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Codes and Regulations

Below are links to the existing City Code and Land Development Code, as well as proposals to amend Chapters 25-1 through 25-11, 25-13 and Title 30 of the City Code.

The Planning Commission and City Council may initiate changes to the Code. The focus may be on a single neighborhood, a corridor, an activity center, or on a more extensive area depending on community and citywide goals.

The Design Standards and Mixed Use Ordinance (Subchapter E of the Land Development Code) is comprised of three primary components:

  1. Site Development Standards, addressing sidewalks, pedestrian connectivity, parking, lighting, and more;
  2. Building Design Standards, addressing features of buildings; and
  3. Mixed-Use Standards, addressing residential, office, and retail uses within a single, pedestrian-oriented structure or district.

The City of Austin’s Restricted Front Yard and Side Yard Parking ordinance prohibits parking a motor vehicle in the front or side yard of a residence except in a driveway or a paved parking space.

These areas are designated on the Restricted Parking Area Map.

This page provides information on how a Neighborhood Planning Contact Team or a Neighborhood Association can adopt additional regulations that regulate the distance and hours of operation of mobile food trailers near residential areas.

The principal elements that urban design regulates include parks, open space, and other places that people may gather; streets, sidewalks, and walkways; bridges and water bodies; historical features; trees and landscaping; and lighting and signage.