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Permits, Inspections, and Zoning
Most home improvement projects beyond cosmetic work require a building permit. The permit and inspection process helps protect your family from safety risks like structural failures, fire hazards or electrical shock. It may also help eliminate costly repairs for poorly completed work.
Following are some common projects that require permits:
- Installing or replacing water heaters, HVAC systems, water lines or sewer lines;
- Any electrical or gas line work (including valves);
- Replacing residential roofs and decking;
- Adding or replacing walls or windows;
- Installing storage sheds 300 square feet or greater and/or electricity and plumbing included;
- Construction of carports or patio covers;
- Foundation repairs;
- Installing a tornado shelter;
- Installing lawn irrigation systems;
- Installing a fence, or replacing 4 or more panels;
- Building or replacing a a retaining wall;
- Building or repairing a swimming pool or spa;
- Underground storage tanks
- Sidewalks, curbs or drive approach
- Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, patching sheetrock, putting in cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits.
Safety is the primary reason building permits are required. When a permit is issued, the city will inspect the work to make sure it is done correctly and in compliance with current building and safety codes. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure that their contractor obtains the proper permit(s). Permits should be displayed on site until the work is completed and passes inspection.
View building permit forms on the Forms page. For more information, please contact us at 817-274-7368
The Building Inspection Department is responsible for issuing permits for new construction, additions and remodeling projects for residential and commercial properties.
The Building Inspection Department enforces the building code, electrical code, plumbing code, mechanical code, fuel gas code, energy code, zoning ordinance and certain state statutes relating to construction.
The following link has been provided to view current published versions of the various codes adopted by the city: City Code of Ordinances
Frequently Asked Questions
What International Codes does the city use for permitting?
The 2015 edition of the International Building Code and the regional amendments and interpretations thereto recommended by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (herein called the “IBC”) is hereby adopted as the official building code of the city and is fully incorporated by reference as though copied into this section in its entirety. (Ordinance 16-12, sec. 1, adopted 11/28/16)
The 2015 International Plumbing Code and the regional amendments and interpretations thereto recommended by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (herein called the “IPC”) is hereby adopted as the official plumbing code of the city and is fully incorporated by reference as though copied into this section in its entirety. (Ordinance 16-12, sec. 5, adopted 11/28/16)