Residential Services

Permits are required for home projects like roof repairs, irrigation installation and fence replacement. Whether you'll do the work yourself or hire a contractor, we're here to make the process as easy as possible.

Check Before You Dig: Use Texas811

Whether you're planting a tree or building an office tower, you first must check the location of gas lines and other vital utilities. Get started at or dial 8-1-1.

Doing it yourself?
Complete the homeowner's affidavit before starting your project.

Hiring a contractor?
Protect your property by ensuring your contractor has applied for and received a permit before starting work. Inspections are required!

Need a permit?
Submit all residential permit applications online using Citizen Self Service (CSS).

Virtual Inspection Program
The virtual inspection program is available for occupied residential homes once plans have been filed and approved electronically. The inspection is conducted on video call using a link from your assigned City inspector. No app needed!

Short-Term Rentals
The City of Allen requires owners of short-term rental properties to apply for annual rental permits. Learn more and apply.

  1. Inspections
  2. Forms

You can find a list of the required inspections and inspection codes for your project on the final page(s) of your permit.

Schedule an inspection

Cancel an inspection

  • For same-day cancellations made before 8:30 a.m. on day of inspection, call 214.509.4130
  • For all other cancellations, cancel online using CSS or call the 24-hour IVR Hotline