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City Permit Procedures

The following permit applications are available in PDF format. Click on the permit needed to open and download a copy of the permit.

What is a building permit?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.

When do you need a permit?

The best way to find out if you require a building permit is to call the building inspector. Discuss your plans with the inspector before you begin your project to determine if you need a permit. If a permit is not needed, the inspector can answer questions you may have about your project and provide valuable advice.

Building Inspection permit fee schedule (in PDF)

Permits are usually required for:

New buildings, additions to existing structures, residential work (garages, fences over 6 feet high, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, storage buildings, patio covers and carports), renovations, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and HVAC

Why a permit?

Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the city, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.

A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by the Building Inspector’s carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.

The permit process:

Permit applications may be submitted to the Building Inspector at the Stephenville City Hall, 298 W. Washington St., in the Community Development Department. They then review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with city codes. If your plans meet these requirements, a permit will be issued for a fee (based on valuation of the job). Most projects do not require a separate permit for electrical, plumbing, and heating or air-conditioning work. The building permit is a combination permit, with the exception of sign permits.

On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit and city codes. The Building Inspector will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Usually, most inspections can be completed the same day as requested.

Other services provided by the Building Inspector include the issuing of sign permits and certificates of occupancy. If you should have any questions concerning your project plans and/or determining what kind of permit(s) you are required, the Building Inspector is in the office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (depending on inspections and call outs) Monday through Friday to answer your questions. You may reach inspectors by phone at 254-918-1214 or 254-918-1213, by email or by visiting their office at City Hall (at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. as inspectors are usually performing inspects between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. – these times are subject to change without notice.)

Current building codes:

  • International Building Code 2015 Edition
  • International Existing Building Code 2015 Edition
  • International Residential Code 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code 2015 Edition
  • International Plumbing Code 2015 Edition
  • National Electrical Code 2014 Edition
  • International Fuel Gas Code 2015 Edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code 2015 Edition
  • International Fire Code 2015 edition
  • International Property Maintenance Code 2015 Edition