In 2009, the Texas Legislature abolished the Texas Residential Construction Commission,
eliminating State enforcement of statewide building codes - including building codes
outside cities’ jurisdictions.
In its place, the Legislature approved a law that allows counties limited, permissive
authority to enforce building codes in the unincorporated area
McLennan County adopted these provisions on October 13,2009 (PDF).
Therefore, after October 13, 2009, in unincorporated areas of McLennan County,
all new residential structures and improvements to existing residential structures that
increase the square footage or value by more than 50 percent shall be constructed
to the International Residential Code (IRC). If a city has adopted building
codes in their extra-territorial jurisdiction then the municipal regulation applies
McLennan County does not have inspection authority or responsibility and can not
charge fees; instead the builder is required to:
Failure to Obtain
Failure to obtain the inspections is a Class C misdemeanor and McLennan County may
also file for an injunction against a builder who does not file the required reports.
This new law does not give prior approval authority to the county for new residential
construction, or authorize the adoption or enforcement of zoning regulations, and
does not apply to manufactured, or modular housing constructed off-site and transported
to a site. Penalties do not apply to a builder who intends to occupy the residence
themselves as their primary residence.
Once complete, please send them
County Engineer’s Office
P.O. Box 648
Waco, TX 76703-0648