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The Service Center (formerly the Permit Center) issues building and applicable trade (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, irrigation) permits, provides permit payment services, and registers licensed contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and irrigation) to perform work.   Contractors must be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation before registering with the City of Austin.  View contractor registration requirements and payment services.

Building Plan Review is responsible for reviewing Residential and Commercial construction plans for compliance with the Land Development Code.  Once a building plan is approved, a building permit is issued by the Service Center, along with applicable trade permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing & irrigation).  

Austinites recognize that trees are valuable economically, aesthetically, socially, and for the environmental sustainability of the region.  The City of Austin’s objective of making Austin the most livable city in the United States is supported by the Forestry Division by providing citizens’ services that promote trees, plan the urban forest, and enforce the tree ordinances.

The Development Assistance Center (DAC) serves as the initial interface between the community and the department.    The DAC provides development consulting information and serves as the foundation for the customer preparing their land development application and City staff conducting the site review and inspection.  The DAC also provides business-related permitting services. 

Click here to view applications for permit-related services listed below:

View information on building inspections, commercial site and subdvision inspections, and environmental inspections performed by the Development Services Department.

The Land Use Review Division reviews and permits site plan and subdivision applications for compliance with Chapters 25 and 30 of the Land Development Code.