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Fence Permits are required for all fences built, except when repairing or replacing a portion of the fence -- limited to two (2) sections or sixteen (16) feet. Fences may be built up to eight (8) feet in height from the grade on the rear and side yards of the main structure. Fences built in front of the main structure may be built four (4') feet in height. All vision clips, access and maintenance (VAM) requirements must be observed. In no case can a fence or portion of any fence extend past any property line.
All accessory structures require a Building Permit prior to placement or construction. Accessory structures, such as patio covers, storage buildings, gazebos, arbors, or detached garages, may be built as long as they meet all setback criteria for that lot and zoning requirements. Building materials depend on the size of the accessory building. Please contact Building Inspections at 972-292-5392 or 972-292-5301 to determine setbacks and building materials specific to your situation.
Please review and complete the 2-page Contractor Registration Application then submit to Building Inspections. You will be provided with a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) to pay for future permit submittals using the on-line feature if your Contractor Registration remains valid. If you have additional questions, please contact a Customer Service Representative at (972) 292-5301 or email email@example.com.
Permit application submittals are reviewed as quickly as possible. To check the status of your permit application status, please contact at Permit Technician or Customer Service Representative at (972) 292-5301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind that the City of Frisco does not install stop signs to control vehicle speed, which is also a national traffic engineering standard. Primarily this is because motorists subconsciously or consciously come to realize that’s the purpose of the stop sign and they begin to disregard it. They will begin to roll through the stop sign when no traffic is present and then that diminishes the authority of all stop signs in the neighborhood. In addition, motorists will often speed up in between these stop signs to make up the time they feel they have lost. All of this reduces the safety of the neighborhood. Instead, according to national traffic engineering standards, we only install stop signs when the intersection meets certain stop sign warrants based on traffic volumes, sight distance, etc.
The narrowest residential streets in Frisco are wide enough to have cars parked on both sides of the street and still provide a minimum of 10 feet between them (and more room is usually available when people have done a good job of parking). Passenger cars are 6 feet wide and fire trucks are 8 feet wide, so each can travel between the parked cars. Forcing cars to take turns traveling in each direction on a residential street is not considered to be a problem that needs to be corrected. In fact, this is a natural way to slow down traffic on a residential street (which people are often worried about).
Beyond the situations described above, it is not legal to park in front of a fire hydrant or too close to a crosswalk. If there are some cars that chronically park in these areas, we can observe the situation and post a No Parking sign if it is warranted.
The speed study will determine the actual speeds of cars throughout the day. Depending on the results, we can install additional 30 mph speed limit signs, increase the visibility of a pedestrian crossing, or we can ask the Police Department to conduct a directed patrol during times when speeding is occurring. We can also suggest an HOA education campaign (because it is typically the residents of your neighborhood who are speeding because they are so familiar with the streets). In rare cases where speeds are high, the city can allow the neighborhood to install and maintain a permanent radar speed board.
The City of Frisco does not install speed bumps or humps on public streets, nor do we install stop signs to control vehicle speed (see more detailed responses about these items elsewhere on this page). The city also does not lower the speed limit on individual residential streets; instead the city maintains a consistent residential speed limit across the city and in line with state law.
State law defines the speed limit on a residential street as 30 mph and the speed limit in a residential alley as 15 mph.
Golf carts cannot be driven on roads that have speed limits higher than 35 mph, but they can cross such roads. Golf carts cannot be driven on sidewalks (other than golf course paths designated for golf carts).
The Engineering Department has a program that prioritizes missing pieces of sidewalk in the developed areas of the city each year and builds them according to their priority and according to the funds available. In recent years, most of these funds have been prioritized and expended on building missing sections of sidewalks that would serve students walking to new public schools as they open.
The Parks & Recreation Department has a program that builds certain sections of its hike & bike plan each year, which sometimes adds sidewalk to some of the longer stretches of undeveloped roadway.
The City of Frisco works with each school district to coordinate crosswalk and crossing guard locations for each school. One or 2 routes are established as the recommended walking route to a school that will take students through the crosswalks and crossing guards that are provided. These routes may not be the most direct route for all students, but it is not feasible to provide a crossing guard for every possible route to a school. If students are not using a nearby crossing guard, parents will be asked to stress the importance of safety over convenience and instruct their children to walk to school along the route that provides the crossing guard. (It is also important for parents to set a good example and follow the recommended walking route when they walk with their children to school.)
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If you are not sure who your electric service provider is, do not live in an exclusive service area, or would like to report street light outages on a major roadway, please contact the City of Frisco Public Works Department during normal business hours at 972-292-5800.
If you believe that street lights are farther apart than 600 feet in your neighborhood, please call 972-929-5400 and ask to speak to a Traffic Engineer to see if an additional light can be installed. If the lights in your neighborhood do meet the city standards, the city will not install any additional lights. However, the HOA can pay to have additional lights installed (as long as they meet our minimum spacing standards and the HOA acquires consent from the adjacent residents). The cost of installing a street light is usually about $7,500 depending on the amount of boring that the power company would need to do. Also, in some cases, home owners would need to dedicate a utility easement on their property.
Special Case: The city is not able to install street lights along Legacy Drive between Academy Drive and Main Street due to the presence of the electric transmission lines and the restrictions placed on the roadway by the power company.
To report a concern regarding traffic signal timing, please contact the Engineering Services Department at 972-292-5400 and ask to speak to the engineer in charge of signal timing.
Special Cases:SH 121 - The traffic signals along the SH 121 frontage roads are controlled by the City of Plano. Please contact the City of Plano at 972-941-7000 to report problems or concerns.
Custer Road - The City of Frisco controls the traffic signals along Custer Road from McKinney towne Crossing / Custer Bridges to Eldorado Parkway.
The City of McKinney controls the traffic signals along Custer Road that are north of Eldorado Parkway. Please contact the City of McKinney at 972-547-7559 to report problems or concerns.
In addition, traffic signals along a major roadway are coordinated with each other in order to minimize the delay for the largest possible number of cars as they move through the city. When traffic signals are coordinated, each traffic signal must display the green indication to the primary direction of travel during a specific time period (in sequence along the road) so that the largest possible group of cars can proceed through the system with a minimum number of stops. The side street must remain red while the coordinated flow of traffic passes through the intersection along the major roadway (sometimes in both directions).
The wait on a minor street will always be less than 3 minutes during normal traffic signal operation.
This type of operation is only beneficial if the side street has very little traffic; therefore, it does not work well at the intersection of 2 major roadways.
Most of the traffic signals in the City of Frisco are located at the intersection of 2 major roadways, so this type of flashing operation would not be beneficial. However, the City of Frisco does change the operation of our traffic signals late at night to minimize delay. Almost all of our traffic signals operate in “free” mode during these hours, which means that they operate independently and serve the traffic on each street as it is detected. In this mode, a traffic signal will remain green for the major roadway most of the time and will service the cross street for a small amount of time only if a vehicle is detected. In this way, the signal minimizes the number of times that it stops traffic on the major roadway, and it minimizes the wait time for the cross street by switching over to it almost as soon as it detects traffic on that street.
The all-red time is also calculated using a nationwide standardized equation for a given speed. The City of Frisco uses all-red values that range between 1 and 3 seconds, depending on the intersection width and speed.
If you are already in the crosswalk, there will be enough time for you to finish crossing the street. In fact, the flashing orange hand is usually accompanied by a number that counts down to show you how much time you have left to cross the street before the traffic signal changes.
In addition, traffic signals must be spaced a certain distance apart in order to function well. The intersection of 2 major roadways is always assumed to be a future traffic signal location and then other potential locations must be spaced an appropriate distance away. As other traffic signals are added at minor intersections, it further limits the possible location of additional traffic signals.
Finally, the time frame for the installation of a traffic signal is primarily determined by the funding available to us each year. All of the intersections that meet the necessary criteria are prioritized each year based upon the amount of traffic they serve, an analysis of the conflicting movements, and other factors. The city then assigns the available funding to the top ranked locations.
It is not possible to install a traffic signal at every intersection for a number of reasons, so a particular intersection may not be eligible for a traffic signal. If it is eligible, it may take years before it reaches the top of the priority list for installation. At any intersection, we recommend that citizens take an alternative route instead of making a maneuver that makes them uncomfortable. Whether an uncontrolled intersection is a candidate for a traffic signal or not, it may be necessary for motorists to take an alternative route during busy times of the day instead of making a left-turn or going straight across an intersection. For example, motorists can turn right and then make a u-turn at another location.
Frisco Environmental Collection Center never accepts items with mercury, if you drop-off items to us without our knowledge it is considered illegal dumping.
At this time, Frisco has four (4) options available. Please view Health & Food Safety's Frequently Asked Questions FAQ (PDF) for details.
For questions about residential and/or commercial pools and spas, please visit Frisco's Pools & Pool Enclosures webpage. To inquire about the status of a Pool Permit Application submittal for review prior to pool construction, please contact a Health Technician at 972-292-5308. Status of pool construction permits can be viewed online using a valid personal identification number (PIN) by a currently-registered contractor. For any PIN-related questions, please contact a Customer Service Representative at (972) 292-5301 or email email@example.com.
Information regarding pool and spa gates and pool enclosures are available on the Pools & Pool Enclosures webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Health & Food Safety.
Frisco requires that 1 Certified Food Protection Manager (CFM) (as approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services) is on staff during all times of operation of a business. In addition to the CFM, as of September 1, 2016, it is required that all additional food establishment employees complete an approved Food Handler’s Course. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services for a list of approved CFM classes near you. If you have questions, please contact Health & Food Safety.
A Health Permit is required for businesses that offers any perishable foods, whether prepackaged or non-prepackaged. If in doubt, please contact Health & Food Safety at 972-292-5304 or via email. This includes:
Each may have specific requirements. Attention temporary vendors - There are strict requirements enforced by Health & Food Safety regarding outdoor activities, special events, parades, festivals, temporary engagements, and parties. Health Permit Application submittals must be received by Health & Food Safety no later than than ten (10) business days prior to an event. Although we strive to review each Health Permit Application submitted quickly, approvals will be delayed if incomplete or missing information is not included.
When taking over an existing business or bringing a new business to Frisco, a Plan Review may be required. This includes a minimum of one (1) Health Inspection that is required by Health & Food Safety staff prior to takeover or opening. Health Inspections may be requested by calling Health & Food Safety at 972-292-5304.
Once a Plan Review is completed and approved, and when the Health Final Inspection is completed and approved, you will be instructed to go to Development Services guest lobby to pay for the Permit. Food Establishments are required to fill out a Health Permit Application. Fees are due upon Permit approval. A Permit Placard must be posted conspicuously at business.
Schools and day cares that serve food are inspected as a Food Establishment. This means the kitchen and all food-related areas are inspected, but we do not inspect any other areas. Should you have a non food-related concern about a daycare business in this area, please contact Protective and Regulatory Services at 800-582-6036 or Region 3 (Denton) Office at 940-381-3400.
Please contact Health & Food Safety at 972-292-5304 or by using this online form to report complaints regarding Food Establishments within Frisco. Also, please report hazardous or unsanitary actions by employees at Food Establishments. Illnesses may also be contracted due to improper employee handling of food.
Go to a doctor. Please inform the doctor of every possible detail including:
Follow your doctor’s recommendations and concentrate on getting well. If there is a positive test result of a food borne illness, please contact Health & Food Safety at 972-292-5304. (If you have seen a physician in Frisco, the physician will report the positive test result to Health & Food Safety too.)
To discuss projects before a formal submission, please contact the Planning Manager at (972) 292-5354 or email Planning.
For more information on land use or zoning, please see Zoning Ordinance, Section 3; 3.02 or contact Planning or Zoning. You may visit our "Most Requested Ordinances" page for more details. If you have additional questions, please call (972) 292-5305 or (972) 292-5350.
The City Secretary's office processes and coordinates all Alcohol Permit Application submittals, including zoning and site distance verifications. Applicants are required to apply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) prior to submitting an Alcohol Permit Application to the City Secretary's office. For more information, please contact the City Secretary's office at (972) 292-5025 or (972) 292-5020.
Please visit the Planning Division's Demographics webpage. For additional information, please contact Frisco Long Range Planning at (972) 292-5357.
If your building has multiple suites leased out, typically the building manager will have a permit for the building’s fire alarm system and each tenant will be responsible for a permit if they choose to operate any additional alarm systems (e.g. burglar, panic, or robbery alarm systems).
Locations operating a smoke detector not connected to an alarm panel do not need a permit.
Permits cannot be transferred to different people or businesses.
Robbery AlarmsRobbery alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive false alarms 1-2 free. Any false robbery alarm after 2 will be charged $75.00 each.
Panic AlarmsPanic alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive false alarms 1-2 free. Any false panic alarm after 2 will be charged $75.00 each.
Fire AlarmsFire alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive false alarms 1-2 free. Any false alarms after 2 will be charged $75.00 each.
As of January 1, 2017, there is a $250 penalty for operating an alarm system without a permit. This penalty is in addition to a citation that could be issued with a fine of up to $500 for each separate violation.
The Texas Department of State Health Services website encourages people to use caution when traveling in regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. DSHS recommends the following steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Check out the website for the Centers for Disease Control for more information about Zika virus.
For more information, contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division of the Development Services Department at 972-292-5304 or go to www.FriscoTexas.gov/WNV .
Experts says Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes that may persist up to a week. Click for more about mosquito-born viruses.
Citizens may actively treat areas of stagnant water on their property, not to include creeks and other protected waterways. Mosquito larvicidal treatments can be purchased at feed stores and home improvement centers.