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Variances

Sellers may apply for a variance from ECAD reporting requirements if the buyer plans to make major changes to a property.

Buyer Plans to Demolish Home

The Seller and Buyer must complete a City of Austin ECAD Variance Application for Demolition with the City of Austin Planning and Development Review Department in which the buyer agrees to file an application for demolition of the home no later than six months after the sale.

If the Buyer fails to file a permit application for demolition of the home within the allotted time, the Buyer must file an ECAD energy audit within 30 days after receiving written notification from the City.

Download the Application for a Residence Demolition variance (pdf)

Buyer Plans to Substantially Remodel Home

The Seller and Buyer must complete a City of Austin ECAD Variance Application for Substantial Remodel with the City of Austin Planning and Development Review Department’s Development Assistance Center. The buyer agrees to file an application for building permit no later than six months after the sale.

A substantial remodel typically means the home has an approved building permit with final inspections for electrical, plumbing, mechanical and energy permits.

When a home meets this requirement, the property is not required to have an ECAD energy audit for 10 years from the year the work passed the final building inspection.

If the Buyer fails to file a building permit application for the home with the City within the allotted time, the Buyer must file an ECAD energy audit within 30 days after receiving written notification from the City.

Download the Application for a Substantial Remodel variance (pdf)

Buyer Qualifies for and Agrees to Participate in Free Home Energy Improvements

The Buyer must qualify and agree to participate in the Austin Energy Weatherization Assistance, or an equivalent Austin Energy program, no later than six months after the sale.

The Buyer must file an ECAD energy audit within 30 days of notification from the City if the Buyer does not qualify for the program or decides not to participate.

Please note that potential participants could be placed on a wait list due to program limits. The variance will remain valid until the work is complete.

Download the Application to participate in the Free Energy Improvements Program (pdf)

The Buyer Must File an Energy Audit if Plans Change

The Buyer must file an ECAD energy audit within 30 days of notification from the City if:

  • The Buyer decides not to demolish, remodel, or make improvements to the home
  • The Buyer sells the home before work is complete

Submit Your Application

You can email ECAD the above applications or print and send to:

Director of Demand Side Management
Austin Energy
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

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