To maintain the highest quality home construction and safety of our residents, The town of Lakewood Village has adopted one of the strictest and most thorough building ordinance in North Texas. The Building Inspection Division manages and coordinates the plan review, permitting and inspection of all construction projects in the Town. A building permit is required for all new construction, remodeling, changes or additions to structures, or where rewiring, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work is to be performed.
All builders and contractors who perform work in Lakewood Village are required to be registered. The town maintains this registry as a mechanism which allows the Town to respond to any homeowner complaints that may arise or where contractor licenses lapse. Registration is $25 for a one-year period.
A certificate of occupancy is required prior to moving in to any new or existing residence. The Town will not provide electrical power to new occupants (owners or tenants) until after the residence has successfully passed the certificate-of-occupancy inspection. It is the new resident's responsibility to obtain the necessary inspection. To schedule an inspection, please contact Town Hall at 972-294-5555 at least 72 hours prior to move in. A $100 inspection fee must be paid prior to the inspection.
When is a Permit Required?
Permits are required when building, remodeling or enlarging a building. Permits are also required for other improvements to your property. Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing fixtures on existing wiring or plumbing.
The following is a list of projects for which a permit is required:
- Construction of a building: Main building, Accessory building (including storage buildings, gazebos, carports, patio covers).
- Additions to a building.
- Remodeling of a building requiring the addition or removal of a wall, window or door or enlarging an opening for a window or door.
- Building or replacing a deck.
- Electrical work. (Repair work such as replacing switches, plugs and ballasts is exempt).
- Plumbing work.
- Water heaters.
- Water softeners.
- Replacing water or sewer lines. (Repair work such as exchange of washers and faucets is exempt).
- Irrigation systems (lawn sprinklers).
- Installing or replacing a furnace.
- Installing or replacing an air conditioning system.
- Building or replacing a fence. Building or replacing a retaining wall over 4 feet.
- Installing or replacing a driveway approach (the portion of the drive connecting to the street)
- Installing a circular drive.
- Building a swimming pool.
- Building a spa (self contained portable plug-in type spas are exempt).
- Demolition of a building.
This is not an all inclusive list. Questions concerning your specific project should be forwarded to the Building Inspection Department.
Selecting a Contractor
The Building Inspection Department frequently receives complaints from disgruntled citizens because of their displeasure with the performance of their contractors. Over the years we have heard a multitude of problems and sad stories. Based on these experiences, we offer the following suggestions.
- ALWAYS get a least three bids on any project. The only exception to this should be for extremely minor, low-cost projects or emergency repairs made by trusted contractors.
- NEVER pay for a project in advance. If a contractor asks for total payment up front, you should immediately look for another contractor. Small retainer fees or payments for materials already on the job site may be appropriate.
- NEVER use a contractor who suggests that you not obtain required permits or inspections. More than likely, this contractor intends to do work contrary to established safety or structural standards. Additions or alterations to your home that are contrary to Town ordinances can drastically affect any title transfers should you decide to sell your home. Be especially wary of contractors who suggest that you obtain permits for work that he is contracted to perform. If you obtain the permit for a contractor and problems arise because of the work, the official permit record will show that you are the one that performed the work.
ALWAYS use only licensed contractors. Insist on seeing evidence of a current license. The following trades require a license:
- Air Conditioning Contractors
- Irrigation Contractors
- Within the Town of Lakewood Village all contractors doing any work requiring a permit must be registered with the Town.
- ALWAYS ask for a list of previous jobs similar to your proposed project. Ask for references AND check them.
- It is a good idea to ask for the address of the contractor’s place of business. Take time to drive by the place of business. This will give you a good idea of the business practices.
- It is a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau or any business organizations that relate to the contractor’s trade and check on any complaint records against the contractor.
- Before your project begins, insist on seeing evidence that the contractor has obtained a permit. During the course of your project monitor your contractor’s inspection records. Do not pay for the completed job until the Town’s Building Inspection Department has given final approval for your project. This procedure will protect you from being responsible for code violations that your contractor might commit on your property.