Building Codes & Requirements

Building Codes:

The City of Gainesville has adopted the following construction codes with amendments that provide minimum standards during the building process to help ensure public safety:

2015 International Building Code
2015 International Residential Building Code
2015 International Plumbing Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Property Maintenance Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2015 International Fire Code with appendices
2014 National Electric Code NFPA 70

Additional Requirements:

The City of Gainesville also requires the following:

  1. Plumbing work is to be supervised by a Master Plumber registered with the State and the City of Gainesville.
  2. Electrical work is required to be supervised by a Master Electrician registered with the State and the City of Gainesville.
  3. Heating / Air Conditioning Contractors are required to be registered with the State and the City of Gainesville.
  4. No construction is allowed in a floodway. Any construction in a floodplain should adhere to federal, state, and local requirements. (View the City floodplain ordinances.)
  5. All projects involving Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) components must be registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and comply with state laws and regulations. The TDLR registration number must be submitted with the plans and before a building permit may be issued.
  6. Energy reports must be submitted for all new residential and commercial construction projects.

For additional information, please refer to the City of Gainesville's Code of Ordinances (City Code) or call 940-668-4799.