Building Permits - Commercial

Work Requiring a Permit

  • Backflow
  • Pools/Spas
  • Electrical
  • Irrigation
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Grading
  • Accessory Buildings
  • Remodels/Additions to Building

Plans Needed Upon Submittal

  • Site Plan
  • Building Plan Set
  • Drainage/Grading Plans
  • Wall Bracing Plans
  • Engineered Foundation Plans
  • Tree Conservation/Mitigation Plans
  • Energy Compliance Report
  • Landscape Plans

Fire Sprinklers

Per Town ordinance, all buildings must be equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinkler plans must be submitted by the project’s licensed Fire Protection Contractor to:

Reed Fire Protection

Amberton Tower
4144 N. Central Expressway, Suite 510
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 638-7599


The project applicant is responsible for review fees charged by the third party review service. Approved plans are forwarded to the Fire Marshal’s office.

W3.CSCommercial Permit Process

1. Pre-Application Meeting

  • Depending on the size and scope of the project a pre-application meeting may be required prior to applicant submittal
  • This gives the opportunity to for Town Staff to ask questions as well as the applicant to ask questions on permit processing and other requirements that may pertain to a specific project.
  • This meeting should be scheduled at least 3 days in advanced by the Development Coordinator.

2. Applicant Submittal

  • All submittals require a completed permit application that lists:
    • Address, Legal Description, Owner, Contractor, Subcontractors, Valuation of the Project, Square Footage
    • All contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the Town of Westlake
    • Plans must be submitted in person with a complete application and plan review fees.
    • Plans submitted by courier will not be accepted and sent back.
  • All submittals shall be accompanied with the number of copies in this table
  • All submittals must have a digital set accompanied with the hard copies of the plans
  • A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal
  • Plans will be reviewed within 20 days at the time of submittal

3. Staff Review and Comments

  • Staff may find inaccuracies, errors, omissions, or other issues with the submitted plans
  • Staff will reach out to the applicant to fix any underlying problems with the original submittal

4. Applicant Resubmittal

  • If revisions are necessary, the applicant must resubmit their plans addressing the comments
  • Resubmittal of plans should follow the same number of copies in the table above, unless addressed other in the staff comments
  • The applicant should only resubmit once ALL comments have been satisfied

5. Subsequent Reviews

  • Staff will review the resubmittal to ensure that all comments have been satisfied
  • If all comments have NOT been addressed, the plans will not be approved and the applicant must resubmit again
  • If all comments HAVE been addressed the plans will be stamped and signed by the Chief Building Official

6. Issue of Permit

  • Applicant will be notified of the remaining permit fees and that permits are ready to be picked up at the Town Hall by the Permit Technician.
  • Depending on the size, scope, and type of project the Building Official may schedule a pre-construction meeting with the contractor.
  • Once all fees are paid, the permit will be issued to the applicant
  • Permits are valid for a period of 180 days at the time of issuance and will terminate if construction progress has not occurred within the 180 days

7. Inspections

  • Applicants can choose one of the following ways to request an inspection:
  • For more information on requesting inspections click here.

8. Certificate of Occupancy

  • At the end of a project the Chief Building Official will "Final" the project
  • It is at this point that the owner must fill out a Certificate of Occupancy Application and pay the appropriate fees
  • The Chief Building Official will review the application and create a Certificate of Occupancy based on the information filled out from the application
  • Upon issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, the building may be occupied