Building Permits

Do I need a building permit?

A building permit application is required to:

  • construct a new building,
  • substantially improve an existing building, or
  • change the use or occupancy type of an existing building.

All plans submitted to the Kaufman County Fire Marshal's Office must be stamped by a licensed design professional (architect or engineer).

If you have questions about whether or not you fall into one of these categories, please contact our office at 469-376-4122 or

Apply for a Building Permit

Building Permit Fees

After submitting your application, you will be automatically redirected to our payment portal. Your permit application fee is calculated using the formula below. If you need assistance calculating your permit fee, please contact our office at 469-376-4122 or


Square Footage (Gross) x Cost per Square Foot (see chart below) x .003 (0.3%) = Permit Fee


1,500 sq ft x $175.70 / sq ft x 0.003 = $790.65