By Casey Callais — City permitting, code compliance and inspection information is all in the public domain but can be a bit confusing to navigate. I’ve put a collection of links together to help buyers and agents to find what they may be looking for with relative ease. Feel free to send me a message if you have more links that should be added!
Has my new house passed its inspections? You can find out using the Austin Build + Connect portal. Just punch in the relevant information (addresses may need to be in caps) and scroll down to see which inspections have passed and which are pending.
Who is the building inspector assigned to my area?
Your city inspectors work for you. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions about your home under construction. They are friendly and helpful! Find out who to talk to by adding your address and zooming in.
What building codes does Austin follow?
Austin adopted the 2021 International Residential Code and 2020 National Electric Code back on Sept. 1, 2021. There are a few interesting amendments that Austin observes, such as fences can be 8′ high without a permit, the minimum design wind speed for residential construction is 105 mph. You can find Austin’s codes online at https://library.municode.com/tx/austin/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=TIT25LADE_CH25-12TECO_ART11RECO
Do I need a permit in Austin to …?
Glad you asked. Austin says you have to permit work done on your home with the following exceptions:
How do I apply for or “pull” a permit in Austin?
The city has streamlined the process by allowing it to be done online. You will need to register an account and follow the prompts at https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/permit/login?reset=true&t_loginAgain=1
For more details on Austin inspections including a great list of tips, check out
What about permits and trees?
What codes are enforced in Cedar Park? Cedar Park uses the 2015 code cycle and 2014 NEC code cycle. The only real exception is that the wind design speed is 115mph and they don’t allow smaller, 14awg sized wire for use in homes. You can find all their information on permitting, planning and of course, codes, at
How in the hippo can I get a permit in Hutto? Oh heck, it ain’t hard! The city allows submittal online and via fax (google it, kids). They have a website with a great list of forms and links for starting the permitting process:
What code cycle is Hutto using? According to their website, Hutto is using the 2018 IRC with no amendments that I can see.
How can I get a permit in Leander? It is easy enough through the website. The city of Leander has a simple yet comprehensive site that can help guide you through the permitting process.
What kind of code adoptions are there in Leander? The codes are similar to those of Cedar Park with a few small exceptions. First of all, the wind design speed is only 105mph. Secondly, smoke detectors are required in media rooms with no emergency egress. Check out all the details here.
How can I apply for a permit in Manor? The best place to start is the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Manor website. There you can find links to permitting, adopted codes and fee information.
What codes has Manor adopted? Manor, Texas has adopted the 2015 IRC and 2014 NEC. They also build to only a 90mph wind design speed for some reason. My guess is that will change after the next tornado.