Terrell, Texas
 

 

Developer's Handbook

A Guide To Planning, Zoning, Platting, And Building
In Terrell, Texas

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Getting Started (Helpful Links)
2. The Presubmittal Meeting
3. Zoning Applications
4. Plat Applications
5. Site Plans
6. Building Permits & Inspections
7. Forms & Applications
8. Fee Schedule

a. Building Permit Fees
b. Zoning Application Fees
c. Plat Application Fees

d. Park Land Dedication and Development Fees
e. Impact Fees
f. Water & Sewer Tap Fees
g. Utility Charges & Fees
h. Other Services And Fees

9. Meeting Schedules & Submittal Deadlines


Prepared by the
Municipal Development Department
201 E. Nash Street
Terrell, Texas 75160

(972) 551-6606 Office
(972) 551-6677 Fax

 

Municipal Development Director
Charles Fenner
cfenner@cityofterrell.org
(972) 551-6600 ext. 247
Steve Rogers
City Engineer
srogers@cityofterrell.org
(972) 551-6600 ext. 240


Chief Building Official

(972) 551-6600 ext. 300

 

  Mike Mikeska
Utilities Director
mmikeska@cityofterrell.org
(972) 551-6600 ext. 313
 

 


Getting Started – What permits do I need?

 

The first step in any type of development, construction, or occupying a building is to determine what permits are needed if any. Subdividing property, changing the zoning or even what type of business occupies an existing building may trigger special approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council at a public hearing. Even normal construction, remodeling, plumbing, electrical or mechanical work may also require special licensing by the State and drawings prepared by professionally licensed architects or engineers that have to be reviewed by the city or other agencies, such as, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) prior to a permit being issued. Before signing contracts on the purchase or lease of property please contact the City of Terrell first to determine what approvals are needed in order to make informed decisions before making expensive commitments.

 

Types of work that typically require permits from the city include, new construction, additions, remodeling, fencing, plumbing, utility work, electrical work, mechanical or air conditioning work, concrete or paving work, signage, roofing, demolition, leveling, grading, tree removal, irrigation or drainage work, etc. This list is not exhaustive and other work may or may not require a permit, in any case, please contact the city before starting any work in order to avoid expensive corrective actions.

 

Texas Local Government Code and State Statutes and Laws may also apply as well as the City of Terrell Code of Ordinances, International Building Codes and National Electrical Code which all construction must adhere to. These ordinances and codes are revised from time to time so it is always prudent to check with the City prior to designing or bidding out your project to make sure you are current with any changes that may have occurred.

 

HELPFUL DEVELOPMENT LINKS

 


Other Links:

 


The Presubmittal Meeting

 

The first step in the permitting process for development, redevelopment, or subdivision of a parcel of land or starting a new construction or building project is to contact the Municipal Development Department and set up a meeting with the staff. Bring as much relevant information about the project with you to the meeting such as, project location, address, legal description, scope of project, proposed uses, building sizes and location on the site, maps, drawings or surveys. Next staff will help determine whether the proposed use is allowed in the zoning district in which the land is located and check to see if the property is properly platted. The platting and zoning process will be discussed in greater detail later in this handbook.

 

How much time it takes for your project to be approved and building permits being issued depends a great deal upon the complexity of the project, whether the zoning is correct for the proposed uses, whether a Specific Use Permit or Variance is required, whether platting is required, getting site plan approval, engineering or architectural plan approval, approval by TxDOT or other State agencies, conducting Traffic Impact Analysis, meeting public hearing requirements, or receiving various Board approvals, etc. Always allow for adequate time to receive approval for your project before committing to contracts for lease or purchase options on property. Zoning changes may take up to six or more weeks for processing and building permits may take 10-15 business days depending upon the complexity of the project.

 

This is just a brief outline of the basic procedures for development in the City of Terrell and is not intended to be a complete list of requirements, policies, standards, codes, ordinances, or regulations that may apply or what fees and costs that may be incurred as a result of development. Ordinance, code and fee requirements are subject to change and notification of such changes are conducted according to State and Local government laws and individual notification will not be conducted unless specifically required by law.

 

The City Staff is eager to serve you and help guide you through the complex process of Planning and Zoning, Building Permitting or Engineering. In order to serve you better, the more information you can present to staff the more efficient the process becomes and the sooner your project will be heading towards completion.


1. The planning process should begin by scheduling a presubmittal meeting with the planning and engineering staff to discuss your project prior to committing resources to engineering or architectural design or signing contracts to lease or purchase property.

 

2. Issues that may need to be considered before acquiring property:


a. Is the proper zoning in place? If so what are the regulations for that district?


b. Will rezoning be required?


c. Does the Comprehensive Plan (Future Land Use Map) support the zoning request?


d. If the project is outside the City Limits will annexation be required to receive the necessary services?


e. Is a Specific Use Permit required?


f. Has the lot ever been platted or will it need to be replatted?


g. Is a Site Plan or Construction Plat required?


h. Is the project new development or is it reuse of an existing facility?


i. Are water, sewer and other utilities available and what will it cost to bring these services to the property?


j. Will streets and sidewalks have to be constructed? Will TxDOT have to approve the location of the access drives? What are the construction standards? Will right-of-way or easements or other public improvements have to be dedicated?


k. A developer is expected to construct the streets and infrastructure or make improvements to the same as related to his project. Any construction of, or contributions to, or dedications of off-site water, wastewater or roadway facilities agreed to or required by the City as a condition of development approval may be credited against impact fees otherwise due.


l. Water, wastewater and roadway impact fees are assessed and collected when the building permit is issued. Sewer pro rata charges are determined by the City Engineer and are assessed against each lot to reimburse the original developer or the City for the costs incurred for installing a major sewer main. Water and sewer connection fees are separate and are paid at the time of the connection by the owner of the property being served.


m. A traffic impact analysis will have to be conducted on all proposals that exceed 50 residential lots or generates more than 500 one-way vehicle trips per day for commercial projects.


n. What are the parking, landscape, drainage, construction, and engineering requirements for the project?


o. What type of development or zoning is on adjacent property? Will a screening wall, joint access, easements or other code requirements apply?


p. Have all fee estimates been calculated into the development costs?

 

3. Bring as much information about your project and location to the meeting as you have available including a preliminary sketch if possible.

 

4. Municipal Development works closely with the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustments, Building Standards Commission, and the Construction Board of Adjustments.


Zoning Applications

 

The Zoning Process


Zoning Applications

All land within the city limits is zoned and each zoning district has a unique set of allowed uses which are compatible with the other uses within the same district. In some cases, the adjacent property may be in a different zoning classification and your proposed use may negatively impact the neighboring property, in which case, further restrictions may apply. If the current zoning classification does not allow the proposed use then the property must be rezoned to a district which does allow the uses that the owner desires.

 

Rezoning is not a given and must be approved by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council after conducting public hearings. The property to be rezoned must be contiguous to the zoning district that is desired so that the district in question is being enlarged to accommodate the subject parcel or the property being rezoned must be of sufficient size as to be considered a district in and of itself and be in accordance with the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan. Normally a single lot may not be zoned differently from those surrounding it as this is considered “spot zoning” which is a violation of state law.

 


1. Submittals for zoning change requests include a complete application, fees paid, concept plan or development plan, full legal description, planned development conditions, if applicable, tax certificate, and other pertinent exhibits as may be required. Filing deadline for initial submittals is in the first week of each month in order to be placed on that month’s agenda.

 

2. Final submission of revisions shall be due no later than five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting in order to remain on the Agenda. Final submittals shall consist of two (2) full size drawings and eleven (11) 11x17 drawings. Drawings may be submitted in 8½ x11 format upon approval by the Director if the drawings can be easily interpreted.

 

3. Zoning cases and other Public Hearings must be advertised a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first scheduled public hearing. Both the Planning &Zoning Commission and City Council meetings are advertised together. The official newspaper of record is The Terrell Tribune, which is published Sunday through Friday; however, all notices are published in the Sunday addition in order to reach the greatest number of readers. Ordinances related to zoning changes approved by the City Council do not become effective until the Ordinance has had two formal readings at least seven (7) days apart in accordance with the City Charter, the text or the caption of the ordinance shall be published twice in the newspaper of record the first of which shall not be more than ten (10) days after the final adoption of the ordinance. Plats may not be filed on a tract of land unless the associated ordinances have become effective; likewise building permits cannot be issued on projects until the ordinance has become effective and/or plats have been filed and recorded at the County Clerk’s office.

 

4. It typically takes sixty (60) days for a zoning change request to be approved (many factors may extend this time substantially) and approximately thirty (30) days are required to approve a construction plat (preliminary plat with site plan details) and an additional 30 days for final flat approval. Then approximately thirty (30) days are needed to obtain all of the required signatures on the Final Plat and file it with the County Clerk’s office. Construction drawings for permits require approximately ten (10) days for review by the building inspection division. They may be submitted early for review but a building permit will not be issued until the plat is filed.


Plat Applications

 

The next consideration is to determine whether the property has been properly platted. Structures cannot straddle property lines and must be set back from each property line as required in the Zoning Ordinance and Building Codes for fire separation. If land is to be subdivided to create lots for development or if lots are to be combined into one or more larger lots then the land must be platted. Subdivision regulations govern water, sewer, drainage and street construction as well as platting. The complete requirements for platting is detailed in the City of Terrell Subdivision Regulations as adopted and applies to all tracts of land within the corporate city limits as well as in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) which is the area surrounding the city within one mile of the city limits.

 

If the property requires platting for the first time then it is a two step process. First, a Construction Plat is prepared which is essentially a site plan overlaid onto a preliminary plat and includes the location of buildings, parking, landscaped areas, etc. in addition to drainage patterns, utility easements, street right-of-way, public amenities such as parks, and lot layout.

 

Second, the final plat is then prepared in which most of the cultural and engineering data has been removed so that the rights-of-way, easements, public dedications, and lot and block designations can be easily read along with the official legal description and official signature blocks. Final Plats must be filed with the County Clerk before building permits can be issued. Property that has already been platted may require replatting if lot lines, easements or rights-of-way are to be moved, added, removed or altered.

Replats are final plats that are generally approved in the same manner as initial final plats.

 

Application for Plat Approval

 

1. The initial application shall include two (2) full size copies (24x36) and one reduced copy (11x17) of the construction plat and two (2) full size copies (24”x36”) of the preliminary civil engineering drawings. Preliminary civil engineering is to be submitted with a Construction Plat and final civil engineering is to be submitted with a Final Plat. Engineering plans should include existing and proposed drainage patterns and flows, existing streets and proposed streets, water and sewer service, detention, storm water management, flood plain designation, etc. A technical review of submitted plans by staff will be completed and the markups returned to the applicant within 10 days of submitting the application.

 

2. Revisions of the initial submittal shall include two (2) full-size (24”x36”) sets and one reduced copy (11x17) of the revised construction plat and two half size sets of civil engineering plans along with the original markups and must be returned no later than five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting date to be considered for the next Planning and Zoning Agenda. The State mandated 30-day approval period for plats begins on the date the technically correct and complete drawings and supporting documents are received and fees are paid. In cases where the 30 day approval period cannot be met a waiver form must be signed by the owner or applicant prior to the expiration date or an administrative denial of the plat will result.

 

3. After Final Plats are approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the project will be released for construction of all public infrastructure including streets, water, sewer, parks, etc. After the City accepts all of the public improvements the final plat will be released for filing. All fees, bonds and escrow funds must be paid prior to the plat being released for filing and issuance of building permits. One set of Mylar as-builts of any public infrastructure constructed and one set of as-builts on a disk in digital format in either .dwg, .pdf or in TIFF format at 400 dpi are to be submitted at the time final plats are delivered for signatures.

 

4. Final plats ready for filing shall include:

 

a. One (1) full size (24”x36”) Mylar and one (1) full size (24”x36”) blue or black line prints with the scale at no more than 100’ per inch for city records.


b. One (1) 18”x24” Mylar and two (2) 18”x24” blue or black line prints with the scale at no more than 100’ per inch for county records.


c. Each of the above shall be submitted with original notarized signatures and seals to the Municipal Development Department for city signatures along with a current tax certificate showing there are no delinquent taxes owed to any taxing authority.


d. The applicant will be required to reimburse the City for filing the final plat and tax certificate with Kaufman County.

 

5. Building permits are only issued on tracts or lots that have been properly platted unless State Law specifically provides for an exemption.

 

6. Plats should include the following:

 

a. Graphic Scale, North Arrow, Location Map and Legend


b. Title Block in lower right hand corner:


i. Name and phase of addition or project
ii. Indicate lot square footage on all non-rectangular lots to verify minimum size
iii. PD or SUP ordinance number if applicable
iv. Name of Owner, Developer, Architect, Surveyor, etc. w/ addresses and phone numbers
v. Lots and Blocks labeled correctly
vi. Correct Survey, Abstract and County callout


c. Complete legal description


d. Correct zoning callout on subject tract and adjacent tracts


e. Correct names and suffixes of adjacent streets or highways and/or conflicts with existing street names in same zip code if new streets are proposed.


f. Correct City limit or ETJ boundary if adjacent to subject tract


g. Any callouts for easements are properly labeled or if by “separate instrument” must have Vol. and Page where recorded.


h. Show 2 foot contours and 100 year flood plain elevation line if applicable and also indicate finish floor elevations of all pad sites adjacent to the flood plain (on construction plat only).


i. Public parkland and open space areas delineated with square footages or acreage.


j. HOA lots or common areas are designated and have note posted: “ HOA owned and maintained”


k. Delineate alleys and ensure that they do not open onto thoroughfares.


l. Show screening walls adjacent to street right-of-way and include them in maintenance or landscape easement (construction plat only).


m. Add private utility easements (5 ft. minimum) on the front of each residential lot outside public street ROW for franchise utilities. (not required if they are located in alleys)


n. Verify minimum lot sizes, setbacks, building size/ht and total number of lots and check against zoning or PD conditions.


o. Preliminary engineering - drainage, water and sewer, streets etc. to be submitted with construction plat).


p. Final engineering – to be submitted with final plat.


q. Check Phase lines for overlap and whether proper access is provided during each phase.


r. Check for proximity of incompatible zoning and performance issues such as noise, lighting, proximity slopes, etc. and screening requirements.


s. Show all easements and rights-of-way both existing and proposed and check to see if ROW or easements are the right widths, labeled correctly and designated for dedication.

8. Check to see if tree survey and tree management plans are required on tracts where trees have protected status (per landscape ordinance) prior to development (submit with construction plat)


9. Check setbacks, especially on corner “key” lots and lots platted under prior ordinances, or adjacent to other zoning districts. Check for platted building lines, which may differ from current codes.


10. Check to see if project is entirely within the City Limits or ETJ.

 

NOTE: Existing developed properties may be utilized or redeveloped for a different use than they were originally intended for in which case certain standards must be met before the buildings may be constructed or occupied by the new use. Issues such as building codes, fire codes, zoning, parking, exterior façade materials, signage, landscaping, etc. may or may not apply. Check with the Municipal Development Department first before signing a contract to lease or purchase such a structure or property.


Site Plans

 

1. Site plan approval is required on:

 

a. Any new nonresidential development in which the property has already been platted (to be included as part of the Building Permit plans).

 

b. Any new multi-family development or manufactured home park on platted property (to be included as part of the Building Permit plans).

 

c. Any redevelopment, additions or alterations of existing sites or structures that exceeds 10% of the gross floor area, changes to a use that increases the parking requirement by more than 10% of the existing parking or materially changes the traffic circulation (to be included as part of the Building Permit plans).

 

d. Any nonconforming structure that has been abandoned for more than 6 months or any structure that has been damaged by fire, storms or other disaster beyond the control of the owner (exceeding 60% of its appraised value) must undergo site plan review and approval as well as meeting the criteria set forth in this Ordinance before reoccupation, repairs or restoration (to be included as part of the Building Permit plans).

 

2. The initial application will consist of two (2) full-size (24”x36”) sets of drawings for review and markups and the final submittal will consist of two (2) full-size (24”x36”) copies of the revised drawings plus one (1) reduced copy (11x17) along with the original markups.

 

3. If a tract has NOT been platted or if a replat is required then a Construction Plat (site plan combined with plat) shall be submitted for approval by the P&Z and City Council as described in the previous section under “Plat Applications”.

 

4. Site plans on property which has already been platted are approved by city staff, please allow fifteen (15) business days for review and approval. All subsequent construction must be in accordance with the approved site plan and a change in the site plan must be resubmitted for review and staff approval. If a zoning change request includes a development plan with sufficient detail then the site plan requirement will be waived. An approved construction plat and final plat constitutes an approved site plan for single-family residential development.

 

5. Site Plan drawings should include the following:

 

a. Graphic Scale, North Arrow, Location Map and Legend


b. Title Block in lower right hand corner:


i. Project address and Lot and Block number with name of addition


ii. Total acreage of lot or square footage if less than an acre


iii. PD or SUP ordinance number if applicable


iv. Name of Owner, Developer, Architect, Surveyor, etc. w/ addresses and phone numbers


v. Correct Survey, Abstract and County callout


c. Correct zoning callout on subject tract and adjacent tracts


d. Correct names and suffixes of adjacent streets or highways

e. Correct City limit or ETJ boundary if adjacent to subject tract


f. Drive access to any State controlled thoroughfare must be pre-approved by TxDOT prior to review and approval by the city (submit approval letter)


g. Any callouts for easements are properly labeled or if by “separate instrument” must have Vol. and Page where recorded.

 

h. Flood Plain designation and 100 year flood elevation line shown also indicate finish floor elevations of all pad sites adjacent to the flood plain.


i. Verify minimum lot sizes, setbacks, building size/ht, and percentage of lot coverage and check against zoning or PD conditions. Check for platted building setback lines, which may differ from current codes.


j. Check lengths, widths, corner radius, driveway separations, drive lanes, parking spaces and visibility clips for cul-de-sacs, turn-arounds, parking lots, fire lanes and dead-end streets.


k. Verify project meets the Development Standards for parking, landscaping, signs, masonry, fire lanes, hydrant locations, cross access etc. as detailed in the City of Terrell Zoning Ordinance as adopted and other pertinent codes.


l. Check Phase lines for overlap and whether proper access is provided during each phase.


m. Check for proximity of incompatible zoning and performance issues such as noise, lighting, proximity slopes, setbacks and screening wall requirements.


n. Check to see if ROW or easements are the right widths, labeled correctly and designated for dedication.


o. Check to see if tree survey and tree management plans are required on tracts where trees have protected status prior to development.


p. Check dumpster location and required screening and access.


q. Show front elevation with callouts for materials used and building height. Show footprint of all

buildings with finished floor elevation, square footage, and access points.


r. Check to see if project is entirely within the City Limits or ETJ.

 

 

Building Permits & Inspections


Building Permits

 

1. All construction, alterations, remodeling, enlargements, improvements, conversions, leveling, moving or demolition of any structure or building in the city limits requires a building permit. Cosmetic improvements such as painting, installing flooring materials, cabinets, counter tops or other small maintenance repairs usually do not require permits unless State Law requires a licensed professional tradesman to perform the work. Also permits are required for new fences, grading or clearing of vacant land, signs, swimming pools over 24” deep or more than 5,000 gallons, re-roofing a building, plumbing, electrical work, air conditioning and for storage buildings exceeding 120 square feet in size.

 

2. All contractors, subcontractors, plumbing contractors, electrical contractors, irrigation contractors, backflow testers and mechanical contractors are required to register with the City of Terrell by submitting a completed application, photo identification, current trade license, current fees and a provide a contractors bond valid in the City of Terrell.

 

3. Two (2) complete sets of construction plans, three (3) sets for large commercial projects, shall be turned in for review including approved site plan or construction plat, if applicable, foundation, framing, façade plan (elevations), floor plan, landscaping, irrigation, mechanical, electrical plans, fire sprinkler plans and other plans as required. Please allow ten (10) days for residential and fifteen (15) days for commercial plan review unless otherwise notified. Any project that exceeds $50,000 in valuation or as required by the State of Texas will require registration with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration (TDLR). Fee schedule ordinance number 2534: http://www.cityofterrell.org/ord-pdf/2534.pdf

 

4. Each licensed trade must sign in on the general contractor’s building permit or pull their own permit. The owner or general contractor may or may not pay for all of the permit fees for each trade by agreement, but each trade must have a master licensed person sign off on the permit or be authorized by the city to pull permits. The permits and construction plans must be kept on site until all work is complete.

 

5. All permits are valid for six (6) months. Extensions for ninety (90) days at a time can be obtained if work is in progress.

 

6. All new construction must comply with the International Building Codes and the National Electrical Code as adopted.

 

7. Commercial projects over 5,000 sq. ft. must have an Engineer’s/architects seal on ALL sheets (foundation plan, framing plan, floor plan, electrical, plumbing and mechanical (HVAC) plan). Spans over 25 feet must have an engineer’s seal on the framing plan.

 

8. Educational, institutional or assembly occupancies must have an architect’s or engineer’s seal regardless of size.

 

9. All structures over 5,000 sq. ft. typically must have an approved sprinkler system with a fire department connection (FDC) on the exterior of the building within 100 feet of a fire hydrant.

 

10. All projects that are required to meet the State Accessibility Standards will be required to submit the EABPJR registration number prior to receiving a building permit. The applicant is responsible for any State ADA inspection fees.

 

11. Each contractor or person performing any work is responsible for scheduling all required inspections at least one (1) day in advance in order to prevent work delays.

 

12. If work proceeds without the required permits or inspections a stop work order will be issued and the work requiring the inspection will be required to be exposed at the owner/contractor’s expense and a double permit/inspection fee will be assessed.

 

INSPECTIONS HOTLINE

 

If you need an inspection either from the Building Inspector or Fire Marshall please call:

 

The Inspection Hotline at: 972-551-6654
(Please leave your name, phone number, the job address and
the type of inspection you are requesting)

Press 1 – For Building Inspections
Press 2 – For Fire Marshall Inspections
Press 3 – Code Enforcement


Forms & Applications

 

Zoning

 

 

Platting

 

 

Building Permits

 

Contractor Applications

 

Health Permit Application

 

Miscellaneous Forms

 

 

Fee Schedule

 

Development Permit Fees And Charges

 

Permit required: Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by City or State Codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first submit an application to the Municipal Development Department and obtain the required permit.

 

Printable fee and charges (pdf format)


Basic Building Permit Fees:

Type Permit Fee
1. New Residential Construction

   Single-Family

$450/dwelling unit
   Townhouse $450/dwelling unit
   Multi-family $300/dwelling unit
2. Residential Repairs, Alterations or Remodels
to existing structures
(including electrical,
mechanical, plumbing, fence, irrigation, roofing,
foundation, carport, accessory building, or separate subcontracts for new construction)
$6.00/$1,000 valuation
$35.00 minimum
3. New Commercial Construction and Additions:  
     a. Industrial $0.32/square foot
     b. Institutional $0.43/square foot
     c. Retail $0.44/square foot
     d. Commercial $0.48/square foot
     e. Restaurant $1.05/square foot
     f. Medical $1.55/square foot
4. Commercial Shell Building or Tenant Finish Out 50% of new construction fee
5. Commercial Repairs, Alterations or Remodels
to existing structures
(including electrical,
mechanical, plumbing, fence, irrigation, roofing,
sign (permanent or electrical), foundation, etc. or
separate subcontracts for new construction)

$8.00/$1,000 valuation
$45.00 minimum

6. Commercial Plan Review Fee: 25% of above permit fee
(only applies to projects
over $50,000 or requires TDLR registration)

 


Other Permits and Fees

Type Permit Fee
1. Grading Permit
(deducted from permit fee if construction commences within 6 months - must submit grading plan or engineering)
$100.00
2. Moving Fee (using public street/requires Police permit)
(moving of any structure or building over 240 square feet)
$75.00
3. Demolition Permit Residential $35.00
Commercial $100.00 (must have asbestos survey)

4. Advertising Sign Permit (temporary, banners, etc.)

$25.00
5. Certificate of Occupancy $100.00
6. Food Establishment Permit – due by January 15th
(If not paid by January 15th add $50.00 late fee)
$245.00/year

7. Temporary Food Permit

$45.00 (valid for 14 days every 4 months)
8. Re-inspection Fee (at discretion of building inspector) $45.00 1st re-inspection
$90.00 2nd re-inspection
$180.00 3rd re-inspection
9. After Hours Inspections $45.00/hour
10. Unpermitted Work (work performed without permits or by unregistered or unlicensed trades) triple permit fees
11. License Registration Fee (all trades)
NOTE: All trades and contractors are required to register with the City of Terrell prior to the issuance of permits, however, only those trades or contractors not exempt by the State shall be required to pay the registration fee.
$35.00 per year from registration date

 

Fire Prevention Fees

 

Type Permit Fee
12. Fire Sprinkler System Permit (Plan Review & Inspection)

$0.008/square foot

$150.00 minimum

13. Fire Alarm Permit (Plan Review & Inspection) $0.008/square foot
$150.00 minimum
14. Special Fire Department Permits or Inspections (fire pump test, smoke control systems, chemical fire extinguishing systems, flammable liquid or gas storage, refueling facilities, burn permits, fireworks or pyrotechnics displays, etc.)

$150.00

 

 


Work typically exempt from permits:

 

1. The repair or replacement of an existing fence in a residential district in which approved materials are used and all other requirements are met.


2. Roof repairs in which less than 10% of the roof area is involved.


3. Cosmetic improvements such as painting, cabinets, counter-tops, tile, non-structural repairs, replacement of wall materials involving less than 10% of any wall, or floor covering installation such as carpet, etc.


4. Appliance installation which does not require the device to have additional electrical, gas, or plumbing alterations.


5. Prefabricated above ground swimming pools which are less than 24 inches deep and do not exceed 5,000 gallons.


6. Retaining walls less than 4 feet tall.


7. Playground equipment in residential districts.


8. Exemptions from permit requirements shall not be deemed to grant authority to perform any work that is in any manner in violation of City or State Codes.


Zoning Application Fees:

1) Zoning Change Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200.00

2) Specific Use Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200.00

3) Appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment . .$100.00

 

Plat Application Fees:

1) Preliminary Plat - Residential $100.00

2) Preliminary Plat – Commercial $100.00 < 5 acres
             $350.00 5 acres to < 25 acres
             $750.00 25 acres to < 100 acres
             $750.00 + $5.00/acre > 100 acres

3) Final Plat – Residential $200.00
(plus County Filing Fees)

4) Final Plat – Commercial $200.00
(plus County filing fees)

5) Other Plats - Replats, Minor, Amended, etc. $100.00 + County filing fees


Park Land Dedication and Development Fees:

1) Park Land Dedication Fee (in lieu of actual dedication of park land) - $250.00 per dwelling unit
2) Park Land Development Fee (paid in addition to any park land dedication or fee in lieu of land) - $250.00 per dwelling unit
3) Credits – a credit or waiver of fees is available on existing platted lots in which a residential structure existed prior to a new residential structure being constructed. Fees will have to be paid on any increase in the number of dwelling units above that which previously existed.

(Park Land Dedication Ordinance – Ordinance number 2187 excerpted)

 

Impact Fees:

 

Impact fees are assessed on new development for its “impact” on the water, wastewater and roadway systems of the city. Impact fees by State Law cannot exceed fifty percent of the total costs of the projected improvements. The Terrell City Council policy has been to reduce the amount developers are required to pay to well below the 50% cap in order to attract quality businesses and promote economic growth and job creation. The new Impact Fee Ordinance No. 2400, adopted on April 7, 2009, reduces the percentage that the developer is assessed to even a lower percentage than has been assessed over the past five years. The new level is approximately 33% of the 50% cap or 16% of the total cost of capital improvements. Water and sewer (waste water) impact fees are based on meter size and roadway impact fees are based on the type of use and the number of vehicle miles the use would generate per day which is then calculated per thousand square feet. Fees are assessed and collected at the time the building permits are issued. Existing services (i.e. the presence of a water or sewer tap) may be credited towards the amount of impact fees that would otherwise be assessed (check with the City Engineer for specific credits).


Impact Fee Calculator Example Form (Not For Official Use)

 

This link will allow you to open an Excel file. You will have to print the file in order to save your calculations.

 

Water, Wastewater & Roadway CIP and Impact Fee Update


Utility Charges and Fees

 

 

Water deposits

  Residential $100.00
  Duplex Residential $160.00
  Light Commercial $260.00
  Heavy Commercial/Industrial $260.00
  Pretreatment $260.00
  Multi-Family Single Meter $535.00

 

Water and Sewer Service Rates and Charges

 

Water and Sewer Tap Fees
Type of Service Meter Size Fee
Water tap (new) ¾” $475.00
1” $600.00
1-½” $775.00
2” or larger estimated cost
Water meter set
(existing tap)
¾” $125.00
1” $150.00
1-½” or larger estimated cost
Move water meter   $100.00
Sewer tap 4” $475.00
6” or larger estimated cost
Manhole installation   estimated cost
Set driveway culvert 16 ft. min. length $16.00/ft


Note: prices quoted for larger sizes at time of request

 

 

The following schedule of monthly rates or charges for water services furnished by the City shall be and such is hereby adopted and established as follows:

(1)  There is hereby established a minimum monthly water use charge based upon the water meter installed as follows:

Minimum Monthly Charges
Meter Size (in.) Minimum Charge
5/8 $16.37
1 $40.03
1 1/2 $79.47
2 $126.77
3 $252.92
4 $434.29
6 $888.47
8 $1341.13
10 $2050.79
12 $3391.71

 

(2)    Subject to the minimum monthly charges as provided in subsection (1) above, the following rates per month shall be charged for water furnished:

CHARGE (per 1,000 gallons)for Residential Customers:

Volumetric Rates
Rate Blocks (Gal.)
0-2,000
2001 - 10,000
10,001 - 25,000
25,000-50,000
>50,000
Volume Charges
(per 1,000 gal)
$3.97
$5.44
$5.90
$6.47
$6.78

 

 

 

CHARGE (per 1,000 gallons) for All Other Customers:
Rate Blocks (Gal.)
0-2,000
2001 - 10,000
10,001 - 25,000
>25,000
Volume Charges
(per 1,000 gal)
$3.97
$5.44
$5.90
$6.47

 

 

The monthly charge for private fire protection service shall be as follows:

Fire Line Charge
Line Size ( in.) Monthly Charge
4
$20.00
6
$20.00
8
$20.00
10
$20.00
12
$20.00

 

Water used through a fire protection service for purposes other than testing of system shall be at a rate equal to the largest volumetric rate applicable in subsection (2). 

 

The following schedule of rates or charges for water services furnished by the City of Terrell shall be and such is hereby adopted and established as follows:


Wholesale Water Customer Rates. Rates shall be determined by the methodology as stated in the wholesale water customer's contract. Wholesale water customers without a methodology in the wholesale water customer's contract will be charged $4.84 per 1,000 gallons of water.

 

See Ordinance 22643

 

Water backflow devices and required testing.

Backflow Solutions, Inc. (BSI) administers the water backflow protection program for the City of Terrell. They handle tracking and sending out reminder letters.

 

Testing can be performed by any TCEQ certified local tester. Backflow permits can be picked up by testers at the Municipal Development Department.

 

Residential non-hazard devices are required to be certified every 5 years.

Commercial devices are required to be certified every year.

 

Sewer Service Rates and Charges

The following schedule of monthly rates or charges for sewer services furnished by the City shall be and such is hereby adopted and established as follows:

Residential Rates
Minimum Bill $27.13 per month
Volume charge for all consumption per month* $4.28 per 1,000 gallons

 

*Sewer volume charges based on winter-average (December, January, February) water consumption. Average Winter Usage Ordinance - 2415

 

Light Commercial Rates All commercial customers shall be charged on the following basis:

 

Light Commercial Rates
Minimum Bill $58.32 per month
Volume charge for all consumption per month $4.28 per 1,000 gallons

 

Those businesses not being metered on an individual unit basis, shall be charged a minimum monthly bill per business.

 

Heavy Commercial/Industrial.  All heavy commercial and industrial customers shall be charged on the following basis:

 

Heavy Commercial/Industrial Rates
Minimum Bill $196.86 per month
Volume charge for all consumption per month $4.28 per 1,000 gallons

 

 

Pretreatment.  All customers that require pretreatment of wastewater shall be charged on the following basis:

 

Pretreatment Rates
Minimum Bill $776.75 per month
Volume charge for all consumption per month $4.28 per 1,000 gallons

 

Customer Review. Where the city manager determines that wastewater charges should be based directly on the customer's contribution to the wastewater system, volume charges for the discharge shall be made as follows:

 

Volume charge for normal domestic wastewater per month 

$4.28 per 1,000 gallons of wastewater

 

The customer shall pay for any required sampling in advance. The charge for sampling shall be as estimated by the pretreatment coordinator based upon the city's actual cost for similar services.

 

All rates charged pursuant to this Ordinance shall be subject to an additional 4% Municipal Assessment

 

Other Services

Residential Trash Service
( Solid waste collection map)
$10.08 (Includes tax)
Non-Payment Disconnect Fee $50.00
Non-Payment Disconnect Fee (if the meter is removed) $100.00
Connection Fee $35.00
Emergency Cut-Off Fee $35.00
Temporary Service Fee $35.00
Return Check Fee $35.00
After Hours Connection Fee $50.00
Charge for anyone other than a city employee reinstating water service $100.00

 

 

 

Permits

Alarm Permits $50.00 (Two Year Permit)
Peddlers & Solicitors Permits $1800.00
Application Fee $25.00
Special Events Permits $60.00 Per day
Charitable Organization No Fee Must Register
Dance hall Game Hall & Pool Halls  
Application Fee $200.00
Dance Hall $400.00, $200.00 renewal
Game Hall $400.00, $200.00 renewal
Pool Hall $400.00, $200.00 renewal
Sexually Oriented Business $1500.00

 

Consumption & Payment Information

2007
   
Electricity kWh
7,158,112
Natural Gas cfm
17,973
Water Gallons
3,667,000
     
Total Cost $984,426.00  

 

Miscellaneous

Hotel / Motel Occupancy Tax 7%
Credit Card / ATM fee 5% of total charge


 

Meeting Schedules


Terrell City Council

Meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month (and at other such times as the Mayor calls special meetings) at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 201 E. Nash Street, Terrell, Texas.

 

Contact: Cynthia Cooper
Ph: 972-551-6619
E-mail: ccooper@cityofterrell.org

 

 

Planning And Zoning Commission

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month as required at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers and consists of a nine member board appointed by the City Council.

 

The P&Z makes recommendations to the City Council in regards to Specific Use Permits (SUP’s), Zoning Changes, Platting, Alternate Exterior Façade Materials, etc. and makes recommendations to the City Council on amendments, updates or the adoption of such ordinances as the Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map, Annexations, etc.

 

Contact: Gina Dominguez
Ph.: 972-551-6600 ext 283
E-mail: gdominguez@cityofterrell.org

 

Zoning Board Of Adjustments

Meets on the fourth Thursday of each month as required at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers and consists of a five member board with two alternates.

 

The ZBA is a quasi-judicial board that hears appeals that allege error in a decision by an administrative official; hears special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance; and may authorize variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance. Appeals to the board’s decisions must be made to the district court of record.

 

Contact: Gina Dominguez
Ph.: 972-551-6600 ext 283
E-mail: gdominguez@cityofterrell.org

 

Building And Standards Commission

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month as required at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers and consists of a seven member board.

 

The BSC is a quasi-judicial board that hears cases concerning substandard and dangerous buildings and has the authority to order the property owner to repair or demolish a substandard building within specified time frames and terms. Appeals to the board’s decisions must be made to the district court of record.


Contact: Gina Dominguez
Ph.: 972-551-6600 ext 283
E-mail: gdominguez@cityofterrell.org

 


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