Permits, Inspections & Applications

Forms:

Permit Application Requirements:

Click the title above to learn more about the specific submittals your project may require.

Inspection Requirements:

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General Information regarding Permits and Inspections:

All permit applications require submittal of plans, specifications and any other additional information required to completely describe the work to be undertaken. In all cases, Planning and Zoning issues should be resolved before applying for a permit. Our department can assist in determining whether your project will require review by the Planning and Zoning department.

Permit applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis by the Building Official and/or the Fire Marshall for code compliance. State of Texas law requires that all permit applications receive a response within 45 days of submittal. Plan review can be completed as quickly a few days or it can take as long as a couple of weeks. The time plan review will take, depends on the size of the project and the volume of other plans awaiting review. You should probably plan for a minimum of one week for plan review. Review of Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler plans typically take approximately 14 business days.

Kitchen - Health reviews will be completed by our third party Health and Safety manager.  We require a cd or pdf of your plan so we can electronically get it to our Health and Safety manager for a plan review.  The fee for this review will be reflected on the permit issued. 

You will be contacted should the submittal require revision. Once a permit application is approved, a permit will be issued. We will contact you when the permit is ready for pick up and let you know the permit fee. The permit must be signed and paid for before a permit is considered valid. Our department can assist in determining a permit fee prior to submittal of a permit application so that you are aware of the fee as you begin planning your project.

Plan Review and Applications Information:residential and commercial

Time Frame for:

New Residential Plan Permits 1– 2 weeks
All Commercial Plan Permits 2 – 4 weeks
All Other Permits 1 – 2 days

Hours of Operation:

M – F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Closed for lunch between the hours of 12:00 to 1:00

You may begin your project once you have a valid permit in hand. All types of work requiring a permit must have accompanying inspections. Our office will let you know which inspections will be required when you pick up your permit. You should notify Development Services when your project is ready for an inspection. Once an inspection is completed, your inspection report will be sent to you by email.

Permits are valid for 180 days beyond the permit issuance date. In some cases, permits may be extended by contacting the Development Services office.

What Projects require a Permit?

You may be surprised that many projects require a permit. Some examples are listed below. Feel free to contact the Development Service office if you do not see the type of project you are considering listed below.

Some examples of projects that typically require a permit:

  • Changing the footprint of the building (addition or demolition of building components)
  • Converting a garage into any other type of room
  • Remodeling or adding new rooms
  • Concrete or Flatwork
  • Roofing
  • Siding or masonry veneer
  • Exterior windows or doors
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58m) in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point and that are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4, patios and Patio Covers
  • Paving: driveways, sidewalks (replacement of existing - new construction sidewalks and driveways or any extensions of such driveways or sidewalks must have a permit), and patios, etc.
  • Lawn Sprinkler Systems
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs, or spas (this does not include prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep).
  • Water heaters
  • Water Softeners
  • Most air conditioning or heating systems
  • Fences - All fencing Commercial/Residential with new or different footprints or placement must provide a detailed drawing and pull a permit.
  • Fireplaces
  • Demolition
  • Most plumbing work
  • Electrical repair and/or replacement
  • Sheds or other accessory buildings that exceed 120 sq. ft, whether you are building or installing a pre-built shed

    Download Shed Diagram PDF
  • Installation or repair of building, parking lot, or landscape lighting (Electrical)
  • Awnings or Carports
  • Signage: installing new or altering existing

Projects not usually requiring a permit:

  • Portable heating appliances
  • Installing or replacing any appliance that does not require alterations to the plumbing, gas, electrical, or mechanical systems.(ex. Replacing a stove which does not need a new outlet or new wiring
  • Repairs on any appliance that does not require replacing the appliance
  • Portable Window A/C units, portable heating or ventilation appliances
  • Painting or wallpapering
  • Carpeting or tile work
  • Glass replacement
  • Tuck pointing or cleaning existing masonry
  • Landscaping: Plants, non-permanent pavers/stones, mulch, etc.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  • Existing fences (City's Subdivision Ordinance only allows new construction fences not to exceed 6 feet in height for residential).
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  • Sheds, playhouses and accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet. ANY CONCRETE BASES FOR THESE STRUCTURES WILL REQUIRE A PERMIT.
  • Swings and other playground equipment

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