The Commercial Plan Review Division reviews and approves commercial and multi-family plans for new construction, remodels, revisions to approved permits, change of uses and certificate of occupancy/compliance. Plan Reviewers include staff from the Fire Department, Austin Water Utility (Industrial Waste) and Austin/Travis County Health Department (food service businesses).
Note: A Building Permit will not be issued until an approved Site Plan has been released and building plans have been approved. If a building permit is not issued within 180 days of submittal, a new Commercial Building Plan application will be required. If an approved site plan has not been released at the end of the 180 day period, an extension request will be required.
Services provided by Commercial Plan Review:
Quick Turn-Around (QTA) Review - Quick Turn-Around reviews and approvals apply to small interior commercial remodels, and are generally approved on the same day as presented.
QTA Hours are Monday - Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. View Process requirements.
Concurrent Review - Provides a concurrent review of subdivision, site plan and commercial building plan applications. Request a Concurrent Review.
Demolitions - The complete demolition of a commercial building must be submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, located at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, 5th floor. Partial demolitions proceed through the regular plan review submittal process. Demolitians greater than 10,000 sq. ft. require site plan approval. A Site Plan Exemption can be requested for demolitions less than 10,000 sq. ft. View Demolition Permit Application
New Procedures and Requirements
Openings in Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams - Holes exceeding the APA (Engineered Wood Association) limitations for opening size, opening location or loading condtions (whether reviewed during the plan review stage or observed during field inspections) will be subject to a structural review, associated fees, and additional review time. Click here to view new requirements
Special Inspections - Effective February 13, 2017, a new process will be implemented for commercial projects requiring special inspections. Under the new process, a "Statement of Special Inspections" form must be completed for projects submitted on or after February 13, 2017. When a special inspection is required, a field folder will be issued with the permit. The field folder must be kept on site at all times and will include a special inspections log and other forms to be completed by the special inspector/testing agency. Click here to view the Special Inspections process.Click here to view the Special Inspections forms.
Beginning October 1, 2016 - Update Fees will be charged for all application submittal updates and documentation missing from initial application submittal. Click here to view the Fee Schedule.