You need to provide a paper application and some additional documents when you apply for a permit. The types of documents you need to submit with your application depend on the kind of project you want to build. A reviewer can help you find out what documents you need if you come in for a free 20 minute consultation. You can also hire a professional to help you apply for your permit.
What happens at Residential Plan Review?
A staff member will meet with you and use a checklist called a Gold Sheet to perform a completeness check.
Once you apply, you will be moved into the Review process. Reviewers will either approve your application or send you any required changes in the form of comments. This process typically takes about 15 business days.
Remember to leave enough time for the completeness check. Residential Plan Review can get very busy and wait times can be an hour or longer. We recommend signing up online or arriving as close to opening time as possible and sign up in person.
What documents will I need to submit?
All interior remodel applications require:
The interior remodel application can be filled out by you, an architect, or an engineer.
You’ll need a demolition application if you are tearing down exterior walls, or will need to change any windows or doors. The demolition application can be filled out by either you or a licensed professional.
2. Plot Plan
A plot plan is a drawing that shows your home’s current footprint and any existing structures on your property. The plot plan must be drawn to scale by hand or on a computer. It can be prepared by you or a licensed professional. Use graph paper if you’re drawing your plot plan by hand to make it easier to draw to scale. If applicable, include any power lines that run above your property.
3. Floor Plan
The floor plan must be drawn to scale either by hand or on a computer. The floor plan can be prepared by you or a licensed professional. If possible, use graph paper to make it easier to draw to scale. We strongly recommend drawing your floor plan on 3 pages to help reviewers understand your drawings. If the reviewers can’t understand the drawings, your project will be rejected.
Use a separate page for:
- existing walls and features that will be demolished,
- existing walls and features that will remain intact,
- and your proposed floor plan.
4. Elevation Plan
You don’t need an elevation plan for an interior remodel.
5. Structural Drawings
You’ll need structural drawings if you are removing a load-bearing wall or changing any structural components. Structural drawings refer to any bracing, framing or structural verification reports and should be completed by a licensed Texas engineer or architect.
Other commonly requested documents
- Owner’s Authorization Form: This form is only required if you are not signing the application. An engineer, architect, or any other hired professional will need your permission to submit your application. Use this form if they will submit your application for you.
- Certified Tax Certificate or Warranty Deed: This form serves as proof of ownership of the property being work on.
- Austin Water Utility Form: This form is required if you are adding bathrooms or doing any work that will promote you to the next water meter size. An example of this can be increasing from 3 to 3.5 bathrooms.
- Homeowners Authorization Letter: There is a space for a homeowner’s signature on the application. You can choose to sign there instead of submitting a letter.
- S.M.A.R.T. Housing Project Information: You were probably told if your home was part of the S.M.A.R.T. Housing initiative when you purchased it. If you participate in S.M.A.R.T. housing, you will need to include both a signed certification letter from Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) and a signed conditional approval letter from Austin Energy Green Building.
- Demolition Application: This application is only necessary if you change any exterior walls in your home, extend a room past your home’s current footprint, or add any windows or doors. If you need a demolition application, you will also need:
- a survey or plot plan that is signed by the owner and notarized (you can use the same plot plan as your interior remodel or new addition application),
- and pictures of the area to be demolished. We recommend taking photos from several angles and taking more than you may think necessary.
How do I submit my application?
Submit your complete permit application at Residential Plan Review. There are two ways to submit your application.
- Sign up for intake in person at the QLess Kiosk. The kiosk is located within the Residential Plan Review Division.
- You can also save time by joining the line remotely on the QLess website.
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