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Commercial Building Permit
Permits for new commercial construction require building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits. The building permit must be obtained before trade permit can be issued. Other requirements may need to be met before a building permit can be issued depending upon the property location, zoning, or based on design guidelines for the area.
Permits also are required for construction that changes, moves or repairs walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, electrical, mechanical or plumbing.
Permits are not required for “cosmetic” remodels (floor or wall covering, cabinets, counter tops, shelving, etc.) or plumbing fixture replacement.
What is needed
- Complete set of plans including site plan in PDF format with a file size no larger than 512 MB.
- Scanned copy of the properties certified plat in PDF Format
- Energy Code Compliance documents in PDF format.
- (For projects over $50,000) TDLR elimination of architectural barriers registration number.
For those who wish to use the paper review process instead of electronic review, bring the following: A completed building permit application (English or Spanish version), two complete sets of plans (including site plans), one 11-by-17 inch copy of the floor plan, 10 full-size site plans, one utility site plan, one 11-by-17 inch site plan, two full-size certified copies of the property’s legally recorded plat, two copies of energy code compliance documents, and one zoning use verification form.
Other commercial permits
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Permit Fee Schedules
- 2014 Fee Changes
- Platting, Zoning and Board of Adjustment
- Electrical and Sign
- Building Fee Estimator
Electrical, mechanical and plumbing fees include a Fee Estimation worksheet. You can estimate your building permit fees by selecting the Building Fee Estimator link. You will need to know the occupancy code for commercial construction permit fee estimates. For residential, occupancy code R is for the dwelling structure and occupancy code U is for garage, carport or other structure.