Types of Building & Construction Permit
Accessory / Storage Building
Accessory buildings include storage buildings, detached garages, gazebos, detached patio structures, cabanas, etc., or any other structure that is an accessory use to the main structure on a single-family lot.
Additions to single-family dwellings must comply with current City codes and ordinances.
Air Conditioning Repairs
Repairs to air conditioning units do require a permit (i.e., replacement of the coil or contactors or charging the unit with Freon); additionally, when the condensing and/or the heating unit(s) are being replaced, a permit must be obtained.
An alarm system is a piece of equipment which emits, transmits or relays a signal intended to summon, or that would reasonably be expected to summon, Police Department services, Fire Department services or Fire Department emergency medical services including, but not limited to, local alarms.
The ever-increasing concern for security has created a demand for security devices such as bars, grills, and/or grates.
A building permit is required for the installation of any carport.
When demolishing an entire structure (i.e., house, accessory structure with a foundation and/or utilities), the lot or area affected by the demolition shall be filled and maintained to the existing grade.
Driveway / Sidewalk
If you wish to widen an existing driveway or pour a new driveway, a permit is required. Parking on an unimproved surface is prohibited by City ordinance.
Electrical Repair / Meter Base Upgrade
Homeowners who: 1) own the home, 2) live in the home, and 3) homestead the home through the Dallas Central Appraisal District may pull a Homeowner's Affidavit and complete the repairs themselves if they feel confident in making the required repairs.
A fence permit is required any time a fence is being replaced or installed on a corner lot; if you have a swimming pool in the rear yard; if you are changing the height, location, or materials of the fence (going from chain link to wood or from wood to wrought iron, etc.); or if you are installing a fence where one has never existed before.
Prior to obtaining a permit for repairs, the homeowner must ensure that all debris and damaged sheetrock has been removed and that the Building Inspection Department has done a "pre-fire inspection."
Find out the necessary requirements for the a foundation repair.
Garage conversions are only allowed when the property maintains an existing garage of the same size prior to conversion (ex. if your property currently has a two car garage you must construct a two car garage prior to converting your existing garage into habitable space).
Garage Sale Permit
Garage Sales are permitted for a sale period not to exceed more than 3 consecutive days, excluding holidays, and not more than 3 garage sales shall be permitted for the same location in any calendar year.
Learn about the requirements for building a new house in Garland.
A building permit is required for patio/porch cover (whether attached to your home or freestanding in your yard).
Find out how to get various plumbing permits from the city.
Learn when a roofing permit is required.
Retaining wall permits are issued a fence permit number, and a fence permit application is required to be filled out.
Swimming Pool / Hot Tub / Spa
To obtain a permit for a swimming pool, hot tub, or spa, the following information must be submitted to the Building Inspection Department for consideration.
Water Heater Replacement
Explore the requirements for replacing a water heater.
Notice: Effective May 19, 2015 the City Adopted the Garland Development Code (GDC) which changed zoning allowances throughout the City. Please check with the Building Inspections Department prior to purchasing any equipment or supplies to ensure a timely progression with your construction project.
Accessory/Storage Building: Accessory buildings (storage buildings/arbors/detached patio covers) to the main structure.
- Additions: Additions to houses must conform to the edition of the International Residential Code in effect at time of permit submittal.
- Air Conditioning Repairs: Replacement of a condensing unit and/or the heating system does require a permit. Check with Building Inspections Personnel for requirements of repairs.
- Alarm Permit: Monitored alarms are permitted through the Garland Police Department.
- Burglar Bars: Installation of burglar bars must meet specific requirements.
- Carport: Rules for a carport in the front yard are more restrictive than those for the rear yard.
- Demolition: Permits are required for demolition of swimming pools, interior walls, and/or entire structures (including storage buildings with slab foundations).
- Driveway/Sidewalk: Expansion or installation of a driveway or sidewalk on City right-of-way.
- Electrical Repair/Meter Base Upgrade: Any time electrical work is being conducted, you should contact our offices for requirements.
- Fence: In most cases, replacement of an existing fence does not require a permit.
- Fire Repair: A Scope of Work must accompany permit submittal for all fire repairs.
- Foundation Repair: All foundation repairs that have a value of $2,000 or more must be accompanied by an engineer’s report or design detail when being submitted.
- Garage Conversion: Conversions are allowed in most zoning designations; however, you are required to provide 50 square feet of storage accessible from the exterior of the house.
- Garage Sale Permit: Garage sale permits are issued at no charge. Please click on the link for garage sale requirements or contact Code Compliance at 972-485-6400 to obtain your permit number.
- New House: Requirements for submittal.
- Patio Cover: Rear patio cover and front porch cover requirements. Both must conform to side, front, and rear yard setbacks.
- Plumbing Permit(s): Include irrigation installation, gas test, sewer repairs, gas relays, under-slab repairs, and new gas service.
- Re-Roofing: Permits are required when repairs are valued at $2,000 or greater. Code allows two layers of shingles.
- Retaining Wall: Permits are required when any part of the retaining wall is 4 feet or taller (which will include the footing).
- Swimming Pool/Hot Tub/Spa: Any pool of water that is deeper than 24 inches requires a permit.
- Water Heater Replacement: Effective September 1, 2001, all hot water heater replacements require permits.