In 2009, the Texas Legislature abolished the Texas Residential
Construction Commission, eliminating State enforcement of statewide
building codes - including building codes outside cities' jurisdictions.
Therefore, after September 1, 2009, in unincorporated areas of
Tarrant County, all new residential structures and improvements to
existing residential structures that increase the square footage or
value by more than 50 percent shall be constructed to the
International Building Code (IBC). If a city has adopted building
codes in their extra-territorial jurisdiction then the municipal
regulation applies there.
Tarrant County does not have inspection authority or
responsibility and can not charge fees; instead the builder is
- notify the county of the location, approximate date of
completion and version of IBC utilized for the new residential
Notice of Residential Construction in Unincorporated Area
- obtain three inspections during different phases
of the construction; and
- submit a notice of the
inspections to the county and to the person for whom the new
residence is being built, demonstrating compliance or non-compliance
with the applicable building code, which is done by the inspectors
Notice of Residential Construction Inspection Compliance in
Unincorporated Area form).
Failure to obtain the inspections is a Class C misdemeanor and
Tarrant County may also file for an injunction against a builder who
does not file the required reports.
This new law does not give prior approval authority to the county
for new residential construction, or authorize the adoption or
enforcement of zoning regulations, and does not apply to manufactured,
or modular housing constructed off-site and transported to a site.
Penalties do not apply to a builder who intends to occupy the
residence themselves as their primary residence.
The forms can be completed on-line. Once complete, you can print
them out and mail to:
County Administrator's Office
Weatherford St. Room 404
Fort Worth, Texas, 76196
Or fax a copy to Mark Mendez at 817-884-1702.
Alternatively, you may save a copy of the completed forms to your
computer and e-mail them as an attachment to email@example.com
Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the first
linked document above, that document is made up of scanned images.
If you require assistance in accessing the information therein,
please contact Mark Mendez at 817-884-2729.