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 our Customer Service Department. The Building Inspection department 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 Department 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 officers are authorized to pursue criminal and civil remedies to abate nuisances within Murphy for the purpose of maintaining a safe, sanitary, and clean city.

Health Department


For questions you can contact our Customer Service Department at 972-468-4100. The Health Department 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.

Planning & Zoning


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