Building Requirements


Administration Front Desk
999 Illinois Lane
New Fairview, TX 76078
Monday - Friday
9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Building Inspector

Lee Swain
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Building Requirements

In order to improve the quality of life for all citizens, the City of New Fairview strives to ensure safe, high quality development and construction in the city through a systematic permitting and inspection process.

As such, before any building, alteration, demolition, or moving of any building or structure a building permit must be obtained. This includes fences, swimming pools, carports, etc… All building plans will be reviewed for Code Compliance.


Most home improvement projects beyond cosmetic work require a building permit.

The permit and inspection process helps protect your family from safety risks like structural failures, fire hazards or electrical shock. It may also help eliminate costly repairs for poorly completed work.

Following are some common projects that require permits:

Installing or replacing water heaters, HVAC systems, water lines or sewer lines.

Any electrical or gas line work (including valves).

Replacing residential roof decking.

Adding or replacing walls or windows.

Pouring of concrete, widening / replacing driveway.

Installing storage sheds 144 square feet or greater.

Construction of carports or patio covers.

Foundation repairs.

Installing lawn irrigation systems.

Building a swimming pool or spa.

Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, patching sheetrock, putting in cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing existing electrical lighting, or plumbing fixtures.

Safety is the primary reason building permits are required. When a permit is issued, the city will inspect the work to make sure it is done correctly and in compliance with current building and safety codes. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure that their contractor obtains the proper permit(s). Permits should be displayed on site until the work is completed and passes inspection.

About Building Permitting

A building permit is an official approval issued by the local government agency that allows you or your contractor to proceed with a construction or remodeling project on your property. It is intended to ensure that the project plans to comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction. These standards are intended to ensure the safety of current and future owners and occupants and to provide enforcement of zoning and land-use policies.

Specific issues that the building permit process may address include structural integrity of the framing work, zoning, sanitation, water, and sewer lines, fire protection, and electrical service.

Building Permit Applications 

The owner or designated agent of the owner shall file an application with the City of New Fairview only on forms provided by the city.

To obtain a permit first, submit an application and supporting documentation that is of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the adopted codes and ordinances.

The permit application will be approved and a permit issued when all provisions of the adopted codes and ordinances are met.

The application shall be accompanied by all required documents.

The City will need a copy of the plans, digitally, and the Permit Application.

You may submit your plans and permit application by dropping it off at City Hall, mail, or email.

City of New Fairview

999 Illinois Lane

New Fairview, Texas 76078


Building Inspections


After the permit is approved, the contractor must schedule the required inspections. To request an inspection, please email . All inspection requests must be made through the city office. Inspections MAY NOT be scheduled directly with the building inspector. Requests for inspections that are requested before 12pm will be scheduled for the same day if possible, or the next day if necessary. Inspection requests emailed after 12pm will be scheduled for the next day unless the inspector is in the area, and within 2 business days at most. Inspections that do not meet the requirements will be issued with a red tag and a re-inspection fee of $100 will be required. A green tag left at the construction site indicates approval.

All licensed Contractors must register with the city. There is a registration fee of $100 and is valid for twelve months from the date of application.

The City has adopted the 2018 International Residential Code, the 2015 International Energy Code, the amendments, and regulations to implement the authority granted by subchapters 212 and 214 of Chapter 214 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Construction Noise

To ensure minimal impact on neighboring homes and businesses the City has adopted hours in which work may be done. The erection, excavation, demolition, alteration, or repair work on any building may only occur during the following hours:

Monday – Friday

June 1 – September 30   6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 1 – May 31   8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.


All Year

Saturday  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday  1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The City Council may issue special permits for such work at other hours in case of urgent necessity and in the interest of public safety and convenience.

Building Inspector – Atlas Municipal Services

Lee Swain

Office 817-638-5366 EXT#1004

Cell 940-305-3688

Mr. Swain has over twenty years of experience providing technical expertise in conducting complex inspections, plan reviews and customer service functions. He performs a wide variety of inspections including building inspections, construction inspections and inspections related to the City’s ordinances; and interpret and enforce regulations on building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, formed based codes and sign codes.




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