The Building Inspection Department’s mission is to ensure
commercial building and residential homes constructed, altered,
or maintained within the City of Aransas Pass’s jurisdiction
meet recognized standard for quality of life and building safety.
In order to facilitate this responsibility we provide a full
range of plan review and construction inspection services to
support enforcement of the International Codes.
- Process permits and review plans for all remodeling
and new construction.
- Conduct inspection for all permits issued upon client
- Enforce Codes to ensure public safety.
- Respond to citizen complaints regarding non-permitted
structures and work.
- Share information on construction procedures and codes
- Manage and maintain records for permits issued within
- Process all request for plats, rezoning, and special
- 1 Building Inspector
- 1 Code Enforcement Officer
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Permits are required when building, remodeling or enlarging a building. Permits are also required for other improvements to your property. Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing fixtures on existing wiring or plumbing.
The following is a list of projects for which a permit is
- Construction of a building
-- Main building
-- Accessory building (including permanent and portable
storage sheds, gazebos, carports, patio covers).
- Foundation repairs.
- Additions to a building.
- Remodeling of a building requiring
the addition, replacement or removing of a wall, window
- Building or replacing a deck.
- Electrical work. (Repair work
such as replacing switches, plugs and ballasts is exempt).
- Water heaters (replacing or adding).
- Replacing water or sewer
- Irrigation systems.
- Installing or replacing a furnace.
- Installing or replacing
an air conditioning system.
- Building or replacing a fence.
- Building or replacing a retaining
wall over four feet in height measured from the bottom
of the footing to the top of the wall or the wall is supporting a surcharge.
- Replacing a roof.
- Installing or replacing a driveway approach
(the portion of the drive connecting to the
- Installing a circular driveway.
- Building a swimming pool,
repairing or filling in a ground pool.
- Building a spa (self
contained portable plug-in type spas require electrical
permit and shall comply with safety glazing requirements).
- Demolition of a building.
- Security bars.
This is not an all-inclusive list. Please contact the Building
Inspection Department if you have further questions.
|How to Obtain Building Permits
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The Building Inspections Department frequently receives complaints
from disgruntled citizens because of their displeasure with
the performance of their contractors. Over the years we have
heard a multitude of problems and sad stories and based on
these we offer the following suggestions:
- ALWAYS get at least three bids on any project. The
only exception to this should be for extremely minor, low-cost
projects or emergency repairs made by trusted contractors.
- NEVER pay for a project in advance. If a contractor
asks for total payment up front, you should immediately
look for another contractor. Small retainer fees or payments
for materials already on the job site may be appropriate.
use a contractor who suggests that you not obtain required
permits or inspections. More than likely, this contractor
intends to do work contrary to established safety or structural
standards. Additions or alterations to your home that are
contrary to city ordinances can drastically affect any title
transfers should you decide to sell your home.
wary of contractors who suggest that you obtain permits for
work that he is contracted to perform. If you obtain the
permit for a contractor, and problems arise because of the
work, the official permit record will show that you are the
one that performed the work.
- ALWAYS use only licensed contractors. Insist
on seeing evidence of a current license. The following
trades require a license:
C. Air Conditioning Contractors
D. Irrigation Contractors
- Within the City of Aransas Pass
all other contractors doing any work requiring a permit
must be registered with the City.
- ALWAYS ask for a list of previous
jobs similar to your proposed project. Ask for references
AND check them.
- It is a good idea to ask for the address
of the contractor’s place of business. Take
time to drive by his place of business. This will
give you a good idea of his business practices.
- It is
a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau or any business organizations
that relate to the contractor’s trade and check on
any complaint records against the contractor.
- Before your project begins, insist on seeing evidence that
the contractor has obtained a permit. During the course
of your project monitor your contractor’s inspection
records. This procedure will protect you from being responsible
for code violations that your contractor might commit on
- When the project is complete, ensure that the City’s
Building Inspection Department has given final approval
for the project.
NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. It is merely
suggestive and you should be sure to perform your own due diligence
when working with contractors.