FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to protect local residents against less qualified practitioners in the multi-billion dollar, unregulated Texas foundation repair industry, the Farmers Branch City Council passed an ordinance requiring a permit for foundation repair so that work can be reviewed by a licensed engineer.
Farmers Branch Community Services Director Jim Olk said there are no licenses required and no special training for anyone to be in the business of foundation repair in Texas.
"Prior to issuing a permit, the City of Farmers Branch will require that a set of plans be submitted that reflects the work to be done and that the plans are reviewed and sealed by a licensed engineer," Mr. Olk explained. "Additionally, the engineer will need to inspect the work and then certify that the work was done as per the design."
He said this should help protect the public by insuring that the foundation repair work meets the designed standards.
Once the foundation work is complete, the plumbing will be tested to insure that no damage was done to the water lines or the drain under the house.
The permit process took effect April 15, 2013. For more information, call 972.919.2550.