Building Permits and Inspection Services

Program Description

Protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare is our department’s highest priority.  The construction of safe buildings is achieved through the adoption and application of nationally recognized building codes adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.  The International Code Council or ICC is a nationally recognized association which publishes the International Building Codes.  The City of Kaufman has adopted these codes and our Building Inspector and Plan Review are charged with reviewing and inspecting all construction activities within the city, in conformance to these standards.

Through the issuance of building permits, certificates of occupancy, and fire & safety inspections, ensures that all structures conform to the adopted codes.  This division strives to ensure accessory structures, pools, fences and additions are safe and compliant.  Removal of unsafe structures in order to provide a safe environment is a top priority.


Forms are located to the left under the blue tab “Forms”.
Additional information and brochures are provided at the bottom of the page. Software

We have software that will make developing in the City of Kaufman even easier and quicker! With a contractor can register and pay online. Once a contractor is registered, a building permit can be requested, plans can be submitted, review comments will come directly to you, payments can be accepted and permits can be issued online.

Please review the bottom of this page for a step-by-step guide on Getting Started, Contractor Dashboard, and Permit Types & Trades.

Building Inspector and Plan Reviewer

Bureau Veritas (BV) is a company contracted by the City of Kaufman to conduct residential and commercial building plan review.  Some minor plan applications may take 3-5 business days to review and can be approved by City Staff.  Regular construction plans take City Staff (Planning, Public Works and Fire Department) 7-10 days, plus 5-10 business days for BV to review and comment on an application.  The review time may need to be extended depending on the complexity of the plans and waiting on revisions.  

Fire Sprinkler permits are permitted by Development Services, but reviewed in house by the Kaufman Fire Department.  Submit your plans to the Development Services Department and they will be forwarded to the Fire Department for review.  If you have any questions regarding fire sprinklers or the 2009 International Fire Code, please contact the City of Kaufman Fire Department at 972-932-3538.

Bureau Veritas (BV) also does our inspections based on approved plans that have been permitted.  Inspections received by 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, will be performed the next business day.  Building inspection requests can be either called into Bureau Veritas at 877-837-8775 or faxed to 877-837-8859 or emailed to  If you do not have a permit through the City of Kaufman, BV will not set up an inspection for you.

When all inspections are completed, a final inspection shall be made prior to approving the occupancy of any building. 

Permit packets must be kept on site at all times. 

Adopted Codes

(*with NCTCOG amendments)

  • 2008 National Electrical*
  • 2009 International Building Code*
  • 2009 International Existing Building Code
  • 2009 International Mechanical Code*
  • 2009 International Fuel Gas Code*
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code*
  • 2009 International Fire Code*
  • 2009 International Residential Code
  • 2009 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2009 International Sewage Disposal Code
  • 2009 International Plumbing Code*

Additional Information

Form Board Surveys

A form survey sealed by a State of Texas Licensed surveyor will be required to be on site for the plumbing rough inspection for new construction of both residential and non-residential structures.

Plan Review Fees

Plan Review Fees will need to be paid before staff will review your project.  It can be made in the form of cash, check or credit card. 

MyGov Guidelines

NCTCOG Amendments of the Adopted Codes