Building Inspections & Permits

The Building Inspections Division of Development Services provides plan reviews for new construction projects and monitors compliance with the City of Palestine's building codes and ordinances.

Office Hours & Inspection Services

The Building Inspections and Permitting office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 5 pm and Fridays from 9 am until 5 pm Offices may be closed from 12 pm to 1 pm.

To request an inspection, please call the Planning Technician or the Building Inspector, whose contact information is listed in the left sidebar. Same-day inspection requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, the inspection will be conducted within 24 hours.

Newly Adopted Building Permit Fees

Effective date: July 1, 2019

General Construction Permits

New Residential Construction, Under 5000 Square Feet: $0.40 per Square Feet.

New Residential Construction, Over 5001 Square Feet: $0.30 per Square Feet.

New Commercial Construction, Under 10,000 Square Feet: $0.30 per Square Feet.

New Commercial Construction, Over 10,001 Square Feet: $0.15 per Square Feet.

Plan Review Fee

Residential One and Two-Family: Exempt

Commercial: 25% of Applied Permit Fees

Mechanical Trade Permits: Fee Minimum

Electrical Permit Residential Minimum Fee: $30

Electrical Permit Commercial Minimum Fee: $40

Plumbing Permit Residential Minimum Fee: $30

Plumbing Permit Commercial Minimum Fee: $40

HVAC Permit Residential Minimum Fee: $30

HVAC Permit Commercial Minimum Fee: $40

Demolition Permit

Residential Permit: $50

Commercial Permit: $100

Accessory Structure

Residential and Commercial - $0.40 per SQ. FT.

Swimming Pool Permit

Residential Swimming Pool: $150

Commercial Swimming Pool: $300

Fence Permit

Residential and Commercial Fence Permits: $50

Driveway Permit

Residential and Commercial Driveway Permits: $50

Certificate of Occupancy

Clean and Show: $40

Certificate of Occupancy: $80

Contractor Registration

Contractors doing work in the City of Palestine are required to be registered with Development Services.

The registration cost is $125 and is good for one year.

Trades that are registered through the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration are not required to pay the yearly Contractor fees.

Adopted Building Codes

The City of Palestine has adopted the following Building Codes:

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 Existing Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code, as amended
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code