When Permits Are Required

Permits are required when there is new construction to a building, as well as some repair work or alterations to an existing structure. In addition, when a building is to be remodeled, renovated or enlarged, a permit is required. New work consists of any new construction, commercial or residential, from vacant ground to a completed new structure. Projects such as maintenance and cosmetic do not require a permit.

Building / Demolishing Permits Required For

  • Accessory / storage buildings
  • Carports
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Construction trailers
  • Decks / Patio covers
  • Demolitions of a building
  • Fences
  • Garage or garage conversions
  • Handicap accessible ramps
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Moving of structures over public streets
  • Residential Roofing
  • Signs / Billboards - including awnings, banners
  • Swimming pool / spa
  • Water heaters

Repair / Replacement Permits

Permits are required for repairs or replacement of the parts of a building related to the structural integrity and systems related to Mechanical, Electrical, or Plumbing. General maintenance does not require a permit such as:
  • any portable cooling unit;
  • any portable evaporative cooler;
  • any portable heating appliance;
  • any portable ventilation equipment;
  • any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10lb(4.54kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower ( 746W) or less;
  • any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by code;
  • replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe
This is not an all-inclusive list. The above list is considered to be general, and its purpose is to provide the customer with an idea of projects requiring permits. Contact the Building Inspection Office for assistance concerning your specific project at 903-892-7229.

Purpose & Need of Building Permit

There is often considerable concern about the purpose of and need for building permits. The requirement of building permits is mandated by the adoption by the city of Sherman of the International Building, Fire, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes and the National Electrical Code. The purpose of permits is to ensure conformity of the adopted codes by allowing qualified city inspectors to investigate and examine the work. The Building and Zoning Office is located in City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry, Sherman, TX 75090.



Building Permits