Building Inspection Division
At Your Service!
The Building Inspection Division is dedicated to the enforcement of the community's standards for safety, health, and durability of buildings constructed, altered, or maintained within the City. The Division enforces these standards through a program of providing information to the public, and through plans examination and on-site inspections by specially qualified personnel.
Phone numbers: (325) 676-6232 or (325) 676-6273
Building Inspection location:
City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Room 100
Abilene, TX 79601
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are open through the noon hour.
The office is closed from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for staff meeting on Wednesdays.
Inspectors are in the office and may be contacted:
From 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., and
From 4:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
*** News and Information***
The International Code Council provides free access to all building codes. Click the link below to the ICC free online library.
In addition to the ICC codes, click the link below to access the City of Abilene's Code of Ordinances / Chapter 8 / Construction Regulations.
2012 International Code Adoption
Any permit issued prior to August 26, 2014 will be inspected under the 2009 I codes for Building, Existing Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and the 2000 Energy. Any plans submitted before August 26, 2014 will be reviewed and inspected under the codes listed above throughout the project even if the permits are obtained after August 26th.
Plans submittals and permit requests on or after August 26, 2014 will be reviewed and inspected under the 2012 codes.
Click Below for Pamphlets:
Insulation Inspection Revision
Inspecting for Caulking, Foaming, and Sealing of top plates, bottom plates and windows will now be performed at the time the wall insulation is inspected. Previously we required this during the framing inspection. (Effective date 7/26/13.)
Contractor Mailing List
The City of Abilene/Building Inspections want to provide Contractors with the most timely and accurate City-related information available. Subscribers to the Building Inspection email list will receive information regarding code updates, changes in building laws, ordinances, procedures, and upcoming events and continuing education.
- To sign up for this service, please go to the Email Lists page and follow the instructions there to subscribe.
Our six main areas of public information:
Permit and Inspection Data
Data on all permits issued by Building Inspection and the status of those permits can be retrieved using this form by owner name, permit number, contractor, and address. The following reports can also be viewed:
- Building Permit Ledger
- Permit fee/count summary
- Permits by contractor
- Construction Valuation Summary
- Contractor List
- Overdue permits by contractor
Documents, diagrams, specifications, permits needed, licensing requirements, construction guidelines, procedures, installation manuals, checklists and much more.
Includes tables of the permits and inspection fees required by the City of Abilene Building Inspection Division. These are also published in the related amendment booklets which are available for purchase from the Building Inspections Division.
Permit Holders General Information
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Building Inspection Division.
Standard bond forms in Adobe Acrobat Format that can be printed out from your computer and filled out. Also includes links to information regarding contractor licensing, registration, and other requirements.
Local Amendments to the codes are available in booklet form on-line as printable versions (Pamphlets) and for purchase from Building Inspections. Please call us at (325) 676-6273
Building Inspection Overview
The Building Inspection Services Division is responsible for ensuring that all buildings constructed, altered, or maintained in the City meet recognized standards for quality and safety. The staff is a diverse group of construction experts each trained and certified in one or more building trades. Activity of the Division is service-intense, and much of the focus recently has been on streamlining the permitting process, improving call-response procedures, and increasing the level of communications with customers. The Division staff is highly involved in the formulation and interpretative development of the national codes that govern the construction industry. Personnel also respond to customer complaints regarding dilapidated structures and work with property owners to maintain neighborhood property values.
As the need for customer communication continues to increase, the Division looks to technology, particularly the Internet, as the means for disseminating information and creating an interactive forum for permit approval.