Building Permits and Plan Reviews

Building Permits are Required for Most Projects

An approved building permit is required before any construction is allowed on a project, unless specifically exempted by the Building Permit Ordinance (exemption information available here). Under certain circumstances, approval may be granted for grading, cutting and filling, and for utility infrastructure, prior to issuance of the Building Permit, to facilitate project development.

Submit Plans / Document Online

As of January 1, 2016, the following codes are used to review plans submitted for permits:

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

  1. Review & Approval
  2. Submittal Requirements
  3. Submitting Applications

Building Inspections

The City uses the services of ATS Engineers Austin as its consulting Building Inspector. Required inspections of building progress are those stated on the ATS approved plan review for the permit to insure construction on a project is consistent with plans submitted in conjunction with the Building Permit application and with the City’s Building Codes.

Schedule an Inspection
It is the responsibility of the permit holder to insure that the project receives inspection at each required stage. Required inspections can be scheduled for the next day when requested before 4 p.m. by phone at 830-598-9959 or 830-598-9972.

The ATS Building Inspector and City Utility Customer Service Field employees shall have access to all building sites for the purpose of making periodic inspections of construction progress, and for conducting inspections pertaining to water and sewage utility issues, respectively.

Any inspections that require a re-inspection will automatically be deducted from the deposit amount from the Building Permit fee, and any occupancy of a building prior to approval of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) shall result in a fine, and possible eviction from the property until all required work that is health and safety-related is completed, and a CO is approved.