*As of March 27, 2020, we are temporarily suspending inspections for occupied residential structures. These inspections present unique social distancing challenges. This suspension allows us time to evaluate service delivery and develop a modified work plan.

Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020, we will, temporarily, begin performing inspections of occupied residential facilities, together with our customers, using Live Remote Inspections (video connections such as FaceTime/ Skype/ Teams, etc.).

Building Permit Application for new construction, remodels, accessory buildings over 200 sq. ft., HVAC, roofing, and solar panel installations.

We will not be accepting any photo copies of building/installation permits.

Please Note: HVAC contractors and gas appliance installers shall submit a Building Permit. HVAC installations also require a plan review and documentation to indicate that the proposed equipment installation has been properly sized to meet State code requirements. Gas appliance installations applications also require a gas schematic.

Building Permit Requirements

Basement Permit Requirements

Solar PV System Plan Review Requirements

Bond Release Inspection Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a building permit to finish my basement or add on a room?

Yes. It is required by both the City of Cedar Hills and the International Building Code, plus all homeowners insurance companies, that safety and construction inspections be conducted on all home improvements. The cost of this permit will depend on the square footage of the improvement. The code specifically states: “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure…shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.”

Do I need a permit to put a shed on my property?

Yes. To ensure that you meet the set-back and height requirements, you need to obtain a building permit for any accessory building over 200 square feet. For portable sheds under 120 sq. ft. and utility sheds under 200 sq. ft. please submit the Installation Permit through the Zoning Department.

What is the cost of a building permit to build my house?

Building permit costs are figured individually, depending on the square footage of the home and the impact fees charged in the subdivision where you are building. Fees are subject to change. A plan check deposit is required for all construction, other than finishing a basement. Refer to the fee schedule for more information.

Do I need a permit to install solar panels on my home?

A building permit, two sets of plans, and a plan-check deposit of $300 are required for installation of solar panels. Please refer to the Solar PV System Plan Review Requirements.

What is required to pass a final inspection on new construction?

Download the Final Inspection Checklist (new construction).

What is required to pass a final inspection on a basement, addition, or remodel?

Download the Final Inspection Checklist (basement, addition, or remodel).

How long do I have to receive a refund of my construction bond?

During the July 17, 2007, city council meeting, a default provision was added to Title 6 of the City Code regarding financial guarantees on new construction. View a complete copy of this ordinance. Please refer to the Bond Release Inspection Guidelines.

COVID-19 Update

Effective June 29, 2020, masks are required to be worn in all city buildings.

For information updates, please click the COVID-19 link on our home page.