Commercial Shell Building Permit

A commercial shell building is a structure with empty spaces that have not yet been classified with a known tenant. Shell buildings are typically retail stores, offices, or a mixture of light to heavy industrial. All commercial shell building structures regardless of size, require an approved permit by the Building Inspections Division.

All non-residential construction must comply with codes: 2021 IBC, 2021 IPC, 2021 IF&G, 2021 IMC, 2021 IEC, 2021 IRC, 2023 NEC. View Full List of Requirements for Non-Residential Additions/Construction Permit.

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Step 1.Review Requirements

The following is required prior to issuance of a Commercial Shell Building Permit:

  • Address and legal description of project
  • Owner, Contractor and/or Architect information
  • Plan of use, square footage and area involved
  • Class of work, description (electrical, plumbing, mechanical), valuation and market value of property
  • Architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans
  • Foundation plans
  • Floor plan showing each room, proposed use, square footage of each area and exits
  • Wall section and elevations
  • Roof framing plan:
    • Engineer's seal and signatures are required on structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans for buildings larger than 5,000 sq. ft. and required on structural plans regardless of size for all metal buildings.
  • Site plan drawn to scale showing:
    • Property line
    • Existing easements
    • Location of proposed building and intended use
    • Building dimensions
    • Proposed drainage
    • Parking spaces, drive approach and maneuvering area dimensions.
    • Parking lot proposed
  • A letter signed and sealed by an Engineer

Step 2.Apply Online

You can apply online for a building permit through the City of Grand Prairie's Customer Self-Service portal. First time users will need a valid email address to set up an account. It takes about 5 minutes to create a new account.

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What next?

After completing the online application, permits are processed in approximately 5-10 business days. Depending on updates needed from the applicant, as this can result in longer approval times.

Phone / In Person

You are welcome to call or visit in person for help submitting your online application.

Phone: 972-237-8230


City Hall - Building Inspections Division
300 W. Main Street
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday