There are many reasons why someone would want to look up development happening in Austin. You might want to know what’s happening down the street, you might want to know why all the cranes have gathered at that particular place on your way to work or you might have read in the newspaper or on your Facebook feed that Austin is riding a development wave.
Here is a quick primer on the various ways you can access information about development in Austin , which tools you would like to use really depends on what you want to know and how much detail you would like to have –
1.City of Austin’s Open Data Portal : You can download permit information in ‘.csv’ or spreadsheet format from this portal. Click on the link and explore the various datasets that have been posted on this website. One of the datasets is the Issued Construction Permits dataset. This dataset includes building, driveway and sidewalk, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits. You can narrow down the dataset by using the Filter button on the right top corner of the window. You can then use the Export button to download the dataset as per your preference.
2. Data Visualizations : Data visualizations for new residential, non-residential development and demolitions in Austin, categorized by calendar year, council district and zip code, along with web maps can be found at
- New Non Residential Development in Austin
- New Residential Development in Austin
- Demolitions in Austin.
3. Emerging Projects : This is your quick check on what’s going on down the street or at a particular location. Click on the hyperlinked ‘online map’. You can either zoom in to your area of interest, or type in an address in the ‘Find Address or place’ window, and hit Enter. You can click on a project to get more information like Project Name, Status of the project, a short description and a hyperlink that guides you to the City’s Permit Search page. You can look up information like zoning, Case Manager, Property and People Details here. If there is supplementary documentation for the application, you can look at that by scrolling to the bottom of the page and opening the files. This map is updated each quarter so it might not depict the latest information. The information also excludes projects that are less than 20 units or are less than 10 acres.
4.Geospatial Datasets : Here is way to access geospatial datasets from the City of Austin in ArcMap. Some of the geospatial datasets that cover development in the City of Austin can be accessed at -
- Emerging Projects Austin
- Issued Building Permits
- Issued Driveway and Sidewalk Permits
- Issued Electrical Permits
- Issued Mechanical Permits
- Issued Plumbing Permits
- Site Plan Review Cases
- Subdivision Review Cases
- Zoning Review Cases
5. Multifamily Report: The Multifamily Report is a quarterly snapshot of Austin's apartment and condominium market. The report tracks multifamily projects in the city as they move through the development pipeline. From the initial submission of a site plan all the way through product delivery, multifamily projects are followed using data from the City's planning systems database AMANDA. Attributes include project name, project status, location, number of units, and some limited contact information. The report also includes a summary of units and projects in the pipeline, a graphic depicting the ups and downs in the supply of multifamily units that Austin has experienced over two decades, as well as an analysis of overall market trends. The report can be found on the Demographic Data page. For questions or comments regarding the Multifamily Report, please contact Ryan Robinson or call (512) 974-6443.
5. Property Profile : This online web based map provides a variety of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data as well as property and development related information. The map covers information about land use, zoning, elevation contours, zoning cases, site plan and subdivision cases, storm water infrastructure, transportation, natural features, neighborhoods, floodplains, parks, jurisdiction, and many more datasets. Click on the link to the ‘Help Document’ on the toolbar above the map to learn more about how to use this resource.
6. Public Information : You might be interested in finding out about a specific Sub Type of building, for example Office Buildings have been proposed for Austin. In the ‘Search by Property/ Project Name/ Types/Date Range’ section of this web page, you can look up development types by exploring the Sub Type pull down menu, or if you know a project name, or look up projects by a street address or a zip code. You could also use a date range to find out what has been submitted to the City of Austin’s development review process in that time.