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November 1 Open House – Grease Trap Interceptor Sizing Method Review

The compliance criteria for the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards
has been amended to be consistent with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Justice for public accommodations and commercial facilities. Please see the notification below provided by the Architectural Barriers Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Read more: Notice from TDLR Architectural Barriers Division January 20, 2012.

Effective November 1, 2011, building permits will be required for the replacement of roofing materials/coverings and for structural repairs to foundations. For additional information please click the Technical Bulletins and read the Technical Bulletins: Roofing Replacement and Foundation Repairs. 

On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. On April 22, 2010, the rule becomes effective and firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified, individual renovators must be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, and the firms and renovators must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. The City of Arlington has no enforcement authority in regard to this new rule.
For more information please see: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/lscp-press.htm

Your home or business is an investment. If are considering any type of construction project that includes new, repair/alterations, remodel, additions, or renovations to your home or business, please call the Community Development and Planning Department at 817-459-6502 or visit them at City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 2nd floor.  A building permit is your legal permission to start construction; without a building permit your project may not comply with the building codes adopted, reduce the value of your investment or yet, be unsafe.

Your construction project must comply with the locally adopted building codes for several reasons:

  • For your personal safety, and that of your family, and the guests invited into your home.
  • To ensure the economic well-being of the community by reducing potential spread of fire and disease.
  • For the conservation of energy.
  • To protect future home purchasers who deserve assurance that the home they buy will be safe.

Please review the flyer below – Do I need a Permit?

Do I Need A Permit

However, there are various work categories that do not require a permit, so please see the bulletin below:

Asbestos Rules

Per Senate Bill 509, 77th Regular Session, before building permits may be issued for renovations/remodel or demolition of a public or commercial buildings, the permit applicant must provide proof of an asbestos survey or provide certification from a licensed architect or engineer that the affected parts of the building do not contain asbestos. The law affects all permits issued after January 1, 2002. Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services at 1-512-834-6770 or visit their  website at: Texas Department of State Health Serivices, Statutes and Laws – Asbestos Program

TDLR Project Verification

Per SB 484, commercial and multifamily projects with a construction value exceeding $50,000 must be registered with TDLR’s Architectural Barriers Division prior to submitting a permit application to a City for review. Without a TDLR project number that is verifiable, a permit application will not be accepted for review. For questions or further information, contact a technical information specialist by calling toll free at 1-877-278-0999 or by sending your inquiry via e-mail to techinfo.ab@tdlr.texas.gov.