How to register a project with the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and obtain a TDLR Project Number for permitting purposes.
After registering the project with the TDLR you MUST submit the project to us. Failure to make a plan review submittal after project registration may have serious consequences for both the property owner and the design professional.
Only follow these instructions if you are submitting your project to Texas access. If you are not going to submit your project to Texas Access, then do not enter the RAS number below during the registration of the project.
See the TDLR Plan Review Submittal page for the submittal instructions.
PLEASE! Read these instructions before registering a project with the TDLR!
You must register your project with the TDLR where the cost of construction is equal to or greater than $50,000.00. At the end of the project registration process, and payment of the $175 state project filing fee, you will print out the resulting receipt with the state assigned TABS number and present that to the local building department for permitting purposes.
Note: The $175 state project filing fee is NOT the plan review fee. There is a separate plan review fee that must be paid when the project is submitted.
There are two options for registering projects with the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation:
(1) You may register the project yourself at the new Texas Architectural Barriers Online System (TABS) site. However, If you choose to register the project online, be sure to enter the following RAS number: 19
(a) Please ensure that you are entering accurate information. Do not guess! The PDF version of the project registration form and the online registration form ask for the same information, so a good practice is to download the Architectural Barriers Project Registration Form, and acquire the information on the form before registering online with TABS.
(b) When registering a project with the TDLR you should upload all drawings and specifications in PDF format. Again, you should upload your drawings and specifications in PDF format to the TABS site. No other format than PDF is acceptable. Please contact us if you do not have drawings in PDF format. Note that drawings may be scanned at an office supply center such as FedEx Office (formerly Kinko's).
IMPORTANT: Please try to have the drawings and the completed Proof of Submission Form (if applicable) in PDF format ready to upload during project registration with TABS. If you encounter any problems uploading drawings and forms please email them or send a direct download link with the Project Name in the Subject field to Submittals@TexasAccess.com.
Please!!! Do Not Make These Mistakes During Online Project Registration!!!
If the owner has elected to designate an agent to act on the owner's behalf, make sure you upload or email to us a fully executed Owner Agent Designation Form in PDF format or we will NOT recognize any agent information entered during project registration.
Note: An Owner's Agent is never required. Think about the potential liability before agreeing to be an agent for the Owner!
When registering online do NOT enter the Agent's information in the Owner's information section! And do NOT enter the tenant's information in the Owner's information section! Tenants are NOT owners!
The Owner is the person, firm, corporation, or entity, that holds title to the real property on which the building or facility is located. It is NOT the owner of the business that is leasing the space or building where the work is occuring.
In the Contacts area of the online form, all sections must be completed with UNIQUE information…Building or Facility Owner, Owner's Agent, Design Professional, and Tenant. Do NOT enter the same information in different sections!
For more information about the importance of entering correct ownership information, click here.
(2) Or you may fully hand complete a paper Architectural Barriers Project Registration Form and email it to us along with the $175 state project filing fee. You will be notified of the assigned TABS number once the payment is processed and the project is registered.
Important: Projects that are located on separate physical sites (such as multiple projects under a single bond program), or projects having separate physical addresses, must be registered, reviewed, and inspected separately, per TDLR.
If you encounter problems or are unsure how to register the project online, call us Toll-Free at (800) 880-6986.