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Building Inspection
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 are required for all:
  • New Construction
  • Remodeling / Additions
  • Repairs
  • Driveways, Walks, Terraces (Flatwork)
  • Demolition
  • Plumbing Work
  • Mechanical Work
  • Electrical Work
  • Signs
  • Fences
  • Underground Lawn Sprinklers
  • Drainage Installation / Repairs
  • Swimming Pools
  • Patio Covers/Canopies
  • Accessory Structures
  • Painting
  • Artificial Turf
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, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 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
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 its nearly 100 years of 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.

Contact Us
Kirk Smith
Assistant Director of Town Services 

Staff Directory

4700 Drexel Dr.
Highland Park, Texas 75205

Ph: 214-521-4161
Fx: 214-559-9335

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