Online Permits

Who Can Pull a Permit
All licensed trade contractors and general contractors may pull permits.  All work must be done by a licensed trade contractor or general contractor who is registered with the city, otherwise, homeowners may pull a homestead permit if planning to do the work themselves.

Building Permits
A permit is required to build, alter, enlarge, or repair any residential or commercial structure within the city limits. Commercial building permit applications are also reviewed by the Fire Marshal and in some cases the Health Department. 

Effective June 5, 2024, all building permit applications must be submitted through our online portal and will be reviewed by the Inspection Services Department and the Planning and Development Department.

Other Permits
The following projects also require a permit:

·         Accessory building (>120sf)

·         Demolition

·         Drive approach

·         Fence (>8’)

·         Irrigation system

·         Sign

·         Structure moving

·         Swimming Pools & Spas

Please keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive. Contact us if you are unsure if your project requires a permit.

Permit Fees
Commercial and residential building permit fees vary based on the valuation of the job. Please call for the most current rates.

Planning and Building Permit Applications Processed Online (NEW)

Any planning and building permit application you would typically complete in paper form is now available online. This easy-to-use system provides applicants with the ability to submit requests any time of day, any day of the week. Applicants can easily track the status of their request and communicate with the appropriate City staff about their application.

This system offers a simpler, more transparent, and expeditious permit planning process. If you’re ready to get started, please log in to to create an account in just a few simple steps. 

For your convenience, there is a kiosk available in our lobby area for your use.  Staff will gladly assist should you need help submitting your application using the kiosk.

View instructions to learn how to create an account, apply and submit an application, track the progress of your application, make a payment or communicate with City staff about your application.

City and County GIS

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City of Ennis Codes and Ordinances

City of Ennis Codes and Ordinances

City of Ennis Comprehensive Plan

International Building Code

On January 23, 2024, the City of Ennis adopted the 2021 International Building Code

General Information
Senior Planner
Erica Stubbs
City Planner
Jorge Barake
Planning and Development Assistant
Amber Jones
David O'Connor
Arthur Matthews
Assistant Director of Planning and Assistant Building Official
Troy Foreman
Administrative Assistant
Lea Ann Price
Director of Planning and Development and Chief Building Official
Mark Richardson
Phone Numbers
(972) 875-6442
Emergencies: Dial 911
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