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What Requires a Building Permit in Irving

Permits are required to erect, alter, move, enlarge, replace, demolish or repair a structure or building. Residents should verify that contractors have obtained proper permits for any work being done. Permits and inspections are required whether the work is done by a contractor or a homeowner. If permits are not obtained, the safety and economic value of the home, building or infrastructure could be affected. It could also delay selling a home or result in fines being assessed.

Once the permit is issued, the City of Irving Inspections Department will conduct inspections to ensure the work meets city codes and ordinances.

WHAT REQUIRES A PERMIT?

Listed below are the most common types of structures or building alterations that require a permit.

  • Accessory buildings (sheds, arbors, pergolas, etc.) 
  • Adding to or altering a garage or carport 
  • Additions to a house 
  • Decks more than 30 inches in height 
  • Fences 
  • Flatwork or paving, including a driveway 
  • Garage conversions to living space 
  • New electrical wiring, plumbing, heating or air conditioning, or running new lines or pipes 
  • Patio covers 
  • Pools, spas or hot tubs (in-ground and above ground) 
  • Portable buildings or sheds greater than 6 feet in any dimension, including height 
  • Remodeling or altering any structure 
  • Reroofing 
  • Retaining walls more than 30 inches in height 
  • Solar panels 
  • Water heaters 

To obtain a permit, bring a floor plan of the alteration, permit application and fee to the Inspections Department, 825 W. Irving Blvd. The best way to find out if a permit is needed is to email the Inspections Department at Irving-Permits@cityofirving.org, visit CityofIrving.org/Inspections or call (972) 721-2371.

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