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Building Safety

Building Official – Harold Sandel


Building Inspector – Terry Adams


Permit Technician – Karen Wilkerson


Building Inspection FAQs

What is a building permit?

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

Why do I need a permit?

The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact the Permit Technician. Discuss your plans with them before you begin work. If a permit is not needed the building inspector can answer your construction questions and may provide valuable advice.

The Permit Process.

Permit applications may be submitted to the Permit Technician at the Stephenville City Hall, 298 W. Washington St., in the Developmental Services Services 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. In most cases inspections can be completed the same day as requested.

Other services provided by the Developmental Services Services include the issuing of sign permits and certificates of occupancy and other trade permits. If you should have any questions concerning your project plans and/or determining what kind of permit(s) you are required, please call or email Karen Wilkerson at 254-918-1213 or

How do I get a permit?

An application will need to be filled out and paid for before a permit can/will be issued. Please contact Karen Wilkerson at 254-918-1213 or

How do I get a Certificate of Occupancy?

A Certificate of Occupancy requires inspections from various departments depending on the nature of the Occupant. Inspections will be scheduled and handled by the proper departments. Once inspections are done and everything is up to code, then a CO will be issued.

Permits are usually required for:

New Buildings, Additions to an Existing Structure, Residential Work, Renovations, Electrical Systems, Plumbing Systems, HVAC Systems

Schedule of Fees
Current Building Codes

What good does a permit do?

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 competed 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 Building Official/Inspector

Building Official is Harold Sandel and he can be reached 254-918-1214 or with any questions or concerns

To Schedule an inspection or for general questions, please call Karen Wilkerson at 254-918-1213.