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Yes. Applications to do so can be found by clicking the "Applications & Fees" tab. These requests must be reviewed by the Planning Commission as well as City Council.
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This inquiry is often avoided in fear the answer will be "yes." It is crucial that all property owners contact the respective department(s) to receive accurate information. The property owner is responsible to obtain all required permits. Please keep in mind we are here to help you throughout your projects.
When in doubt, check with the Permitting Division at 409-797-3620. Construction without a permit will result in double or triple permit fees, and may result in corrective action through Municipal Court.
Every department includes their own fee schedule. For example, the Building Division's fees are determined as a percent of the total amount (in dollars) of labor and materials. A list of fees can be seen below.
The LDR's (i.e. Land Development Regulations) establish specific standards for all development and redevelopment proposals. Ultimately, this document acts as a checklist to guide responsible development.
Bulk regulations are a combination of land use controls, which include: lot standards, setbacks, building height, parking, landscaping, and more. Bulk regulations vary depending on the zoning district.
There are two ways to locate your property lines. The first requires a metal detector and patience. If you property was recently platted (within the past 30 years) use the metal detector to find the property pins. On the other hand, hiring a Land Surveyor can be more accurate. These professionals analyze points, angles, and distances to precisely locate the property lines.
The purpose of a site plan is to illustrate the scope of a project. For example: if you want to build a shed in the backyard you must submit a site plan that shows where the work is going to be done. More importantly, the plan must show the dimensions between the property line(s) and the proposed structure.
Zoning maps are available electronically under the "Maps & GIS" tab to the left.
Article 2 in the Land Development Regulations provides information to help determine if specific land uses (such as short-term rentals) are permitted or prohibited within your district. Currently, short-term rentals are allowed in every district on the island with the exception being R-0.