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 45 years old or older will be forwarded for review by the Historic Preservation Office.
If the scope of the project exceeds that of a small project(s), the plan review (PR) will need to be withdrawn and the project resubmitted using the New Construction and Addition permit application. The review fees for the small project will not be refunded per the fee schedule or applied to the new permit application.
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.
A volume builder is a builder constructing at least 5 single or two-family dwelling units on lots within the same subdivision, within the same townhouse complex, or on a multi-family zoned lot with single or two-family dwellings.
The subdivision must have a minimum of 10 lots with the exception of ammended plats already in the program. Administrative waivers will be considered on a case by case basis if a builder does not meet the requirements. Learn more about the Volume Builder Program.
New Procedures or Requirements:
Consultation Fee - Though this is not a new fee, clarity on its administration is needed. The consultation fee will be used when staff spend extra time with an applicant to assist them in getting their permit application approved. The addition of this fee will be communicated to the applicant prior to it being added to the project and is only applicable to projects that are in the review process.
Review Times - New review times became effective on May 16, 2017.
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. For a one-hour preliminary plan review, please complete the Residential PPR Request Form and submit during Intake Hours (see Office Hours) or e-mail your form to ExpeditedReview@AustinTexas.gov. 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. Refer to the Expedited Review Website for a complete list of fees by review discipline.
Office Hours: (2nd Floor)
Intake: Monday - Friday, 8am to Noon.
All other services: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8am to Noon.
Check-In for Service:
Don't want to wait in line for service? Use our Customer Service Check-In feature to check in for services remotely from home, office or mobile device.
Call 3-1-1 (inside the city limits), or 512-974-2000 (outside the city limits)
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.
Please know that some questions are too specific and cannot be answered via a phone call. We strongly recommend you visit us during walk-in hours for a 20-minute free consultation, or schedule a paid preliminary plan review per the instructions under the "Questions" section above.