Building Inspections

Navigate the Development Process

Start the process with the Development Navigation Assistant (DNA), an easy to use guide that provides a custom step-by-step guide to the permitting process - currently only available for residential permits. Then head over the Citizen Self-Service (CSS) portal to submit and track permits and make online payments.


Development Navigation Assistant (DNA)Blue box with text DNA: Digital Navigation Assistant

Create an account, answer questions about your project and receive a custom step-by-step guide to permitting your project.

Citizen Self-Service (CSS)

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Create an account, apply for permits, make payments, request inspections, create new development cases and view real-time data.

All inspections must be scheduled through Citizen Self Service. View the “How to Schedule an Inspection Using CSS” video at McKinneyTexas.org/Inspections


Inspections

  • Inspection for work done on permitted projects should be requested by the general contractor.
  • All inspections must be scheduled through Citizen Self Service.


Inspection Guidelines


Inspection Cancellation Procedures

  • Call 972-547-7400 or by calling your inspector directly. If you are unable to reach someone to cancel, leave a cancellation sign at the construction site that is visible from the street.
  • In the event of rain (before, after or during) on the day of inspection, any foundation, ground plumbing, flatwork or pool inspections should be canceled. 
  • If the contractor does not call to cancel the inspection, a red tag will be issued if the site is deemed too wet by the inspector and a $47 re-inspection fee will be issued.


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Current Adopted Codes

On January 7, 2020, the City Council approved the adoption of the following codes with amendments: 


  • 2018 International Building Code®
  • 2018 International Residential Code®
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code®
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code®
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code®
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code®
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code®
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool Spa Code®
  • 2018 International Fire Code®
  • The 2017 National Electrical Code, published by the NFPA (adopted Jan 3, 2018).


The adopted ordinance, amendments and key changes are accessible on our website. 


City Adopted Codes and Ordinances


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Commonly Referenced Codes & Ordinances

Ordinances concerning special regulations can be found in Section 146.


Other ordinances that may be applicable:

  • Chapter 58: Lighting and Glare Regulation
  • Chapter 122: Construction Regulations - In process of updates
    • Article II: Building Codes
    • Article III: Electrical Installations
    • Article IV: Fences
  • Chapter 70: Smoking
  • Chapter 134: Signs


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Dig Safely

Whether you are planting trees and shrubs, installing a fence or deck, doing it yourself or hiring a professional, call 811 before you dig! Don't rely on memory or markings. There may be multiple utility lines in an area and they may vary in depth.


Digging without calling may disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences. 

Here are two great videos that make light of a serious subject:


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