New Commercial Construction

Permitting & inspection procedures

Permit fee calculation

Before submitting an application for new commercial construction, please email the following information to the Chief Building Official at so that the correct permit fees may be calculated:

  • Contact person’s name, telephone and email. All permitting correspondence will be sent to this person.
  • Name of the project
  • Square footage of the structure(s)
  • Acreage of the project site
  • Size and number of water meters

The Chief Building Official will email a fee worksheet to include with your application.

Include in your submittal (emailed plans not accepted)

  • shopping_centerCompleted Permit Application
  • Plans:
    • One complete set of building plans (paper)
    • One set of site plans (paper) approved by the Development Services Office
    • The above documents in pdf format on a CD or USB flash drive. Please use descriptive filenames.
    • If the project is over 5000 sq. ft., the plans must be stamped and signed by an engineer.
  • 2015 Comcheck form
  • Payment (cash, check, or escrow) of all applicable fees (see above)
  • The following are not required as part of the application but must be received before the permit may be released:
    • Fax completed Contractor information sheets for all contractors and subcontractors to 512-218-5563. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical contractors must be licensed with the State of Texas.
    • For commercial projects valued over $50,000, a Texas Department of License and Regulation (TDLR) project number is required. Contact the TDLR Architectural Barriers Section at 1-877-278-0999 for registry information.
    • Letter from the Development Services Office verifying that the Pre-Construction meeting has been completed

Permit procedure for new commercial projects

After your application is received it will be distributed to all applicable review staff. The reviewers will email their comments directly to the primary contact identified on the application (usually the architect). Responses should be emailed back to the reviewer. Paper redlines may be picked up at the Inspections Services counter.

When all comments have been addressed the permit will be issued and staff will call the applicant to pick up the permit at the Inspections Services counter. Instructions for using the online Automated Inspection Request System will be included with the permit.

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 6-8 weeks for new commercial construction.

The Certificate of Occupancy will be issued after the project passes the final inspection, and permanent power will be released to TXU Electric Delivery and Atmos Energy.