CSS stands for Citizen Self Service portal, and is part of our new land management software system that allows applications, payments, and requests to be made online.
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eReview is another component of the new land management software system that allows you and staff to submit and return permit and plan comments, see review status updates and more. eReview can be accessed through your Permit or Plan Details page for each submittal on CSS or via the link provided in your submittal confirmation email.
CSS is a web portal through which you can do the following:
eReview is a separate program / portal where the applicant and city staff can exchange document submittals and comments. This portal is only visible to you as the applicant, and you must be logged in to view your active cases and associated information.
Registration is very straightforward. Once on the CSS website, go to Sign Up and you will be walked through the steps. For more information, see our How to Register in CSS tutorial document, or watch our How to Register in CSS video.
Make sure you only put in the street number and street name when searching for the address. Do not include the suffix when searching for your address (i.e. exclude Drive, Parkway, Road, etc.). Also, make sure you click the magnifying glass to conduct the search.
You will receive an email with instructions after submitting your application. Please review our eReview Plan Review Tutorial Video for additional details.
You will receive an email when your invoice has been created and is ready for payment.
Yes! We have videos available on our More Information and Tutorials page. We will continue to populate this page with more resources as needed.
To add a contact to your application, the individual will first need to register in CSS. Once they have registered, you will be able to search and add them as a contact.
Fees can be paid online or in person. If you are paying with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), you can navigate to your invoices directly on the CSS dashboard. For more details, see our How to Make a Payment video. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please visit our office on the first floor at 221 North Tennessee St., McKinney, Texas 75069. Please note that you may experience extended wait times for the first few weeks when paying in person.
The original applicant (whoever is logged in when applying) will automatically be assigned as the billing contact. If you need to change the billing contact, please let us know and we can change it for you.
Please view our How to Print a Permit video.
The recommended web browser for both CSS and eReview is Internet Explorer. The Silverlight plugin will also be needed to upload files into the eReview program.
Zoning and city limit information is available through our interactive map. Once you’ve submitted in CSS, zoning will populate on your application in the District field of the permit details section.
Wait three minutes and try again. As long as you remember your password and are entering it correctly, it will let you in after it resets. If you need to reset your password, click the Forgot Password link and you will receive an email to reset your password.
Once inside eReview, navigate to the Review Details page for that particular case. Go to the review version you are inquiring about (i.e., Plan Review v.1, Plan Review v.2, etc.), and a list of review departments and staff reviewers will appear to the right. You can also view the status of that department’s review, the anticipated return date for comments and more.
Once your submittal has been received by the system, your files will turn blue on the Case Details page in eReview. Once the plans have been routed to staff, a new review version (i.e., Plan Review v.1, Plan Review v.2, etc.) will appear under Review Details, where you can also see the reviewers and due dates.
Please refer to our tutorial document for How to Add Additional Contacts to an Existing Permit. The instructions are the same as for a plan submittal, only there is a "plan number" instead of a "permit number" and the selection of contact types you can add will vary.
You will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to upload your plans if your submittal requires plan review. You will receive an email once your invoice is ready to be paid. You have the ability to log into your CSS account at any time to view your inspection results. Please view our "How to View Inspection Results" document on the CSS website for more details.
Since our permitting process is only digital now, all applicants must register and create an account in CSS before submitting any documentation.
To remove a contact from a permit, please call our Building Inspections staff. As long as all contacts have created an account in contacts, you have the ability to add additional contacts to your CSS application at any time. Navigate to the permit you would like to add contacts to, go to the Contact tab and then Add Contact. Type in the name and conduct a search to add a contact (this is why all contacts must register first).
You cannot cancel an inspection digitally through CSS. Please call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system at 972-547-7460 and press 2; a Building Inspections Department staff member will assist you with your inspection cancellation.
You cannot cancel an inspection digitally through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system. Please call the IVR phone system at 972-547-7460 and press 2; you will be directed to a Building Inspections Department staff member who can assist you with your inspection cancellation.
Enter the name and date of your event in the description field.
At the bottom of the CSS screen, go to the "Add Attachment" button to upload these documents.
Contact the Project Expediter or the Development Engineer assigned to your permit. They can make an adjustment in the system for you.
Once your Civil Plans and Bid Tabs have been approved by the Development Engineer assigned to your permit, our Project Expediter or Senior Construction Engineer will reach out to you to schedule this meeting. You may also contact us directly at 972-547-7475.
Please contact your designated Engineering Construction Inspector directly. If your inspector is unavailable, please contact Jackie Andress.
Revisions can be viewed in eReview two ways. You have the option to navigate to eReview via the Plan Details page for that case in CSS, or via the link provided in the Plan Revisions Necessary email. For more details on viewing comments and uploading revisions, see our eReview Video. When uploading files to eReview, be sure to name each file according to the file type (i.e. an Amending Plat Exhibit would be named "Amending Plat," the Letter of Intent would be “Letter of Intent". This allows the system to create a category based on the file name, and for staff to quickly and easily identify uploaded files. Please note that at this time, only PDF files can be uploaded through eReview.
Your Case Manager’s name will be on the Plan Details page for each case, next to Assigned To.
Holds may be issued for a variety of reasons. If your status in CSS changes to “On Hold”, navigate to the Holds tab on the case's Plan Details page for more information:
Please contact your case manager, listed next to Assigned To, to determine what needs to be done to remove the hold.
Review times vary. Please keep tuned to the status of your permit. If the status changes to On Hold, contact your Case Manager for more details as that means that more information is needed to move ahead.
Once your plans are approved, the status in CSS and eReview will update to Approved. Additionally, you will receive an email letting you know that your approval letter is ready to be viewed in CSS by navigating to Attachments on the Plan Details page for that case.
The procedure for scheduling a pre-development meeting has not changed. Please contact Kathy Wright by email or call 972-547-7409 to schedule your meeting. Please also see our Pre-development Meeting Guidelines for assistance.
Once your public improvements have been completed and accepted by Engineering, please submit a final copy of the plat for review through eReview. Please name the file “Final Plat Review”. Once this has been approved for filing, please bring in three signed original copies of the plat, as well as tax certificates for all properties being platted. Fees for filing will be assessed through CSS, and the invoice can be paid just like any of the other fees. After the plat has been filed with the county, staff will notify you that your copy is ready to be picked up.