5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117
817-222-7700

Masonry Ordinance

The Haltom City masonry ordinance was approved by City Council and last amended on March 28th, 2013. Download a PDF file of the latest amendment to the Haltom City masonry ordinance and a map of the applicable commercial corridors here.

Refer to the Haltom City Municipal Code/Charter, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14, Buildings, Structures and Appurtenances, Article 1. In General, Section 14-27 for the complete ordinance.

Report Code Violation

Code violations detract from our community in a number of ways, including decreased property values, health hazards and increased crime. Any reporting of a code violation will be kept confidential.

Suspected code violations can be submitted online by filling out this online form, but please read the information below to ensure you follow the correct procedure for reporting code violations. A map is provided below so you know which Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for which district. Please note the correct officer in case you would like to contact them in the future regarding your complaint. A higher resolution PDF map is available for download here.

haltom city texas code enforcement districtsCitizen instructions for reporting a violation:

  1. Choose a violation category (Ex.: Nuisance)
  2. Choose a sub – category (ex: High Grass)
  3. Completing steps 1 & 2 will prompt the screen for the violation address location. Citizens should select the address using the GIS globe map inside the form's app or type in the physical address...then click “Save Attached Locations”. You must select a physical location for the violation. PLEASE NOTE: You may leave comments regarding your complaint within this step only. Please indicate in your comments if you are requesting a courtesy call regarding the status of your complaint. Images attached to complaints will become a permanent record of the case and could be used during court proceedings. Therefore, you are reminded you could be called as a witness for providing your photos.
  4. Complete your contact information including name, email and phone. All complaints remain confidential even though you are required to provide contact information.

Haltom City Building Permit FAQs

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. A building permit form can be downloaded here.

What building codes does Haltom City operate under?

Do I need a Building Permit...and why are they required?

What types of permits are issued by the City?

What documentation/information is needed when applying for a commercial Building Permit?

What documentation/information is needed when applying for a residential Building Permit?

What kinds of projects DON"T require a Building Permit?

What role do INSPECTIONS play in this process?

What are some typical residential and commercial inspections?

When is an inspection required?

How do I go about scheduling an inspection?

What is the cost of an inspection?

Who should pay the permit fees, myself or my contractor?

 

 

What building codes does the City operate under?

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code
  • 2011 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
  • Fence Permits
  • Foundation Repair
  • 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) – three (3) 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 – three (3).
  • Plat – one (1) copy of the property’s certified, recorded plat.
  • Landscape plan – three (3) 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.

  • Three 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 and side.
  • 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.

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.

Belknap Overlay District

The purpose of the Belknap Corridor District is to implement the adopted recommendations of the Belknap Corridor Plan by encouraging new development and redevelopment in the Belknap Corridor area.

Download PDF file of Belknap Overlay District.

2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan

The 2010 CLUP provides Haltom City with guidelines, policies and goals/objectives that will direct the future growth of the City.

The draft of the 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) incorporates changes made to the CLUP in response to approximately eleven (11) workshops held by the Planning and Zoning Commission, beginning from August 26, 2008 and extending through December 8, 2009. At the March 10, 2009 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed and updated the City’s Thoroughfare Plan Element of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The revision of the Thoroughfare Plan added new alignments for desired arterial streets, collector streets and bike path corridors.

The 2010 CLUP Draft will continue to provide the City with guidelines, policies and goals/objectives that will direct the future growth of the City.

Download PDF file of 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Haltom City Subdivision Ordinance

The Haltom City subdivision ordinance is adopted under the authority of the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, including particularly Chapter 212 of the Texas Local Government Code and the provisions of the Municipal Annexation Act, codified as Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Download PDF file of the Haltom City subdivision ordinance.

Reference the Haltom City Municipal Code Charter, Chapter 38-37 for updated building code elevation requirements.

Haltom City Sign Ordinance

The Haltom City sign ordinance is approved by the city council and issued out of the Haltom City Planning & Community Development Department.

Download PDF file of the Haltom City sign ordinance.

Map With Points of Interest

Download PDF file of Haltom City map with points of interest.

Maps are produced out of the GIS division of the Haltom City Information Technology Department.