Platting and zoning. If you are adding a building to a property, please check with a planner in the Planning Division at (972) 721-2424 to ensure the property is platted and zoned for the intended use. Those two things can delay a permit for at least two months.
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Most of the code books can be found in the library for reference or can be purchased at a large bookstore or ordered from the International Code Council.
Residential remodels / additions are done at the Inspections Department counter at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
New homes take about three days, with townhouses requiring five business days.
It is better to wait until the plat / zoning case is scheduled for public hearing because the turnaround time for plan review is only six days.