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The Commercial Plan Review is a required review of a structure anytime one is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, improved, or converted within the City of Austin's jurisdiction. This review encompasses anything three-dimensional nature, including buildings, retaining walls, fences, etc. and determines how the structure relates to the approved site plan.
Review staff ensures that the building plan has an approved site plan or a site plan exemption on the property, confirms that the building is structurally sound, and complies with all life safety requirements established by the various codes and standards.
When the review is complete and approved, City staff will notify you and provide information of the permits that are needed for the project.
In this meeting, it is important to ask questions and take notes; and
If possible, business owners should consider bringing their contractor(s), architects, and engineers. This helps ensure communication and understanding from all involved.
See helpful answers to previous questions from other local businesses, or ask your own.
When is a change of use permit required / for a newly built building with retail spaces, if there has never been any prior tenant is a change of use permit required?
Asked by: CamD
If the retail space is newly built and never occupied, the next steps are dependent on the actual full site approval.
If the individual retail spaces were designated as part of the Site Plan and each space received a Certificate of Occupancy, and the space is going to remain retail then a change of use is not required. However, if the individual retail spaces were not designated for a particular use and were only approved as "shells", each space will need to file a Tenant Finish Out Application for review and associated permits. This form can be found at the following link: http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Planning/Applications_Forms/Submittal_requirements_for_Revisions_to_Approved_Plans.pdf. If you are uncertain of the approved Site Plan on file and the designated spaces please contact our Development Assistance Center located at 505 Barton Springs Road, on the 1st floor, Monday - Friday 9am - Noon.
Answered by: DevelopmentATX
Date published: 2017-07-31
What is a site plan exemption?
Asked by: Anonymous
Chapter 25-5-2 outlines certain exceptions that may exempt a site from the site plan requirement. Those described exemptions can be referenced from this link: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/austin/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=TIT25LADE_CH25-5SIPL_ART1SIPLGE_DIV1SIPLRENO_S25-5-2SIPLEX
For the Development Services Department to make a determination for exemptions, an application is filed for review. The application can be completed online at http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Planning/Applications_Forms/30_site_plan_exemption_form.pdf or in person through the Development Assistance Center located at 505 Barton Springs Road, 1st floor, Monday - Friday (walk-ins or by appointment), 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Answered by: DevelopmentATX
Date published: 2017-03-06
What is a site plan? What does it need to show?
Asked by: Anonymous
A site plan is a two–dimensional depiction of a property's proposal for development. It provides the footprint of the structure(s) and typically includes the uses on the site, drainage features and waterways, driveways, parking, sidewalks, landscape, vegetation, utilities and topography.
The Land Use Review Division within the Development Services Department reviews and permits site plan and subdivision applications for compliance with Chapters 25 and 30 of the Land Development Code. The site plan and subdivision review process follows administrative procedures set forth by state law and/or local code requirements, of which are codified in the City Code, Technical Criteria Manuals, and Standard Details and Specifications.
Site Plan and subdivision applications are reviewed for requirements which include zoning, design standards, subdivision, drainage/floodplain, water quality, transportation, environmental review, erosion control, and mitigation and/or protection of protected or heritage trees. Review of plan sets are also coordinated with other City departments such as Austin Energy, Austin Water Utility, Austin Fire, Department of Public Works, Right-of-Way (ROW), Utility Coordination, and Accessibility. In addition, reviews are coordinated with agencies such as the county, school districts, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Capital Metro and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).