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A site plan is a detailed drawing of proposed improvements and construction on a lot. It depicts the location of buildings, landscaping, parking lots, driveways, detention ponds, utility improvements, etc. Site Plans are reviewed for compliance with Austin’s Land Development Code Chapter 25-5 Site Plan (LDC). Review requirements include zoning, design standards, drainage and floodplain, water quality, transportation, environmental review, erosion control, and mitigation and/or protection of heritage trees.

Reviews are coordinated with other city departments such as:

  • Austin Energy,
  • Austin Water,
  • Fire Department,
  • Public Works,
  • Watershed Protection, and
  • Transportation

Site Plans are approved administratively, except those with conditional uses and/or on a Hill Country Roadway, which are approved by the Land Use Commission. A Site Plan is required for any site work on a non-residential site or a change of zoning use unless it meets the requirements for a Site Plan Exemption outlined below. 

Visit our Subdivision page if your project is for a division of a tract of land into two or more parts for the purpose of sale, development, or extension of utilities to the property to be subdivided. 

Submit Your Application Online 

Learn more about the application process in the "How to apply" section.

Submit Site Plan applications and updates through our newly updated web forms. The new web forms increase efficiency and provide guidance on submission requirements and allows applicants to:   

  • Submit applications for Site Plans, submit revisions, and apply for extensions 
  • Submit updates for Site Plans 
  • Instantly upload large files up to 150MB each 
  • Request an AB+C account to be connected to a case 

Before you begin, please note all applicable prerequisites must be uploaded with your application. Requirements can be found on the Intake Submittal Checklist (PDF)

Submit Your Initial Site Plan Application

Initial Site Plan Application Web Form   external link

You can provide feedback for this submission process.
 

Submit Your Updates

The Site Plan Update web form will allow you to submit updates for completeness check and formal reviews. 

Site Plan Update Web Form   external link

You can provide feedback for this submission process.


What you will find on this page:

 

Site Plan Exemptions

A Site Plan Exemption is a small-scale development or zoning compliance review conducted before filing for or obtaining a building permit. Approval of a Site Plan Exemption is NOT a building permit but is a requirement before a building permit can be approved. A Site Plan Exemption should meet the criteria outlined in Section 25-5-2 of the Land Development Code (LDC). 


How to Apply:

 

step 1  Complete an Application 

Complete a Site Plan Exemption Application (PDF).

 

step 2  Submit Online

Go to the Site Plan Exemptions Intake Web Form to submit the following information:

  • a completed application;
  • an Austin Build + Connect ID (AB+C ID);
  • Letter of Authorization from the property owner granting the applicant permission to file applications with the City on their behalf;
  • a drawing that depicts the proposed work and is reasonably to scale (the type of visual required is project-dependent, an applicant may speak with a Zoning/Site Plan Reviewer to confirm requirements). 

Exemptions Application Web Form external link

 

step 3  Application Review

Once an Exemption application is uploaded, administrative staff will process the documentation for review. During the review, each application may be evaluated by up to 10 City disciplines, which may provide discipline-specific comments related to the project.     

 

step 4  Approval or Denial

All review staffers must provide comments before the issuance of any determination (approval or denial). Once all necessary reviews have been completed, administrative staff will contact the applicant through e-mail with a formal response. The request may be approved or denied.

If the application is Denied, address staff denial comments and resubmit. Denied Exemptions should address comments appropriately. If there are questions related to a discipline-specific comment, the applicant should contact the listed reviewer for follow-up. When denial comments have been addressed, the applicant may resubmit for review. Note: If Staff finds denial comments have not been adequately addressed, staff reserves the ability to Deny the application again and/or to provide further comments if there is a conflict found in secondary review cycles. An applicant’s formal denial response may be resubmitted through the Site Plan Exemptions Intake Web Form.

 

step 5 Fee Payment

The Exemption Application Fee is due once the application is approved and before formal release. Fees will be posted to an applicant's Austin Build + Connect account and are payable online. Once paid, administrative staff will formally release the Exemption.

 

Site Plan Corrections

Site Plan Corrections are minor changes to an approved site plan while the site is actively under construction.


How to Apply :

 

step 1  Confirm Eligibility

Only site plans with active fiscal postings may be corrected. If you are unsure if your project is eligible and need to discuss additional review options, schedule an appointment with a Land Development Information Services Planner.

 

step 2  Obtain Record Copies of Site Plan Sheets

Site Plan Corrections must be prepared on City Approved copies of Site Plan Sheets. If you do not have a Record copy, contact Records & Research for assistance.

 

step 3  Redline Record Site Plan Sheets

Electronically mark proposed changes in red on Record Site Plan Sheets. Redlines should be prepared where proposed line work and figures are visible in red and existing approved line work and figures are visible in black.

 

step 4  Submit an Application 

Complete the Site Plan Correction Process and Form(PDF).

Complete the Site Plan Correction application and submit it along with a set of Redlined Plan Sheets in one file and Replacement sheets in a separate file and email Land Development Information Services (LDIS). If needed, a link can be requested to submit large files.

 

step 5  Fee payment

Once the intake is completed, the fee must be paid on Austin Build + Connect (AB+C Portal) before the review can begin.

 

Step 6  Application Review 

Staff will review your application. Your application may be reviewed by up to 10 disciplines, which may provide discipline-specific comments.

 

step 7  Approval or Denial

Once all necessary reviews have been completed, administrative staff will contact the applicant via email with approval instructions or denial comments. Denied corrections may be resubmitted. All comments should be addressed appropriately, and relevant staffers should be contacted for follow-up discipline-specific questions. If comments are not adequately addressed, staff may request additional updates. For each resubmittal, all sheets proposed to be changed in the correction must be submitted.

 

step 8  Archiving

Once the Correction is approved, it will be uploaded to the Site Plan folder on the AB+C Portal, and it will be considered part of the approved Site Plan.

 

Preliminary Assessments

Concept Site Plan 

A Concept Site Plan is an optional tool for obtaining a determination from the City regarding how City development regulations apply to a proposed project. The process is designed to help applicants evaluate the development potential of a project in advance of submitting a fully designed site plan. A Concept Site Plan may be used to provide a recommendation or commitment on a waiver, variance, or alternative equivalent compliance, in addition to providing a detailed assessment of the project highlighting potential code and criteria deficiencies. Once a Formal Review is completed, a meeting is then scheduled between the applicant and the review team to discuss comments and provide any clarifications needed. The review results in an Approval Letter binding to the city for one year. 

A Concept Site Plan application may constitute a fair notice application for the purposes of establishing vested rights to current regulations for a new project. The requirements for requesting a Fair Notice with Concept Site Plan are included in Section 15.3 of the Building Criteria Manual.

Development Assessment & Alternative Equivalent Compliance  

A Development Assessment is a preliminary analysis by City staff of the applicable general procedures and requirements of the Land Development Code and estimated fees required. The comment report issued as a result is not a binding recommendation from the city. It finalizes in a Comment Report, the results are not binding to the city.

Alternative Equivalent Compliance allows development to occur in a manner that meets the intent of the Land Development Code Chapter 25-2, Subchapter E through an alternative design that does not strictly adhere to the Subchapter’s standards. The procedure is not a general waiver of regulations.  

Except for the PUD Pre-Application, all development assessments are optional. A favorable assessment does not constitute approval of a project.

If you are ready to apply, go to the "How to Apply" section below. If you are uncertain of which application type is right for you, go to the "Appointments" section. 

 

Site Plans

Small Projects 

A small project exceeds the limits of a site plan exemption but is minor enough to allow for a simplified review. Generally, a small project must not exceed 5,000 square feet of impervious cover and 10,000 sq. ft. of construction area (limits of construction). Small projects have reduced fees, shorter review times, and do not require notification. Your project may qualify as a small project if all the conditions needed by LDC 25-5-3 are met. 

  • Fill Application  -  for projects depositing less than two feet of earth fill on sites not located in the 100-year floodplain and where no fill will be deposited within the drip line of a protected tree.
  • Retaining Wall Application  - for construction or reconstruction of a retaining wall less than 100 feet in length and eight feet in height within the City of Austin jurisdiction (full-purpose and limited-purpose city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)).
  • Telecommunication Tower Application- for construction or reconstruction of a telecommunication tower and accessory facilities constituting less than 5,000 square feet of new construction within the City of Austin jurisdiction (full-purpose and limited-purpose city limits, and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ))
  • Transportation Application -for turning lanes, median breaks, deceleration, and acceleration lanes, and other intersection improvements.

Consolidated Site Plan

A consolidated administrative site plan consists of two major elements that are submitted and reviewed concurrently:  

The Land Use Element includes information on the land use, site design, and layout (such as building height, setbacks, density, and parking) and demonstrates compliance with zoning, site development, and transportation.

The Construction Element includes detailed information on the construction aspects of the site design (such as grading, detention, filtration, erosion/sedimentation controls, landscaping, and tree protection) and demonstrates compliance with drainage, water quality, and environmental regulations. 

The City of Austin created an optional Fast-Track process designed to get projects started on an accelerated schedule. Visit the Fast Track Procedure webpage to learn more. 


Non-Consolidated Site Plans: 

Land Use Commission Site Plan (Non-Consolidated Land Use Element)

The Land Development Code requires approval in a public hearing by the Land Use Commission of the following types of applications: Conditional Use Permit site plan, Hill Country Roadway Corridor site plan, extension or phasing for an extended site plan expiration date, variance or waiver (Environmental or Compatibility), Restrictive Covenant amendment (if City Council approval is required), Planned Unit Development land plan revisions (if City Council approval is required).

If the plan requires Land Use Commission approval, the applicant may submit a Non-Consolidated Site Plan.  A non-consolidated site plan consists of two separate submittals: one for the land use element and one for the construction element. The Land Use Element includes information on the land use, site design, and layout (such as building height, setbacks, density, and parking) and demonstrates compliance with zoning, site development, and transportation. 

Submitting a Land Use Commission Site Plan first allows the applicant to determine whether the project will be approved by the Commission before doing all the detailed engineering work. Once the Commission approves the land use element, the construction element may be reviewed and approved administratively. However, both the land use and construction elements must be released concurrently. 

Non-Consolidated Site Plan Application (Construction Element)

A non-consolidated site plan consists of two separate submittals: one for the land use element and one for the construction element. The Construction Element includes detailed information on the construction aspects of the site design (such as grading, detention, filtration, erosion/sedimentation controls, landscaping, and tree protection) and demonstrates compliance with drainage, water quality, and environmental regulations. 

With a non-consolidated submittal, approval of the land use element by the Land Use Commission may be obtained before the detailed engineering work required for the construction element is performed.


Site Plan Revision Application (Consolidated/Non-Consolidated) 

A revision is a change to an approved or released site plan initiated by the applicant. The City Code allows a site plan revision to a released site plan that: 

  • It does not have a significant effect on a neighboring property, the public, or a person who will occupy or use the proposed development  
  • Is necessary to relocate approved building square footage or parking areas out of a condemned right-of-way area · Or is necessary to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. 

* The expiration date of the Site Plan will be based on the timeline of the original Site Plan approved. Approval of a Site Plan Revision does not extend the expiration date. 


Major Drainage/Regional Detention (Construction Element) Application 

This application is for obtaining major drainage and regional detention site plan permit within the City of Austin jurisdiction (full-purpose and limited-purpose city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)). 


Off-Site/Shared Parking Application 

Off-site parking provides some or all parking on a different site from the principal use. Shared parking is used by more than one business at different times of the day, week, or year. Off-site parking may be shared between different uses or reserved exclusively for a specific use. Similarly, shared parking may be either on-site or off-site. 


Boat Docks Shoreline Modifications for Single-Family Lots Application 

The following information provides submittal requirements, exhibits, and general information necessary to obtain a permit to build a boat dock, bulkhead, shoreline modification, and access to the shoreline (e.g., stairs/trams/lifts/inclined elevators, etc.) within the City of Austin jurisdiction (full-purpose and limited-purpose city limits, and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)). 


Streets & Drainage Site Plan Application 

This application is for obtaining a site plan permit for Streets and Drainage Projects, including Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). 


Utility Line Projects Application 

This application is for obtaining a construction site plan permit for Utility Line Projects within the City of Austin jurisdiction (full purpose and limited-purpose city limits, and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)), except for water or sewer taps to an existing main, construction falling under the General Permit, and utility construction related to a subdivision. Construction plans for water and wastewater projects (except for the above) are no longer submitted separately to Water and Wastewater since the Development Services Department will do the distribution. 

If you are ready to apply, go to the "How to Apply" section below. If you are uncertain of which application type is right for you, go to the "Appointments" section. 

 

Prerequisites

Prerequisites are approvals, documentation, or determinations that must be obtained prior to applying for a Site Plan. This list identifies the most common approvals that must be obtained before the formal submittal of a site plan application. Review the Intake Checklist for your type of project for a complete list of prerequisites.

  • Legal Lot Description or Subdivision Reference. If a subdivision is required, it must be recorded prior to the release of the site plan
  • Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) Determination - Visit the TIA Determination webpage to download and submit the Worksheet Determination form. (Not required for Small Projects)
  • Parkland Final Determination or Parkland Early Determination (PED) letter. Submit a request for a PED through the Parkland Early Determination Letter Request Form(Not required for Small Projects)
  • Current Tax Certificates fully paid (If exempt, certificate still required) 
  • Engineering Report (Not required for utility, extensions, transportation, and parking projects)
  • Vested Rights Determination (If applicable) 
  • S.M.A.R.T. Housing- pre-certification letter from Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department. Visit the Housing Development Assistance webpage to learn more. 
  • AB+C account email address. If you don't have an account, create one at AB+C.

 

How to Apply

How to Apply for Preliminary Assessments and Site Plans: 

 

 step 1  Prepare

Obtain applicable prerequisites. 

 

step 2  Complete Application

Visit the Forms & Applications webpage and select the correct application type. Please review the instructions and supplemental information to ensure all information is completed and submitted correctly. 

 

step 3  Submit Online 

Submit your application online with the Initial Site Plan Application Web Form. The following items may be required: 

  • Current Tax Certificates fully paid (If exempt, certificate still required) 
  • Engineering Report (Not required for utility, extensions, transportation, and parking projects)
  • Project Review Form
  • Completed Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) Determination Worksheet. 
  • Sealed Engineer’s Summary Letter (Copy that is not in the Engineer Report) 
  • Location Map (PDF) with the red-marked site area
  • AB+C account email address. 

Initial Site Plan Application Web Form   external link

 

step 4  Completeness Check

During the completeness check, staff verifies all required administrative and technical items have been submitted. You will receive a  Completeness Check Result Letter. If an application is determined incomplete, updates may be submitted up to the completeness check expiration date. The Expiration Date is noted in the Completeness Check Result Letter. Submit updates using the Site Plan Update web form.

Site Plan Update Web Form   external link

 

step 5  Formal Review

Once Completeness Check has been approved and fees paid, Formal Review begins. During Formal Review dedicated experts of multiple disciplines will review your project to ensure your plan complies with the code. When the review is completed, you will receive a Master Comment Report.

  • Notification: For Site Plan applications, notification is mailed within 14 days of formal submittal to interested parties. Interested parties will receive a copy of the Master Comment Report and notification if and when the site plan is approved. Land Use Commission site plans require notification of public hearings. 

 

Step 6   Updates 

If there are comments noting any deficiencies with compliance with the code, you can update your site plan and resubmit for review. It is common for a project to undergo multiple reviews.  Submit updates using the Site Plan Update web form. 

  • Land Use Commission: If approval by the Land Use Commission is required, the Case Manager schedules the site plan application to a Land Use Commission hearing. Land Use Commission action is appealable to the City Council. 

Site Plan Update Web Form   external link

 

 Number 7  Results

Preliminary Assessment: A Master Comment report is issued with recommendations. Depending on the application, the recommendations result in commitments from the city that are binding for one year after approval. 

Site Plans: Once all code requirements have been met, all fees paid, and the electronic submittal of the final plan has been submitted with the required signatures, the Site Plan permit is issued. Approved site plans expire three years after the date of approval unless the applicant has active building permits for all proposed structures on the site, or, for construction not requiring building permits, where there is ongoing construction activity, which effectively keeps the site plan active.

 

Site Plans Resubmittal and Extensions

Withdrawal and Resubmittal

A one-time withdrawal and resubmittal request can be submitted to the Case Manager.  The request for the withdrawal must happen prior to the Site Plan's expiration date. The granting of the request is discretionary.  Once a Case Manager approves, the withdrawal and resubmittal must happen on the same date, and the application is submitted through the Intake web form as a new application. The new application submittal must include an approval letter for withdrawal and resubmittal from the Case Manager and a letter stating who were the reviewers assigned. 

 

Site Plan Extension 

If an approved site plan is approaching its three-year expiration date, an applicant may request a one-time, one-year administrative extension of the approved site plan. The extension request must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the approved site plan. If an approved Site Plan has already received an administrative extension, further extensions must be approved by the Land Use Commission. 


How to apply: 

 

step 1  Complete Application

Visit the Forms & Applications webpage and select the application form that matches the original type of site plan. 

 

step 2  Submit Online 

Submit your application online with the Site Plan Application Web Form. The following items will be required: 

  • A request letter summarizing the reasons for the extension request.
  • Tax maps, to be used for notification purposes, depicting all surrounding properties within at least 500 ft. of the project. Tax maps and notifications are not required for Small Projects.
  • Project Review Form
  • Vested Rights determination, if applicable
  • Current tax certificates
  • Approved Site Plan

Initial Site Plan Application Web Form   external link

 

step 3  Completeness Check

During the completeness check, staff verifies all required administrative and technical items for current regulations have been submitted. You will receive a  Completeness Check Result Letter. If an application is determined incomplete, updates may be submitted up to the completeness check expiration date. The Expiration Date is noted in the Completeness Check Result Letter.

Site Plan Update Web Form   external link

 

step 4  Formal Review

Once Completeness Check has been approved and fees paid, Formal Review begins. During formal review, dedicated experts of multiple disciplines will determine if any significant changes to ordinance requirements have been adopted, or if any site conditions have occurred that would require modifications to the previously-approved plan.

 

step 5  Updates 

If there are comments noting any deficiencies with compliance with the LDC, you can update your site plan and resubmit for review. Use the Site Plan Update web form to submit updates as well. 

Site Plan Update Web Form   external link

 

Step 6  Results

The granting of extension requests is discretionary.  If the extension request is approved and granted by DSD, you will receive a formal letter authorizing the one-year extension.

 

Additional Permits for Site Plans

Visit the Forms & Applications webpage to view applications, checklists, and associated packets.

Barton Springs Zone Initial Operating Permit Application 

In the Barton Springs Zone (BSZ), the owner or operator of commercial or multifamily development must obtain an annual operating permit for the required water quality controls. The BSZ overlay district applies to the portion of the Barton Springs Zone, as described in Section 25-8-2 (Descriptions Of Regulated Areas), within the City’s zoning jurisdiction. The maintenance plan for the entire water quality control system is required by LDC 25-8-233. Submit your application online through AB+C Portal. For assistance, please email the Watershed Department.

 

Capitol View Corridor Elevation Determination  

A Capitol View Corridor (CVC) is a plane that extends from a defined viewpoint or points to the base of the Capitol dome. The center of the Capitol dome is 653 feet above sea level. No structure is permitted to pierce the plane. Staff is charged with conducting a review and writing a determination when new development is proposed in a CVC. To apply, complete the application below and email it to Zachary Whitaker.

 

Demolition Permit Application 

The Demolition Permit Application includes submittal requirements for Residential and Commercial Structures. Site Plan approval is required before submitting a demolition project. Visit the Demolition Permit webpage to learn how to apply. 

 

Limited Adjustment Application 

Complete this form in full to apply for an Adjustment to the Save Our Springs Initiative, as per the City of Austin Land Development Code (LDC) Section 25-1-251.  If you need assistance, please get in touch with the Case Manager for the associated project in review.  

 

Managed Growth Agreement Application 

What Is a Managed Growth Agreement? Sec. 25-1-553 of the City of Austin Land Development Code (LDC) states that an applicant may request the City Council enter into a Managed Growth Agreement to plan and develop large-scale projects or projects located within a planned development center. In addition, the agreement may specify the time period during which an application may comply with original regulations and shall establish an expiration date necessary to complete the project if the otherwise applicable expiration date is to be extended. Contact Christopher Johnson for questions on how to apply. 

 

Vested Rights

The Regulatory Policy and Administration division reviews vested rights petitions submitted under Land Development Code Chapter 25-1, Article 12, and Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code. A Vested Rights Petition should be submitted prior Site Plan application. Visit the Vested Rights webpage to learn more. 

Site Plan Reviews and Processes Administered by the Development Services Department:

In the AB+C Portal, you can see all reviews assigned to a site plan and the point of contact for each type of review. 

Board of Adjustment  - The City of Austin Board of Adjustment (BOA) hears and decides on requests for variances (or modifications) of  Zoning site development regulations, off-street parking requirements, and sign regulations, as well as hears and decides appeals of administrative actions under Chapter 25-2 (Zoning) in the City of Austin Land Development Code. The BOA consists of members appointed by the Austin City Council. Visit the Board of Adjustment webpage to learn more. 

City Arborist - The City Arborist group reviews projects for compliance with the City of Austin's Tree Ordinance. Visit the City Arborist webpage to learn more. 

Water Quality and Drainage  - The Water Quality and Drainage engineers are responsible for ensuring that development projects within the City’s jurisdiction comply with the Land Development Code, design criteria, and standard engineering principles.  Specific areas of responsibility include flood management, stormwater conveyance and mitigation, surface water quality, roadway design and facility, and stream bank structural stability. Visit the Water Quality and Drainage webpage to learn more and to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.

Environmental - The Environmental review is primarily concerned with the enforcement of the regulations detailed in Chapter 25-8, Subchapter A; and Chapter 25-2, Subchapter C, Article 9 of the City’s Land Development Code; and portions of Section 1 and Section 2 of the Environmental Criteria Manual, and consist of such regulations as impervious cover restrictions per individual watershed classification, stream buffer preservation, grading and construction on slopes restrictions, erosion and sedimentation control regulations, and landscaping.

Land Management - The Land Management team assists customers with obtaining rights for the use of City right-of-way and easements (streets, sidewalks, alleys, public utilities). Visit the Land Management webpage to learn more. 

Site Plan Reviews and Processes Administered by Other City Departments

In the AB+C Portal, you can see all reviews assigned to a site plan and the point of contact for each type of review. 

Austin Energy - Visit the Service Design & Planning webpage to learn more about their processes, standards, and code. 

Austin Fire - Austin Fire Department's (AFD) Fire Protection engineers are primarily responsible for fire safety features in the design of buildings, including the design of the overall site, and new and renovated buildings. Visit the AFD Plan Review webpage to learn more.

Austin Water - There are multiple review groups within the Austin Water Department. Visit the Utility Development Services webpage to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.

  • Pipeline Engineering's overall responsibility is the review, permitting, and management of all public and private development projects for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water infrastructure to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and city standards, specifications, and requirements. Visit the Pipeline Engineering webpage to learn more.
  • Industrial Waste oversees Chapter 15-10 of the Austin City Code (Wastewater Regulations) along with state and federal regulations. that could affect the quality or quantity of industrial wastewater discharged to the City's sewer system. Visit the Industrial Waste webpage to learn more. 

Watershed Protection - The Watershed Protection Planning Division ushers new or updated rules and ordinances through the stakeholder process, ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, and supports the department’s GIS functions. Visit Watershed's Administrative Criteria and Ordinances webpage to learn more about the current watershed regulations by zone and watershed classification. 

Historic Preservation - The historic preservation office reviews demolition and relocation permits for buildings over 45 years of age. Visit the Historic Preservation webpage to learn if a property is a historic landmark located in a locally designated historic district or a National Register district.  

Information and technology - Visit the Address Management Services webpage to request address verification, reserve street names, view addressing changes, and review standards.

Law -The Land Use and Real Estate Division provide legal advice, legislative drafting, and transactional and contractual assistance to specific City departments on real estate, zoning, land development, environmental protection, and endangered species. The Land Use and Real Estate Division review legal documents submissions such as easements. View all Easement and Restrictive Covenant templates on the Forms and Applications webpage.

Parks and Recreation -  A site plan applicant shall provide for the parkland needs of the residents by the dedication of suitable land for park and recreation purposes or by payment of a fee in lieu of land. The City may require dedication of land if the proposed development is in a park-deficient area and/or meets other dedication criteria. Visit the Parkland Dedication webpage to learn more about these regulations.

Public Works - The City of Austin's Public Works Department designs, manages, and inspects major capital improvement projects; promotes bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to school, and urban trail projects; and maintains the City's network of trails, roadways, and bridges once they are built. 

Transportation Department - Visit the Transportation Department webpage to learn more about review services to developers/applicants and their consultants on all aspects of transportation associated with a proposed development/redevelopment. A Traffic Impact Analysis(TIA) determination is required for Site Plan submittals. 

 

*This is not a complete list and not all reviews are applicable to all applications

 

Conflict Resolution Pilot Process

The Conflict Resolution Pilot Process creates a transparent and understandable set of steps for quickly reaching a resolution when a customer identifies in the Master Comment Report two or more comments for codes that are in conflict, meaning that both regulations cannot be satisfied.


How to request: 

 

 step 1  Submit a Conflict Resolution Request

Complete a Conflict Resolution Request if you have identified two or more comments in your Master Comment Report for codes that are in conflict. Conflicts can only be submitted and resolved between review cycles; they cannot be submitted while the site plan is in review. 

Submit Conflict Resolution Request   external link

 

step 2   Review of Request

The Case Manager determines if the case is eligible to move forward through the conflict resolution process within two business days. Submissions are ineligible if: they are not between review cycles, the subject of the conflict is currently under review by a board or commission, there is not enough information provided to evaluate, or the submission is a disagreement with code and not a conflict between two codes. 

 

step 3  Reviewers Meet 

The Case Manager facilitates the meeting between the Discipline Reviewers, records the outcome of the meeting, and notifies the applicant of the determination. If the conflict is not resolved the case is escalated and a secondary meeting is scheduled with Review Discipline Supervisors and Higher-Level Decision Makers.

 

step 4  Resolution

Within 15 business days, the City of Austin provides a unified conclusion regarding the customer-identified conflict. Potential resolutions could include the following: redesign required, administrative waiver given, board/council waiver supported, comments updated, or incomplete/not enough information available from the applicant to resolve.

 

Resources

Fees

For more information, visit the Fees webpage

Tools

The Property Profile tool answers questions about specified properties and development regulations within the City. With Property Profile, you can search for information, see aerial images, including street views, create custom maps, download data, and run a report detailing a specified property. 

Visit more online tools

Appointments

 Site Plan Review, Exemptions, Corrections, and Revision Questions 

The Land Development Information Services (LDIS) staff, previously known as the Development Assistance Center (DAC), can answer general site plan questions such as which Site Plan Application to submit, the site plan process and requirements, Site Plan Exemptions, Corrections, Revisions, and Conditional Use Permits for commercial and multi-family properties, as well as residential and commercial boat docks.

  • For questions regarding submitting a formal Site Plan Application, see the “Application Forms and Submission Questions” appointment below.

 Expected Appointment Duration: 20 minutes

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Application Forms and Submission Questions

Ask Land Use Intake staff how to fill out and submit a new Site Plan Application. 

Expected Appointment Duration: 15 minutes  

 

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