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We Are Ready To Serve You.

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 at the One Texas Center facility 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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Expedited Building Plan Review

The Expedited Building Plan Review program is a premium service that accelerates the building plan review and permit process by holding a single review session with a full team of experienced plan reviewers and the applicant’s design team.

This service offers:

  • A collaborative setting to problem solve and find the path to solutions 
  • Certainty of when your plans will be reviewed and a clear understanding of next steps
  • Flexibility to make on-the-spot decisions or changes 
  • Access to reviewers to discuss a project in a review meeting setting

Our Services

Preliminary Plan Review - Residential or Commercial

The Development Services Department offers residential and commercial Preliminary Plan Review (PPR) meetings to allow the owner or owner’s agent(s) to meet with plan reviewers to discuss preliminary design or code issues. 

These meetings are designed to identify items that need to be addressed or modified before construction plans are submitted to the City for permit review. 

About Preliminary Plan Review Meetings

  • Meetings are limited to one to two hours
  • The PPR is not a review of building plans and does not guarantee approval of plans
  • A meeting agenda is provided by the owner or owner’s agent(s) before the meeting occurs
  • The owner or owner’s agent(s) will take notes during the meeting and submit to the plan reviewers
  • Fees apply and will be paid before the meeting is formally scheduled

Fees for Preliminary Plan Review
(per hour, one-hour minimum)

  DSD Fees 4% Surcharge Total
Building $368.00 $14.72 $382.72
Mechanical $359.00 $14.36 $373.36
Electrical $368.00 $14.72 $382.72
Plumbing $368.00 $14.72 $382.72
Zoning $368.00 $14.72 $382.72
Trees $359.00 $14.36 $373.36
Structure $392.00 $15.68 $407.68
Fire $378.00 $15.12 $393.12
Health $358.00 $14.32 $372.32
Industrial Wastewater $360.00 $14.40 $374.40

Applications

Fees


Alternative Options

    Expedited Plan Review - Residential

    The Expedited Residential Plan Review team reviews new construction, additions, interior remodeling and demolitions of single-family, duplex or two-family houses and/or accessory buildings on one lot. The team represents every discipline needed (Zoning, Arborist, Building, Fire and Structure) to perform your plan review in the most efficient manner possible. 


    Eligibility

    The majority of residential projects are eligible through Expedited, however there are a few instances that will disqualify a project from using the Expedited service: 

    • Projects that are in the Erosion Hazard Zone
    • A new residence (primary of ADU) in the South Lamar corridor
    • Projects that require a drainage review (less than 10ft within a driveway) 
    • Projects with more than two units without an approved site plan

    All projects submitted through Expedited must be sealed. Projects that are not eligible for an Expedited review may submit to standard residential review.


    Extended Review Times

    Some projects may require analysis or review from a partner City department; those departments operate under different review times. Please note that these types of projects may extend your permit issuance time if submitted through Expedited. 


    Submit An Application 

    For your convenience, the application submittal process is electronic. Email your application and wait for instructions on how to name and upload your plans.

    Download the Residential application:

    Building Applications

    Expedited Plan Review Fees

    Email completed application to ExpeditedResidential@austintexas.gov


    Process and Review Times
     

    Intake

     

     

    Step 1 - Intake

    Applicant emails the application with plans and receives an invoice within 24 hours via email, which can be paid online through the AB+C portal.

    A completeness check meeting with the Expedited Residential Reviewers is scheduled within five business days of the paid invoice. An applicant may request a meeting more than five days out if needed. 

    Completeness

    Step 2 - Completeness Check

    A “live” meeting with the applicant, the design team and the Expedited Reviewers is held to perform the completeness check. 

    At the close of the meeting, the Expedited Reviewers will determine if a formal review meeting is required or if the project may be approved administratively.

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    Step 3 - Formal Review

    The Applicant should work to resolve comments issued during the completeness check meeting.

    The Applicant will contact the Expedited team when they are ready to schedule their formal review meeting. Comments should be resolved before the formal review meeting takes place.

    At the close of the meeting, if all issues are resolved, the Expedited Reviewers will approve the project.

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    Step 4 - Permit Issuance

    Within 2 days from the approval of the project, the applicant will receive an e-mail letting them know that the project has been approved.

    Permits may be purchased and plans may be downloaded on the AB+C portal.


    Tips for a successful Expedited Meeting

    Expedited review meetings are an opportunity for plan reviewers and project design teams to collaborate, find code solutions and make any necessary changes to the project. To improve your chances of achieving a successful outcome after an Expedited review meeting, follow these tips. 

    • If you are the applicant, a permit expeditor, registered architect, registered engineer, consultant, general contractor, owner, or signatory representative, make plans to attend the meeting. 
       
    • Bring laptops and be prepared for a working session; this will allow the design team to change or correct plans during the Expedited meeting.
       
    • Provide a USB drive with all new stamped drawings and documentation. All plan sheets must be saved into individual sheets, and not saved as a package.
       
    • Provide responses to the initial completeness check comments and expect to receive additional comments from plan reviewers. A completeness check is only a one-hour overview to verify documents are in place and to ensure the project is ready for a review meeting. The full review of plans takes place during the in-person meeting.   
       
    • Manage expectations—There is no guarantee an approval will be issued at the end of a review meeting. However, be assured that the plan reviewers will work to arrive at a solution for your project.  
    Expedited Plan Review - Commercial

    The Commercial Plan Review Division reviews and approves commercial and multi-family plans for new construction, remodels and revisions to approved permits, change of uses and certificate of occupancy/compliance. 

    The team represents every discipline needed (Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structure, Fire, Health and Industrial Waste) to perform your plan review in the most efficient manner possible. 


    Eligibility

    The Expedited Commercial Review Team services the majority of commercial projects. Commercial projects that are either 75,000+ square feet or $7.5 million or greater in construction value may be subject to participating in the Better Builder Program.  

    For questions on the Better Builder Program, contact:
    Ana Gonzales, Director of Better Builder and Policy


      Submit An Application

      For your convenience, the application submittal process is electronic. Email your application and wait for instructions on how to name and upload your plans.

      Download the Commercial application:

      Building Applications

      Expedited Plan Review Fees

      Email completed application to Expeditedreview@austintexas.gov


      Alternative Options

      In addition to Expedited Commercial Review, additional options for Commercial plan review include:

      • Quick-Turnaround- Quick Turn-Around reviews and approvals apply to small commercial finish-outs, interior remodels, and minor structures and are generally processed within a 24-hour period. 
         
      • 7-Day Review- 7 Business Day reviews and approvals allow small commercial remodels of certain occupancy types and small projects to be processed within a 7 business day period. 
         
      • New Construction/Addition/Remodel- Projects that exceed the limitations of a Quick Turnaround or 7 Business Day Review will be reviewed based on the size and scope of the project per the Commercial Review Times.
         
      • Overtime Plan Review- An Overtime Plan Review allows the owner and/or owner’s agent(s) to request an overtime review to shorten the review time for an updated submittal. The review will be completed within 5 business days.
         

      Process and Review Times
       

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      Step 1 - Intake

      • Applicant must have an AB+C portal account established. 
         
      • Applicant emails completed Commercial building application to expeditedreview@austintexas.gov
         
      • After the Commercial building application is processed, the applicant will receive an email with a link to upload the construction documents and pay the completeness check invoice online through the AB+C portal.
         
      • Expedited staff will conduct an “Intake Check” to verify all required documentation and documents have been uploaded.

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      Step 2 - Completeness Check

      • If the intake check passes, reviewers will have six business days to perform a pre-requisite review of the project, which is also known as a completeness check. 
         
      • A formal review meeting will be scheduled the day the project passes the intake check. 
         
      • After the six-day prerequisite review ends, the applicant receives prerequisite (completeness check) review comments and a plan review invoice. 
         
      • The prerequisite review is not a full review of plans. It is limited to a cursory, one-hour overview of the project. Additional comments may, and often do occur during the formal review meeting.
         
      • The plan review invoice must be paid prior to the scheduled meeting.
         
      • The applicant will address all prerequisite review comments prior to the formal meeting.

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      Step 3 - Formal Review

      • A full review of plans for the project is performed with the Expedited team and the project design team. 
         
      • At the close of the meeting, a summary sheet will be provided to the applicant indicating whether the project is approved, rejected or left open to resolve minor issues. 
         
      • If the project is rejected, all updates must be submitted through the official update process and additional fees will apply.
         
      • The type of meeting which is required (in-person or administrative) depends on the number of overall rejections, complexity of the project and total review time required to resolve the issues.

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      Step 4 - Permit Issuance

      • Within 24 hours from the approval of the project, the applicant will receive an e-mail letting them know that the project has been approved. Permits may be purchased and plans may be downloaded on the AB+C portal. 

      Tips for a successful Expedited Meeting

      Expedited review meetings are an opportunity for plan reviewers and project design teams to collaborate, find code solutions and make any necessary changes to the project. To improve your chances of achieving a successful outcome after an Expedited review meeting, follow these tips. 

      • If you are the applicant, a permit expeditor, registered architect, registered engineer, consultant, general contractor, owner, or signatory representative, make plans to attend the meeting. 
         
      • Bring laptops and be prepared for a working session; this will allow the design team to change or correct plans during the Expedited meeting.
         
      • Provide a USB drive with all new stamped drawings and documentation. All plan sheets must be saved into individual sheets, and not saved as a package.
         
      • Provide responses to the initial completeness check comments and expect to receive additional comments from plan reviewers. A completeness check is only a one-hour overview to verify documents are in place and to ensure the project is ready for a review meeting. The full review of plans takes place during the in-person meeting.   
         
      • Manage expectations—There is no guarantee an approval will be issued at the end of a review meeting. However, be assured that the plan reviewers will work to arrive at a solution for your project.