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Is a building permit required?
A plumbing permit is needed; however, plumbers can make repairs in an emergency and apply for the permit before the job is covered up so it can be inspected. A plumber’s permit is $75 and will be issued after a short application review (within 2 hours) and payment. You can obtain a permit through the City’s Online Permitting and Inspections web page.
Who can get a permit?
If you are hiring a plumber, typically, they will obtain the permit. Plumbers registered with the City can apply for the permit. If a homeowner wishes to do the repairs, they must be homesteaded through the tax office. In this case, they must contact the City prior to submitting for permit. For assistance, please call the Building Inspections Division at (817) 748-8236 or (817) 748-8237.
How do you apply for a permit?
To apply, navigate to the City’s EnerGov Customer Self-Service portal. Once you’ve created an account or logged in to your existing account, select “Apply” to navigate to the Application Assistant. Type “Plumbing” in the keyword search above the list, and then click the blue “Apply” button on the right-hand side of the desired permit to begin the application process.
Once the permit has been submitted, the submittal will be processed and once it’s ready to be issued, the fee will be invoiced and available to be paid from your online account. After the payment is paid, the permit will be issued, and work may begin.
Why do I need a Building Permit?
A building permit ensures that the contractor that you hire is registered with the City and that the work you have done complies with the adopted building codes. Additionally, if you decide to sell your home, you will have proof that all the work was completed lawfully.
Will the City provide an inspection once the work is completed?
If a permit is obtained for the work, the City’s building inspector will inspect the work once completed. The City offers both in-person and virtual inspection options.
How is an inspection scheduled?
The inspection is requested by the contractor or homeowner in the online permit portal. You can schedule a building inspection through the EnerGov portal.
Who can I call for additional information?
You can reach the City’s Building Inspections Division at (817) 748-8236 or (817) 748-8637.