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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 require a permit to build 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
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
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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