FAQ’s

Do I need a permit for a security system?

The City of Royse City has partnered with SC Tracking Solutions to utilize an online tracking tool for the purpose of Alarm Permit Renewal/Registration payment. The City of Royse City Renewal/Registration fee is $25.00 plus tax for all residents/business owners/tenants that have a monitored alarm system. Please follow the (4) steps below to complete the transaction.

** First-time registrations please call SC Tracking for a Catalog #**

  1. Go to www.sctrackingsolutions.com/alarmpermit
  2. Enter Catalog #
  3. Verify or update information
  4. Checkout and pay annual city fee
  • Payments will no longer be accepted at the City of Royse City – City Hall for alarm permits.
  • SC Tracking Solutions accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, debit, and prepayment cards, no checks, please.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact SC Tracking Solutions at cs@sctrackingsolutions.com or call 866-232-0174.

SC Tracking Form

Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

No, but there are rules in place for holding them:

  • Garage sales are limited to 3 sales during any 12-month period
  • (1) One sign in the owner’s front yard and 2 other signs (off-site) are allowed on private property (between the house and sidewalk or fence), with the owner’s permission.
  • Signs:
    • Are not to exceed 2 square feet in size
    • Must be placed at least 4 feet from the street curb line
    • Are to be posted no longer than 72 hours
    • Must be picked up

No signs are allowed on any utility pole, tree, fence, or structure, or to be placed on any public road right-of-way (street corners).

Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?

Yes. The Texas State Plumbing License Law requires that a plumbing permit be obtained and the work inspected by a state-licensed plumbing inspector from the City. A licensed master plumber must register with the city and pull the required permit.

Plumbing Permit Guide and Application

What building codes does the City of Royse City use?

2009 International Building Code (with regional amendments)
2009 International Residential Code (with regional amendments)
2009 International Plumbing Code (with regional amendments)
2009 International Mechanical Code (with regional amendments)
2018 International Fire Code (with local and NCTCOG regional amendments)
2011 National Electrical Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code mandated by the State of Texas

You can view the code of ordinances online HERE.

Do I need a permit for a shed?

You will need to obtain a permit for a storage building that exceeds 120 sq. ft.

If the building is less than 120 sq. ft., you do not need a permit.  All accessory buildings must meet established set back requirements.

Accessory Building Permit

Do I need a permit for a Fence?

If you are replacing your fence in the exact same fence location and fence type, you do not need a permit.

If you are making any changes to location, height and/or fence type, or adding a new fence – then you do need a permit.

Fence Permit Guide

Do I need a permit for a new roof?

Yes, all roof work requires a permit.  All roofing contractors must be registered with the City.

Roof Permit Guide

Do I need a permit for an irrigation system?

Yes, all new irrigation systems require permits.

Repair to an existing system may be done without a permit.

Irrigation Permit Guide and Application

When do I need an electrical permit?

An electrical permit is required when you add circuits to your existing system,  change out breaker panels, etc.

Changing out existing fixtures and plugs/switches does not require a permit.

Electrical Permit Guide and Application

When do I need a mechanical permit?

A mechanical permit is required when you add or replace any of the equipment in the air conditioning/furnace (HVAC) system.

Mechanical Permit Guide and Application

When do I need a remodel permit?

A remodel permit is required when you alter the layout of the home – change out windows, add new siding or facade, remove or replace tubs/showers, etc.

Building Remodel Permit Guide and Application

Do I need a permit for my above ground pool?

If your pool if greater than 24” in height or in excess of 5,000-gallon capacity then a permit will be required.

Swimming Pool Permit Guide and Application

What uses are allowed in my zoning?

Land Use Table

What are the lot regulations for my zoning?

Zoning Districts