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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.

Notice Effective 2/2/2016:

The City of Rowlett has declared a state of disaster as a result of tornado damage sustained on December 26th. 

All contractors working in the City of Rowlett must be registered and will be required to show proof of registration upon request.  When registering or renewing a contractor's license, you must bring copies of the driver's licenses of any person from the company that will be working in the disaster area as well as a list of the license plate numbers, makes, and models of all vehicles.
Please note that due to the volume of submissions, contractor registrations/renewals and permit applications are no longer available to be submitted online.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

A list of registered contractors is available here. Please note that this list changes daily and will be updated periodically. Inclusion on the registered contractor list in no way conveys an endorsement by the City of Rowlett.

ATTENTION ONCOR CUSTOMERS: As you return to your home or business, and your community continues to recover, you may have questions or concerns about your electric service. Throughout your city, Oncor disconnected service to a number of homes and businesses for safety reasons. You may be one of those customers, or you may have other questions about service. At Oncor, we want to provide you with a fast and easy way to
contact us.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this time.

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.

Lorie Strickland
Development Services Technician

Blake Scott
Building Official

Larry Buckley
Building Inspector

3901 Main St.
Rowlett, TX  75088


24-Hour Building Inspections Request Line: 972-412-6137

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Please direct all general inquiries to our Building Inspections General Email Box.

4000 Main Street Rowlett, TX 75088