If you’re a homeowner, there’s a good chance you will be renovating or remodeling a room at some point in your life. This process will be time consuming and detail oriented, but it’s all in the name of safety. That’s why the city of Austin requires a building permit for every remodel, renovation, home addition, and any other new structure you add to your home.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, “I’m just adding on the kitchen, do I really need a building permit?” According to the city’s Development Service Department:

“The City of Austin requires a permit for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, move or demolish any building or structure within the City’s zoning jurisdiction or in a Municipal Utility District (MUD) if the consent agreement between the MUD and the City requires insurance of a permit prior to construction.”


As you can see, it’s imperative that you obtain a permit, both for safety and to stay within the law. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you with the process. Here are the steps you need to take to acquire a building permit in Austin:

1. Create a Plan

When you apply for a building permit, you will need to come up with a tentative plan. This means you will have to describe your renovation and possibly draw out your plans. The more specific you are the better.

2. Determine If You Need a Professional

There are certain jobs a professional must complete. Jobs that include any electrical, mechanical, plumbing and irrigation, a professional is needed. An example would be adding stairs to a structure.


3. Call the Austin Permit Office

The phone number to the permit office is (512)-978-4000 and the address is 505 Barton Springs Road. When you talk to the representative, tell them you would like to apply for a permit. From there, they will be able to give you the proper instructions on how to apply.

4. Determine How Many Permits You Need

Depending on the renovation, you may need more than one permit. A Trade Permit is required for electrical, mechanical, plumbing or irrigation. Hiring a professional is not always needed.  A person who is not licensed is allowed to perform these tasks. If this pertains to you, a Homestead Permit is required. Learn more by reading the Homestead permit eligibility requirements.

5.  Fill Out the Permit

Once your permit is issued, an inspection must be scheduled. An inspector will typically come to your location before the permit is issued. It’s common for the inspector to periodically come to your location while the renovation is in process and again when it’s completed. All permits are active for 180 days and will expire on the 181st day unless your renovation has received an inspection.

6.   Consider Renting a Dumpster

By now you should have all your ducks in a row and are ready to start building. But have you thought about all of the debris you will have leftover? A dumpster rental in Austin is the perfect solution to condense and dispose of the unwanted materials. Don’t wait until all of the debris is scattered around your location! If you would like us to place the dumpster in the street, don’t forget to obtain a TURP permit from the Right of Way Management office. Give us a call at (512)-651-2958 Monday through Friday to secure a dumpster rental.

Budget Dumpster Roll Off Dumpster