The permit delays in Austin that we noted back in September continue, as reported on by KXAN:

A tremendous backlog in building permits is handcuffing Austin homeowners.

The City of Austin’s planning and review department has had 75-percent of its staff turnover in the last year. Now inexperienced employees are dealing with a mounting workload…

As of November 27, the City of Austin had 652 permit cases dating back to late September, yet to be reviewed. By January 1, 2013 they expect that number to rise to one thousand.

Read More at the KXAN website.