The Residential Plan Review Division reviews new construction, additions, interior remodeling and demolition of single-family, duplex or two family houses and/or accessory buildings on one lot. Residential construction projects are reviewed for compliance with Chapter 25-2 of the Land Development Code, the 2015 International Residential Code, and Chapter 25-12, Technical Codes (local amendments).
Depending on the type of construction and location, residential plans may also be reviewed for compliance with the following applicable regulations:
Subdivision plat / Legal Lot Status
If the project is on a tract of land that is not platted in a subdivision filed on record with the City of Austin, the applicant will be directed to the Development Assistance Center to determine if the project qualifies for a platting exception.
Projects within 100’ of the 100-year floodplain will require additional floodplain review.
Any structures 40 years old or older will be forwarded for review by the Historic Preservation Office.
A person who is not licensed to perform electrical, mechanical & plumbing work may perform work within a residence and on property owned by the person if eligibility requirements are met. This type of permit is a Homestead Permit. Click here to view Homestead Permit eligibility requirements. If you are eligible for a Homestead Permit, you must apply in person at the Service Center (1st Floor) and file an affidavit stating that the location at which the work is being performed is the person's homestead.
For general questions regarding Residential Permit Application review processes and procedures, or for basic development-related questions, the Residential Review Division will continue to provide free walk-in sessions. To manage the large volume of customers, walk-in sessions are limited to 20 minutes.
Customers may seek a one-hour preliminary plan review (PPR) by paid appointment for project-specific feedback or interpretation of the Austin City Code. All PPRs are coordinated by the Expedited Building Plan Review Program.
Prices for a PPR vary depending on the disciplines involved and number of disciplines requested. The fees are charged by each discipline’s hourly rate.
Please know that some questions are too specific and cannot be answered via a phone call. Therefore we strongly recommend you visit us during walk-in hours for a 20-minute free consultation or a one-hour paid consultation. You may also send your questions to ResidentialReview@austintexas.gov.
All services available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am to Noon. (2nd Floor)
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