Planning and Inspections

Planning and Inspections

Building Permits & Licenses

Applications & Resources


Building Permits

The Planning and Inspections Department Plan Review Section is responsible for assisting customers through the development process to help acquire the necessary permits for their construction projects. This process includes the reviewing, permitting and inspections of the construction project to ensure compliance with the various building and zoning codes. The plan reviews include sign regulations, architectural, plumbing and mechanical, health, fire, electrical, landscaping, historical and engineering development. This section also provides support to other regulatory boards such as the construction board of appeals and the ZBA (zoning board of adjustments). Plan review also offers expedited reviews PBA (permit by appointment) and CPR (customized plan review) and electronic plan submittal; these types of reviews are design to reduce the process time.

In addition to promoting life safety to the general public, we also seek to provide an efficient and effective development process that supports city growth and economic development.

The City of El Paso has contracted with the following agencies to perform residential plan review and inspection services. If you would like to have an independent agency perform plan review and inspections services for your residential project, please feel free to contact them to inquire about the services available and the additional costs associated with those services.

Institute for Building and Technology and Safety – (512) 452-8899
ECM International, Inc. – (915) 351-1900
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. – (800) 906-7199
Michelle’s Ventures DBA Vision Consultants, Inc – (915)227-2100
Code Compliance Inspections (CCI) – (915) 217-6656


The License Division of the Planning and Inspections Department is responsible for the collection of revenue from different business licenses issued within the City of El Paso. Most of the licenses issued by Planning and Inspections are related to public health and safety and require an inspection from the Fire Department, Health Department, Police Department or Environmental Services. For more information whether your business is required to obtain a license please contact the Planning and Inspections Business Center at 915-212-0104.

Weekly Reports

In a postage and paper-saving move, DSD has launched a series of reports for you to review. The reports, prepared on a weekly basis, cover a broad spectrum of construction permits, licenses issued, mobile home placements, sign permits, and swimming pool permits.

Week of 01/15/2015 - 01/21/2015:
Week of 01/08/2015 - 01/14/2015:
Week of 01/01/2015 - 01/07/2015:
Week of 12/25/2014 - 12/31/2014:
Week of 12/18/2014 - 12/24/2014:

Monthly Metric Report

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