Electric Service Design & Planning

Criteria for Building and Trade Professionals Who Design or Install Electric Facilities

If you design electrical facilities in the Austin Energy service area, follow our criteria and guidelines to ensure your facilities are built properly.

Electrical Service Planning Applications (ESPAs)

You must submit this application to obtain a permit. It is also used by the design team to determine your power requirements.

Learn more about submitting an ESPA

Austin Energy Design Criteria Manual

The Austin Energy Design Criteria Manual provides criteria, guidelines, definitions, and descriptions for the design and installation of electric facilities that will be served by Austin Energy.

You can download the online version of the Austin Energy Design Criteria manual for free.

Download a free copy of the Austin Energy Design Criteria Manual (pdf)

We make every effort to be accurate in the online design criteria manual. In case of conflict, the official manual on file with the Austin City Clerk's office takes precedence.

Distribution Interconnection Guide

This guide outlines the process for connecting a distributed generation facility. It also defines the minimum technical and financial requirements for safe integration of customer-owned power production facilities with the Austin Energy Distribution System.

Underground Policy

For underground service, the customer must perform all the civil work for the Austin Energy facilities installed on the customer’s property. 100% of the estimated cost is paid by the requesting party; civil work is completed by the customer.

Download Service and Meter Charges (pdf)

Austin Energy Affordable Housing Policy

A waiver shall be applied such that the percent discount off of the cost to provide service to a residential development is equal to the percent of affordable housing (%CIAC Discount = %Affordable Housing), with the percentage of affordable housing being as stated on the City of Austin SMART Housing Certification.

CIAC Meter & Service Wire Charges

For residential services where an Austin Energy design is not required, One-Stop will charge the following:

For projects where an Austin Energy Design is required, Austin Energy's meter and service wire charges will be included in the total line extension cost.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our design criteria, contact one of our Offices of Distribution Engineering Design.

All Austin Energy locations are temporarily closed for walk-in service in response to COVID-19.

AE Design South - St. Elmo Service Center
4411-B Meinardus Drive (South of 969/MLK/Windsor Rd.)

AE Design North - Kramer Lane Service Center
2412 Kramer Lane, Bldg. C (North of 969/MLK/Windsor Rd.)

AE Network Design - Downtown
4411-B Meinardus Drive

If you are unsure which office to contact, view the Austin Energy Service Territory Map (pdf) to determine which office supports your service area.

For payment assistance with the AB+C portal, please visit City of Austin Contractor and Trade Permits.

Have Feedback for the Distribution Design Team? Complete our Distribution Design Customer Survey

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Date last reviewed or modified: 9/10/20