Purchasing a home on Galveston Island?


Things you should consider before purchasing a home. 

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers
  • Does the City of Galveston offer Real Estate Home Inspections?  No, those inspections are performed by an approved Texas Real Estate Inspector. The City of Galveston conducts inspections on permitted construction projects only. You can find more information on Real Estate Inspectors at this website.          http://www.tpreia.com/ 
  • How can I obtain information on the property I am looking at purchasing?  You can submit a Public Records Request to the City of Galveston by visiting Public Records          You may also visit Galveston Central Appraisal District.
  • I am purchasing an elevated house that has living space below the FEMA designated base flood elevation, how do I know if this is allowed?  The pre-firm date for the City of Galveston is May 7, 1971. Any home built after that date is not allowed to have any restrooms or living area below the base flood elevation. If the home you intend to purchase has this issue, please be aware that once you own the home you will be made responsible for bringing the home into compliance with the FEMA regulations, including removing all of the non compliant issues. Please visit our FEMA page for other important information. 
  • I have found that my home may have some issues, can the City of Galveston recommend a contractor or an engineer?  The City of Galveston cannot make recommendations on who to use on your project however you can view a list of actively registered contractors with the City of Galveston  Engineers: https://engineers.texas.gov/index.htm
  • What am I responsible for on a property that I have purchased?  You are responsible for everything on the property that has been done to current day once you own the property. We highly encourage you to investigate the home and make sure there are no outstanding issues and that all work performed on the home was properly permitted, if not you will be responsible for it. 
  • Where can I find information on permits for the City of Galveston?  Please visit our Permits and Applications page.