Modified Operations:
We Are Ready To Serve You.

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.

Now Scheduling Expedited Building Plan Review Appointments

The Development Services Department's Expedited Building Plan Review Program is scheduling appointments for qualifying residential and commercial projects. This premium service will accelerate the building plan review and permit process by holding a single-review session with a consolidated team of plan reviewers representing all of the required disciplines and the applicant’s design team.

Program Details

The Expedited team includes specialized reviewers that represent the following review disciplines: Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electric, Structure, Fire, Health, Industrial Waste, Arborist and Zoning.

Applicants and their consultants will attend a pre-scheduled, single-review session with the Expedited team ready to make on-the-spot decisions and changes as needed. Contractors and owners will be encouraged to attend the review session. If the plans meet the respective codes and ordinances, permits can be issued following the review session.

Eligibility

Commercial and residential projects may be eligible for Expedited Building Plan Review. Additionally, commercial projects with no residential use that are either 75,000 square feet or greater or $7.5 million or greater in construction value will be required to provide certification by a third-party under the “Better Builder Program or a similar program that provides comparable worker protection standards such as:

  • Payment of a living wage
  • Completion of OSHA-10 training
  • Workers compensation
  • Hiring goals from local craft training programs
  • Compliance with all applicable state, federal, and local laws; and
  • Independent onsite monitoring

Click here for a complete list of qualifying projects.

Fees

Applicants who want to take advantage of the premium service will pay for a completeness check which helps ensure that the building plans are complete and ready for review. During each scheduled plan review meeting, applicants will have the expertise of all the specialized disciplines required for their project.

If additional follow-up time is needed with a specific discipline, applicants will pay an hourly rate for that that discipline.

Expedited Building Plan Review Hourly Rate
Residential Completeness Check $1,895.92
Commercial Completeness Check $1,717.04
Residential Plan Review $1,531.92
Commercial Plan Review $3,069.04
Expedited Plan Review Follow-Up Review Fee
(By Discipline)
Hourly Rate
Building $382.72
Mechanical $373.36
Electrical $382.72
Plumbing $382.72
Zoning $382.72
Arborist $373.36
Structure $407.68
Fire $393.12
Health $372.32
Industrial Waste $374.40

Intake Process

To get started with the Expedited Building Plan Review Program:
Email Expeditedreview@AustinTexas.gov or Call 512-974-2071