Do I need a building permit?
You need a permit for all work done to the envelope of the home:
The products used for the envelope of the home will need to be a windstorm approved product and the installation will have to be inspected by either the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Angleton Office which is a free inspection. Or, you will need to hire a Texas Certified Windstorm Engineer to perform your windstorm inspections. TDI or your windstorm engineer can help you with product selection. We will need a completed Remodel/Addition permit application and a WPI-1. TDI will post the WPI-1 online and the windstorm engineers will need to email the WPI-1 to the Building Official directly.
You also need permits for:
No permits are needed for exterior painting or inside remodeling at this time.
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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