Finding someone with a horror story about pulling a construction permit in Austin is about as difficult as finding a breakfast taco on East Seventh Street. You don’t have to go far.
Whether you want to build an entire structure or do a much less ambitious remodeling job, you’re going to wander into the city’s permitting maze, and with a little luck — or better yet, professional help — you’ll eventually find your way out. In an ideal world, a citizen ought to be able to fill out the paperwork, pay the fee and proceed with the project. The world is far from ideal, though — so much so that people make decent livings helping those who think they live in that ideal world navigate the real one.
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