Welcome to Rockwall’s CityWorks Public Portal where contractors and owners/agents can log in to apply for building permits and submit contractor registrations. Click here to Sign Up for the Portal!

Here’s what you can expect from our Portal:

Register or renew contractor registrations

Apply for building permits

Pay for permits and registration fees

Print/Download issued permits, approved plans and inspection summary reports

Read review comments and inspection results

See status of applications

Receive e-notifications related to your permits and registrations

Troubleshooting for our Portal Users:

• Use Chrome’s web browser for the portal site

• Your User Name is your email address

• Immediately following Sign Up, you will receive an email to activate your online account

• If you continue to have issues, please contact our service team at (972) 771-7709 for assistance

Inspections are NOT scheduled in the portal, go here to Schedule An Inspection

Construction Restrictions
The City Council has approved an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance that forbids construction work on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The amendment is intended to allow residents a timeout from construction noise on the designated holidays. It applies only to contractors and not to homeowners.

Jeffrey Widmer
Building Official
(972) 772-6453

Rusty McDowell
(972) 772-6748

Craig Foshee
Plans Examiner
(972) 772-6774

Permit Techs
Denise Gang
(972) 771-7709

Tanya Buehler
(972) 771-7709


Jared Yancey
(972) 772-6472

Mike Tiehen
(972) 772-6451

William Perry
(972) 772-6481

Inspectors are in the office from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Take Line Ordinance
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Residential Sublease Agreement
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What properties will be eligible for a permit?

Those who have obtained a Takeline lease from the Building Inspections Department, prior to submission of any permit applications.

Permits will only be issued for detached, Single-Family residential uses having a minimum lot width of forty-five (45) feet when measured at the front building line, or thirty-five (35) feet, when located on a curved street or cul-de-sac.

Specific Use permits
All structures must meet the requirements of the Takeline Overlay ordinance. Certain structures – decks / patios, gazebos and landing / stairs – may be allowed to exceed these requirements, but only after approval of a Specific Use Permit (SUP) by City Council. For questions or information about requesting a SUP, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (972) 771-7745 or click here.

Permit fees
The following is a list of the typical permit fees for improvements within the takeline area.

  Barbeque pit   $50.00
  Outdoor lighting   $75.00
  Private play structures   $50.00
  Security / Safety fencing   $50.00
  Sprinkler / Irrigation system   $75.00
  Boat related structures   $0.48 per Ft
  Retaining walls   $50.00
  Sea walls   $50.00

Boat related structures
Prior to obtaining a permit for a boat related structure, a seawall permit must first be obtained from the Rockwall Engineering Department, also located at City Hall. Please call (972) 771- 7746 for details.

A Structural Engineer’s design (sealed plan) is required for all boat related structures. A survey of the property will be required, once the four outer posts have been set, to verify the location of the improvements (i.e. elevations, side set back, length and width of the improvements, etc). A Structural Engineer's letter is required in order to finalize a permit.