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WELCOME 2015!


As reported nationally, Austin is experiencing growth second to none in the US!   Sales of existing residences, and new construction is on the rise...even more than in previous years!  Exciting news for those moving to or relocating within the Austin area, for those selling a home and those purchasing an existing, or building a new, residence.  Contractors, architects/designers, and engineers are inundated with work.  Real estate agents are busier than ever.

Basic Permit Information

Did you know......
  • You will need to obtain a building permit PRIOR to beginning any work on your project. If you do the work yourself, or if a contractor is hired to do the work, the homeowner is ultimately responsible to the permit. 
  • Permits must be applied for in person.  
  • Depending on the scope of work, a permit can take anywhere from 1 day (express specific) to 4 months (full remodel or new build). A permit service can shorten this time considerably. 
  • The following information typically is necessary to obtain a building permit:

Violation Notices

We are seeing an increase in code violation cases being referred to The Permit Lady. While there are always individuals and companies that try the cheap way around by doing construction projects without the benefit of permits, the current increase is by flippers.

Flippers will take a house, do some work without permits and sell the property without disclosing that there has been un-permitted work on the house. We were contacted recently by a new homeowner who had just purchased such a house.

Do You Need a Permit?

NEW construction permit requirements seem, well, obvious.  But what about simple projects?  If you're thinking about replacing your water heater or converting part of your garage into an office, ask yourself before you open your tool box: "Do I need permits?" Even small home improvements may require a building permit. Faulty installations can cause fires, flood damage and other hazards, and also force you to make costly repairs before you can sell your house.
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