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The following information is for homeowners who want to make any improvements, modifications, structural changes, additions, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and accessory structures to a homestead in which the homeowner physically lives. Any changes or improvements made must abide by the currently adopted building codes.

Kindly note that Round Rock has a strict one-permit system in place. To avoid any delays in your project, it is essential to add the general contractor and relevant sub-contractors to your application. They need to confirm their involvement in the project through their Round Rock Permit Portal account to be included in a permit. Although their confirmation is not mandatory at the time of application submittal, it will be required before permit issuance.

Under the one-permit system, the permit becomes invalid if the authorized work or construction is not commenced within six months.

Home Remodel:

 
 
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Below is how to apply:

  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits –> Single Family –> Addition/Remodel/Repair.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next

Be prepared to submit the following:

  • One (1) complete set of construction plans which must include any structural, mechanical, electrical, and or plumbing changes.
  • Structural modifications (e.g., wall removal) require an engineered design.
  • Permit Fee $500.00
  • We accept E-check, Visa, and Mastercard via the payment portal
  • You can begin demoing once the permit application fee has been paid. 

Note: An asbestos survey is required if walls are to be removed from a home built before 1980. 

Review process:

  • Estimated turnaround time for the review of a single-family permit is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • You will be able to track the review status, as well as submit any responses or revisions, via the permit portal.
  • Once all comments are addressed, the permit will be issued. 
  • For a list of residential inspections, please refer to our Residential Guide. Please note that this list is only a guide and inspections may vary depending on the scope of work.

Inspection process:

  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Two inspections of the same type are included in the permit fee. After the second failed inspection of the same type, a $75 re-inspection fee will be assessed for each additional inspection and must be paid before scheduling the final inspection.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.


Standalone Permits: Electrical, Plumbing & HVAC

Permits that are not part of a larger project such as a remodel or new build.

How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Trade Permits–> Choose one of the four trades –> New  OR  Remodel  OR  Repair 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next
  • Permit fee: $50.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa and Mastercard

*You will receive a notification via email once the permit has been issued.
*Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed. 
*Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. An adult 18 years or older must be present. 
*We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.

Miscellaneous Permits

Specific application instructions for common home projects. 

Kindly note that Round Rock has a strict one-permit system in place. To avoid any delays in your project, it is essential to add the general contractor and relevant sub-contractors to your application. They need to confirm their involvement in the project through their City Works account to be included in a permit. Although their confirmation is not mandatory at the time of application submittal, it will be required before permit issuance.

Under the one-permit system, the permit becomes invalid if the authorized work or construction is not commenced within six months.

Examples: Above ground pool, In-ground pool, Spa

All swimming pool plans need to comply with the 2015 ISPSC (Pool Code)

How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

  • Below is how to apply: 
    • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits  –> Swimming Pool and Spa 
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • One (1) set of construction plans along with the property survey showing the proposed pool location
  • Spa (Hot Tub) OR Above Ground Pool permit fee: $125.00
  • In Ground Swimming Pool permit fee of $350.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated turnaround time for review is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • 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.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or Login to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply for a Commercial Interior Demo 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Commercial Building Permits –> Other Permits –> Interior Demolition 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • Site plan showing the structure that will be demolished
  • Permit Fee $50.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated turnaround time for review is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • 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 (if applicable) will be uploaded to the permit portal.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.

The City of Round Rock does not require a permit for residential re-roofs unless the decking or framing is affected.

The City of Round Rock does enforce Drip Edge as per the 2015 IBC, Section R905.2.8.5

Contact Building Inspections staff at 512-218-5550 if you have any questions.

  • Examples: Pergola, Gazebo, Outdoor Kitchen, Plastic or Wooden Shed, Detached Garage
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to the Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits –> Accessory Structure
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • Complete set of legible construction plans (if applicable) with structure dimensions and materials used
  • Copy of the property survey (plot plan) marked with the proposed location of the structure
  • Ensure that the separation in feet between structure and property line is noted, as encroachment into easements or 5-foot side and rear setbacks are prohibited
  • Electrical and/or plumbing details (when applicable)
Fees:
  • Storage Sheds (plastic / wooden) without electrical and/or plumbing $50.00
  • Pergola and Gazebo without electrical and/or plumbing:  $125.00
  • Pergola, Gazebo, Outdoor Kitchen, Studio Shed, Detached Garage with electrical and/or plumbing $300.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated turnaround time for review is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • 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.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to the Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits –> Other Permits –> Solar Panel System 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • One (1) complete set of one-line drawings stamped by an electrical engineer
  • Torque letter at time of final inspection. The letter must include the master’s license number and signature.
  • Permit Fee $150.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated review time is three to five (3-5) business days.
  • You will be able to track the review status, as well as submit any responses or revisions, via the permit portal.      
  • When all comments are adequately addressed, the permit will be issued.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.

Contact the Building Inspections Division at 512-218-5550.

An Irrigation Permit is required when installing a lawn irrigation system connecting to the City of Round Rock’s water supply.

A permit is not required when making repairs to the piping of an existing irrigation system unless the back-flow prevention device is being replaced.

How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply:  
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Trade Permits –> Irrigation 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • Complete set of irrigation plans showing state specifications
  • Backflow Prevention Form
  • Permit Fee $50.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated turnaround time for review is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • 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.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • The homeowner will perform the required test and supply the Cross Connection Section Test & Maintenance Report provided by a TCEQ-licensed back-flow tester at the time of inspection. A copy must be uploaded to the permit record on our Permit Portal.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Trade Permits –> Plumbing –> Gas Test  
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
  •  Permit Fee $50.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa and Mastercard
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • If the gas test inspection passes, ATMOS will receive a request from our office to release service
  • If the gas test inspection fails, corrections will need to be made and a re-inspection must be requested.
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Trade Permits –> Plumbing –> Tankless Water Heater  
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:   
  • A Gas Piping Chart (pdf) (required if replacing a standard water heater with a tankless)
  • Permit Fee $50.00
  • We accept E-check, Visa, or Mastercard via the permit portal
Review process:
  • Estimated review time is three to five (3-5) business days. 
  • You will be able to track the review status, as well as submit any responses or revisions, via the permit portal.      
  • When all comments are adequately addressed, the permit will be issued.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.
How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits –> Other Permits –> Generator
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Permit fees:
  • Residential: $150.00
  • We accept E-Check, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
Be prepared to submit:
  • One-line electrical diagram with information on conduit & conductor from genset to transfer switch and from the transfer switch to the existing electrical panel
  • Specs for generator, pad, transfer switch, and distance to walls and any combustibles
  • Gas pipe sizing
  • Generator location
  • Distance from gas service to generator
  • Type of gas: Natural or propane
  • Inlet pressure
  • Gas-line info: length from tap to generator
  • Pressure drop
  • Specific gravity
Review process:
  • Estimated review time is three to five (3-5) business days.
  • You will be able to track the review status, as well as submit any responses or revisions, via the permit portal.  
  • When all comments are adequately addressed, the permit will be issued.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00

Please contact the Transportation Department at 512-218-7044 or stop by at 2008 Enterprise Drive.

Contact the Building Inspections Department at 512-218-5550.

How to Submit a Building Permit Application

Create an account and/or log in to our Permit Portal (online permitting software) at https://permits.roundrocktexas.gov.

Below is how to apply: 
  • Click Create New Application on the top right-hand corner of the dashboard –> New Application –> Add Project Name –> Building Inspection Services –> Residential Building Permits –> Deck Patio
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
Be prepared to submit:
  • One complete set of construction plans with structure dimensions and materials used
  • Copy of the property survey (plot plan) marked with the proposed location of the structure
  • Ensure that the separation in feet between structure and property line is noted, as encroachment into easements or 5-foot side and rear setbacks are prohibited
  • Electrical and/or plumbing details (when applicable)
Fees: We accept E-checks, Visa, and Mastercard via the permit portal
  • Wood deck without a roof, electrical and/or plumbing: $125.00
  • Wood deck / Covered patio without electrical and/or plumbing: $200.00.
  • Wood deck / Covered patio with electrical and/or plumbing:  $300.00
Review process:
  • Estimated turnaround time for review is 20 business days from the date of application acceptance. Expedited review is not available.
  • 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.
Inspection process:
  • Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the following business day, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • We offer a one-time free consultation. Additional consultations are $75.00.

Garage conversions are only allowed on lots platted before 2002. Contact the Building Inspection desk at 512-218-5550 if you have questions. Contact the PDS desk at 512-218-5428 if you need to find when your lot was platted.

Projects that do not require a permit

These projects do not require a building permit but must be built to code.

  • Residential fences do not require a building permit, but it is advisable to check your plans with Code Enforcement for height and material requirements. Contact Code Enforcement at 512-341-3329.
  • Window replacement
  • Siding replacement
  • Concrete flatwork, contact the Building Inspection office for more information 512-218-5550.

Notes

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

James Shine, Building Official 512-218-5550  jshine@roundrocktexas.gov
Jorge Scott, Assistant Building Official 512-218-5550

Intake Staff:  512-218-5550
Isabella Morales, Commercial Development Technician, 512-218-5551  imorales@roundrocktexas.gov
Jennifer Esparza, Residential Development Technician, 512-671-2889 jesparza@roundrocktexas.gov

Building Plan Examiners:
Commercial: Walter Holbert, 512-671-2763  wholbert@roundrocktexas.gov
Residential: Jorge Scott ABO, 512-218-5550

Commercial Inspectors:
Bryan Fails, Chief Plumbing Inspector 512-845-6249  bfails@roundrocktexas.gov
Jimmy Spencer, Chief Electrical Inspector 512-470-9507  jimmyspencer@roundrocktexas.gov
Amos Harrison, Chief Structural Inspector 512-639-0218  aharrison@roundrocktexas.gov
Josh Patterson, 737-320-9127 josh.patterson@roundrocktexas.gov
Michael Burt, 737-235-0455 mburt@roundrocktexas.gov

Residential Inspectors:
Alex Rodriguez, Chief Residential Inspector 512-639-3005  arodriguez@roundrocktexas.gov
Ferdinand Abadiano, 512-568-7829  fabadiano@roundrocktexas.gov
Joshua Gonzales, 512-639-3050  jgonzales@roundrocktexas.gov 
Paul Moran, 512-688-9024  pmoran@roundrocktexas.gov 
Lance Musslewhite, 737-340-7822  lmusslewhite@roundrocktexas.gov 

Civil Inspectors
Matt Krueger, Chief Civil Inspector 512-748-9092  mkruegger@roundrocktexas.gov
Chris Cervenka, 512-639-6760  ccervenka@roundrocktexas.gov
Mike Dekeyrel, 512-673-8704  mdekeyrel@roundrocktexas.gov   
George Grondin, 512-639-9497  ggrondin@roundrocktexas.gov
Lane Imken, 512-647-0807  linken@roundrocktexas.gov   
Riley Pekar, 737-349-53396  rpekar@roundrocktexas.gov  

Certificates of Appropriateness are required before the 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 before 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.

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