Permit Requirements

See permit fee list below.  Failure to get a permit will result in double the permit fees.  Please be sure to read the Lorena Zoning Ordinance for regulations that apply to the zoning district you are requesting a permit for.  

Permit Fee Schedule
Note: Plan reviews will take 10 business days for approval.

Permit Required

Permits are required for the following:
  • Roofing
  • Garage sales
  • New construction, additions, accessory buildings, remodeling and alteration of existing structures, including patio covers and storage buildings.
  • Repair, recover, or reroof of existing structures
  • All concrete work such as drives, sidewalks, porches, patios, etc.
  • Hot water heaters-gas and electric
  • Installation of lawn sprinklers, swimming pools
  • Installation of new fences
  • All signs (sign permit fee is based on value of sign)
  • Work which involves electrical wiring and equipment, which is covered by the National Electric Code, other than regular maintenance
  • Work on heating and airconditioning equipment, which is regulated by the code, other than regular maintenance
  • All plumbing work, which is covered by Standard Plumbing Code, other than regular maintenance
  • Home occupations, nursery, day care, prekindergarten, play, special and other private schools
  • Adult day care facilities
  • Greenhouses and nurseries not primarily engaged in retail trade
  • Heliports
  • Any establishment selling beer, wine, or liquor for on-premises consumption
  • Television and radio broadcasting towers
  • House moving
  • Demolitions
  • Fences
  • Dog Runs
Items needed with Permit Application ( but not limited to)
  • Set of building plans (for example: new construction, remodeling, building additions, accessory buildings)
  • Three sets of building plans (for example: commercial construction)
  • Site Development Plan (for example:commercial new construction, remodeling, building additions, accessory buildings)
  • Site Plans (for example: signs, swimming pools, sprinkler systems, accessory buildings and additions)
  • Application approval
  • Fees
Inspections Required for the following (but not limited to)
  • Temporary pole
  • Plumbing rough-in
  • Plumbing top-out
  • Gas rough-in
  • Gas test
  • Yard lines
  • Piers
  • Foundations
  • Framing
  • Electrical rough-in
  • Electrical permanent service
  • Mechanical rough-in
  • Final inspection
ISO Ratings
  • 3 if located within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant and within in a 5 mile radius of the fire department
  • 3Y if located within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant and more than 5 miles from the fire department
Codes The following codes are in effect within Lorena:
  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical, Electrical, Fuel, Fire, Energy Conservation and Property Maintenance Codes.
  • 2017 National Electrical Code

Sewer Tap Fee

Lorena's wastewater tap fee is $1800 per 4 inch connection and $2500 for all 6 inch connection inside the city limits of Lorena and $2300 per 4 inch connection and $3000 per 6 inch connection outside the city limits of Lorena; an additional fee may be assessed at the rate of $15 per square foot in the event a roadway or other obstruction must be traversed in order to provide service.

Water Tap Fees

Tap Size
Valve Size
3/4 Inches
5/8 Inches by 3/4 Inches
1 Inch
5/8 Inches by 3/4 Inches
1 Inch
1 Inch
1 1/2 Inches
1 1/2 Inches
2 Inches
2 Inches
Cost of $15 per square foot for traversing a roadway, and actual costs for a road bore if required will be included in the estimated costs and also require a 50% prepayment by the applicant.

Alcohol Permits

To acquire alcohol related permits, please visit the TABC website