Energy Code Change Effective September 1, 2016
On June 16, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1736 into Texas law. This will move the state’s single-family residential code from the 2009 code to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). All local jurisdictions must comply with the new code by September 1, 2016. The new Texas code includes an Energy Rating Index compliance option. The Texas state legislature modified the 2015 IECC required Energy Rating Index scores to a set of scaled scores that increases in stringency over time. The required index scores in Texas are: Climate Zones 2 & 3 • A 65 or lower score from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2019 • A 63 or lower score from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2022 • A 59 or lower score after September 1, 2022 Climate Zone 4 • A 69 or lower score from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2019 • A 67 or lower score from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2022 • A 63 or lower score after September 1, 2022 In addition to the Energy Rating Index Score the state’s code requires that builders meet the 2009 IECC standards for insulation. To view the new Texas energy code go to 2015 IECC and Energy Rating Index Option. Commercial provisions of this code will start October 1, 2016.
Effective Immediately: We now require a digital copy of all plans in order to conduct our plan review.
Our Building Inspections Division strives to assist the development process efficiently and with accountability to the community we serve.
What Requires a Permit?
Permits are required when building, remodeling, or enlarging a building. Permits are also required for other improvements to your property such as fencing, replacing a roof, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work.
What Does Not Require a Permit?
Projects such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, cabinet installation, foundation repair, and trim work, etc. do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing fixtures on existing wiring or plumbing.