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Code Enforcement

Code enforcement in the City of Lavon is handled by the Public Works Department’s Code Compliance Investigator. Code violations include but are not limited to:

Weeds and vegetation greater than 12 inches in height (excluding shrubs, bushes, trees, cultivated flowers and cultivated crops)

Nuisance violations

Dangerous rubbish piles

Depositing dirt, rubbish or brush on a public street, right of way or easement

Performing work that requires a permit without first obtaining the required permits

Construction violations

Altering the flow of storm water without a required permit

Abandoned or junk vehicles

Failure to maintain required erosion control

Failure to abate silting onto public property


Reporting Violations

Citizens wishing to report Code violations may do so by email at or by contacting the Public Works Department’s Code Compliance Investigator in person at City Hall or by phone at 972-843-4220. Be sure to include the location, type of violation suspected and any other information you feel relevant. If you want to be contacted please include contact information.

Fire Services


The Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to decreasing the number and severity of all fires within our City, through an active code enforcement program, public education activities, engineering and plans review. These services are provided utilizing well trained and highly motivated personnel who appreciate the importance of customer service and fire safety education.

When fires and other emergencies do occur, the staff members are well trained and equipped to provide proper response thorough fire extinguishment, cause investigations, and if needed, to assist in the prosecution of those who are responsible for setting illegal fires within the City.



The Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to providing emergency services designed to protect the lives and property of the community from the adverse effects of fire, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created either by man or nature through effective response, education and training with support from our city leaders. The department serves as a liaison, coordinating the resources and efforts of the local volunteer fire department (VFD) and reinforcing established protection criteria.

Members of the local volunteer fire service are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the people of our community. Local citizens are part of a team that takes pride in representing the City of Lavon through an agreement with The Nevada Volunteer Fire Department. Working in unison, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the NVFD strive to effectively protect all those that call Lavon home, as well as those just passing through.


About the Fire Marshal’s Office

The following are the components of the department:

• Administration

• Operations

• Fire Marshal

• Emergency Management



· Administer budget activities

· Coordinate city resources with NVFD

· Liaison to NVFD

· Emergency Response Staffing(ERS) administration and personnel management

· Represents the City on the:

–Collin County Fire Chief’s Association

–Southeast Collin County E.M.S. Coalition



• Oversee proper use and maintenance of city facilities, vehicles, and equipment

• Pre-planning, risk identification, and risk mitigation efforts through coordinated efforts with internal and external partners


Fire Marshal

· Enforce the provisions of the Fire Safety code and the laws and regulations of City of Lavon

· Acts as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ/Fire Code) for the City of Lavon

· Investigate fires and safety related complaints

· Reviews building and fire sprinkler plans to assure fire code requirements are met.

· Perform Fire Inspections

· Maintains comprehensive records of all business transacted such as complaints, inspections, investigations, notices served and permits written.


Emergency Management

· Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery

· Local Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

· Operations Chief during an actual emergency

· EOC and Resource Management

· Collin County EM committee member

· HAZMAT Response Coordinator

· Emergency Public Information

· Outdoor Warning Systems administrator

Contact information

Emergency Contact: 911


Fire Marshal………………………………………………………….Jon Scott


Office: 972/623-7260 (8-4 M-Th)

Cell: 972/977-5299

City Hall: 972/843-4220



Fire Safety Inspections


The City of Lavon Fire Prevention Office conducts fire safety inspections of public and private buildings and facilities throughout the City, including commercial buildings, daycare and elder-care centers, foster homes, hospitals, hotels and motels, university and college buildings, and other buildings upon request or complaint.

Inspections of storage, handling, and use of flammable liquids are conducted at retail service stations as well.

Fire Safety Inspections Information and Questions


Ø What is a fire inspection?

The best way to prevent a fire is to prevent them from occurring. Routine fire

Inspections are one of the most effective ways to do that. The purpose of the

Inspections are multifold:

1. Identify and correct fire code violations.

2. Educate business and property owners about the fire code and general fire safety.


Ø When is a Fire Inspection required?

Fire Inspections are required for any new commercial occupancy, change of occupancy or modification to any part of the building or facility.


Ø How often is an inspection required?

In most cases, we strive to inspect all business semi-annually, with target hazards annually. The Fire Inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection or drop by your business and ask to do an inspection at a convenient time.


Ø What will the inspector be looking for during an inspection?

Fire inspectors look at many items in your place of business. So that you may have a better idea and understanding of what to keep an eye on in regard to maintenance, we have provided the following checklist. (Needs an internal web page link that we can update)


Ø Which code does the City of Lavon use for its inspection code?

The Current adopted Fire Safety Code is International Fire Code (IFC), 2012


Ø Does the City of Lavon conduct Home Safety Inspections?

The Fire Prevention Office does “no cost” home safety inspections for the citizens of Lavon. The inspector will utilize the “Family or Foster Home Fire Safety Evaluation Checklist”.

Inspections are done the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, during normal business hours. Please contact the Fire Marshal to schedule an appointment (

(Needs an internal web page link that we can update)


Ø Do I need an inspection if I provide in home child care?



Ø Do I need to install sprinklers?

Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have automatic sprinkler systems throughout the building. Any new building with a fire area exceeding 5,000 square feet, old buildings that have been remodeled or renovated, or any single tenant expansion requiring a new certificate of occupancy that increases the fire area beyond 12,000 must have fire sprinkler systems installed throughout the building.

We always recommend sprinklers in all facilities and even in new homes. With the cost of residential sprinkler systems now at all-time lows, new home owners should consider at R13 system during construction. See NFPA 13 for more details and occupancy requirements.


Fire Safety Links


Fire Safety Notices Issued by the State Fire Marshal.

State Fire Marshal’s Office Programs and Education Resources


Collin County Fire Marshal’s Office

972-548-5576 (McKinney)


The Nevada Volunteer Fire Department


TIFMAS(Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System) is maintained by Texas A&M Forest Service




2017 Fire Department Calls for Service (by Month)



Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec

70     50     67     65      64       56

Fire Department Calls for Service (by year)

2016: 710

2015: 634

2014: 608

2013: 537

2012: 573

2011: 548

2010: 452

2009: 426







In order to protect the lives and property of the Citizens of Lavon, the City Council passed resolution 2016-08-05 that prohibits burning within the City of Lavon, with only a few exceptions. See the Burn Ordinance for details. (need a link)

In addition, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) enacted legislation that prohibited most burning inside of Collin County due to air quality issues that exist.

Collin County no longer issues burn permits.



General FAQ’s


Below is a list of common questions we get at the Fire Marshal’s office.

Ø How do I report information about a possible arson?

Contact the City of Lavon Fire Marshal or Lavon Police Department

At 972/843-4219

Ø How can I learn more about home fire safety issues?

Please visit any of our fire prevention education pages, listed below:

Ø Do you offer tours of the Fire Station?

Yes! We love giving tours, please drop by weekdays between 9am-3pm.

For group tours, please email,

Ø How can I dispose of household generated hazardous materials?

Household hazardous waste can adversely affect everyone’s quality of life. That’s why it is important to properly dispose of these items. Collin County operates permanent collection centers for all County residents to drop off hazardous materials. Call the Collin County Fire Marshal for more info.

Ø How can I get a copy of a fire report?

The Nevada Volunteer Fire Department will provide these documents upon written request. Contact Chuck Pulvino at

Reports cost $10 each

Please allow 15 days for delivery

Ø Who is doing my fire protection inspection for new construction-related permitted job?

The Fire Marshal’s Office will do the inspection. Please contact Leann McClendon at Lavon City Hall to schedule an inspection.

Ø How can I request a fire prevention presentation or appearance by the Fire Department?

All Public Relations activities are handled by Amy Cortez, PIO Contact Amy at 214/679-0834 or

Ø How can I report possible fire code violations in a business?

Please call or email the Fire Marshall immediately.

Ø How many fire extinguishers are required for my building?

Generally speaking all commercial buildings in the City of Lavon (including multi-family apartments) are required to have a minimum 2A10BC fire extinguisher(s) within 75 ft. of all points of the building. Also one 2A10BC extinguisher can only serve a maximum 3000sq foot area. There are also other operations and buildings that will have different requirements. We highly encourage use of more than required.

Ø How often must I have my extinguishers tested?

Normally, once a year. We encourage business owners to sign a service contract with a local extinguisher company and have them maintain them as required by NFPA.

Ø Are fireworks allowed in the city of Lavon?

No. It is unlawful to possess, own or discharge fireworks inside of the City of Lavon at any time.

Violators are subject to hefty fines and all fireworks may be confiscated and destroyed.

Ø What fire code does Lavon use and how can I obtain a copy?

The City of Lavon enforces the International Fire Code, 2012 edition with amendments through the NTCOG recommendations.

Copies of specific topics are generally available via the internet.

Ø What do I do if I don’t agree with my fire inspection findings?

Please call the Fire Marshal’s Office to discuss your matter, and work to resolve the situation. We are open to suggestions and there is often more than one way to fix a violation.

Ø How often am I required to conduct a fire drill?

Group Occupancy Frequency Participation

Group Assembly Quarterly Employees

Group Educational Monthly All Occupants

Group Institutional Quarterly on each shift Employees**

Group R-1 (Hotel/Motel) Quarterly on each shift Employees

Group R-4 (Residential) Quarterly on each shift Employees**

**Fire and evacuation drills in residential care assisted living facilities shall include complete evacuation of the premises in accordance with Section 408.10.5. Where occupants received habilitation or rehabilitation training, fire prevention and fire safety practices shall be included as part of the training program.

Ø What is our current ISO rating inside the City of Lavon?

Our current ISO rating is 6.

Ø Why does the Nevada Volunteer Fire Department respond to calls in Lavon?

The Nevada VFD responds to all calls in and around the City of Lavon, City of Nevada, Copeville area and the unincorporated areas of nearby Collin County. Through a long standing agreement with the City of Lavon, the Nevada VFD has successfully served as the Cities fire department for many years, thereby saving the City of Lavon residents thousands of dollars each year. The Nevada VFD is an independent, not for profit corporation (503C), funded primarily by Collin County, the cities they serve and individual donations.

In 2016 the City of Lavon reached an agreement to provide day time coverage utilizing members of the Nevada VFD. The Emergency Response Staffing plan allows members of the fire department to be located at the Lavon station each weekday and respond as soon as a call for service is required.


Municipal Court



Address: 501B Lincoln Ave.

(The Court office is located in the Lavon Police Department)

 P.O. Box 340

 Lavon, TX 75166

Phone: 972-843-4219

Fax: 972-843-0945

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Judge Andrew Leonie

Court Clerk Sue Johnson


Pay Fine

You may pay via mail by check or money order mailed to Lavon Municipal Court, P.O. Box 340, Lavon, TX 75166.

You may pay by cash, check, money order or credit/debit card in the office. There is a drop box located to the right of the front door.

You may pay online or over the phone with a credit/debit card at or 1-800-272-9829. Call the Court for instructions.

Court dates are scheduled once a month on SATURDAY morning. Contact the Court for information on being placed on the docket.

Building Inspection


The Building Inspection Department reviews and inspects all commercial and residential building requests.

Contact INFO:

Current Adopted Building Codes and NCTCOG Amendments


In 2013, the City Council has adopted the following Building Codes for all residential and commercial building projects:

· 2012 International Residential Code and Regional Amendments

· 2012 International Building Code

· 2012 International Energy Conservation Code

· 2012 International Property Maintenance Code

· 2012 International Mechanical Code

· 2012 International Plumbing Code

· 2012 International Fire Code (Previously Adopted)

· 2011 National Electric Code

 Projects Requiring Permits

All types of residential construction work require building permits from the City of Lavon’s Building Inspection Department, including:

· Fences

· Accessory buildings or storage sheds

· Carports, patio covers or pergolas

· Swimming pools and/or spas

· Residential room additions or remodels

· Extending a driveway, patio or any other types of concrete work

· Decks

· Miscellaneous plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work; any other activity in which the owner or contractor desires to construct, enlarge, erect, alter, repair, move, demolish, convert, install, or replace a building or its utility system

· Demolition of an existing building, structure or pool

· Irrigation systems

· Signage – promotional or permanent

· Commercial – new buildings, finish-outs, remodels or additions

· Roof repair


All of the above require a Permit Application. This is not an all-inclusive list. If you are unsure whether you may need a building permit, please call the Building Inspection Department at 972-843-4220. Work that begins without a permit is subject to fines and increased permit fees.




Land Use and Development

Texas Attorney General Landowner Bill of Rights Document

Contact Info:

Land Use and Development Contact Info: The City’s professional staff are dedicated to protecting the city’s resources and environment and to ensuring high quality development in the City of Lavon.

The City of Lavon regulates Subdivisions and Plating in the City Limits and in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of the City of Lavon. The city defines a subdivision as: “The division [of] a tract or parcel of land into two (2) or more parts or lots for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development or transfer of ownership and shall include re-subdivision; or the placing of two or more houses on a single lot; or the placing of one or more additional houses on a lot that has one or more existing houses.” (Ordinance 2002-01-03)

Applications for Preliminary Plats must include:

A completed City of Lavon Plat Application; and
Two (2) sets of full size printed Plats (24 in. x 36 in. ); and
 Ten (10) sets of half size printed Plats (11 in. x 17 in. ); and
Two (2) PDF set of Plat plans (on separate CD’s); and
One (1) executed Declaration of Ownership; and
One (1) executed Authorization of Representation (if the applicant is not the property owner).

Applications for Final Plats must include:

A completed City of Lavon Plat Application; and
Two (2) sets of full size printed Plats (24 in. x 36 in. ); and
Two (2) sets of full size printed Construction Plans (24 in. x 36 in. ); and
Ten (10) sets of half size printed Plats (11 in. x 17 in. ); and
Two (2) PDF set of Plat plans (on separate CD’s); and
Two (2) PDF set of construction plans (may be include on the Plat CD’s); and
One (1) executed Declaration of Ownership; and
One (1) executed Authorization of Representation (if the applicant is not the property owner); and
One (1) previously approved Preliminary Plat for the property*; and
A storm water drainage study may be required.

Plat Applications, Plats and Construction Plans will be reviewed for compliance with: applicable City Ordinances; Administrative Rules; generally accepted engineering standards and plans for future development of the City.

All Subdivisions within the corporate boundaries of the City must conform to the City’s zoning regulations. Planned Developments are negotiated on individual basis and may involve additional requirements.

No Subdivision Plat will be approved unless the applicant and property owner is current on all fees owed to the City of Lavon.

*With the consent of the City staff and the approval of the City Council and receiving a recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commission, the City may elect to review the Preliminary Plat and Final Plat in the same review process.


Planning and Zoning



The Planning & Zoning Commission studies and makes recommendations to the City Council concerning the systematic development and betterment of the City as related to the zoning regulations.


Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings

Meetings of the commission are generally held at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meeting’s are held in the Lavon City Hall, 120 School Road. When required, special meetings may be called by the Chair with 72 hours notice. Official meeting notices and agendas are posted on the front doors of City Hall, on the City bulletin board and on this website at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Lavon residents and visitors are welcome to attend.

Since schedules are subject to change, please verify the meeting date and time by visiting this website or by contacting City Hall prior to attending.



The commission consists of five (5) members who are appointed by the City Council for two-year terms of office. Places 1, 3, and 5 are appointed in odd-numbered years, and Places 2 and 4 in even-numbered years. Terms begin in July of each year.

The City Manager (or designee) and Director of Public Works serve on the Commission as ex-officio members.



Coming Soon



The Planning & Zoning Commission depends on residents who volunteer their time and expertise. If you would like to participate in the Lavon Planning & Zoning Commission, please indicate your interest by submitting a Volunteer Request via this website and completing the Volunteer Board and Commission Application.


Public Works

Director of Public Works

Director of Public Works

Lavon City Hall

120 School Rd. P.O. Box 340

Lavon, TX. 75166

P: 972-843-4220

F: 972-843-0397


Public Works Overview

Public Works is charged with the important mission of maintaining the streets, drainage systems and utilities – which can often be an around-the-clock job to ensure the comfort and safety of residents and businesses.


Areas of Responsibility Include:

Areas of Responsibility Include:

** Code Enforcement: Manages day to day activities related to public health and welfare such as OSSF, high weeds, unsafe pool operations, erosion control and health inspections. To ensure an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, protect the public health and property values, Code Enforcement works with property owners to gain voluntary compliance with City ordinances.

You may submit a complaint about a specific property by phone, e-mail, fax or in person at City Hall located at 120 School Rd. If you would like to receive a response to your complaint, please provide your name and contact information with your complaint.

**Sanitary Sewer Services

**Street & Sign Maintenance (Report potholes)

FEC Street Light Outage:

Oncor Street Light Outage:

Report damaged street signs

**Park Maintenance

**Stormwater Management 

**Mosquito Control

**OSSF Application Packet

**OSSF Complaint Form