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City Hall, 2nd Floor
Arlington, Texas 76010

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Welcome to the City of Arlington's One Start Center. Thank you for your interest in development opportunities and information within the City of Arlington.

Above Code Energy Efficiency Measures

On April 1, 2011, the City Council authorized a contract agreement with the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Texas A & M University System, with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to identify and evaluate energy efficiency measures (EEMs) that could be utilized on commercial structures and single family dwellings to assist with improving air quality, reducing energy consumption and improving quality of construction.  The following criteria were used to evaluate the EEMs identified in the ESL study:


The EEM is 15% above current energy code minimum requirements;


The cost of the EEMs;


The simple Return on Investment (ROI); and


The impact on air quality emission

The ESL study identified up to seventeen (17) different Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) for various building energy components, i.e. windows, doors, insulation; lighting; HVAC; and domestic hot water heating.  Combinations of EEMs were used to deliver the 15% above energy code stringency.  The study also examined the relationship of construction cost for the energy efficiency measures, the simple return on investment and the emissions reductions resulting from the applied EEMs.

These studies and EEMs are offered to the public for voluntary inclusion in construction and development projects.  Read more details.


The compliance criteria for the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards
has been amended to be consistent with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Justice for public accommodations and commercial facilities. Please see the notification below provided by the Architectural Barriers Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation below. Read more
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Effective November 1, 2011, building permits will be required for the replacement of roofing materials/coverings and for structural repairs to foundations. For additional information please click the Technical Bulletins link and read the Technical Bulletins: Roofing Replacement and Foundation Repairs.


On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. On April 22, 2010, the rule becomes effective and firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified, individual renovators must be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, and the firms and renovators must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. The City of Arlington has no enforcement authority in regard to this new rule.
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Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the City Council, the value of your investment could be reduced. This fact can be traced through recorded history for more than 4,000 years. Buildings are more durable and perform better in communities where construction and fire codes ensure public health, safety and energy efficiency.
Your local building inspectors and plans examiners can help ensure your construction project will be built safe the first time. A building permit is your legal permission to start construction.
arrow"Before You Begin Your Construction Project" brochure


Asbestos Rules
Per Senate Bill 509, 77th Regular Session, before building permits may be issued for renovations/remodel or demolition of a public or commercial buildings, the permit applicant must provide proof of an asbestos survey or provide certification from a licensed architect or engineer that the affected parts of the building do not contain asbestos. The law affects all permits issued after January 1, 2002.
arrowFrequently Asked Questions (pdf) 
arrowAsbestos Surveys Update 02/28/06 (pdf)
TDH Asbestos Renovation Flow Chart (pdf)
arrowTDH Asbestos Demolition Flow Chart (pdf)


TLDR Project Verification
Per SB 484, commercial and multifamily projects with a construction value $50,000 or more must be registered with TDLR’s Architectural Barriers Division prior to submitting a permit application to a City for review. Without a TDLR project number that is verifiable, a permit application will not be accepted for review.


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