Commercial Remodel and Finish-Out Requirements

  • Application for permit
  • Certificate of Occupancy application if there’s a new tenant or if the tenant is changing square footage of the space
  • A plan check fee required if the construction area exceeds 2,500 square feet for remodels (The plan check fee is in addition to the permit fee – see the Fee Schedule (PDF))
  • An asbestos survey is required in the area where construction will take place. The only exception is for a first time finish-out of a new shell building. (Must be done by someone certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services)
  • Documentation showing that plans have been submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) for a Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) review (This is only required if the valuation of the project is $50,000 or greater)
  • One set of plans (Two sets required for parking lots, city buildings, restaurants, and schools)
  • If the business involves food sales or food preparation, a separate submittal is required for Health. Submit 1 set of kitchen plans, a health plan review application, equipment specification sheets and the fee for the review. Contact Amie Burden at (972) 721-4912 with questions
  • Additions, alterations, change in occupancy, or repairs that will affect the energy efficiency of the building or portion thereof will require a COMcheck (COMCheck is free software that can be downloaded at the Energy Codes Website) that shows compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  • Submit a set of plans and equipment specification sheets electronically in PDF format either via email (drop box) or a CD or thumb drive before permit is picked up.

Note: If any square footage is being added to the property, it’s treated as a building addition, which changes the fees, the number of plan sets, etc. (see new building checklist)