§ 14-11-161 - DEFINITIONS.

(8) EMERGENCY OPERATIONS means operations or repairs of facilities to prevent imminent harm to the health, safety, or welfare of persons or property.

NOTE:   Contractors are authorized to perform an emergency operation or repair before obtaining a permit.  However, a permit must be applied for within 24 hours of beginning work.

NOTE:   If you are unsure if your work qualifies as emergency work, email rightofway@austintexas.gov for help



Determine if you need anExcavation (EX) Permit or a Temporary Use of the Right of Way Permit (TURP)

  • Excavation Permit - Emergency work that requires removing or otherwise disturbing soil or pavement in the ROW
  • Temporary Use of Right of Way Permit (TURP) - Emergency work that obstructs the ROW with work-related vehicles, equipment, or material 



Read “How to Apply for Permits on the ABC Website”.  Apply for an EX permit or TURP at AUSTIN BUILD + CONNECT.  Provide the following:

  • Description: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
    • Example: ABC Gas Services will make an emergency repair on a leaking gas main at 505 Barton Springs Rd on 01/01/01 to prevent imminent damage or injury to a person or the public.  This will require a 5x5 street cut, and 5x5 cut behind the curb. The work will require closing the sidewalk, parking lane and one travel lane on S 1st St. 
  • Write EMERGENCY in the Project or Event Name” field