Building Inspections & Permits

Notice to Customers

Due to the lifting of restrictions concerning the coronavirus pandemic, our office is open for in-person transactions.  We encourage all over-the-counter trade permits to continue using on-line transactions in order to reduce as much personal interaction as possible.  Visitors are asked to practice social distancing when conducting business at the Building Inspection counter.  We are also happy to assist you by phone at 817-427-6300 or by email at  

Additionally, due to the volume of construction activity, applications for new homes may take approximately 10 business days for review. Applications for commercial construction may take approximately 15 business days for review.


  1. Permit applications and plans may be dropped off at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or sent in via United States Postal Service or other courier.   All application documents and support materials must be collated and packaged to prevent loose/lost papers.
  2. Plan revisions may be submitted in the same fashion as outlined above. 
  3. Permit invoices will be emailed via PayPal to the email listed on the application and may be paid on-line through this invoice or paid in-person at city hall.  Fees must be paid prior to issuance of a permit.


  1. Applications, supporting documentation, plans, etc. for trade permits and Certificate's of Occupancy may be emailed (PDF) to  Please include the property address and permit type in the subject line of the email.  Please note that trade permits do not include photovoltaic (solar panel) permits.  
  2. Permit invoices or payment requests will be emailed via PayPal to the email listed on the application.  Fees must be paid prior to issuance.
  3. Permit invoices will be emailed via PayPal to the email listed on the application and may be paid on-line through this invoice or paid in-person at city hall.  Fees must be paid prior to issuance of a permit.


  1. Inspections have resumed within occupied homes; including inspections of single-family rental properties and apartments.  Occupants and contractors are asked to practice social distancing while the inspector is on site.
  2. Water heaters, plumbing repairs, and HVAC equipment repairs that are only accessible via an attic or underneath a foundation must be video/photo documented by the installer and emailed to for confirmation of compliance. 

Inspection Results

Please click here to view the most recent inspection results.

Department Responsibilities


The Building Inspection Department is responsible for issuing permits and performing inspections for new construction, additions and remodeling projects for residential and commercial properties.

The Building Inspection Department enforces the 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Residential Code, 2017 National Electrical Code, 2018 International Plumbing Code, 2018 International Mechanical Code, 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, local zoning regulations, and certain state statutes relating to construction. The following link has been provided to view current published versions of the various codes adopted by the city: On-Line Building Codes. Please note that some sections of the on-lines codes have been modified by local amendments and can be found in Chapter 98 of the North Richland Hills Code of Ordinances.

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Most home improvement projects beyond cosmetic work require a building permit. The permit and inspection process helps protect your family from safety risks like structural failures, fire hazards or electrical shock. It may also help eliminate costly repairs for poorly completed work.

Following are some common projects that require permits:
  • Installing or replacing water heaters, HVAC systems, water lines or sewer lines;
  • Any electrical or gas line work (including valves);
  • Replacing residential roof decking;
  • Adding or replacing walls or windows;
  • Pouring of concrete, widening / replacing driveway;
  • Installing storage sheds 144 square feet or greater;
  • Construction of carports or patio covers;
  • Foundation repairs;
  • Installing a tornado shelter;
  • Installing lawn irrigation systems;
  • Installing a fence, or replacing 4 or more panels;
  • Building or replacing a deck more than 30” above grade or a retaining wall over 3 feet in height;
  • Building or repairing a swimming pool or spa.
Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, patching sheetrock, putting in cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing existing residential shingles, electrical lighting or plumbing fixtures.

Safety is the primary reason building permits are required. When a permit is issued, the city will inspect the work to make sure it is done correctly and in compliance with current building and safety codes. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure that their contractor obtains the proper permit(s). Permits should be displayed on site until the work is completed and passes inspection.

View building permit forms and applications. For more information, please contact us at 817-427-6330.