The Town Engineer is responsible for town mapping, supervision of municipal construction projects, preparation and management of the town’s drainage plan, flood plain management, review of all subdivision plans, approval of private development construction, long-range utility planning, and compliance with state and federal regulations concerning water utilities and storm water.


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The Town of Fairview is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program. This means that anyone in Fairview can purchase low cost flood insurance from FEMA, regardless if your home is located in the flood plain.

  • Under no circumstances should fill be hauled into the 100-year flood plain.
  • No new structures should be built or installed within the 100-year flood plain.
  • All existing structures within the 100-year flood plain should be insured for flood damage.
  • Insurance companies or mortgage lenders may require flood insurance even if your home is not in the flood plain. It’s up to you to provide documentation from FEMA that your home or structure has been removed from the flood plain if they ask. Please contact the engineering department if you need assistance.
  • All development within the 100-year flood plain must be permitted by the engineering department.
  • Flooding in and around creeks increases over time due to upstream development and convergence with other streams. For example, Sloan Creek floods at the east end due to Wilson Creek flooding from upstream development in McKinney.
  • Flood maps released in 2009 took some homes out of the 100 year flood plain and put others within the flood plain. Please contact the engineering department to determine if your home's designation has changed.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sets Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements, which prohibit discharge into the storm sewer system of anything other than stormwater. The following is a partial list of substances that are prohibited to be discharged into Fairview’s storm sewer system:

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  •           Motor oil, anti-freeze, or any other motor vehicle fluid 
  •           Industrial waste 
  •           Hazardous waste 
  •           Domestic sewage or septic tank waste 
  •           Wastewater from vehicle washing by a business which operates more than two vehicles 
  •           Wastewater from commercial floor or carpet cleaning 
  •           Swimming pool water containing harmful quantities of chlorine or other treatment chemicals 
  •           Substances or materials that will damage, clog, or block the MS4 
  •           Solid or liquid substances causing obstruction to flow in storm sewers 
  •           Harmful quantities of sediment, silt, or soil 
  •           Any release, leachate, or runoff from a petroleum storage tank 

In addition to these restrictions, the requirements state that no line conveying sanitary sewage, domestic or industrial, shall be connected to the MS4. 

For the full list of regulations and prohibited substances, please see Fairview’s Stormwater Quality Standards. 


According to the TCEQ's MS4 requirements, the following discharges from construction sites are prohibited: 

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  •           Wastewater from washout of concrete and wastewater from water well drilling operations, unless managed by an appropriate control
  •           Wastewater from washout and cleanout of stucco, paint, from release oils, and other construction materials
  •           Fuels, oils, or other pollutants used in vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance
  •           Soaps or solvents used in vehicle and equipment washing
  •           Discharges from dewatering activities, including discharges from dewatering of trenches and excavations, unless managed by appropriate BMPs 

For additional information, please refer to Fairview’s Code of Ordinances. 

Home Construction/Additions/Renovations & Concrete Flat Work

The Town of Fairview’s Individual Residential Lot Development Guidelines require that:

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  •           New home construction (on one acre lots and larger) shall submit a Grading and Drainage Plan to the Town Engineer for approval prior to receiving a building permit.
  •            Construction of home additions or accessory structures (which are equal or greater than 30% of the lot coverage) shall submit a Grading and Drainage Plan for approved prior to receiving a building permit.
  •            All concrete flatwork that is equal or greater than 30% of the existing footprint of the residential structure shall require a permit.
  •           No resident of Fairview shall engage in grading on their land that would create an adverse effect regarding stormwater runoff on downstream neighboring properties.
  •           All civil engineered foundation designs shall contain confirmation from the design engineer that potential groundwater effects were considered and appropriately incorporated into the foundation design if needed.

For additional information, please refer to Fairview’s Code of Ordinances.