A list of available resources that may provide helpful information to our customers, including fees, neighborhood assistance, and understanding the development process.


Community Tree Resources

A healthy urban forest takes a community of stewards working together to preserve and protect. Residents, neighborhoods, educators, and families play as big a role as City officials. Find ways you can get involved.


Development Process

Development in the City of Austin begins with your vision for using a piece of property. While each project is unique with its own considerations, the information on this page broadly explains the general steps in the City's development process.


DSD Stakeholder & Community Engagement

View past editions and subscribe to Building Connections (Development Services newsletter), find upcoming Development Services stakeholder engagement meetings and events, and view recordings and presentation materials from past meetings on the page.



View fee schedules for the current fiscal year (October 1 to September 31), City of Austin budget resources, and past fee studies.


Fiscal Surety

The Fiscal Surety Office accepts, monitors, and releases fiscal surety payments for improvements to environmental, health, safety controls, and public infrastructure. 


Forms & Applications

View applications, checklists, and associated packets for the Development Services Department.


Frequently Asked Questions

A collection of answers to common Development Services Department questions. 


Homeowner and Small Business Owner Process Support

The Development Process Team provides information about the development process to homeowners and small business owners, offering a single point of contact for the duration of your project and helping to connect you with the right resources at every step.


How to Select a Contractor

Our recommended process guide to selecting your contractor. 


Neighborhood Assistance Center

The Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC) provides educational resources and information about the City of Austin’s Development Services Department (DSD) for non-applicant community members. The NAC helps facilitate communication between residents, community members, neighborhood stakeholders, and other departments within the City of Austin.


Permitting ATX - Residential Permitting

Permitting ATX has a new home on the City of Austin website. This official resource explains the residential permitting process in plain language, details popular projects, and includes sample plans and other helpful tools.


Process Flowcharts

These flowcharts serve as a guide to help you better understand the development and permitting process.   



Reports including Customer Satisfaction Poll Results, Demolition Report, Success Metrics, and Blueprint of Change.


Tree Contacts Across the City

Maintaining a healthy community forest is a team effort. Many departments across the City provide services related to trees. Use the directory to find the right contact to address your question or concern. 


Tree Information Center

Austin’s urban forest is made up of trees, vegetation and other components that are invaluable to the well-being and identity of our community. Explore and learn more about this growing resource.