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Building Code Enforcement


BUILDING PERMIT INFORMATION AND INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

The building permit card shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the front of the premises. The permit card shall be kept on the property until the building inspector removes it on the final inspection.

Inspections shall be made by the inspectors upon notification of the permit holder. Inspectors will either approve the construction as completed or will notify the permit holder wherein it does not pass inspection or comply with the applicable code.


FOUNDATION INSPECTION

This is made after the trenches have been excavated, the forms erected, all reinforcing steel in place, and all the materials for the foundation delivered. Concrete supplied from a central mixing plant does not have to be on the site during inspection.


CONCRETE SLAB

This is made after all in-slab or under floor plumbing, electrical, conduit, piping accessories and their ancillary equipment items have been inspected. Reinforcing wire, vapor barrier and termite protection must be installed prior to this inspection.


PLUMBING, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL

Rough (in wall, ceiling, attic) inspection made prior to covering or concealment and before fixtures are set.


FRAME INSPECTION

This is made after the roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place; after all pipes, chimneys and vents are complete, and after the rough electrical, mechanical, plumbing and heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved. WALLS CANNOT BE COVERED UNTIL THIS INSPECTION IS APPROVED.


FINAL INSPECTION

Plumbing and electrical and mechanical inspections are required before the final building inspection.


FINAL BUILDING INSPECTION

This is made when the building has been completed and is ready for occupancy. A BUILDING CANNOT BE LAWFULLY OCCUPIED UNTIL A FINAL INSPECTION AND SUBSEQUENT CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS ISSUED THEREFOR.

Work shall not be done on any part of a building or structure beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the written approval of the Building Official, or his designated agent. Such written approval shall be given only after an inspection shall have been made of each successive step in the construction as indicated by each of the foregoing inspections.

INSPECTION REQUESTS are made by calling the Inspection Hotline at 870-779-4910


Building Permits

NONRESIDENTIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY CONSTRUCTION

Adopted Codes:

  • Arkansas Fire Prevention Code, 2012 Edition, Vol. I. Fire
  • Arkansas Fire Prevention Code, 2012 Edition, Vol. II. Building
  • Arkansas Plumbing Code, 2006 Edition
  • Arkansas Fuel Gas Code, 2006 Edition
  • Arkansas Mechanical Code, 2010 Edition
  • National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition

Before applying for a permit:

  • Provide copy of deed to property
  • Provide plat of the property including street rights-of-way, utility easements and drainage easements
  • Verify zoning compliance. A specific use permit may be required.
  • Verify whether of not land is located in a flood plain.
  • Contact Rick Garner garner@txkusa.org for a template of the required cover sheet for plans.
  • Obtain Water and Sewer Availability sheet from Texarkana Water Utilities ( 801 Wood Street)

Construction plans requiring an architect’s or engineer’s stamp and signature on the front page and on each subsequent page of the plan for the following:

  • Schools and educational institutions having a capacity in excess of fifty (50) pupils
  • Residential buildings, including dormitories, having sleeping accommodations for fifty (50) or more persons
  • Auditoriums, theaters, indoor stadiums, gymnasiums, churches or other places of assembly having a capacity in excess one hundred (100) persons
  • Department stores or factories having a capacity in excess of two hundred (200) persons
  • Asylums, hospitals, nursing or convalescence homes regardless of capacity

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMIT

Three (3) complete sets of civil and construction plans are required for commercial and multi-family structures.  

Civil plans shall include:

  • Site Plan
    • Legal description
    • Property lines and pins
    • Right-of-way, easements and setbacks
    • Name and location of streets
    • All existing and proposed structures; distance of structures from property lines and other structures on property
    • Location of driveway
    • Location and size of utility and service connections
    • Minimum finished floor elevation, if within the 100-year flood plain
    • Drainage  plan
    • Parking plan - specify handicap parking spaces
    • Screened trash receptacle area             
  • Grading Plan
  • Drainage Plan
  • Site Utility Plan
  • SWPPP

Construction plans shall include:

  • All exterior elevations
  • Foundation plan
    • Indicate size, locations, depth, thickness, materials and reinforcement
    • Show all imbedded anchoring (anchor bolts, hold-downs, and column bases).
  • Floor plan
    • Label all areas (rooms) with intended use
    • Notate overall dimensions of each room
    • Indicate all doors, windows and openings
    • Provide door, window and interior finish schedules
    • Illustrate fire assemblies and area separations
  • Framing plan
    • Include detail drawings walls and roof sections
    • Show method of attachment
    • Describe materials for floors and roof structure
  • Plumbing system plan
    • Fixtures and piping
    • Sanitary waste system
    • Grease waste system and grease trap (where required)
    • Fire protection system
    • Point of connection to existing systems
    • Plumbing riser diagram (The plumbing riser diagram must also be submitted for review to the Arkansas Department of Health, Plumbing Review Section, 4815 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Ar. 72205-3867
  • Electrical system plan
    • Electrical diagram of fixtures and wiring for interior, exterior and site
    • Panel schedules
    • Fire alarm system
    • Communication systems and fixtures
  • Mechanical system plan
    • Size and location of units
    • Duct work runs and sizes
    • Location of fire and smoke dampers
Equipment schedule

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
SINGLE FAMILY, DUPLEX OR TRI-PLEX

Adopted Codes:

  • Arkansas Fire Prevention Code, 2012 Edition, Vol. III. Residential
  • Arkansas Plumbing Code, 2006 Edition
  • Arkansas Fuel Gas Code, 2006 Edition
  • Arkansas Mechanical Code, 2010 Edition
  • National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition

Before applying for a permit:

  • Provide copy of deed to property
  • Provide plat of the property including street rights-of-way, utility easements and drainage easements
  • Verify zoning compliance. A specific use permit may be required.
  • Verify whether of not land is located in a flood plain.
  • Obtain Water and Sewer Availability sheet from Texarkana Water Utilities ( 801 Wood Street)

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT

Two (2) complete sets construction plans are required for residential structures. 

  • Site Plan
    • Legal description
    • Property lines and pins
    • Right-of-way, easements and setbacks
    • Name and location of streets
    • All existing and proposed structures; distance of structures from property lines and other structures on property
    • Location of driveway
    • Minimum finished floor elevation, if within the 100-year flood plain
    • Drainage  plan

 

Construction plans shall include:

  • All exterior elevations
  • Foundation plan
    • Indicate size, locations, depth, thickness, materials and reinforcement
    • Show all imbedded anchoring (anchor bolts, hold-downs, and column bases).
  • Floor plan
    • Label all areas (rooms) with intended use
    • Notate overall dimensions of each room
    • Indicate all doors, windows and openings
    • Provide door, window and interior finish schedules
    • Illustrate fire assemblies and area separations (duplex or tri-plex)
  • Framing plan
    • Include detail drawings walls and roof sections
    • Show method of attachment
    • Describe materials for floors and roof structure
  • Plumbing fixtures plan
  • Electrical diagram of fixtures and wiring for interior and exterior
Mechanical system plan

LEGAL AND CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Unless exempted by provisions within the Arkansas Architectural Act, plans and specifications for buildings to be constructed in the State of Arkansas which have as their principal purpose human habitation or occupancy must be prepared by an architect duly licensed and registered to practice in this state.

Exemptions under the law include: "(1) Professional engineers duly licensed or registered but only insofar as concerns work incidental to engineering practice and as the scope of their entrance-to-practice examination under the conditions of the engineers' state registration Law proves competence, providing such persons do not use the designation "Architect" or any term derived there from; (2) buildings that are to be constructed for personal use, such as residences, provided such buildings are not intended, or adaptable, for public employment, assembly, or any other use under which they will be open to the public; (3) single family detached, duplex, triplex and quadplex dwellings; (4) buildings that are constructed at a cost, not including site, of not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000); and further provided that such persons designing said buildings in above-said subdivisions (2), (3), and (4) are residents of the State of Arkansas and provided that they do not use the title 'Architect' or any term derived there from. Provided, however, that the terms of this Act shall not apply to any public school district exempted from the provisions of this Act, or all public school districts embracing cities with a population of thirty thousand (30,000), and which maintain a full-time superintendent of buildings with engineering and architectural experience. Provided, this exception shall only apply (1) to the repair and maintenance of buildings already constructed and alterations thereof, and (2) to new structures that will not exceed in cost the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), however, it is the total cumulative and fair market value of the project. Provided further that the provisions of this Act shall not apply to any public school district where the cost of the building, alteration, or structure does not exceed in cost the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000)." (Arkansas Architectural Act, ARKANSAS CODE ANNOTATED 17-14-101 et seq.)

The State and its political subdivisions, such as county, city, town, township, or legally constituted boards, districts, commissions, or authorities shall not engage in the construction of public works costing in excess of $25,000 involving the practice of engineering, unless the engineering drawings, specifications, and estimates have been prepared by, and the construction is executed under the supervision of a registered engineer. (ARKANSAS CODE ANNOTATED Paragraph 22-9-101.)

In addition to the requirements and exemptions listed in the architects' and the engineers' licensing laws, the Arkansas State Fire Code Vol. II requires certain structures to be designed by an architect or engineer legally registered in Arkansas. Those structures are:

  1. All structures intended for Group Assembly, Educational, and Institutional Occupancies.
  2. Buildings and structures three stories or more high.
  3. Buildings and structures 5,000 square feet or more in area.

EXCEPTION: One & two family dwellings, regardless of size, shall require neither a registered architect nor engineer.