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The Service Center provides the following services:

  • Issues building permits and applicable trade permits (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, irrigation)

  • Issues "stand-alone" trade permits (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, irrigation) that are not tied to a building permit

  • Provides permit payment services

  • Registers licensed contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and irrigation) to perform work. View contractor registration requirements and payment services.

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

The Residential Review Division offers self-certification for Certified Building Designers and Texas-licensed Architects. 

    The Community Tree Preservation Division administers the City's Tree regulations by performing tree reviews, permitting, and inspections, and implements the Urban Forest Master Plan. The Division serves to cultivate a relationship between Austin residents and their trees by fostering a resilient community forest accomplished through an interconnected mix of regulations, outreach, planning, and community partnerships.

    The Development Assistance Center (DAC) provides development consulting services and business-related permitting services. They will answer your questions and make sure you are knowledgeable about the procedures and requirements that apply to your project.

    Electrical Inspectors follow the Electrical and Energy provisions in the Codes and Ordinances.

    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. 


    The Development Services Department (DSD) issues other types of permits for other City Departments as well.

    Water Quality/Drainage Reviewers in the Land Use Division perform pre-construction review for water quality and drainage for site plans and subdivision plans to assure compliance with the Land Development Code.