March 19, 2024 | Residential Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,741 email subscribers and active permit holders


March 15, 2024 | Invitation: Sound Assessment and Disclosure Requirements Engagement

Sent to 68 engagement stakeholders


March 14, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 8,345 email subscribers and active permit holders

February 2024

Feb. 28, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to 3,499 active permit holders and other affected stakeholders

Reminder: Feb. 29 Meeting on Bedroom Window Requirements


Feb. 26, 2024 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,706 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review Update
  • Rules Change Proposed for Expired Building Plan Applications
  • Update on New AB+C Portal
  • New Affordable Housing Newsletter for Developers
  • Austin Energy Meeting Scheduled for March
  • Draft Preservation Plan Available for Review

Feb. 23, 2024 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,725 email subscribers


Feb. 20, 2024 | Lakeside Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,754 email subscribers and active permit holders


Feb. 6, 2024 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,698 email subscribers


Feb. 5, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to 5,676 email subscribers

FY 2023 Annual Report: Celebrate New Beginnings with DSD


Feb. 1, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to 8,733 email subscribers, active permit holders, and other affected stakeholders

Learn about Proposed Requirements for Bedroom Windows

January 2024

Jan. 30, 2024 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,655 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review Update
  • Director Roig in ABJ Top 100
  • HOME Amendment Applications Begin
  • Public Engagements for Bedroom Window Proposal
  • Technical Code Amendments Coming in 2024
  • Online Site Plan Correction Requests
  • Commercial Environmental Inspection Lunch & Learn
  • Update to Proposed Watershed Protection Rules
  • Onsite Water Reuse System Webinar
  • New LDC Updates Newsletter
  • Austin Energy March Planning Meeting

Jan. 26, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to 5,623 email subscribers

Changes to Site Plan Review Completeness Check


Jan. 22, 2024 | Environmental Inspections Team Expanding Educational Trainings

Sent to 1,142 active Environmental Inspection permit holders


Jan. 19, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,349 email subscribers and active permit holders


Jan. 18, 2024 | Important Update

Sent to 5,648 email subscribers

Update on Feb. 5 HOME Amendment Implementation and New Applications


Jan. 11, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,360 email subscribers and active permit holders


Jan. 9, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,363 email subscribers and active permit holders


Jan. 8, 2024 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,366 email subscribers and active permit holders


Jan. 4, 2024 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Sent to 5,624 email subscribers

 

December 2023

Dec. 22, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to  5,630 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review
  • Service Center to Change Name
  • Customer Experience Teams to Offer Wednesday Meetings and Chat Services
  • HOME Amendments Webpage
  • New Web Form Now Available for Residential Express Permits
  • Updates to Parkland Dedication Fees
  • Changes to Subdivision Review Process Take Effect Jan. 1
  • Environmental Inspection Lunch & Learn
  • New LDC Updates Newsletter

Dec. 8, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,620 email subscribers

Process Improvements for Subdivision Review

November 2023

Nov. 30, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,622 email subscribers

  • Transforming Site Plan Review Update
  • Winter Weather Preparedness Tips
  • Service Center Changes Coming Soon
  • New Site Plan Parking Requirements
  • 2024 Drought Contingency Plan Input
  • Dec. 5 Driveway and Sidewalk Info Session
  • Dec. 7 Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn

Nov. 21, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,342 email subscribers and active permit holders


Nov. 16, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 5,638 email subscribers


Nov. 8, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,339 email subscribers and active permit holders


Nov. 7, 2023 | Some Building Inspections Limited by Training Nov. 14-15

Sent to 3,691 active permit holders

October 2023

Oct. 31, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,615 email subscribers

  • Site Plan Improvements Initiative Launches
  • Public Hearings Begin for Land Development Code Amendments
  • Inspections Limited on Nov. 14-15
  • Council to Consider Revised Parking Requirements on Nov. 2
  • Tree Smart Lunch & Learn Returns
  • Amended Electrical Requirements Now in Effect
  • Fast Track Certification Requires Renewal
  • Property Profile Provides Info at a Glance
  • New Green Building Ratings in Effect

Oct. 30, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,312 email subscribers and active permit holders


Oct. 27, 2023 | New Website: Transforming Site Plan Review

Sent to 5,604 email subscribers


Oct. 25, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,307 email subscribers and active permit holders


Oct. 20, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,304 email subscribers and active permit holders


Oct. 5, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,391 email subscribers and active permit holders


Oct. 4, 2023 | October Stakeholder Meetings Invite

Sent to 5,604 email subscribers

September 2023

Sept. 26, 2023 | A Message from Austin Water

Sent to 4,781 active permit holders


Sept. 26, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,608 email subscribers

  • Building Connections Wins National Award
  • DSD is in the News for Archistar Pilot
  • Changes Coming to AB+C Portal
  • FY 2024 Budget Updates
  • October Virtual Stakeholder Meetings
  • Changes to the Taps Process
  • Virtual Session about Recent Legislative Changes
  • New Law to Change Calculations for Parkland Dedication Fees
  • Webinar to Offer Guidance on New Onsite Water Reuse and Reclaimed Water Requirements
  • Environmental Inspections Lunch and Learn on Oct. 5
  • Growing a Better Community with Expanding Tree Canopy
  • Citywide Roots & Wings Festival Returns
  • New Grant Available to Assist Low-Income Homeowners
  • Reminder: The Development Process Team is Here for You

Sept. 26, 2023 | Environmental Inspections Brown Bag

Sent to 5,624 email subscribers and active permit holders


Sept. 21, 2023 | Tree Smart Brown Bag

Sent to 5,624 email subscribers


Sept.14, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 12,199 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Severe Weather


Sept. 14, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,611 email subscribers

Learn More about Development-Related Changes from the 88th Legislative Session


Sept. 6, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 5,627 email subscribers


Sept. 1, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,613 email subscribers

Legislative Impacts on DSD Policies

August 2023

Aug. 29, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,621 email subscribers

  • National Electric Code Amendments
  • New Commercial Plumbing Permit
  • AI in the Development Process
  • New Austin Energy Green Building Ratings
  • Using Web Forms to Activate Permits
  • National Preparedness Month
  • One Austin Survey: Shaping Future Resilience
  • Grant Funding for Historic Sites

Aug. 21, 2023 | Safe Fencing Update

Sent to 6,309 safe fencing stakeholders

Safe Fencing Regulations Now in Effect


Aug. 8, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 5,624 email subscribers

July 2023

July 31, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,613 email subscribers

  • New Safe Fencing Regulations
  • 2023 National Electric Code Updates
  • Active Land Development Code Amendments
  • Legislative Impacts on Development Process
  • Water Testing on PVC Water Supply Lines
  • One-Time Inspections Reminder
  • Environmental Inspections Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
  • Provide Input on Future Water-Saving Requirements for Landscapes

July 25, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 9,670 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for High Winds


July 21, 2023 | Invitation: Environmental Inspections Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 3,067 active permit holders


July 20, 2023 | Notice to ACE Stakeholders

Sent to 801 ACE stakeholders

Provide Feedback on Proposed Event Rule Change


July 19, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 2,642 contractors and electrical contractors

Give Feedback on Adoption of 2023 National Electrical Code


July 7, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 9,517 email subscribers and permit holders

June 2023

June 30, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,610 email subscribers

  • José Roig Officially Named DSD Director
  • Director Roig Appoints Leaders to Three Key Positions
  • Assistant Director Rick Holloway Retiring in January
  • New Contact List Improves Accessibility of DSD Employees
  • Right-of-Way Services Transition to Transportation and Public Works
  • Council Postpones Safe Fencing Discussion
  • City Preparing to Adopt 2023 Updates to National Electrical Code
  • Update on Proposed Rules Change for Expired Applications
  • Roots & Wings to Return All Over Austin in October
  • Trees Need Water, Too
  • Weathering Another Austin Summer Safely
  • Recycling Ordinance Saves Resources and Money

June 26, 2023 | Appointment of DSD Assistant Directors

Sent to 5.614 email subscribers


June 21, 2023 | Appointment of Building Official

Sent to 5,612 email subscribers


June 14, 2023 | Invitation: Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 10,419 email subscribers and permit holders


June 14, 2023 | A Message from the New DSD Director

Sent to 5,615 email subscribers

May 2023

May 30, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,607 email subscribers

  • Supporting Construction Safety
  • Council to Consider Safe Fencing Regulations
  • Proposed Rules for Expiration Dates
  • Do I Need a Permit?
  • Public Project Team Update
  • New Service Center Webpage
  • Beat the Heat with Required Breaks
  • Watch Recent Stakeholder Meetings
  • Austin Energy Securing Equipment
  • Help Ensure Correct Address

May 19, 2023 | Invitation: Environmental Inspections Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 4,820 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 19, 2023 | Safe Fencing Reminder

Sent to 2,849 safe fencing stakeholders

Meeting Details Now Available for Safe Fencing Presentation


May 17, 2023 | Safe Fencing Update

Sent to 2,849 safe fencing stakeholders

Proposed Safe Fencing Regulations to be Considered by Planning Commission Next Week


May 8, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,609 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Severe Weather


May 8, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 6,262 email subscribers and active permit holders


May 5, 2023 | Invitation: Virtual General Stakeholder Meetings

Sent to 5,604 email subscribers

April 2023

April 28, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,647 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Severe Weather


April 27, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,630 email subscribers

  • May Stakeholder Meetings
  • Austin Energy Green Rating Updates
  • Updated DSD Homepage
  • Building Safety Month 2023
  • Upcoming Webinars for Austin Small Business Week
  • Restored Forest Spotlight
  • Air Quality Goals

April 18, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,656 active permit holders and email subscribers

Prepare for Intermittent Rainfall over Next Two Weeks


April 4, 2023 | Weather Update

Sent to 10,691 active permit holders and email subscribers

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Wind and Rain

March 2023

March 28, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,627 email subscribers

  • Changes to DSD and Austin Code
  • Executive Team Updates
  • Emergency Permits Wrapping Up
  • DSD Closure on April 24
  • Weather-Ready Construction Sites  
  • Sprucing Up Without Permits
  • Spring Tree Care
  • Spring Cleaning

March 24, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,630 email subscribers

Consolidation of Development Services and Austin Code


March 15, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,695 active permit holders and email subscribers

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Severe Weather


March 10, 2023 | Invitation: Tree Smart Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 5,735 active permit holders


March 2, 2023 | Invitation: Environmental Inspections Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Sent to 4,919 active permit holders


March 1, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 7,042 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for Rain

February 2023

Feb. 28, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,639 email subscribers

  • Message from the Interim Director
  • Emergency Permitting Options through March
  • Subdivision Web Form Updates
  • Pop-Up ATX this Saturday
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling

Feb. 9, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,765 email subscribers and registered electricians

Emergency Permitting Fees and Some Electrical Permitting Requirements Waived through March 31


Feb. 8, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,606 email subscribers and active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for More Rain


Feb. 6, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 8,903 email subscribers and recent electrical permit holders

Additional Information about Emergency Repairs


Feb. 2, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,643 email subscribers

Information Regarding Emergency Repairs


Feb. 1, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,615 email subscribers and active permit holders

City of Austin Extends Closure Through Feb. 2

January 2023

Jan. 31, 2023 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,650 email subscribers

  • New beginnings for 2023
  • Parking Changes Coming to the Permitting and Development Center
  • Updated Land Use and Site Plan Applications and Resources Now Available
  • Environmental Criteria Manual Updates Clarify and Simplify Tree and Natural Area Preservation
  • New Web Form Simplifies Requests for Temporary Certificates of Occupancy
  • New Parkland Dedication Calculator Now Available
  • City of Austin BizAid Series Offers Guidance for Small Businesses

Jan. 31, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,634 email subscribers and active permit holders

City of Austin Closes Remainder of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1


Jan. 31, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,638 email subscribers and active permit holders

DSD Suspends In-Person Services Jan. 31


Jan. 31, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,634 email subscribers and active permit holders

DSD Offices Open Late Jan. 31


Jan. 30, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 10,638 email subscribers and active permit holders

DSD Offices Close Early on Jan. 30


Jan. 25, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,934 active permit holders

Prepare Active Construction Sites for More Rain


Jan. 18, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,665 email subscribers

Parking Changes Coming to Permitting and Development Center


Jan. 11, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 5,668 email subscribers

Water Quality and Drainage Review Changes to Address Impact of Staff Shortages


Jan. 10, 2023 | Message from the Director: FY 2022 Annual Report

Sent to 5,677 email subscribers


Jan. 5, 2023 | Invitation: Safe Fencing Design Engagement | Invitación: Reunión pública sobre las Regulaciones de Cercas Seguras

Sent to 2,900 safe fencing stakeholders


Jan. 4, 2023 | Important Update

Sent to 9,916 active residential permit holders

Limited Residential Building Inspections Availability from January 10 to January 13

 

December 2022

Dec. 15, 2022 | December 2022 Spring Festival Season Deadline Reminder

Sent to 800 Austin Center for Events email subscribers

November 2022

Nov. 30, 2022 | Building Connections

Sent to 5,695 DSD email subscribers

  • Workshop on New Commercial EV Process Set for Dec. 6
  • Neighborhood Assistance Center Wants to Be Your DSD Neighbor
  • New Water Quality Rules Now in Effect
  • Housing and Planning Department Seeks Feedback on Equity-Based Preservation Plan
  • False Alarm Awareness Month Reminders

Nov. 10, 2022 | Important Update

Sent to 10,143 active residential permit holders

  • Residential Building Inspections Not Available Nov. 14 & 16

Nov. 4, 2022 | Important Update

Sent to 5,702 DSD email subscribers

  • Prepare Active Construction Sites for Expected Storms
October 2022

Oct. 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

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

Sent to 488 City of Austin Public Information Office media contacts


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

Sent to 3,567 DSD email subscribers


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

Sent to 4,484 DSD email subscribers

September 2022

Sept. 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

Aug. 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

Aug. 19, 2022 | Prepare Construction Sites for Rain

Sent to 6,037 active permit holders


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

Sent to 5,714 DSD email subscribers


Aug. 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