Permits are required to construct, move, add to or structurally alter a building or other structure. Fences, generators, swimming pools, storage buildings, driveway replacements, irrigation systems are a few examples of the types of work that require permits.
Submittal Requirements - Generally
Application and two sets of site plan and plans for proposed work are required. Plans should be drawn to scale showing the actual dimensions and shape of the lot to be built upon; the size and location of existing buildings, if any, and the location and dimension of the proposed building or structure or alteration. Some types of applications may require additional information.
Plan Review Timeline
The Building Inspection Staff review every permit application for completeness and compliance with the standards listed above. This process normally takes an average of 5-7 working days but can vary based upon the type of permit, quality of information submitted and the workload of the division.
The inspection of the improvements is the last step of the development process. It is in this stage where the built out process is reviewed to ensure it meets the specifications of the previously approved plans submitted to obtain the required building permits. Inspections are performed based upon the details of the construction requirements contained within the approved plans. If the building complies, this process leads to a certificate of occupancy.
Inspections include structural, concrete, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, building, health, landscape, drainage, engineering and any special inspections needed to address unusual hazards. A listing of required inspections is available when permits are issued for a project.
Inspections will be performed based upon the approved construction drawings and code requirements. Some inspections are a prerequisite to others, so it is the responsibility of the owner or general contractor to ensure the proper sequence of inspections.
Inspections may be scheduled by calling 281-996-3201 before 5 p.m. the day prior to the desired inspection date. Please note that there will be no same day inspections without prior approval from the Building Official.
The Building Inspection Section is the approval authority for all building plans and inspections; however, appeals may be heard before the Construction Board of Adjustment.