Why do I need a building a permit?
Building Permits are required to erect, alter or enlarge any structure on a residential or commercial property. Permits are required for work ranging from new construction, remodeling, repair, additions, new roofs, swimming pools, retaining walls, lawn sprinklers and signs. Whether building a new facility or adding on, a request for a permit must be accompanied with a site plan that shows the proposed work and its location in relation to property lines and existing buildings. Plan diagrams and specifications assist in determining if the project conforms to building and zoning regulations.
How do I obtain a building permit?
Applications are available from the Planning Department or online at MyPermitNow, also called MyGovernmentOnline. They must be submitted along with construction plans, survey or plot plan and other documents, depending on the scope of the project. Plans must be drawn to scale, dimension and of sufficient clarity to be easily read. All utility easements, building lines, and drainage easements must be shown.
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy is approval from the City to occupy a building, or a portion of a building. Certificates are granted following successful inspections by City building officials. Download the application and turn it in to City Hall, 333 Water Street or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $50 fee for a CO unless it is part of an existing new construction or remodel permit.
What Building Codes has the City adopted?
The City of Belton has adopted the following codes:
- 2014 National Electrical Code
- 2015 International Building Code
- 2015 International Existing Building Code
- 2015 International Residential Code
- 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2015 International Mechanical Code
- 2015 International Plumbing Code
- 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
- 2015 International Property Maintenance Code – new
- 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code – pulled from IBC and IRC
As a homeowner or building owner, can I perform my own electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work?
Homeowner – Yes, however, the house must be your primary homestead. You are still required to meet all applicable codes and have all required inspections performed.
Building Owner – No, State law requires all electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trades to be licensed by the State of Texas.
How do I know the zoning classification of my property?
Zoning information is available through our GIS Mapping System.