Building Inspections

About the Building Inspections Department

The goal of the Building Inspections Department is to provide effective, responsive plan review and inspection services within the corporate city limits through the enforcement of building codes and the Zoning Ordinance for the health safety and welfare of persons of the community. 

The Building Inspections Department is responsible for the issuance and inspection of development related permits and the certificate of occupancy of structures throughout the City of The Colony.  The Building Inspections Department is also responsible for Safety Inspections on residential and commercial rental properties.

Enforcement is achieved through plan review prior to the issuance of permits and on-site inspection.  After permit issuance, Building Inspections verifies compliance throughout the construction process.  Permits are required before performing any new construction or with any addition, alteration or repair of existing buildings, structures, plumbing, electrical or mechanical work.

Applicable Building Codes

2012 International Building Code

2012 International Mechanical Code

2012 International Plumbing Code

2012 International Residential Code

2012 International Fuel Gas Code

2012 International Fire Code

2012 International Energy Conservation Code

2011 National Electrical Code

Office Location and Hours
Customer Services will be CLOSED from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

The Building Inspections Department is located inside City Hall at 6800 Main Street.  Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Scheduling Inspections
For inspections, please call the Inspection Request Line at 972-624-3150.  The cut-off time is 4:00 p.m. for inspections the next business day.  For all other building related questions, please call (972) 624-3160

New Irrigation Requirements

Effective January 1, 2009, the City of The Colony will be adopting the landscape irrigation program required by HB 1656.  This program requires the following:

  • Irrigation plan and drawing showing the actual installation is required at time of application.
  • As of January 1, 2010, a licensed irrigator or irrigation technician must be on-site during installation.
  • Irrigation systems should not be designed to spray water on hard surfaces.
  • Backflow devices must be approved by a laboratory.

Adopted rules are available here.

Any questions should be directed to the Development Services Department at 972-624-3160.

All contractors working in the City of The Colony must be registered. To register, fill out the Contractor Registration Form and submit with copies of your drivers license and masters license (if applicable). The registration is valid for a period of one year beginning on the date paid. 

All homeowners who are working as their own general contractor must register using the Homeowner Registration Form.  There is no fee to register, however, verification with the county must reflect homestead status if the homeowner will be handling any electrical, mechanical or plumbing work on the property.

Permit Applications

Accessory Structure Application Miscellaneous Application
Backflow Device Test Report Organization Event Sign Application
Certificate of Occupancy Application Plan Amendment Application
Commercial Building Application Residential Building Application
Fence / Retaining Wall Application Sign Application
Fire Application Special Event Packet
Garage Sale / Missing Animal Sign Application Swimming Pool / Spa / Splash Zone Application
General Application Storm Water Pollution Prevention Permit Application
Irrigation Application USACE Mowing Permit


Requirement Information

Attached Patio Cover Irrigation
Awning Sign Missing Animal Sign (Temporary)
Banner Sign (Temporary) Monument Sign - Single Tenant
Cargo Container Monument Sign - Multi-Tenant
Carport Organization Event Sign
Certificate of Occupancy Patio / Deck
Demolition/Backfill of Existing Swimming Pool Pylon Sign
Detached Garage Residential Replacement Water Heater
Detached Patio Cover, Arbor, Gazebo & Pergola Storage Building / Greenhouse
Feather Signs Swimming Pool / Spa
Fence / Retaining Wall USACE Mowing Information
Garage Sale Sign (Temporary) Visibility Triangle (Supplement to Fence/Retaining Wall Req.)
Gas Test Wall Sign
Grand Opening Banner Sign (Temporary)  
Inflatable Sign (Temporary)  
Residential / Commercial Plan Submittal Checklist  
Residential Construction Information Packet Commercial Construction Information Packet


Rental Registration -Program currently suspended until further notice.
Rental Registration Brochure

Rental Registration Application

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Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Address:  6800 Main St. The Colony, Texas 75056
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