Community Development

Responsibilities & Services

The Community Development Department is here to ensure that development approved and undertaken enhances the overall quality of life for our citizens. This mission is safeguarded through four key departmental functions.

Building Inspection

For Building Inspection inquiries please contact Customer Service. The Building Inspection division is responsible for issuing permits and performing inspections for new, addition, and remodeling projects for residential and commercial properties. The Building Inspection Department enforces the building code, the electrical code, the plumbing code, the mechanical code, the fuel gas code, the energy code, the zoning ordinance, and certain state statutes relating to construction. To request an inspection please, call the Inspection Hotline at 972-468-4050, or for questions you can contact Customer Service at 972-468-4100.

Code Compliance

The Code Compliance Division is committed to improving the quality of life in our community. Code Compliance is responsible for inspecting properties within the city to enforce specific city ordinances related to public nuisances, zoning violations, and substandard buildings. Our code compliance officer is authorized to pursue criminal and civil remedies to abate nuisances within Murphy for the purpose of maintaining a safe, sanitary, and clean city.

Health Inspection

The Health Inspection division is charged with protecting the health and safety of the public. Health inspectors and environmental specialists ensure that all food service establishments, public and semi-public swimming pools, and day care and retirement centers meet safe and sanitary requirements by developing and implementing health education, investigation, and enforcement programs. For questions please contact Customer Service at 972-468-4100.

Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Division is charged with processing all zoning, specific use permit, site plan, landscape plan, and subdivision plats. The division is responsible for processing Zoning Board of Adjustment cases as well. Preparation and implementation of the city's Comprehensive Plan is another primary responsibility.