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Do I need a building permit?

No, you don’t need a building permit if you are doing interior work. However, if you are working on the exterior of your home, you more than likely need a building permit.  One exception is fences.  At this time, the Village of Surfside Beach does not permit fences. 

What documentation do I need for a permit?

If you are building a new home you will need the following:

  • appropriate building permit application for new construction based upon location of property (beachfront/non-beachfront) with Geographical ID for lot

  • certified windstorm engineered house plans

  • initial elevation certificate

  • WPI-1 (Application for Windstorm Certificate of Compliance)

  • surveyed site plan (indicate distance to line of vegetation (LOV) if beachfront)

  • Texas General Land Office review (for beachfront applications); this review takes ten (10) working days. The Building Official will submit your application to the GLO for you.

  • signed, original, on-site sewage facility design (northeast side of Highway 332 only)

  • paid septic fee (northeast side of Highway 332 only)

  • paid water tap

  • paid sewer tap (southwest side of Highway 332 only)

  • multiple photos of vacant lot (beachfront)

Before we can issue a Certificate of Occupancy for your new home, we need:

  • final elevation certificate

  • WPI-8 (windstorm)

If you are doing remodel/addition work or repairs, you will need:

  • appropriate building permit application for remodel/addition based on location of property (beachfront/non-beachfront) with Geographical ID for property

  • house plans or sketch

  • WPI-1 (application for Windstorm Certificate of Compliance)

  • surveyed site plan

  • Texas General Land Office review (for beachfront applications); this review takes ten (10) working days. The Building Official will submit your application to the GLO for you.

  • multiple photos of property (particularly below base flood elevation)

Is There Minimum Square Footage for a New Home?

Yes, the minimum square footage for new home is 800 square feet.

Are there typical setbacks for a home?

Yes.  They are:

  • 25 feet on the front

  • 5 feet on each side

  • 10 feet on the back

Covered decks are subject to these setbacks. However, uncovered decks and stairs are not.

What about allowing for parking for a new home?

The minimum required parking area is one parking space per 300 square feet of living area.

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