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Residential Construction
>For Residential Construction or Repairs
The homeowner or the general contractor needs to fill out a Residential Permit Application form available at the City's Land Management Offices in the Building Department or online. If the project requires a new water and/or sewer tap, make arrangements with the Engineering Department first (same location). Please see the list of required documents below. For more detailed information on inspections procedures, please refer to the Residential Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.) handout.

New Construction Required Documentation

The homeowner, architect or general contractor is required to submit to the Building Department the documents listed below for plan review and approval, along with a Residential Permit Application. Production builders should review the Master Plan Handout for digital submittal requirements.
  • One complete set of drawings and and calculations, including architectural, structural, and windstorm, not less than one-eighth" to one foot scale, in PDF format on CD or other digital media.
  • Foundation plans, framing plans, and windstorm design must have the seal of an engineer, registered in the State of Texas. Seals older than 6 months will not be accepted for review.
  • Energy conservation code calculations and check list, Res Check software report, envelope and mechanical.
  • Manual-J calculations and mechanical layout showing duct and register size, return air location, and mechanical unit location.
  • Electric load analysis and a service diagram.
  • Plumbing riser diagram (DWV), isometric preferred.
  • Gas riser diagram showing pipe section lengths and size, fixture requirements in BTU's, developed system length, and total system BTU's. 
  • Plot plan and site survey, including a legal description. The survey must have been completed within the last 18 months and certified by a registered professional land surveyor.
  • Infill lots will require an engineered drainage plan showing slope and swales directing runoff to point of discharge to street in "A" type drainage, and street and back of property in "B" type. See Grade/Fill permit requirements and SOP for details.
  • Elevation Certificate if the property is located in a VE, AE, floodway, or shaded X flood zone.
  • Copy of Capital Recovery Fee invoice, or application for utilities connection. If utilities are not available at the site, a letter of waiver from utility connection will need to be obtained through the Public Works Department (281-554-1411). Copies of approved county permits and design for well or private sewage will have to be provided.

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