Residential Permitting

Interior Remodel



All consultations take place at Residential Plan Review.

Reviewers provide free 20 minute in-person consultations for residents who want help with general questions about their project. Even though you can’t submit your permit application to a reviewer, having a consultation saves time and helps make the permitting process easier.

For more specific issues regarding your project, consider scheduling a paid consultation.

How can I prepare for my consultation?

We suggest preparing some information about your interior remodel ahead of time to share with the reviewer during your consultation. This information allows the reviewer to tell you what permits you’ll need to finish your project. Follow these steps to make the most of your consultation.

1. Be prepared to answer the following questions about your project:

  • Are you moving any interior walls?
  • Are you adding to or removing any square footage from your home?
  • Does your property have any trees larger than 19 inches in diameter?
  • Are you demolishing any walls?
  • Are you changing or adding electrical wiring, plumbing, or a heating and cooling system?
  • Is your home more than 40 years old?

The project scoping worksheet can help you collect this information. You can also bring the worksheet to your consultation to help save time.

2. If possible, bring your property survey.

Your property survey, also called a cadastral survey, isn’t required during the consultation, but will show the reviewer whether or not you can move forward with your project as planned. Property surveys give reviewers insight into details like: setbacks, easements, and impervious cover.

What is a property survey?

A map drawn by a licensed surveyor after measuring a piece of land to show its area, boundaries, contours, elevations, improvements, and relationship to the surrounding land. Learn more

What if I don’t have my survey?

You probably received your survey when you purchased your home if you bought it after 1980. If you can’t find it, or you don’t remember getting it, check with your:

  • home lender or the title company from your original purchase,
  • neighbors to find out where they got theirs,
  • or, your surveyor to get a new survey.

You can find a surveyor through the The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying.

3. Draw a few simple sketches of your property or home interior.

Sketches give reviewers a clear picture of your project and help them determine if you can continue with your project as planned. Please bring two simple sketches of the floor plan and plot plan to your consultation. Use a separate page for each sketch. These sketches don’t have to be perfect drawings, but they should give the reviewer enough information so they can see:

What your interior looks like. Make sure to include:

  • the current floor plan,
  • the existing walls of your home,
  • any walls you will tear down,
  • and any windows and doors.

What your remodel project will look like when it’s completed. Make sure to include:

  • the proposed floor plan (including new windows or doors),
  • and the proposed new walls.

Label smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and any walls that will be partially or completely torn down. Do your best to label any load-bearing walls or beams.

See examples of project sketches.

How can I get a free in-person consultation?

All consultations take place at Residential Plan Review.

If you need more help, you can schedule a 1 hour paid consultation to discuss project-specific questions with a reviewer. Use this form to request a paid consultation. Current fees are available at this page.

After your consultation, feel free to return to the next section for further assistance on preparing your application.