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 Overview

Work with the City of Austin to make sure your next building or renovation project is safe, sustainable, and permitted. There are five key steps to getting a permit. For more information, check out our general process page.

1. Define
Decide what you want to do and if you need a permit for your project.

2. Consult
Learn how to get a free consultation and what to prepare.

3. Apply
Prepare your application materials and learn how to submit.

4. Review
Respond to any feedback from the city, get your permit, and begin work.

5. Inspect
Get your work inspected by the city and close out your permit(s).

Featured Projects

Are you changing or adding to your home? Check out these detailed permitting guides of common Austin residential projects.




A simple, enclosed structure that is physically detached from your house and will be used for storage

interior remodel


Interior Remodel

The process of fixing or updating appearance or functionality within an existing home without adding or removing square footage




A platform-like structure without walls, often made of planks, that no one will live on and is typically used for lounging and gathering




Process for converting an attached porch, carport or garage into interior living space

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Residential Toolkit

Find details about specific city processes, your property, or your applications using the Residential Toolkit.

Can I Get a Permit? 

Certain things can prevent you from receiving a permit.

Check My Application Status 

It takes about 15 business days for your permit application to be reviewed once you submit it. 

Building Near a Tree 

Be conscious of any trees that could get damaged when you start working on a new project.

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Having trouble understanding something? Check out our Resources section to help you navigate the permitting process.

Residential Intake Request Form

Easily submit permit applications, revisions and updates.

Sample Plans

Examples of effective sample plans.

Contact a Department

Directory of departments involved in permitting.

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