Building Division

Permitting, Inspections, Plan Review

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The Building Inspection Division processes building, electrical, air conditioning, and miscellaneous permits. Division staff monitors activities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and ordinances.


When a Building Permit is Required

Commonly permitted projects:
  • Building an all new structure commercial or residential. 
  • Adding rooms, decks, porches, or accessory buildings.
  • Block the sidewalk, parking lane, etc. temporarily with a construction dumpster, temporary fence, machinery, debris, etc.
  • Building or modifying a deck
  • Building or modifying a sign
  • Building or replacing a fence
  • Building retaining walls over 4 feet in height measured from bottom of the footing to top of the wall
  • Constructing new driveway (other applicable regulations; see the Public Works Department and the Coastal Resource Manager)
  • Food establishments (new or altered) require additional permit for grease traps
  • Installing new siding
  • Place any fill on a property (requires drainage plan)
  • Replacing a roof, or portions of a roof
  • Replacing an electric stove with a gas model
The above list is common projects but other projects require permitting as well. When in doubt, check with the Building Division at (409) 797-3660. Construction without a permit will result in double or triple permit fees, and may result in corrective action through Municipal Court.

Please click here to view the list of downloadable applications and fee schedule.
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PLEASE BE AWARE: 

OSHA has ruled on exposure to respirable crystalline silica. As of June 23, 2016 these new regulations will be in effect. The enforcement of these new regulations is scheduled to start June 23, 2017. Please visit the OSHA website below for more information on how this will potentially impact the construction industry.

https://www.osha.gov/silica/