Residential Advocacy

AIA Austin, through its Advocacy Commission, is actively engaged with City of Austin staff to keep updated as to zoning and building code changes, specifically including the Residential Review and Inspections Departments. The purpose is to inform AIA Austin members of various code changes and City of Austin staff interpretations affecting architects and their practice.


Chair: Travis Young, AIA
Chair-Elect: Bhavani Singal, AIA
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Ingrid Spencer

Advocacy Review Process flowchart

 

Residential/Commercial Advocacy Roundtable 11/16/2020, Tree Protection Ordinance with Daniel Priest

Residential Advocacy Update Presentation, January 2019 link

2015 IRC Adoption

Projects submitted after July 1, 2017 will need to comply with the 2015 IRC and local amendments.

Tree Review Changes

Beginning February 10, 2017, a separate Tree Ordinance Review Application (TORA) will no longer be required when submitting for residential plan review (PR). The application, fee, review, and issuance of a tree permit will all be consolidated into the Residential PR process.

Energy Code Revisions

Projects submitted after September 1, 2015 will need to comply with the 2015 IECC and local amendments

Visitability Changes 2015

On January 30, 2014, City Council adopted changes to the International Residential Code relating to accessibility and visitability requirements from new single-family dwellings (single-family, duplex, and townhomes).

City of Austin Fire Flow Requirements
for Residential Construction

Beginning in January 2014, the City of Austin began to formally review for the fire-flow requirement for houses larger than 3600 SF. Fire-flow for residential construction varies based upon size and construction type (see Table B105.1, 2012 International Fire Code) If a property does not have the required fire-flow, the code allows for alternate methods of compliance including the installation of sprinklers or an increase in the fire rating of the construction. This is not to be confused with Texas Occupation Code Section 1301.551 (i) where state law prohibits requiring the installation of a multipurpose residential fire protection sprinkler system.

Note: A residential sprinkler system designed, installed and tested in accordance with the 2016 NFPA 13D or the 2015 IRC P2904 standards will be installed for Lot #1B: The plans for the sprinkler system must be designed and installed by a Texas Licensed Sprinkler contractor for NFPA 13D systems or a Texas Licensed Plumber with the Multipurpose Residential Fire Protection Sprinkler Specialist (MRFPSS) endorsement. The Sprinkler plans must be submitted, reviewed, approved, tested, and inspected by AFD prior to covering the walls and ceilings. A flow test of the most demanding area will be required.

Certification of Compliance (Self-certification)

Since 2013, AIA Austin's Advocacy Liaisons have worked closely with City of Austin staff to maintain the option for architects to self-certify residential projects.

We highly suggest that prior to submitting a self-certified project, you consult with a senior reviewer using the paid consult program. The program's success will depend largely on the professional judgement and discretion of the architect who chooses to use this form.

 

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