Applications, Fees, and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need a permit?
A: 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.

Q: Who do I contact with questions about the permit application process?
A: When in doubt, check with the Permitting 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.

Q: What are the fees associated with building permit?
A: 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.

Q: What is a Pre-Development Meeting?
A: Pre-Development meetings allow an applicant(s) to meet with Department staff to ask specific questions related to a project. These are held every other Friday at 9am, 10am, and 11am by appointment. For scheduling, please email the Planning Counter at

City Hall Location

Development Services Dept. 
823 Rosenberg, Rm 401
Galveston, TX 77550

 Office Hours
Monday - Friday

8:00AM to 5:00PM
Ph: (409) 797-3660
Email the Planning Counter

Building Division

Code Enforcement