The information below is provided for general guidance, however it's always best to check with the Planning & Inspections Department at 817 222-7730 before starting any building project.
What building codes does the City operate under?
- 2003 International Building Code
- 2003 International Plumbing Code
- 2003 International Mechanical Code
- 2003 International Residential Code
- 2003 Int. Energy Conservation Code
- 2003 International Fire Code
- 2002 National Electrical Code
Do I need a Building Permit...and why are they required?
In the City of Haltom City, building codes and ordinances have been enacted and amended by city council to ensure good, safe buildings. The permitting process is used by the city as a means of tracking construction work as it progresses. The property owner and the contractors are jointly responsible for obtaining the proper permits. All contractors must be registered with the City in order to obtain permits. Resident homeowners are exempt from the contractor registration requirements for performing their own work. All permit fees are based on valuation.
What types of permits are issued by the City?
- Backyard Shed Permit
- Building Permits
- Commercial Remodeling Permit
- Commercial Additions Permits
- Demolition/Moving Permit
- Electrical Permit
- Extensions/Additions Permits-Residence
- Mechanical Permit
- New Construction Permits-Residential/Commercial
- Plumbing Permit
- Remodeling Residence Permits
- Street Contractor Permit
What documentation/information is needed when applying for a commercial Building Permit?
- Building construction plans with engineer’s and/or architect’s seal (as required by state law) – two (2) complete sets (including site plans and landscape plans).
- One (1) additional set of electrical and/or mechanical plans that include fire protection information, as well as any plans designating fire protection (as applicable).
- Site plans – two (2).
- Plat – one (1) copy of the property’s certified, recorded plat.
- Landscape plan – two (2) copies of landscape plan (minimum size 11”x17”) – if required – for landscape plan review.
- Energy Code review sheet.
- TDLR number if construction is a commercial project exceeding $50,000 in valuation.
What documentation/information is needed when applying for a residential Building Permit?
A legal site plan of the property – This may be obtained from the Tarrant County Courthouse in deeds and records. On the site plan,show where all existing buildings are located and the location of the proposed building or addition
- Two sets of drawings on paper that is at least 8”x11” in size.
- A description of how the building or addition will be constructed – show roof, walls, foundation specifications, elevations of front andside.
- Name & phone number of owner/general contractor doing the job.
- Value of the job
- There are exceptions – where speaking with the building inspector may be necessary.
- If permitting a new commercial building or remodeling an existing commercial building, a certificate of occupancy may have to be obtained.
What kinds of projects DON"T require a Building Permit?
Demolition of a structure by the State of Texas for highway widening purposes.
- Flammable liquid tanks when a Fire Department permit has been issued, except that foundations for said tanks shall require a building permit.
- Moveable cases, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches (5’9”) high
- Painting, papering and similar finish work
- Platforms, walks and decks not more than six inches (6”) above grade and not over any basement or story below
- Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R, Division 3 Occupancy in which the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
- Retaining walls which are not over four feet (4’) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids. (Retaining walls placed in succession shall be considered one wall if,upon drawing a line from the bottom of the footing of the lower wall at a 45 degree angle up and towards the higher wall, the line intersects the higher wall or any material retained by the wall at any point)
- Roof repairs on Group R, Division 3 and their accessory structures. For the purpose of this section, roof repairs shall include the repair and replacement of the material above, but not including the decking material, lathing boards, or sheathing boards
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of Group R, Division 3, and Group U Occupancies when projecting not more than fifty-four inches (54”).
Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required for the above-exempted items.
What role do INSPECTIONS play in this process?
Permits are the first step in the City building approval process; inspections are the second step. Inspections are required throughout the course of a project to ensure that quality work has been performed. The contractor must request that the City perform the property inspections at the proper stage of work. At the time of the final building inspection a certificate of occupancy must be obtained on new or existing commercial property before it can be utilized. Property owners should not release a contractor until a final inspection has been conducted.
What are some typical residential and commercial inspections?
- Form Board Survey
- Plumbing rough inspections
- Foundation inspections – after underground plumbing and/or electrical is inspected and approved, and all of the steel is placed in the slab, the building inspector will check the foundation for compliance.
- Framing inspections – after the electrical, mechanical and plumbing has been inspected and approved, the building inspector will check the framing for compliance.
- Insulation inspections – after the framing, electrical, mechanical and plumbing has been inspected and approved, the building inspector will check the insulation for compliance.
- Electric and/or Gas Meter release inspections – before the final building inspection, the building inspector will perform the meter release inspection(s).
- Final inspection – after the electrical, mechanical and plumbing have passed their final inspections, the building inspector can inspect for total completeness and final the permit. After this final inspection is approved, the space may be occupied.
When is an inspection required?
An inspection is required for all construction or work for which a permit is required and shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official.
How do I go about scheduling an inspection?
The person performing the work for inspection or the general contractor is responsible for scheduling and ensuring the work is ready for inspection. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid. Depending upon the type of permit and work to be performed, you may establish an inspection at the time of permitting, or by calling the Inspections Department at 817 222-7730. If you call before 9:00 a.m., you can receive a morning inspection (between 9:00 a.m. and Noon). If you call after 9:00 a.m. but before Noon, you can receive an afternoon inspection (between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.). The telephone is answered by the Permit Technician unless she/he is on another line, away from her/his desk, or assisting customer(s) at the counter. Voice mail messages may also be left after business hours.
The information needed to request an inspection is the job address, what type of inspection you are requesting, whether you wish a morning or afternoon inspection, and your name and a call-back phone number.
What is the cost of an inspection?
Inspection fees are paid at the time of permitting and are included in the Building Permit fees, which are based on the dollar value of the construction being done. A re-inspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or re-inspection where the work the inspection was called for is not complete or when corrections were not made. Re-inspection fees are $47.50.
Who should pay the permit fees, myself or my contractor?
Once your plans are finalized and you’ve selected a contractor, instruct the contractor to obtain the proper permits. If the contractor requires the owner to reimburse for the permit fee, ask for a receipt. Fees are determined by the value of the project and therefore may vary from project to project.