Building Division


To request an inspection:
Please call 409-797-3666 with the Property Address, Type of Inspection and Permit Number. Inspections requested before 7:00 AM will be put on the schedule for the same day. Any inspection request received after 7:00 AM will automatically be scheduled for the following day.

Effective August 1st:
  • All inspections will only be available online or via the aforementioned phone number. 
  • For New Residential construction and additions, all construction trades are required to be complete and scheduled simultaneously for rough-in and final inspections. 
For more information please visit our Inspections & Inspectors page.

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.
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