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Application Process

1

Verify Your Address

This website provides information on development outside corporate city limits in Travis County.

To verify what city and county your property is located in, use the Jurisdiction Web Map.

2

Gather Required Information

The following information is needed to complete your application:

  1. Address
  2. Legal description of the property from Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD)
    • Property ID (PID)
    • Lot # (if applicable)
    • Block (if applicable)
    • Phase and section (if applicable)
  3. Type of Development
  4. Distance to Sewer
  5. Site Plan including:
    • Outline and size of the property showing location of property lines.
    • Location and dimensions of all proposed facilities such as:
      • Buildings
      • Swimming pools
      • Driveways
      • Other paved areas
      • Patios
      • Decks
      • etc.
    • Wells & OSSF, existing or proposed, including those on adjoining properties, which may be within 150’ of each other
    • Potable water lines
    • Direction of north
    • Nearest public road and name of road
    • Easements
    • Creeks, dry washed, drainage ditches, ponds, or lakes
    • All easements
    • Sharp slopes, breaks, areas of slope greater than or equal to 15%
    • Travis County regulated floodplain or a statement that no part of the lot is in the flood plain
    • Proposed location of the private sewage facility components
    • 1’ contours for system area and 2’ contours to 25’ above and 75’ below the system area
    • Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

Unsure about required information or documents?

Our new tool Camino can help. Answer a few questions to get a personalized list of what you need for your application.

This version of Camino is a beta release and is intended as a supplemental tool to learn about likely requirements for your project. We have tried to build the tool to accurately capture the required steps, information, and documentation depending on the unique nature of your project, but it is NOT a substitute for Travis County Code or any other laws and regulations.

Please see TCAD Disclaimer here.

3

Collect Required Documents

Please collect all documents listed below:

  1. OSSF Checklist
  2. Residential Checklist
  3. OSSF Soil Evaluation Form
  4. Affidavit to Public For OSSF Requiring Maintenance
    • Systems with aerobic or advanced treatment or surface/drip irrigation
  5. Affidavit Linking Properties
    • Any project with OSSF crossing property lines
  6. Maintenance Contract (when maintenance is required)
  7. Floorplan
  8. After inspection:
    • Designer Certification Letter
4

Create an Account

Travis County uses an online platform to process development permits.

Once you complete all previous steps, please proceed to create a permitting account.

5

Apply for Your Permit

Once your account is created and phone number verified, you can move on to filing your paperwork.

Please have all the requirements in previous steps handy.

Start your online application.

Follow the instructions and steps provided within the platform.

In the “Select an Application Type” step, select “On-Site Wastewater (Residential)”.

NOTE: If you also need a Development or Driveway Permit, you must submit for your OSSF Permit as a separate application.

6

Check the Status of Your Application

As we review your application, you can track the progress in the permitting website.

All communication associated with your permit application will be conducted within the same website. Please monitor your email and queue for status updates or comments associated with your application.

7

Respond to Our Comments (if applicable)

If the County has provided comments on your application, action is required by you to address the comments. The review process will be paused until you have responded sufficiently to each comment.

8

Receive the Permit

Once your application is approved, you will receive an e-mail notification.

Post the permit somewhere visible from the public right of way (ROW) on your work site before you begin your project.

9

Schedule Inspections

Inspection requests must be made in MyGovernmentOnline before 2pm the previous working day.

Required Information:

  • Preferred date of inspection, if not for the next day
  • Type of Inspection
    • Required inspections are dependent on the type of project and OSSF system, and could include:
      • Open Trench
      • Rock and Pipe
      • Final Inspection
      • Tank, Pump, and Alarm
      • Scarification
      • Landscaping

Inspection Team Contact Information:

Areas of Consideration

Related Permits

Projects associated with single-family residence or manufactured homes.

Find information about permits for construction and remodeling projects outside corporate city limits in Travis County, such as:

  • Single-Family Residences & Duplexes
  • Driveways
  • On-Site Sewage Facilities
  • Fences & Retaining Walls
  • More…
Single Family Home / Manufactured Home

Learn how to get a permit for a new construction of a single-family house, a duplex, or a mother-in-law suite/habitable structures.

Driveway

Learn about the different types of approved driveways, and how to get a permit to build a driveway on a maintained county right-of-way.

References & Code

Relevant Travis County Code Chapters

Travis County Code:

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you can’t find information about a specific permit or need help, fill out the Contact & Feedback Form. We will get back to you shortly.

You can also request a pre-application meeting to discuss any questions about your project by submitting a Request for a Pre-Application Meeting.

For other ways to reach us, visit our Contact page.

Development Services Contact Card

Contact & Feedback Form

Request a Pre-Application Meeting

Phone

(512) 854-4215

Permit Desk Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Street Address

700 Lavaca
Suite 540
Austin, TX 78701
(Map)

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1748
Attn: Permits
Austin, TX 78701

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More Resources

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TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $9.12.