Residential Modification

Residential Modification Permits are required for addition, modification, repair, including:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Structural modifications

Residential Modification Permits are not required for minor interior and exterior renovations, including:

  • Painting
  • Carpeting and flooring
  • Cabinetry and carpentry

If a permit is required, this guide may help you through the permit process. A Flow Chart is also available for your assistance.

A Residential Modification Permit Package consists of:

  • One Residential Modification Permit Application
  • Three plot plans with complete current address see example of a Plot Plan
  • Three drawings of the modification using current codes are required with complete details for any electrical, mechanical, and plumbing changes.
  • Two structural calculations (when needed)
  • Two energy calculations are required when adding any conditional living area square footage to a building; calculations are for that area only.
  • Two soils investigation report is required if adding over 600 square feet to a structure at the time of submittal.

Preparing the documents

  1. Print off or pick up a Residential Modification Permit Application. Fill out all information and sign application as contractor or owner / builder. Plumbing, mechanical and electrical contractors must sign the permit prior to submitting.
  2. When plans are drawn by:
    1. Architect or Engineer – Plans must be wet stamped and signed on every page.
    2. Contractor – Plans must list contractor information and be signed on every applicable page.
    3. Owner – Plans must be designed and signed by owner of every page. An owner can only draw plans for his own place of residence.

Submitting the Application

  1. Bring the Residential Modification Permit Package to the Mesquite Building Department, located in City Hall at 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.
  2. A $40 submittal fee must be paid when application is submitted. This fee will be applied to the permit.
  3. Plan review time is approximately 10-21 working days each time the application is submitted. Complete and accurate plans will shorten the time needed for review and resubmittal.

Corrections and Resubmitting

  1. If corrections are needed on the plans, the plan reviewer will call for you to pick up the plans. Plan Review Comments will be with the plans listing the corrections needed.
  2. Make the corrections and resubmit a full Residential Modification Permit Package, Comment Sheet, and Sign Off Sheet. No further payment is needed for resubmittal.

Picking up the Approved Permit

  1. The Permit Technician will call when the permit is approved. They will tell you if additional fees are required.
  2. Come in to the Mesquite Building Department and pay additional fees, if any. You will be given a copy of the permit, an approved set of plans, an inspection card and your receipt.
  3. If you are not sure of what inspections will be required, talk to the Permit Technician before you leave.

What’s the Next Step?

Click here for instructions on scheduling inspections.