Plano is located northeast of Dallas, making it a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is the ninth-most populated city in Texas and is a great city to live and work. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning a construction job in Plano.
Contractors who are registered with the city can use the eTRAKiT system found through the city’s website to apply for permits. Once you reach the eTRAKiT portal, you can choose “Contractor” from the drop-down list and then choose your company’s name from the second drop-down list. Enter your PIN as the password. You can call the city if you forget your PIN.
Once in the system, click on “Apply / New Permit.” Here you’ll need to fill out the information for what type of permit you need. If you have any questions, contact the Plano Building Inspections Department. They can assist you in filling out the application.
Use the same eTRAKiT system to schedule inspections. After you log in, click on “My Dashboard.” Here you’ll find a list of active permits in “My Active Inspections.” Click on the permit you need an inspection for, and click on “Schedule” under “Date.” Here you’ll verify the information and click on Submit.
When you go back to “My Active Inspections,” you’ll see the inspection listed here. This assures you that you’ve scheduled the inspection properly and verifies when it’s scheduled for.
The following types of contractors are required to get a license through the state:
General contractors do not need a state license. However, you do need to register with the City of Plano, which you can do by visiting the Building Inspections Department on K Ave. When you register, the department will give you a PIN that you can use in the eTRAKiT system.
Neither Texas nor Plano requires contractors to have liability insurance. However, you should consider getting this type of insurance to protect your company in case a client claims injury or property damage. This is true for any company, but construction companies have a higher risk of getting sued just because of the nature of the business. If you’re unsure, meet with your insurance agent to discuss why you might want to have liability coverage.
Renting construction equipment is a great way to save money while working in Plano. Whether you need equipment that you don’t normally need or your equipment is tied up with other jobs, renting saves money and hassle. Whether it’s aerial equipment, like scissor lifts, forklifts, manlifts, and boom lifts, or something simple like golf carts or generators, you can order the equipment and have it arrive the day you need it.
Plano holds many opportunities for contractors. Take the time to understand the city and state building codes before your job, so everything goes smoothly with your construction job.