Building Inspections


In order to ensure the safety of all during the public health emergency, the City of Rowlett has implemented the following temporary measures:


We WILL inspect:

Occupied homes that require electrical releases

Occupied homes that require gas releases

Occupied homes that require inspections to make bath or kitchen facilities operable

New Residential construction

New Commercial construction

We are TEMPORARILY DELAYING the following inspections. 

Water heater replacement inspections

HVAC replacement inspections

Roof replacement inspections



MYGOV Permit System

We have implemented a new online permitting and contractor registration system.  All permit applications and contractor registrations should be submitted via this system.  

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To access the new system, go to:  Please select the "Collaborator" button and log in to the system.  You will be able to:  apply for permits, view permit status, pay permit fees, request inspections, and view inspection status on all of your projects via this system once you have registered as a contractor and paid the fees associated with that registration.

If you need an inspection or require clarification regarding how to proceed, please call 972-412-6125 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.



Please call 972.412.6125 for service during regular business hours. In-person meetings or counter service has been suspended at this time until further notice. 

The vestibule area of our front office will be open and designated as a permit/plan drop-off area. 

Additionally, you may email plans and permits to: 

Payments for permits can be made over the telephone via a credit card. We are also implementing a new permitting system that will allow credit card payment via your contractor login. 

Our Building Inspections Division strives to assist the development process efficiently and with accountability to the community we serve. 

Inspections are performed to ensure compliance is met to the minimum safety standards and to current building codes and City of Rowlett ordinances.



What Requires a Permit?

If you are considering remodeling your home or business, adding an accessory building, fence, carport, covered patio, a new roof or retaining wall, be sure you, or your contractor, apply for a building permit first. Permits are also required for any type of plumbing, HVAC mechanical and electrical work, as well as new irrigation systems, swimming pools, hot tubs, driveways, sidewalks, foundation repair, and decks. If you are removing sheetrock and the framing is exposed, then a permit is required. It is always recommended if you are unsure if a permit is required, to check with our office before you begin.

What Does Not Require a Permit?

Projects that are cosmetic in nature, such as painting, wallpapering, tile on flooring, carpeting, and trim work do not require a permit. Additionally, a permit is not required when replacing fixtures on existing wiring, however, the electrical work still must meet the current National Electric Code (NEC).

PLEASE NOTE: A digital copy is required in pdf format for ALL Commercial and Residential New Construction application submissions in order to conduct a plan review. All printed plans must not exceed 11 x 17.

Our Permitting Process

Forms & Applications