Building plans for Residential Houses
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:
Review Times - New review times became effective on May 16, 2017. Click here to view updated times
Updated Instructions for Residential Tree Reviews - Click here to view new requirements
Openings in Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) - Click here to view new requirements
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
Certain projects qualify for an Express (same day) permit provided there are no unresolved issues. View a list of projects that qualify as Express projects.
An Express Permit application may be submitted in person during Walk-In Hours (see below), or via email at email@example.com. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing if submitted via e-mail.
Before submitting an application:
- Separate permits are required for plumbing, mechanical (air conditioning and heating), and electrical work.
- After a building permit is issued, inspections must be performed.
- All necessary forms and documents must be submitted with each application.
- Relocation and demolition applications are forwarded to the Historic Preservation Office, 5th Floor, for review of historic applicability if the structure is over 40 years old.
All services available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am to Noon.
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.
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