Commercial Remodel



Building permitting procedures for projects under commercial building codes (including multifamily structures of over 3 levels). Use this procedure for Commercial Remodel, Additions, Finish Outs, and Tenant Improvements.

How to apply and what to submit:

NOTE: This is a one-permit system; separate permits are not required for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating or air conditioning. This permit becomes null and void if work or construction authorized is not commenced within 6 months.

Create an account and/or Login to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right hander corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Commercial Building Permits –> Building –> Addition/Remodel  OR  Finish Out 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.

Be prepared to submit the following:

    • One (1) complete set of construction plans (if building is over 5000 sf, the plans must have an engineer’s stamp and signature )
    • 2015 ComCheck
    •  TDLR (Texas Dept of Regulation) project number for commercial projects valued at over $50,000. Contact the TDLR Architectural Barriers Section att 1-877-278-0999 for registry information. 
    • Submit an asbestos survey if walls are to be removed from a building built before 1980.
    • You can begin demoing once the permit application and plans have been submitted. 
  • **General Contractors and Licensed MEP’s will need to confirm via their City Works account to be added to a permit. Please note that this is not required at time of application submittal but will be required before permit issuance**

Permit Fees

Permit fees are calculated after the application is accepted. Permit fees must be paid prior to plan review. The applicant will receive a notification once fees are ready for payment. Fees can be paid by using E-Check, Visa or Mastercard via the permit portal. 

Review Process

Review time varies depending on the complexity of the project and the completeness of the submittal.  The average turnaround time from submittal to permit is currently 6 to 8 weeks for a commercial remodel construction. We do not offer expedited review service and there is no separate review fee in addition to the permit fee.

After your application is received, it will be distributed to all applicable review staff. You will be able to track the review status, as well as submit any responses or revisions, via the permit portal.

When all comments have been addressed, the permit will be issued and red-lines will be uploaded to the permit portal. The general contractor will be responsible for printing the full sized, red-line plans that must be kept onsite at all times.

Inspection Process

  • Schedule inspections by logging into our Permit Portal.
  • Inspections must be requested before 4 p.m. for next business day.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Utility authorizations will be released as the final utility inspections are completed.

Certificate of Occupancy

The Certificate of Occupancy will be issued once the project passes all MEP, fire, and building finals.  


Inspection Services Division Office
512-218-5550 – Office Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

James Shine, Building Official 512-218-5550
Gary Lawrence, Asst. Building Official 512-845-5946

Intake Staff:  
Isabella Morales, Commercial Development Technician 512-218-5551
Jennifer Esparza, Residential Development Technician 512-671-2889

Building Plan Examiners:
Commercial: Walter Holbert, 512-671-2763
Residential: Jorge Scott, 512-218-5550

Commercial Inspectors:
Bryan Fails, Chief Plumbing Inspector 512-845-6249
Jimmy Spencer, Chief Electrical Inspector 512-470-9507
Amos Harrison, Chief Structural Inspector 512-639-0218
Josh Patterson, 737-320-9127
Michael Burt, 737-235-0455

Residential Inspectors:
Alex Rodriguez, Chief Residential Inspector 512-639-3005
Ferdinand Abadiano, 512-568-7829
Joshua Gonzales, 512-639-3050
Paul Moran, 512-688-9024
Lance Musslewhite, 737-340-7822 

Civil Inspectors
Matt Krueger, Chief Civil Inspector 512-748-9092
Chris Cervenka, 512-639-6760
Mike Dekeyrel, 512-673-8704
George Grondin, 512-639-9497
Lane Imken, 512-647-0807
Riley Pekar, 737-349-53396

Refer to the Sign Permits page for application information. Bring/send sign permit applications to the Building Inspections window or email to

The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) also must review plans for any projects involving food service (including restaurants, bars, food trucks, convenience stores, day care facilities, etc.). The food establishment permit application and food establishment plan review application forms are posted on the WCCHD website with application instructions.

Certificates of Appropriateness are Required Prior to Issuance of a Building Permit.

Properties required to undergo historic review are identified with Historic Overlay Zoning. Alterations to all structures or sites with Historic Overlay Zoning require a Certificate of Appropriateness prior to the issuance of a building permit. Historic review applies to all structures on a site, including fences and accessory structures.

Preservation staff are available to discuss projects on all historic-age properties (even those without historic overlay zoning) and can provide technical references that are available to help avoid damage. Contact the Planning and Development Services desk at 512-218-5428 to discuss alterations to a historic property and/or the Certificate of Appropriateness process.

Commercial Remodel/Finish-Out/Tenant Improvement Fees

The following fee schedule shows the amount due at time of submittal for permits.

Project valuation
Permit fee
Fire inspection fee
Base fee
Per additional $1,000 or fraction thereof
Base fee
Per additional $1,000 or fraction thereof

Up to $2,000





$2,001 – $15,000

$50 for first $2,000


$25 for first $2,000


$15,001 – $50,000

$180 for first $15,000


$50 for first $15,000


$50,001 – $100,000

$425 for first $50,000


$100 for first $50,000


$100,001 – $500,000

$675 for first $100,000


$150 for first $100,000


$500,001 and up

$1875 for first $500,000


$500 for first $500,000


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