Code Enforcement—Inspection Services

Citizen Self Service Portal

Inspection Services

As of November 2019, please note that all inspection requests will be scheduled by the contractor online using the Citizens Self Service Portal. The inspection request line will no longer be monitored. Documents needing approval prior to scheduling an inspection will require a minimum 24 hours for workflow to be changed or approved. All permit fees will be paid online using the Citizens Self Service Portal and credit card payments will no longer be accepted over the phone.


About Us

We work to provide the citizens of Waco with a safe and healthy environment in which to work and live through the enforcement of model construction codes, housing codes, zoning and other miscellaneous ordinances.

In order to fully understand the personnel and productivity of Inspection Services, it is necessary to first understand the organization of the department, and the function of the various personnel.

Inspection Services is divided into two areas:

New Construction

Code Enforcement

Sub-standard Structures - Green Tags - Red Tags

Building Inspections Advisory and Appeals Board (scroll down to board listings)

Building Standards Commission (scroll down to board listings)

New Codes:

The City of Waco has adopted the following codes as of March 1, 2021:

  • International Codes, 2018 Edition
  • National Electrical Code (NEC), 2020 Edition

The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. On June 30, 2020, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2020 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act.

Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after November 1, 2020 must be installed in accordance with the 2020 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.

Helpful Links

Residential Construction Guide

Apply for a Permit

Standard operating procedures - Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Standard Operating Procedures – Temporary Power Requirements

Bonding & Insurance

Please contact our office for copies of the following bond forms:

  • Plumber's Bond
  • Electrician's Bond
  • Gas Appliance Bond (Mechanical Contractors)
  • Electrical Sign Contractor's Bond
  • Landscape Irrigator Bond

Certificates of insurance are also acceptable in lieu of the bonds. Certificates must be made to the City of Waco, minimum coverage of $300,000. The bond with the original signatures must be sent back to our office for approval prior to any permits being issued.

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