How long does it take to get a building permit?

The City of Irving reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we are committed to processing your plans quickly and efficiently as possible. Irving's goal is to complete the initial plan review within the following time frames:

CategoryInitial Plan Check TimeProject Examples
Residential Projects (New Single-Family and Residential projects)3 days for initial plan reviewSingle-Family homes, residential remodels, additions, non-structural improvements
Commercial and Townhome Projects (Moderate Commercial and Townhome projects)5 days for initial plan reviewStructural improvements, commercial additions/alterations up to 5,000 sf, changes of occupancy
New Commercial Projects (Major New Commercial Building, Additions, and Alteration projects)6 days for initial plan reviewNew commercial buildings, additions/alterations over 5,000 sf



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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 and/or zoning 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 prefabricated metal 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?