Building Inspections

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Building Codes

The following City codes, State and Federal laws have been adopted or apply to construction in the City of Killeen. They provide the minimum requirements to secure the beneficial interest, which are:

  • Adequate light and ventilation
  • Health and general welfare - through structural strength
  • Public safety
  • Safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment, including alteration, repair, removal, demolition, use and occupancy of buildings, structures or premises
  • Sanitation
  • Stability

Construction Codes

The construction codes are adopted and amended in Chapter 8, Killeen Code of Ordinances unless otherwise noted. Construction code books may be obtained by contacting the International Code Council.

  • International Building Code 2018 edition as amended
  • International Electrical Code, 2018 edition as amended (administrative regulations)
  • International Energy Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • International Fire Code, 2018 edition as amended in Chapter 11, Killeen Code of Ordinances
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • International Mechanical Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • International Plumbing Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • International Property Maintenance Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • International Residential Code, 2018 edition as amended
  • National Electrical Code, 2017 edition as amended (local amendments (PDF))



Building Permits

Permits are required when any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to or causes any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work. (View Building Projects that Require Permits.)

  • Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure
  • Erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes
  • Fences, Sheds & Accessory Structures Brochure
  • Construction Documents

Sign permits

Permits are required to install new or replace advertising signs. Includes pole signs, wall or window signs, temporary signs and off-premise signs (Billboards).

Contractor Registration

Before any person, firm or corporation shall perform or contract to perform a construction operation within the city limits for which a permit is required in the city under this Chapter, he shall first obtain a general construction registration issued by the City. This registration does not substitute for any permit required under this Chapter, nor does it substitute for any license required under this Chapter or State law.


Inspections are usually completed within 24 hours from the time they are dispatched to an inspector. Inspections are to be called in to the Hotline at 254-501-7766. Requests called in before 3 p.m. will be performed the next business day. If an emergency inspection is needed, please call 254-501-7762. Emergency inspections are for the restoration of services to occupied buildings for electrical, gas, water and sewer services.

Car Wash (Fundraisers)

A $15 permit is required for non-commercial car washes held by social, fraternal, religious or other organizations for fund-raising purposes. Some restrictions apply to zoning and number of car washes held at a business location. Please contact the permits department for additional information.

Garage Sales

Garage sale may be held on residential property, with a $5 fee, so long as the following criteria are met:

  • A permit is required prior to having a garage sale.
  • No more than two sales at the same property address may be held during a calendar year.
  • Permit must be posted, visible from the street, at the time of the sale.
  • One sign is permitted, not to exceed two square feet, upon the property where the sale is taking place. All signs at any other location are prohibited. 

Download the permit application (PDF).


A building permit is required to erect a new fence or move, repair, or replace an existing fence on a property located within the City limits of Killeen. A fence permit must be obtained from the building inspections division prior to installation of a new or replacement (over 25%) of a fence. 

Fence Permits FAQ's
Fences, Sheds & Accessory Structures brochure

Swimming Pools

Generally, swimming pools are considered a source of enjoyment or pleasure; however, if the enclosure surrounding a swimming pool is improperly secured, it can become an imminent health hazard. In an effort to prevent small children from inadvertently wandering into a pool, all pools or spa with a swimming or bathing depth of 24 inches or more must be in compliance with City of Killeen codes:

  • A Permit must be obtained. A permit application will need to be submitted along with a plot plan showing the electrical service to the house and the proposed location of the pool.
  • Fences, structures, doors or gates shall not be less than four feet in height, with no openings that will allow a four-inch-diameter sphere to pass through.
  • All doors or gates opening directly into such enclosures must be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices designed to keep, and capable of keeping, such doors and gates securely closed at all times when not in actual use.

Certificate of Occupancy for Business

  1. It is unlawful to open a place of business without first obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. Fines upon conviction can cost up to $2000.
  2. A new Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required when there is a change of owner, change of business name, change of tenant, or change of use.
  3. A new water account cannot be set up without applying for a CO with the Building Inspections Department.
  4. Fees for CO are $90 application fee plus a $10 technology application fee.

Certificate of Occupancy for Businesses General Guidance
Certificate of Occupancy Flow Chart

For more information, contact the Permit Office at 254-501-7762 (press 2)

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