Building Division


We have updated the TCI Requirements

The attached forms will need to be notarized and submitted to the City Building Division prior to receiving TCI inspection or power. both documents will need to be notarized and will be filed with the property Deed Records at the Galveston County Clerk's Office. 

Temporary Utilities Form

Temporary Utilities Affidavit

2021 Code Adoption

January 2023, Galveston City Council adopted the 2021 Codes. You can reference the 2021 Codes on the ICC website  

2021 International Mechanical Code (IMC)

2021 International Pool and Spa Code (IPSC)

2021 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

2021 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)

2021 International Residential Code (IRC)

2021 International Building Code (IBC)

2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

2021 Residential Energy Compliance Path Form (RECP)


The lead times for the installation of water meters has changed due to an increase in lead time by the city’s distributor of water meters.  Please take this into consideration when managing your project.   

The new lead times are as follows:

Current Meter Lead Time 



1.5" - 2"

3" - 8"

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

Submitting a building permit application?

The Building Division is located at 3015 Market. Please submit building permit applications, contractor registrations, and inspection requests online using the ePortal. Swimming pool permit applications can be submitted via email. ePortal user guides are available on the Applications, Fees, and FAQs page.

Submitting an application to Coastal Resources or Planning?

The Coastal Resources and Planning Divisions are located at 3015 Market. Application forms are available on the Applications, Fees, and FAQs page and can be submitted via email or in-person. 

ePortal User Guides


Inspections are required to be scheduled online. Inspections requested before 7:00AM will be put on the schedule for the same day. Any inspection request received after 7:00AM will automatically be scheduled for the following day.

  • All inspections will only be available online or via  email  at
  • For new residential construction and additions, all construction trades are required to be complete and scheduled simultaneously for rough-in and final inspections.

Please be aware that permits and an address must be visible from the street for all inspections. Additionally, an approved set of plans is required on all job sites for inspections.

Permitting & Plan Review

The Building Division does not accept applications via email. You may submit an application in person or online through the e-permitting website.

Contractor Registration

To register with the City of Galveston, you will need the following:

  1. $200 registration fee and $25 annual fee.
  2. Insurance and bonding information must be current.
  3. Liability insurance with a $300,000 minimum showing the City of Galveston as an additional insured and certificate holder.
  4. Surety bonds with a $25,000 minimum. Bonds must be original. Building and electrical contractors are required to have a surety bond with the obligee being "City of Galveston or assignee." HVAC contractors do not require a surety bond to register with the City of Galveston.
  5. Energy technicians are required to register with the City of Galveston. There is a separate application which can be found below.