Building Plan Review is responsible for reviewing and approving Residential and Commercial building plans for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
Once a building plan is approved, a building permit is issued by the Service Center, along with applicable trade permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing & irrigation).
Depending on the type of work that is permitted, building inspections may be required during construction.
Once the permitted work is completed, a final inspection is required.


Modified Operations:
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Following the March 24, 2020, Order by the City of Austin and Travis County to “Stay Home, Work Safe”, we have discontinued all in-person customer services at the One Texas Center facility. Most of our services are available by phone, video conference, email, and our online portal, Austin Build + Connect (AB+C). For information on our modified services, please visit our DSD-COVID-19 page.


Residential Plan Review
Reviews new construction, additions or interior remodeling of single-family, duplex or two family houses and/or accessory buildings on one lot.

Commercial Plan Review
Reviews multi-family and commercial construction plans.

Expedited Building Plan Review
View information on accelerating the Building Plan Review and Permit process.

Building plans are reviewed for compliance with the Land Development Code and Technical Codes (Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Energy).

Procedures and Requirements for Residential and/or Commercial Structures:

View work exempt from Building Permits.

View Demolition and Relocation requirements.

Read the new requirements for Openings in Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams

Structural Review for Commercial Projects
Effective February 13, 2017, we began performing structural reviews for certain project types.
View the list of projects and submittal requirements.

Energy Code Requirements
Chapter 6-7 of the City Code requires energy audits and disclosures for all structures served by Austin Energy and located within Austin city limits.
Read the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure information from Austin Energy.