Building Permits & Services

PLEASE NOTE: Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2022, re-inspection fees will increase to $70 for residential and $85.50 for commercial (plus a $20 administration fee).


Workers on the frame of a house

Do you want to build a house in Cleburne?

If you are new to building in the city of Cleburne, please flip through our Residential Building Guidelines, Permits and Inspections Quick Guide

Register as a contractor or apply for a building permit


Building Inspections is a division within the Community Development Department. Building Inspections reviews and issues permits for residential and commercial construction. Building Inspections is responsible for the inspection of buildings and structures during construction to ensure compliance with approved plans and all governing building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, municipal, and state codes.

Both new and remodel work is permitted and inspected to ensure compliance with all adopted codes. Permits are required before construction begins. Construction permits are required, and both plans reviewed and permits are issued by the division. Emergency inspections, such as electrical service change, reconnect, gas test, water line, sewer line and on-site sewage facilities, will be conducted the same day they are requested.

Requests for Inspections

All inspection requests must be made before midnight for next-day inspection.

If you have applied for your permit using our online permitting system, please log in to schedule your inspections.

Cancellations and Re-Inspections

Cancellations can be made online or by calling the inspection hotline 817-556-8810.  Leave an address and inspection type. All cancellations must be received before 8 a.m. 

2021 ICC Code Adoptions

City Council was briefed on Aug. 23 regarding the adoption of 2021 ICC codes. Major changes to the adopted 2015 codes include requirements for external disconnects and surge protection on all new residential construction, expanded use of GFCI receptacles, increases in the amount of required attic insulation (minimum R-49), and a 4mm (4/10 inch) increase in required foundation barrier thickness. The City of Cleburne anticipates adopting NCTCOG’s published amendments with minor local amendments in October 2022.

Minor local amendments are proposed to the IRC, IPC and IFGC. Redline versions of the local amendments can be found by clicking the links below:

NCTCOG amendments proposed for adoption by the City of Cleburne with no local amendments can be found by clicking the links below:

View a presentation outlining the most significant changes proposed by the 2021 ICC Codes here. ICC Adoption Presentation Coversheet

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