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 2012 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 the following items:
Accessory Dwelling Unit - At the November 19, 2015 Council meeting, the Council approved the following changes to the ADU regulations.
Floodplain proximity - projects within 150’ of the 100-year floodplain will require additional floodplain review.
Historic applicability - any structures 40 years old or older will be forwarded for review by the Historic Preservation Office.
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 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.
Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act - On February 16, 2016, the City Council adopted Chapter 2-14 of the City Code which allows City staff to modify a City of Austin requirement (related to residential property) for a person with a disability, and outlines a process for how to request reasonable accommodations. Click here for more info.
Consultations: 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 consultation by paid appointment ($67 + 4% surcharge) for project-specific feedback or interpretation of the Austin City Code. For a one-hour consultation, please complete the Consultation Request Form and submit during Intake Hours (see below) or e-mail your form to Daniel.Word@austintexas.gov.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 - 11 a.m.
Intake: Application Submittal. Intake staff will perform a completeness check to ensure all necessary paperwork is complete at time of application submittal.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 - 11 a.m., and extended hours on Wednesday: 1 - 3 p.m.
Express Permits: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 - 11 a.m.
Call 512-978-4000. 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, a one-hour paid consultation. You may also send your questions via e-mail to ResidentialReview@austintexas.gov.