New Commercial Construction



Projects including Site Development Permit: before Building Inspection can accept an application packet, you must receive your first round of comments from Planning & Development.

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

Click Create New Application, Add Project Name (if applicable) and scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.

Be prepared to submit the following:

  • Project Information
  • Structure square footage
  • Acreage of site
  • Size and number of water meters
  • Plat date
  • SDP Permit # (if applicable)
  • 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 if the commercial project is valued over $50,000. Contact the TDLR Architectural Barriers Section at 1-877-278-0999 for registry information.

** General Contractors and/or 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 the time of application submittal but will be required before permit issuance**

Permit Fees

Permit fees are calculated after the application is accepted. 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.

Roadway Impact Fees

The City Council approved a Roadway Impact Fee ordinance that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The fee is being phased in over time according to when the project’s final plat is issued. Refer to the Roadway Impact Fee page for fee calculations and offsets.

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 new commercial 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 using 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 after the project passes all MEP, fire and building finals. 

Job Trailer

A permit is not required unless the job trailer will need electrical or plumbing. A master license holder can apply for the permit needed. Permit fee is based on valuation.


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:  512-218-5550 
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

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.

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

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