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We are always working to improve processes and resources to better serve you. From time to time, we send out Important Updates via email to let our stakeholders know about new tools, process improvements, opportunities to engage with our team, and more. To get the latest news from the City of Austin Development Services Department delivered right to your inbox, sign up for Important Updates.

Read and download past Important Updates (PDF) below.

 

 

January 2022

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 January 26
  • New CityBase Payment Portal Scheduled to Launch January 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 Amendements 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