Do I need a permit for that?

Projects Requiring a Permit
The examples below include only some of the projects requiring permits. Not all projects have been included. Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit. Contact us at (972) 899-5093 for additional information.

Permits are required for:
  • Commercial
  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
  • Commercial finish-out or remodel/Certificate of Occupancy
  • Electrical systems and repairs:
    • New electrical panels or circuits
    • When replacing a gas or electric water heater
  • Excavation
  • Fences/Decks
  • When installing a sprinkler system
  • New buildings/residences
  • Plumbing systems and repairs:
    • Water heaters
    • A gas line is added, replaced or repaired
    • Replacing a gas or electric water heater
    • Installing a sprinkler system
    • Shower pans
    • Repairs of water or sewer line
  • Pools
  • Retaining walls over 2 ft. in height (including the footings)
  • Signs
  • Residential work (new windows and doors, patio covers, garages, fireplaces, water heaters, etc.)
  • Renovations (garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems
  • Private ground water wells:
    • Drilling or construction of a new private ground water well
    • Repair or construction to a private ground water well
    • Abandonment of a private ground water well
Permits are also required for:
  • All accessory buildings
    • Must follow setback requirements stated in the Zoning Ordinance.
    • Accessory buildings over 200 sq. ft. must meet the masonry requirements as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance
  • Replacing a roof
  • Patio covers,carports and arbors
  • Replacing or adding a new drive approach (if replacing the driveway up to the approach, no permit is required)
  • Concrete patios do not require a permit if they are not attached to the house foundation. However, if you plan to cover or enclose this area at a later date, a permit for the concrete is a good idea so we will have a record of the structural strength of the patio.