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.

Any inspections in occupied homes that do not affect the gas service, electricity service of cause sanitation risks (inoperable showers, toilets, etc.)

If you need an inspection and require clarification regarding how to proceed, please call 972-412-6125 between 8:00 am and 5:00pm 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 credit card. We are also implementing a new permitting system that will allow credit card payment via your contractor login. We anticipate the new system will be operational on March 29, 2020.

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, car port, covered patio, new roof or retaining wall, be sure you, or your contractor, applies 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 on a CD or flash drive for ALL Commercial and Residential New Construction application submissions in order to conduct plan review. All printed plans must not exceed 11 x 17.

Our Permitting Process

Forms & Applications