Do I need a permit?

If you're building a structure on your property, there's a good chance you'll need to apply for a permit first. This is also the case if you need to do any mechanical, plumbing, and/or electrical work. The lists below are not comprehensive, if you have any additional questions please send your question to

Residential Projects
  • Building a new house
  • Adding an accessory building
  • Remodeling or adding to an existing house
  • Installing an irrigation system
  • Electrical, plumbing or mechanical (air conditioning) work
  • Installing a fence
  • Building a hangar
  • Drilling a well
  • Septic installation and changes
  • Swimming Pool
  • Driveway additions / repairs / replacements
  • Solar panels
Commercial Projects
  • Building a new structure
  • Adding or changing any mechanical, electrical, or plumbing
  • Remodeling a current structure
  • Signs (wall, pole, monument, and/or temporary)

Permit Application Forms

  • Commercial Permit Application
  • Residential Permit Application
  • Miscellaneous Permit Application
  • Fire Permit Application
  • Alcohol Permit Application
  • OSSF Permit Application
  • Specific Use Permit Application

    The Specific Use Permit process is required when certain land uses are allowed, but not permitted by-right. Examples of land uses requiring Specific Use Permits include: A garage apartment in a single-family zoning district, an assisted living facility in a commercial zoning district, a veterinarian office in a restricted commercial zoning district, and a drive-in/drive-thru restaurant. If you need a Specific Use Permit, you must fill out the SUP application. Specific Use Permits require hearings with the Planning & Zoning Commission, with final approval considered by the City Council.

  • Special Event Temporary Food Permit Application

    The City does not currently charge a permit fee to use the city park for community events. If you would like to host a community event in our park, please contact us at 682-229-2411. Events for profit or vendors are not allowed in the park without a temporary event permit or City approval. Small parties and gatherings are allowed in the park on a first-come, first-serve basis and do not require a temporary event permit. If you'd like to be a vendor for Boomin' 4th, you must fill out an online application at Application fees range from $0 (non-profit) to $250 (food service) and are due upon approval of your application. Applications are typically accepted from late winter/early spring until shortly before July 4th. Foodservice inspections are performed on the day of the event. Exhibitors for Craft & Cork are curated by City staff for the event. Craft beer, wine, and Chef exhibitor applications are reviewed and hand-picked for the event. For inquiries about becoming an exhibitor, please contact us at 682-229-2411.

  • Food Establishment Permit Application
  • Solicitor Permit Application

    To apply for a solicitor permit please contact the City Secretary at (682) 229-2411 or If you have ever been convicted of a felony, misdemeanour, or ordinance violation (other than traffic violations) please specify the date, location, charge, and disposition of the offense(s) when filling out your application.

Contractor Registration

Prior to the start of any permitted construction, any third-party contractors must be registered with the City. Registration is free, and allows the City to verify that all contractors are licensed (when applicable) and insured. Please download and fill out the form below, you will email the form along with your contractor license and insurance to

Permit Fee Schedule

The Hudson Oaks Fee Schedule is adopted as Appendix B to the City's Code of Ordinances. It covers fees for a variety of items. Click the link below for a downloadable fee schedule. 

Development Process Steps

A guide on how to begin your development in Hudson Oaks, TX

Step 1: Feasibility

How we'll help you

  • Give us a call at (682) 229-2400 to discuss the proposed project, and our staff will provide you the steps that need to be taken before the commencement of the project

What you'll receive

  • After talking with our staff, you will be given the appropriate permit application with a checklist outlining requirements for submittal and fees associated with the project
Step 2: Applications

How we'll help you

  • The operations coordinator will answer questions related to the application and attachments. You will be informed of any missing documentation. After all the documentation is received, the application will be reviewed by the approver based on project type (see table below)

*Accessory buildings without electric/plumbing 

Application Approval
Mother-in-law suite P&Z, Council, Bureau Veritas
*Accessory Buildings, Fence, & Sign Administration
**Replat, Variances, Zoning, & S.U.P City Secretary, P&Z, and Council
All other applications Bureau Veritas (14 Days)


  • After the submission of a completed application a review will be conducted by the city staff
  • Complete applications will be reviewed within a 15-day period
  • Re-submittals are required for denied/incomplete projects
  • **Development applications for plats, specific use permits (S.U.P), variances, and zoning must be approved before applicants can proceed with building permits submittals

What you'll receive

  • Approved project plans
  • A notice outlining next steps in the process
  • A basecamp file specific for your project (commercial projects only)
Step 3: Pre-construction

How we'll help you

  • The pre-construction phase includes the submission & approval of development contracts and a pre-construction meeting with the city administrator (if applicable)
  • We will provide the applicant a clear direction on their remaining requirements for construction

What you'll receive

  • Information regarding project
  • Executed development contracts (if applicable)
  • Notice to proceed with project
Step 4: Permits, Construction, Inspections

How we'll help you

  • Once the permits are issued, construction may commence, and inspections will be conducted by the designated inspector
  • Be sure to call the phone number at the bottom of your permit to schedule an inspection

What you'll receive

  • Walk-through and inspection
  • Inspection results: If passed, you will be given approval of inspection | If failed, you will be given a report over corrections needed to pass next inspection
Step 5: Project Completion

How we'll help you

  • The inspector will conduct a final inspection once the project is completed
  • After the building inspection passes, you may add your stock & furniture prior to calling city staff to schedule your final certificate of occupancy inspection (if applicable)

What you'll receive

  • Certificate of Occupancy (if applicable)

Reach out

Here in the city of Hudson Oaks, we pride ourselves in our community. Whether you're looking to join our community or you've been here for years, use the form below to let us know if there is anything we can do to make our city better.