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Learn how to get approval to set up infrastructure on your land. This is the first step in dividing land for individual sale or development.

If your land already had roads on it, proceed to the Final Plat application.

Are you located within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)? Follow the City of Austin Subdivision process instead.

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. Subdivision name and the number of lots and lot type information
  2. Legal description of the property from Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD)
    • Lot #
    • Block
    • Phase and section
    • Property ID (PID)
  3. If the property is raw acreage, provide:
    • Name and number of the survey
    • Acreage
  4. Estimated cost of construction of subdivision improvements with a sealed construction cost estimate (basis for fiscal posting)
3

Complete Pre-Checklist

Based on the unique characteristics of your project, the Checklist will explain additional required documents needed:

4

Collect & Complete Other Required Documents

These documents are the minimum required documents necessary to accept a Subdivision application. Additional documents may be required, and if documents are missing, incomplete, or illegible, the application cannot be accepted.

  1. City of Austin Drainage Criteria Manual Code Compliance Summary
  2. City of Austin Transportation Criteria Manual Code Compliance Summary
  3. Austin/Travis County Subdivision Regulations Compliance Summary
  4. Travis County Development Regulations - Engineering Review
  5. Travis County Development Regulations - Environmental Review
  6. Floodplain & Drainage Analysis
  7. Floodplain Letter (one of the following)
    • A Texas Registered Professional Engineer’s Letter stating the project is not applicable 
      or
    • Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) Letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
    • Authorization Letter (response to the PCN Letter) from the USACE
  8. Receipt from USPS for Certified Mailing for Project Notifications
  9. Site Grading Plan (construction plan only)
5

Complete Application Prerequisites

Applicants are strongly encouraged to request a Project Assessment with TNR staff to assist with determining prerequisite processes that affect their development.

Important: It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify and complete all outside approvals prior to submitting your application. If a requirement is identified after the application submission, the application will be considered void until the requirement is addressed and approval documentation submitted.

Examples of Outside/Variant Processes, Permits, Exception Requests, etc.
  • Other non-COA ETJ jurisdiction approvals
  • FEMA CLOMR and LOMR approvals
  • USACE Clean Water Act Section 404 Permits
  • Requests to TNR to utilize alternative standards
    Traffic Impact Analysis, which requires TNR approved scoping prior ahead of the analysis, TNR review and approval of complete TIA report, mitigations identified and agreed upon, and a completed draft phasing agreement addressing mitigations as a required submittal document with the subdivision application.
  • LCRA Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance permits
  • Water Supply commitments/contracts
  • Wastewater commitments or on-site sewage facilities approval
  • Travis County Fire Marshal site plan approval
  • TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Zones

Note: All confirmation documents from these situations must be submitted with your permit application.

6

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.

7

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 “Final Plat”.

NOTE: Travis County only accept applications on Mondays, dependent on whether the court is in session.

8

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.

9

Respond to Our Comments (if applicable)

If the County has provided comments on your application, action is required by you. Please address all comments and return a Comment Response Letter. The review process will be paused until you have responded sufficiently to each comment.

10

Await Commissioners Court Approval

At this point, your application will go to the Commissioners Court for approval. You can watch the session virtually.

Contact your Case Manager about your court date.

The court will conclude with one of the following recommendations:

  • Approval
  • Approval with Conditions
  • Disapproved with Reasons
11

Address Conditions/Comments and Resubmit (if applicable)

If the court returns your application with comments, you will need to adjust your Preliminary Plan application accordingly, and re-submit the updated version to the permitting website under the same application.

12

Receive the Approval & Move to the Next Step

Once all concerns are addressed and your Preliminary Plat application approved, you can proceed to the next step of the Subdivision application: submit your Final Plat.

Related Permits

Projects associated with commercial properties, multi-family residence, or manufactured home parks.

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

  • Subdivision Applications
  • Driveways
  • On-Site Sewage Facilities
  • Demolition & Clearing
  • More…
Final Plat

If your plot of land already has infrastructure on it, start here to learn how to apply to divide the land for individual sale or development.

The types of applications you can file for here include:

  • Final Plat out of a Preliminary Plan
  • Short Form Plat
  • Amended Plat
  • Re-subdivision
Commercial Site Plan

Learn how to get a permit for the development of commercial non-dwelling projects, such as offices, medical centers, hotels, malls, large-scale utility projects, and more.

References & 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.

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Contact & Feedback Form

Request a Pre-Application Meeting

Phone

(512) 854-4215

Permit Desk Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Closed April 8th

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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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.