On October 12, 2020, the Haltom City Council updated development codes by adopting the following codes with local amendments:
Do I need a permit for a 10' x 12' accessory building?
No, any building larger than 10' x 12' will require a building permit.
What classifies as a detached garage?
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.
Yes, Special Exception through Zoning Board of Adjustment.
If zoning approval is required, how many and what size plans do you need for the zoning approval? Do we submit this with the building permit or is there a separate application and process for this?
Upload to our Online Action Center.
Do you require a building permit for upgrades?
How do we file for the building permit (mail, email)?
Upload to our Online Action Center.
How many and what size plans do you require?
Two (2) copies, size 11" x 17", if plans submitted are submitted to our office.
How long does the permit process take once everything is submitted?
Five (5) business days.
How long is the permit valid for?
One hundred eighty (180) days.
Is there a plan review fee, if so, what is the cost?
Yes, 65% of the building permit fee paid at the time of the project request.
What is the cost of the building permit?
Based on value of project (see attached fee schedule).
Where do we get building permit application?
Our Online Action Center.
How can we pay for the fees?
Credit card and check payments are accepted, with a max limit of $1,000.
How do we get the permit once approved (mail, email or pick up in person)?
Print from project via our Online Action Center.
Does the general contractor need to be registered with the City of Haltom City?
Yes, the contractor will need to register prior to the building application being submitted. General contractors can register online. Please upload the driver license and certificate of insurance with City of Haltom City with address as certificate holder when requesting registration.
What constitutes the change out of hard wired smoke detectors and new GFCI plugs?
Any service change out requires hard wired smoke detectors and GFCI plugs.
Do I need permit for flag pole?
No, a permit is not required.
Does flatwork need to be permitted?
Drive approaches will need to be permitted by a licensed & bonded right-of-way contractor. Flatwork that is for future construction requires a building permit with an engineer stamped drawing. Any slab larger than 10'x10' will require a general repair permit and site plan.
Effective July 17, 2014, the City of Haltom City requires a building permit for foundation repair. The permit fee shall be based on the value of work disclosed with the permit application via a bid, contract or estimate. An original engineer's sealed letter of required repairs must be submitted with the permit application and must adequately describe the location of piers and footings. Prior to calling for final inspection, an original engineer's final report shall be submitted to the City that verifies repairs were performed to engineered specifications.
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 and exiting commercial property before it can be utilized. Property owners should not release a contractor until a final inspection has been conducted.
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/inspector and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official/inspector.
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. 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.
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 reinspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or reinspection where the work the inspection was called for is not complete or when corrections were not made. Reinspection fees are $50.00.
Why does the air conditioning unit need to be secured to the concrete pad?
Do you require fresh air duct blast pressure test and/or a Door Test?
Only on new construction.
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.
Why do I need a Rescheck or Comcheck?
To verify structure meets 2018 IECC Code.
When do I need a Soil Analysis Report?
New construction or additions (any livable/occupiable area).
The following items need to be identified on the building application:
Why do I need to supply the decking thickness on the application if I'm getting a decking inspection?
Decking should be check by contractor before submitting application. The decking inspection is to verify the thickness so you may proceed with the new felt and shingles. If thickness is not met then contractor/homeowner will have to contact insurance company to get approved.