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The City of North Richland Hills has adopted the 2018 I-Codes as published by the International Code Council. The adopted codes include the 2018 International Building, the 2018 International Residential Code, the 2018 International Plumbing Code, the 2018 International Mechanical Code, and the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code. Other codes used by the city include the 2017 National Electrical Code and the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. Please note that the city has amended the published codes in several areas utilizing the North Central Texas Council of Governments Recommended Regional Amendments, as well as a number of specific local amendments. All regional and local amendments can be found under Chapter 98 of the North Richland Hills
The building codes the city uses are copyrighted documents and are not located on the city's website. Copies of the I-Codes can be found at the North Richland Hills Public Library; or they can be purchased from the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org.
Every contractor performing construction work requiring permits and inspections must be registered with the City. Registration is completed in person at the Planning & Development Department located at City Hall, 4301 City Point Drive. There is no annual registration fee for all contractors.
Basically any new, remodeling, enlarging, altering, addition or demolition to buildings and structures will require a permit. Trade work, such as plumbing, mechanical/HVAC and electrical, require their own permits and must be obtained by state licensed personnel. Many construction repairs also require a building permit depending on the extent of the repair. There are some miscellaneous type projects that will require permits which include, but are not necessarily limited to fencing, driveways, decks over 30 inches in height, sheds exceeding 144 square feet, lawn irrigation systems, retaining walls taller than 24 inches, and some portable buildings. For clarification, please check with the Customer Service Assistants by calling 817-427-6300.
The following attachment is an unofficial version of the current permit fees (updated June 2019). Permit Fees (unofficial)
In general, the following items must be submitted for permitting of a new home. Additional items may be needed depending on location, zoning, or unique circumstances, etc.:
CD or Flash Drive containing all documents listed
Copy and verification that Residential Fire Sprinkler Affidavit has been filed with Tarrant County (Click here for form)
Construction Plans: Floor Plan, Exterior Elevations, MEP’s, etc.
Wind-Bracing / Shear Wall Plan
Foundation Plan & Engineer’s Foundation Letter
Additional support documentation (i.e. engineer’s eyebrow, brick-on-wood, special structural conditions, etc.)
2018 Energy Code Compliance Report (i.e. IC3 Report, HERS Report, RES-Check Report)
Grading / Drainage Plan
Please Note: Plans must be collated and assembled into identical sets when submitted.
Submit 2 complete sets of plans for residential projects and 3 sets of complete plans for commercial projects. Commercial projects with food sales require 4 sets of plans. Please note that all new commercial buildings, remodels, and additions must be accompanied by a digit copy (PDF) of the plans and specifications. Plans must be collated and assembled into identical sets when submitted.
COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS - All commercial buildings require a building permit to re-roof. Commercial projects that include the removal of roof insulation must replace the insulation with thicknesses that meet the current energy code. An energy code calculation is typically required and generally results in an increase in insulation thickness.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS - One & two family dwellings do not require a permit to replace shingles only. Permits are required for re-roofing projects that include the repair or replacement of roof decking. All re-roofing projects, including those that do not require a building permit, must meet the provisions in Chapter 9 of the International Residential Code. Flashings (including kick-out flashings and drip edges) are required; however, ice barriers are not required. Roofs containing two or more layers of shingles must be completely removed before installing new shingles. Underlayment must also be replaced when re-shingling a roof. Asphalt shingles must be installed in accordance with the shingle manufacturer’s installation instructions on solidly sheathed decks without holes, cracks, rot and/or gaps (refer to 2018 IRC Sections R905.1 & R905.2). Roofs may not have two or more layers of decking unless approved by an engineer with support documentation. All citizens are encouraged to use roofing contractors who are registered with the city and are members of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association. A searchable website is available at https://www.ntrca.com/
The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) adopted by the City of North Richland Hills requires roof structural panel sheathing (OSB and plywood) to meet Table R503.2.1.1(1) and typically requires a minimum of 7/16 inch thick sheathing. Table R803.1 is used for solid lumber sheathing (such as 1 X 8’s) and requires a minimum of 5/8 inch decking where rafters are spaced 24 inches on center. Additionally, section R905 of the IRC requires asphalt shingles to be applied in accordance with the applicable provisions of the code AND the manufacturers installation instructions (which ever is the most stringent).
Please know that the city does not require citizens to replace 3/8 inch plywood roof panels if it is still in good condition; and presumes that the panels met the code at the time it was originally installed. In fact, the IRC still allows appropriately rated 3/8 inch roofing panels on rafters spaced 24 inches on center to this very day; however, this product has been difficult to locate. Please be advised that there are occasions where the shingle manufacturer’s installation instructions are more restrictive than the IRC by mandating that their shingles be installed on 7/16 inch or thicker roof panels in order to honor their product’s warranty.
In most cases a garage cannot be converted into a living area. According to the city's zoning ordinance, a home must provide at least two 9' X 18' covered parking spaces behind the front building line. As such, this requirement cannot be met when the garage is converted into a living space.
Occasionally, a property has enough room to build a replacement garage or a new carport behind the front building line without encroaching on other required side and rear building setbacks. In these scenarios, it may be possible to convert an existing attached garage with the proper construction permits. Please contact the Planning and Inspection Departments at 817-427-6300 for all of the requirements if you're thinking about converting a garage.
The city's zoning regulations do not normally allow carports and garages to encroach the required building setback established by the zoning district of the property. In most scenarios, there is insufficient room to construct a carport and still honor minimum setbacks.
Republic Waste Services is the City of North Richland Hills' garbage hauling vendor. To set up service for your business, or to arrange a temporary roll-off container for a construction project, please contact Republic Waste Services at 817-317-2000. The use of other vendors is prohibited.