The City of Austin helps homeowners ensure compliance with applicable City and building codes when they build, demolish, remodel, or perform any construction in the City of Austin and when planning special events.

Do I Need a Permit?

Are you new to the development process and don't know where to get started? The City of Austin has developed an interactive wizard to help you:  

  • Identify if a permit or application is required from the Development Services Department (DSD)  
  • Determine the next step in the development process for your project  
  • Determine the appropriate DSD staff who can provide further assistance

Not all projects require a permit. The work exempt page provides guidance for projects that are exempt from a permit.

Apply for a residential building permit

Visit the Residential Building Plan Review webpage to view residential building permit types, requirements, and other resources. You will also be able to submit applications through the web forms on this page.


Meet with us

Schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with Development Services at the Permitting and Development Center.

Visit our scheduling page to schedule an appointment.

Call us

Call Austin 3-1-1 for development-related questions. Call 512-974-2000 outside the city limits.

Chat with us

Click the chat icon on the Residential Plan Review page.

Need Help?

See the "Questions?" section for ways to get in touch with us.