Tag Archives: Austin Code

Monday, July 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Code working weekends on STR problems

Members of Austin’s Code Compliance Department are working overtime on weekends trying to deal with complaints about short-term rental properties that are making life unpleasant for people in surrounding neighborhoods. However, a memo from department Director Carl Smart shows a…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City to temporarily strengthen STR enforcement

This month, the city will launch a pilot program for enhanced code enforcement for short-term rentals. The stepped-up enforcement is a response to increased complaints about short-term rentals and growing concerns about their regulation. During the pilot program, members of…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Neighbors lose fight against metal building

There was sympathy on the dais, but last week District 10 residents lost a City Council appeal against a building constructed without a permit. Though some Council members openly expressed regret about the decision, they voted 6-3-1 to deny the appeal.…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Police to enforce noise ordinance during RoundUp

The Austin Police Department says it will enforce the city’s noise ordinance in the West Campus area during the University of Texas RoundUp festivities, scheduled for this weekend. RoundUp is a nationally known weekend of parties and live performances put…

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman: Fine Code Compliance for losing case

City Council Member Don Zimmerman has proposed a unique punishment for the city’s Code Compliance Department when it loses a case in Municipal Court: It will have to pay. Zimmerman, who has made no secret of his disdain for the…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Audit finds short-term rental enforcement lacking

Members of the Council Audit and Finance Committee learned Monday that, though the city has had success in bringing illegal short-term rentals into compliance, those that do not come into compliance are falling through the cracks. On a positive note,…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City looks to improve rental registration program

As part of an ongoing effort to beef up how the city addresses problem rental properties, City Council will consider whether to amend its rental registration program today. So far, the program has managed to capture only a handful of…

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Code violators may get administrative hearings

The Code Department may soon have a new tool to enforce city code, if an ordinance passes at today’s City Council meeting that would create an administrative hearing process for certain violations. Code Department Director Carl Smart told Council members…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission denies commercial zoning for resident’s garage

An attempt to rezone a North Austin property from single-family to residential simply to increase the impervious cover on the lot found no friends at the Planning Commission last week.   Minh-Tu Ngoc Doan explained that he had no intention…

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission hears pros, cons of Megabus permit

Austin Megabus, the low-cost intercity transit company, will be making a return stop at the Planning Commission next month in order to address the concerns of unhappy neighbors.   Megabus NE, LLC was seeking a Conditional Use Permit from the…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Standards Commission imposes hefty fine for neglected house

Austin’s Code Compliance Department is making efforts to resolve outstanding cases involving dilapidated homes, but some members of the city’s Building and Standards Commission say the department’s fines are too high, and the city should take more responsibility for homes…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council members question staff over code enforcement issues

Members of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday questioned city staff over their ongoing efforts to revamp code compliance. Code enforcement has been in the spotlight since a balcony collapse at the Woodridge Apartments set off a wave…

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