Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO


Business & Development Resources

For a smooth downtown move.

Use these tools to get your operation off and running.

City of Austin Development Process and Land Development Code

Review the rules and regulations for development within the City's planning and zoning jurisdiction. Get technical codes for electrical, plumbing, fire and more – including local amendments.


Zoning Information / Zoning and Overlay Districts

The City of Austin has 16 residential zoning districts and 13 commercial zoning districts, 4 industrial, and 5 special purpose base districts. Understand more about their definitions and usage.

City of Austin Small Business Development Program

This program fosters job creation and supports the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources.


Many small business owners are unaware of the rules and regulations that are involved in opening up a business with a physical location. BizOpen, a project of the City’s Small Business Development Program, provides free classes and one-on-one coaching to help you through zoning, permitting and more.

City Permitting

Learn about the City of Austin’s types of permits and the Planning and Development Review Department’s requirements for issue.

Business Retention and Enhancement Program

The City of Austin created this program to support the re-establishment of Congress Avenue and East 6th Street as retail and urban entertainment district destinations by providing low-interest loans.