Building Division

                     Hurricane Harvey Recovery

PLEASE READ:

We are highly recommending you make sure whomever you use in this recovery is a reliable company. Way too many people were scammed after Hurricane Ike in some cases doing more damage than the storm itself; this is the last thing we would wish upon anyone.

1. Make sure whomever you go with is insured. It is advisable that they are insured in Texas.

2. Get a signed contract for the work to be done and the price.

3. Get a copy of their insurance and any licenses they hold.

4. DO NOT give them money out front. This is one of the biggest problems when in this situation. Your contract should have a draw schedule for how much you are to pay them at certain points of completion (you may consider using a passed inspection tag as your completion points.)  

5. Permits are required on all work with the exceptions of paint, cabinets & flooring coverings. Any structural work will require engineering.

6. Permits are required to be posted and clearly visible from the street. Be aware that any work found taking place without permits is subject to citations and fines as well as the individuals doing the work. 

You may consider having the company doing the work pull permits for the work. This makes the company more liable to call for inspections. Additionally the City of Galveston requires all contractors to register with insurance and bonding (click here to be directed to our online currently registered contractors list.) This gives you a means of recourse for anyone that doesn't hold up their end of the deal.


                    We will all get through this and be stronger for it.

     

                                                                            Stay safe and God bless.

Permitting, Inspections, Plan Review

Services
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
You need a permit for the following:
  • 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
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.

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/

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