The Commercial Plan Review Division reviews and approves commercial and multi-family plans for new construction, remodels, revisions to approved permits, change of uses and certificate of occupancy/compliance. Plan Reviewers include staff from the Fire Department, Austin Water Utility (Industrial Waste) and Austin/Travis County Health Department (food service businesses).
Once your building plan has been approved, a permit to commence the permitted work will be issued. All permitted work must be inspected by inspectors in the Building Inspection Division.
Quick Turn-Around (QTA) Review
Quick Turn-Around reviews and approvals apply to small interior commercial remodels, and are generally approved on the same day as presented.
QTA Hours are Monday - Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
View eligible projects with the Quick Turn-Around (QT) and 7 Day Permit Process & Checklist
Standing Room Occupancy (SRO) Policy for A-2 and A-3 (Assembly) Venues - This new policy allows venues to make certain changes to an approved Standing Room Occupancy (SRO) Load Card without requiring submittal of the changes to the Development Services Department. SRO Load Cards establish maximum level occupancy of a venue and are issued upon commercial building plan approval. For A-2 and A-3 (assembly) venues, the new policy provides that tables/bars with chairs/stools may be added, but the addition of each table/bar will reduce the occupancy level by 6 occupants per table/bar. This policy will allow venue owners/management to make changes for specific or temporary events without having to resubmit for approval. The Occupant load Card must be posted during final building inspection, and compliance with approved occupancy levels is subject to verification by the Fire Department.