What is a building permit?

A building permit gives an applicant legal permission to “start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications.”

The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the building project meets minimum construction, safety, fire, and zoning requirements established by the City of Irving and required by the adopted and amended Building Codes (I-Codes), International Fire Code, and National Electrical Code. 

Building permits are reviewed by city staff for compliance with zoning and city code requirements and inspected by the City’s Building Inspectors for compliance with the adopted codes.

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1. What is a building permit?
2. What good does a permit do?
3. When do I need a permit?
4. What projects typically require a building permit?
5. When is a permit not required?
6. What does a permit cost?
7. How does the city ensure building permits are procured when required?
8. How do I know who has an approved building permit and who doesn’t?
9. Whose responsibility is it to see that the building code is followed?
10. How long does it take to get a building permit?
11. When do I need to start my construction project?
12. What is the difference between a “setback” and a “utility easement”?
13. What are the City’s rules concerning sheds and carports?
14. What should I look for in a contractor?
15. Who must be licensed?
16. Should I request the permit for the contractor?
17. I am having a problem with my house. I want the city to inspect it and tell me what is wrong.
18. I am planning on digging. What do I need to do?
19. Whar are the roof requirements for residential structures?
20. I just applied for a new commercial permit. How do I get an address assigned?