Building Inspections & Permits

Notice to Customers

Due to the lifting of restrictions concerning the coronavirus pandemic, our office is open for in-person transactions.  We encourage all over-the-counter trade permits to continue using on-line transactions in order to reduce as much personal interaction as possible.  Visitors to the Building Inspection counter will be limited to a maximum of two people at a time; and are asked to be masked and maintain social distancing.  We are also happy to assist you by phone at 817-427-6300 or by email at  


  1. Permit applications and plans may be dropped off at the Logistics Center at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. When arriving at City Hall, 4301 City Point Dr., follow the signs for Municipal Court. The Logistics Center is the door located to the right (south) of Municipal Court. All application documents and support materials must be collated and packaged into envelopes (or other containers) to prevent loose/lost papers and submitted at the Logistics Center service desk window and drop box.
  2. Reviews will be conducted via email and phone.
  3. Plan revisions may be submitted in the same fashion as outlined above.  In some cases, email submittals may be utilized.
  4. Permit invoices will be emailed via PayPal to the email listed on the application. Fees must be paid prior to issuance.
  5. Approved permits and plans will be delivered to the job site, model home, construction trailer, etc. and may be coordinated.


  1. Applications, supporting documentation, plans, etc. may be emailed (PDF) to  Please include the property address and permit type in the subject line of the email.  If the size of the email exceeds 7MB, please utilize an online document server such as GoogleDrive, DropBox, etc.
  2. Permit invoices or payment requests will be emailed via PayPal to the email listed on the application.  Fees must be paid prior to issuance.
  3. Approved permits will be emailed to the email listed on the application.


Inspections will continue to be made with the following changes:

  1. No inspections will be conducted within occupied homes; including inspections of single-family rental properties and apartments.
  2. Staff will conduct inspections of water heater and HVAC replacement equipment in an occupied home only if the equipment can be accessed via an opened garage door.
  3. Water heaters and HVAC equipment that are only accessible from within a home must be photo documented by the installer and emailed to for confirmation of compliance. 
  4. Homeowners and contractors are asked to observe the “social distancing” recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during all inspections by locating to a different area or by leaving the site.

Inspection Results

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.

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.