Austin Permit Service, Inc. and APS Code Consultants, Est. 1984

We are Austin Permit Service, Inc. and APS Code Consultants, the original professional permitting and building codes advisors

Our mission is to implement innovative and practical solutions to regulatory compliance, providing our clients with every option to comply with building, fire-life safety, land development and other municipal, state, and other jurisdictional regulations, and as they pertain to architecture, construction, and the development process.

Founded in 1984 by Lorel Hoffman, we are Austin’s original permit and building codes service. Our continued success is due to our commitment to our clients and the regulatory agencies with whom we interact. Our goal is to provide safe buildings, permitted in the most efficient manner possible. Our team of experts save you time, money, and provide you with every option available to receive a permit on time. We are ICC certified plan reviewers, Master Code Professionals, LEED AP, SCRTA/WBE/HUB Certified, and most importantly, we are active in our community, serving on boards, commissions, and are frequent participants in the development stakeholder planning and review process.

Our Team

A 1978 graduate of Rice University, Lorel founded the Company in 1984 in order to meet a need in the development community for responsible and highly detailed life-safety codes, and ordinance consultation. She prepares and conducts seminars for architects, municipalities, and educational facilities planners on the International Building Code. Lorel maintains currency in the code development process, in continuing education, and recertification. She represents cities and other public entities in Texas, Arkansas, and other states in varying contractual capacities. Additionally, Lorel serves as a contract Building and Zoning Official, Fire Code Official and Floodplain Administrator for select Texas and Arkansas communities. She maintains Governmental licensure. Ms. Hoffman has spent almost thirty years in Building Code Enforcement and first earned certification as a Plans Examiner with the International Conference of Building Officials in 1982.

  • Current professional involvement
  • Professional development seminar, Building Design under the 2015 IBC, Austin, TX, Formatted as an introduction to the 2015 revisions and highlights for Architects, 1.5-5- hour CEU’s credit hours through AIA.
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Arkansas School of Interior Design, 2007-10: 5th year studio.
  • Code Officials of Arkansas, ICC Chapter; appointed vice president to state board of directors, Education Director 2008-2013. Named Fellow and granted lifetime membership at the end of her term.
  • ICC Chapter X Board Member. 2013-present
  • Refer to Lorel’s personal resume for greater detail regarding her 35 years of professional activity and service.

Melissa joined Austin Permit Service in 1986. She has experience in all aspects of development management, including building and site plan permit submittal and expedition, site and parking plan analyses, license agreements and easement vacations, and Certificate of Occupancy inspection coordination assistance. She regularly serves on all task forces and committees, charged with streamlining the Land Development Process, and has throughout her career been a strong advocate for responsible, customer service-oriented governmental review. Ms. Hawthorne participated as a member of Council Member Bob Larson’s Site Plan Improvement Process Team in 1992. She also was a consultant for Architectural Design Guidelines for the Sixth Street National Register District in 1994 and is a member of the Austin Real Estate Council. Ms. Hawthorne has served the City of Austin by participating on the following – Zoning and Platting Commission, August 2002 through July 2006, Urban Transportation Commission, January 2007 through August 2008, the Waterfront Overlay Taskforce, July 2008 through April 2009, Board of Adjustment, 2009 to present.

About Steve

Steve Cattaneo, MCP, LEED®-AP joined APS as a code consultant in 2006 and has recently retired from the City of Fayetteville, AR where he served as an inspector; then plans examiner; and as Building Official since 1994. Steve maintains over 36 certifications including Certified Building Official (CBO-1998), Master Code Professional (MCP-2002), Commercial and Residential Energy Code Plans Examiner, Accessibility Plans Examiner, and Fire Inspector; is a member of the USGBC as an accredited professional (AP-2008) and has produced and conducted seminars on the Building and Fire Codes, Energy Code and LEED. He is presently the Chapter President of the Code Officials of Arkansas; Vice President of ICC Region X (AR, TX & OK) and chairman of the local USGBC Professional Development Committee.

About Dorance

Dorance “Ran” Miller, joined Austin Permit Service in 2004 as our plan submittal coordinator. Ran’s educational background is in commercial art, audio engineering and building construction technology. His expertise and experience as senior project manager with APS has a broad range of projects from the interior renovation to new construction.

About Blane

Blane Todd, joined Austin Permit Service in 2015. Blane’s background is in construction and customer service. He is our front-line interface with the city reviewers for submittals and quick-turn projects.

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