Building Permits & Inspections

Please note that we are experiencing a delay on our inspections and plan reviews due to a temporary shortage of staff. Thanks in advance for your patience.


The Building Inspections and Permits Department is responsible for the general administration of the public's life, health, and welfare and improves the quality of life in Temple through the adoption, interpretation, and enforcement of performance-based building codes and zoning ordinances. The Building Inspections and Permits Department is overseen by the Asst. Planning and Development Director. 
Building Permit REQUIREMENTSBuilding Permits are required to erect, alter, or enlarge any structure on your residential or commercial property. Permits are required for: 

  • Additions
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • New construction
  • New roofs
  • Plumbing
  • Remodeling
  • Repair
  • Retaining walls
  • Signs
  • Swimming pools

Whether you are building a new facility or adding on, a permit must be accompanied with a site plan that shows the proposed work and its location in relation to property lines existing buildings. Plan diagrams and specifications assist in determining if the project conforms to building and zoning regulations. 
Permits are also needed when the owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which regulated by the technical codes. 
Work may not begin until after the permit application has been paid for and approved.
For any clarification or questions please call our Inspection Hotline at 254-298-5640 and press 0.

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