Codes and Regulations

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 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.

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 Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for the application process for neighborhoods that wish to adopt more restrictive regulations relating to the distance and hours of operation of mobile food trailers operating near neighborhoods. For areas with a City Council-approved neighborhood plan, the Planning Contact Team must submit the application. For areas without a City Council-approved neighborhood plan, the neighborhood association can submit the application. The application period is the month of February of each year. The application must be hand-delivered or postmarked no later than February 28th of each year.  Learn more about the application process.

Mobile Food Establishments (Food Trailers) are licensed and regulated by Austin Public Health (City of Austin Code Sections 10-3-91 thru 10-3-95)  Please contact Environmental Health Services at 512-978-0300 for health permit assistance.

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.

View the list of neighborhood groups who have adopted the Front Yard Parking ordinances with dates of adoption.
This ordinance does not prohibit parking on a public street.

Read Austin’s City Code definition of Front or Side Yard Parking.

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.

City Code Titles 1-30 of the Code of Ordinances.

Land Development Code - Chapters 25-1 thru 25-13

Development regulations within the City's planning and zoning jurisdiction.

Land Development Code - Austin/Travis County Subdivision Regulations (Title 30)

These regulations apply to the subdivision of land in the portion of the City of Austin's extraterritorial jurisdiction that is within Travis County, including the areas that the city has annexed for limited purposes.

Site Development Regulations (Chapter 25-2-492)

Zoning Permitted Use Chart (Chapter 25-2-491)