Building Inspection

Pursuant to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ amended Order, Effective 11:59 PM on March 23, 2020 until 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020;

Essential Critical Infrastructure in both Residential and Commercial Construction will continue to occur within the Town of Highland Park.  However, to meet the Essential Government Functions, the Department of Building Inspection will be conducting all its Permit Application and Plan Review Activities and correspondence(s) via digital submittals and telephonic communications.  The Permit Inspections and Code Enforcement responses will also be conducted vie electronic requests by using the Online Permit and HP4U Software. These two functions are available by accessing the appropriate solution on the Town’s Website www.hptx.org searching for Online Permit (permits/inspections) or HP4U (customer request management “CRM” tool). Full details may be found here

The Building Inspection Department, under the supervision of the Director of Town Services, provides for the health, safety, and general welfare of the Town by development, implementation, and enforcement of:

The Department also interprets and enforces specific provisions of certain state statutes including:

Permits

Permits are required for all:

  • Accessory Structures
  • Artificial Turf
  • Demolition
  • Drainage Installation / Repairs
  • Driveways, Walks, Terraces (Flatwork)
  • Electrical Work
  • Fences
  • Mechanical Work
  • New Construction
  • Painting
  • Patio Covers/Canopies
  • Plumbing Work
  • Remodeling / Additions
  • Repairs
  • Signs
  • Swimming Pools
  • Underground Lawn Sprinklers

Permits provide for examination of the plan prior to construction to assure conformance to building and zoning requirements. Once construction has begun, inspections must be obtained before concealing work. Permits and accompanying inspections help assure safe construction with sound materials. Permits are required prior to beginning construction.

Permit Application

Although the individual performing the work is required to make application for a permit, the property owner is responsible for making sure that a permit is obtained. The Town’s ordinances require that the general contracting, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, irrigation, and all other contracting work be done by individuals who are licensed the State of Texas and registered with the Town of Highland Park.

Zoning Ordinance

The Building Inspection Department also enforces the Zoning Ordinance which contains vital information for additions or new construction. The zoning ordinance prohibits an accessory building from containing kitchen facilities, being rented, or being used for commercial purposes.

Working Hours/Days

Construction is permitted to occur within the Town from Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work shall not occur on Sunday or on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Remodeling

The building or remodeling of a home is an exciting time for a homeowner. Conversely, this construction can become burdensome and disruptive to the adjoining residents living each day with the project lasting often in excess of 12 months.

Adding to these impacts is a paramount need for the Town of Highland Park to effectively manage the streets for safe passage of emergency vehicles and of the residents. Through more than 100 years in existence, the Town has enjoyed the amicable and cooperative efforts between its residents, both current and new residents alike. The Department of Building Inspection welcomes your project into the community and we look forward to your help in ensuring this community trait continues during the construction of your project.