Residential Building Applications
A permit is not valid until the required fees have been paid. If applicable, amended permits are not released without paying an additional fee. Any work commencing before a permit is issued is subject all fees being doubled.
Download: Residential Permit Application
Required. No person shall engage in the business of contracting for the building, altering or demolishing of a structure within the city unless such person holds a valid, unexpired license as specified in this section. This includes installing, altering or repairing any electrical or plumbing work.
Application; fee. Applications for licenses as a contractor, electrician, plumber shall be made upon a form furnished by the building inspector. Before the applicant is issued a license, the applicant shall pay to the city a license fee.
Expiration; renewal. No license shall be issued for more than one year, and such license may be renewed from year to year upon application by the holder of such license. All licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year unless sooner revoked. Licenses shall be renewed before January 1 each year thereafter, upon payment of an annual renewal fee.
Master electrician. The applicant for a master electrician license shall have five years’ experience as a journeyman electrician and provide proof of successful testing with a passing grade at a qualified testing establishment.
Journeyman. The applicant for a journeyman license shall have four years’ experience as an electrician’s helper and provide proof of successful testing with a passing grade at a qualified testing establishment.
(Ordinance 89-12, § 1; Code 1989, § 15.04.025; Ordinance 96-05, § 1, 4-11-96; Ordinance 03-22, § 1, 9-25-03)
Download: Contractor Registration Application
A garage sale permit is required for each sale and may be obtained at the Lake Dallas Municipal Center located at 212 Main Street in Lake Dallas. City Ordinance allows a maximum of two (2) sales per calendar year.
Garage sale signs must be removed immediately after completion of sale. If signs are out after 8:00 a.m. Monday, they will be picked up and citations will be issued.
Placing signs in State or Federal Rights-of-Way, in telephone poles or stop signs, fences or other similar prominent locations are ordinance violations and may result in the removal of the signs by Code Enforcement and possible citations issued.
Download: Garage Sale Permit
A person commits an offense if the person performs or causes to be performed any land-disturbing activity without an approved site development permit from the city.
It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of a violation of subsection (a) that the land-disturbing activity consists of one of the following activities:
An emergency activity that is immediately necessary for the protection of life, property, or natural resources;
A nursery and/or agricultural operation existing as of the date of adoption of this section and conducted as a permitted use on the site; or
Gardening or yard work for a residential dwelling disturbing less than 7,500 square feet of vegetation.
Each application shall be submitted to the city on a form maintained by the city and shall contain the name(s) and address(es), email addresses and phone numbers of the owner, and if different, the developer of the site, and of any consulting firm retained by the applicant together with the name of the applicant’s principal contact at such firm.
A person shall submit with their application a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) for the property for which the land-disturbing activity is proposed. Additionally, if applicable, off-site borrow areas, spoil areas and construction staging areas shall be considered as part of the development site and shall be included in the SWPPP.
Each application shall include a signed statement by the applicant affirming that any land clearing, grading, construction, or development involving the movement of earth shall be conducted in accordance with the SWPPP approved with the site development permit.
(Ordinance 13-10, § 2, 10-24-13)
Download: Grading-Fill Permit Application
No tree shall be removed prior to issuance of a building permit unless one of the following conditions exists:
- The tree is located in a utility easement, public street, right-of-way, or drainage easement. If certain trees outside these areas are requested to be removed to allow the operation of equipment, the applicant shall submit a plat and site plan which indicates the exact operation area needed. The zoning administrator may approve selected removal under this condition.
- The tree is diseased, injured, in danger of falling, interferes with utility service, creates unsafe visions clearance, or conflicts with other ordinances or regulations.
- The trees are willows, mesquites or thorn trees.
Except as provided in the foregoing subsection, under no circumstances shall there be clear-cutting of trees on a property prior to issuance of a building permit.
Upon issuance of a building permit, a developer or property owner may remove trees located on the buildable area of the property. Trees located in required yard areas, buffers and open space areas shall be maintained and shall not be removed. The buildable area shall include sufficient adjacent area to allow the normal operation of construction equipment.
(Ordinance 06-09, § 2, 3-23-06)
Download: Tree Removal Permit
Zoning Change and Planned Development: An application for a zoning change must be accompanied by:
- Legal description (usually metes and bounds) of the property to be rezoned.
- A description of the existing and proposed zoning classification
- If not the owner, authorization from the owner to request the zoning change.
- The following steps must be followed before the City Council can consider a proposed zoning change;
- Public Notice published 11 days before Planning and Zoning meeting
- Ten-day advance notification of the public hearing before the P&Z Commission is mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of the property;
- Planning and Zoning Commission conducts a public hearing and makes a recommendation to the City Council;
- Public Notice published 16 days before the City Council Meeting
- City Council conducts a public hearing, considers the P&Z’s recommendation and public testimony, and decides whether to approve the request or not.
- A listing of the proposed planned development regulations and/or a detailed site plan
- Justification for the proposed PD zoning and why straight zoning would not accomplish the same purpose.
- If the PD is requesting increased density, reduced setbacks, or other reductions in City standards, explain what amenities or higher development standards are being proposed to offset the reductions.
A Specific Use Permit application must be submitted with a letter of support that includes:
- Type of Business Proposed
- Hours of Operation
- Business management and approximate number of employees
- How the business will benefit the community
- Why the permit should be approved
- Checklist for Items to be Submitted for Residential and Commercial Site Plan
- Electronic pdf of plans
- Site plans must be on 11 X 17 sheet of paper
- Site Information/Site Dimension Plan
- Fire Access Plan
- Landscape Plan
- Architectural Elevations
- Photometric Plan
- The following steps followed are the same as those for a zoning change.
Special Waiver or Exception: The following must be completed:
- Cite ordinance provision authorizing special waiver or exception
- A survey of the property and a site plan showing the proposed improvements and all setbacks must be attached to this application. Additional comments supporting this request may be attached as well.
- Public Notice published 10 days before Board of Adjustment or City Council meeting
- Ten-day advance notification of the public hearing before the Board of Adjustment meeting or City Council meeting is mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of the property;
- Board of Adjustment or City Council Public Hearing
- A survey, letter of hardship, and site plan of the property must be included showing the proposed construction or improvements with the exact dimensions highlighted.
- The following steps must be followed before the Board of Adjustment can consider the proposed variance:
- Public Notice published 10 days before the Board of Adjustment meeting
- Ten days advance notification of the public hearing is mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of the property proposed to be rezoned
- Board of Adjustment conducts a public hearing, considers the public testimony, and decides whether to approve the request or not.
Right-of-Way or easement vacation (abandonment): An application to vacate an existing right-of-way or easement, either dedicated by plat or by separate instrument, must be accompanied by:
- Legal description (usually metes and bounds) of the right-of-way or easement property to be rezoned, including a copy or reference to the original dedication instrument.
- A plat or vicinity map showing all lots adjacent to and within 200 feet of the proposed ROW/easement vacation.
Rights-of-way and easement can be vacated only by Ordinance by the City Council. The City reserves the right of charge the fair market value for the property being vacated, if appropriate (see Chapter 253 and 272, Texas Local Government Code). Unused rights-of-way are typically are divided equally between adjacent property owners. A person requesting the vacation of a right-of-way or easement is responsible for the cost to relocate any utilities that may be located within the right-of-way or easement.
Download: Zoning Application