The Residential Review Division offers self-certification for Certified Building Designers and Texas-licensed Architects. 

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Modified Operations:
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Based on the Order by the City of Austin and Travis County to “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe”, all in-person customer services remain suspended. Most of our services are still 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.

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    Qualifying projects include:

    • New single-family construction
    • Addition to a single-family use
    • Interior remodels of single-family homes.

    The review timeframe for all applications is 7-10 business days. 

    To apply, complete the applicable Certificate of Compliance form below and sign as the applicant along with the owner(s) on the application. The COC program does not alter submittal requirements.

    Download Form - Single Family homes (new construction or addition)

    • The project is at or below .36 Floor-to-Area ratio
    • The project is on a substandard lot (if applicable) with a gross floor area of 2,070 s.f. or less.

    Download Form - Single Family homes (interior remodel)

    • No square footage increase is being proposed to any principal structure or accessory structure

     

    Residential Plan Review Staff Expectations:

    Residential plan review staff will make sure the project meets certain criteria listed below and perform the data entry required to enter the information from the application into AMANDA (the review, permitting & inspection database). The following items will be checked by residential plan review staff:

    • Floodplain proximity
      Projects within 150’ of the 100-year floodplain will be forwarded to floodplain review

    • Historic applicability
      Any structures 40 years old or older will be forwarded to historic review

    • Hazardous Pipeline Applicability
      Any project within close proximity to a hazardous pipeline will be forwarded for review

    • Legal Lot Status
      If the project is on a tract of land that is not a lot platted in a subdivision filed on record with the City of Austin, the applicant will be forwarded to the Development Assistance Center to see if they qualify for a platting exception. See the legal description of the property.

    • Zoning District
      The proposed land use occurring on the site will be checked to make sure it is in a zoning district that allows for that use (i.e. single-family, duplex or two-family)

    • Technical Overview
      A completeness check will be performed for all plans including all structural plans, as well as confirmation of adequate dwelling separation.
       

    See Residential Building Review for Intake Hours of Operation.