Building Inspections & Permits

Due to the volume of construction activity, we are experiencing a longer than normal review time. Applications for new homes may take approximately 15 business days for review. Applications for commercial construction may take approximately 25 business days for review.

Please click here to view the most recent inspection results.

Department Responsibilities

The Building Inspection Department is responsible for issuing permits and performing inspections for new construction, additions and remodeling projects for residential and commercial properties.

The Building Inspection Department enforces the 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Residential Code, 2017 National Electrical Code, 2018 International Plumbing Code, 2018 International Mechanical Code, 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, local zoning regulations, 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: On-Line Building Codes. Please note that some sections of the on-lines codes have been modified by local amendments and can be found in Chapter 98 of the North Richland Hills Code of Ordinances.

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

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 roof decking;
  • Adding or replacing walls or windows;
  • Pouring of concrete, widening / replacing driveway;
  • Installing storage sheds 144 square feet or greater;
  • 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 deck more than 30” above grade or a retaining wall over 3 feet in height;
  • Building or repairing a swimming pool or spa.
Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, patching sheetrock, putting in cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing existing residential shingles, electrical lighting or plumbing fixtures.

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 and applications. For more information, please contact us at 817-427-6330.