Building Permits

You can apply for permits, business licenses, and certificates of occupancy in person at 405 Municipal Drive. Copies of applications will also be sent to you by fax or email upon request. Information about building permits is provided below. Links to permit applications for other permit types (electrical, mechanical, fence, etc.) are provided at the bottom of this page.

Residential, Commercial, & Industrial Building Permits

Applications for residential, commercial, and industrial building permits must include:
  • Completed Residential Building Permit Application or Commercial Building Permit Application (for commercial or industrial use)
  • Complete set of working plans and specifications that must include the following:
    • Foundation plan with designing engineer’s seal and signature accompanied by a detailed letter containing:
      • Detailed soil analysis
      • Seal and signature of engineer
      • Specific property identification (address, lot, block, and subdivision)
    • Floor plan
    • Four elevations
    • Engineers compaction certificate
    • All portions of the foundation must penetrate, at least six (6) inches into undisturbed soil, regardless of the depth of fill applied
    • Must be compacted to 95% standard proctor dry density
    • Samples shall be taken at the rate of one (1) per lift or fill shall not exceed 3 horizontal to 1 vertical except for use of retaining walls or other slope control devices
  • Specification of materials and products used, including:
    • Any and all other regarding contents and materials used in the structure
    • Grade and size of lumber
    • HVAC information
    • Spacing of joists and rafters
    • Type of doors and windows
    • Type of kitchen equipment
    • Type of insulation
  • Copy of the plat on which the location of the structure is depicted and includes:
    • Any and all easements
    • Building line
    • Drainage information displayed by red arrows indicating direction of flow
    • Front, side, and rear setback distances
*Prior to inspections all construction sites must post the street number and have a silt fence in place.

Not sure if you need a professional engineer? This handout from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers may help.

Not sure if you need an architect? This handout from the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners may help.

Please note that for some project, an asbestos survey may be required. The Texas Department of State Health Services has a flowchart that will help you determine if an asbestos survey is required for your project.

Other Permits

Additional permit applications are available below. No permit is required for replacing or repairing a roof.



  1. Melinda Middleton

    Permits Clerk

    Sandra Johnson

    Building Official, CFM

    Permits, Licenses & Inspections

    Request an Inspection or Submit a Question about Permits, Planning, Licenses, or Inspections

    City Hall

    405 Municipal Dr.
    Kennedale, TX 76060
    817-483-0182 (fax)

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.