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Building a Better and Safer Austin

The purpose of the Development Services Department is to provide excellent customer service in a high quality, positive, timely, and facilitative manner to the Austin community to build a better and safer Austin.

Not sure where to start? Click here to learn about the various development-related services provided by the Development Services Department.  Click here to view development-related flow charts.

Visit the Planning and Zoning Department for information regarding  planning, preservation and design services to make Austin the most livable city in the country.

Austin Build + Connect (AB+C)

Search for information on land development cases or conduct online development-related business with the City.

Public Search - Search for development projects. zoning cases and development-related permits.  View permits issued (one week maximum).  Tips for conducting an online search.

Registered Users  - Apply for building permits, payment services, schedule an inspection, assign permits, escrow accounts, right-of-way permits, and other permitting & contractor services.

Austin City Code & Land Development Code

View the City Code, Land Development Code, and other development-related resources.

Building Plan Review

Reviews Residential Building plans and Commercial Building plans for compliance with the Land Development Code before building permits can be issued.

Building Permits

Issues building  and trade (electrical, mechanical, irrigation and plumbing), and registers licensed contractors.

Community Tree Preservation

Administers the City's Tree Ordinances, and performs tree reviews, permitting and inspection services, and implements the Urban Forest Master Plan.

Forms and Applications

Schedule a Building Inspection

The Building Inspection Division (BID) performs construction related inspections for residential and commercial buildings within the City limits, and electrical and plumbing services in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).