Residential Services

Permits are required for many home projects including roof repairs, irrigation installation and fence replacement. Whether you'll do the work yourself or hire a contractor, we're here to make the process as easy as possible.

Doing it yourself?


Complete the homeowner's affidavit before starting your project.


Hiring a contractor?


Protect your property by ensuring your contractor has applied for and received a permit before starting work. Inspections are required!

Texas 8-1-1: Check Before You Dig


Whether you're planting a tree or installing a pool, you first must check the location of gas lines and other vital utilities.

  1. Permits
  2. Inspections
  3. Forms

Apply Online


You may submit applications for some residential permits online using the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal. A list of current online permit applications is provided below. For same-day residential permits or permits not listed below, visit Building Services on the first floor of Allen City Hall (305 Century Parkway).

To review all documents and payments required for submittal, download the Guide to Building Permits and list of Permit Fees.

Online Permit List

Use the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal to request any of these residential permits:
  • Water heater
  • HVAC/mechanical
  • Roof
  • Fire sprinkler
  • Fire sprinkler modification
  • Fire sprinkler retrofit
  • OTC (over the counter) Trade for minor electrical, mechanical or plumbing
  • Irrigation
  • Demolition
  • Foundation repair
  • Solar
  • Window replacement
  • Fence
  • Fire Flow Test
  • Siding
  • Accessory Structures (sheds, workshops)

Using the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal


For help with the CSS Portal, use these step-by-step guides or contact Building Services staff.