Department NewsFlash

As Built Drainage Letter
To: City of Bellaire Builders
From: Lee Cabello, Building Official
CC: John McDonald, Director of Community Development
Date: July 12, 2010
Subject: Engineer Certification on as-built drainage plans

Please be advised that pursuant to Ordinance No. 10-037, a new requirement has been added to the as-built drainage certification from the civil engineer:

Section 1. THAT Chapter 9, Buildings, Article II, Building Codes, Division 1, Generally, Section 9-18, Drainage requirements for residential Construction, of the Code is hereby amended by repealing Subsection (e), Certificate of Occupancy, and adopting a new Subsection (e), entitled Certificate of Occupancy, for the purpose of requiring a Professional Engineer to review the “as built” survey of a property and to conduct a site visit of the location shown on the survey to ensure that the survey and site conform to the design and intent of the approved drainage plan submitted for permit. That Subsection (e) as so amended shall, read as set out in Appendix A, attached hereto. All other portions of Chapter 9, Buildings, of the City’s Code not specifically amended hereby shall remain in full force and effect.

Appendix A, which is part of the ordinance, is included for your information.

(Delete Sec. 9-18 Drainage requirements for residential construction, Subsection (e), Certificate of Occupancy, in its entirety and replace with the language set forth below.)

Sec. 9-18 Drainage requirements for residential construction.

(e) Certificate of occupancy. As a condition precedent to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy, a second topographical survey shall be made under the supervision of a registered professional land surveyor registered in the State of Texas which shall show the “as built” elevation of the residence and the finished grade elevations of the lot, patios, drives, sidewalks, landscaped, areas, etc. A civil engineer licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas shall review the “as built” survey for conformance with the approved drainage plan. The Engineer or an Engineer in Training in his employ shall conduct a site visit of the location shown on the survey at a date equal to or after the date of the “as built survey”. The Engineer shall draft a letter with the following statement to be attached to and submitted with the ‘as built’ survey:

I, ______________________, a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Texas, have reviewed the “as built” survey of this property and, on the basis of that review and a visit to the site, state that it conforms to the design and intent of the approved drainage plan submitted for permit and is in compliance with Chapter 9, Buildings, Section 9-18, Drainage requirements for residential construction, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Bellaire, Texas.

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The Building Official shall deny a Certificate of Occupancy until the “as built” survey and the Engineer’s statement have been properly submitted and approved.

This ordinance was passed and adopted to be effective immediately by the Bellaire City Council on June 7, 2010.

Please be advised that all as-built drainage plans submitted after August 1, 2010 shall comply with this new requirement.

Update on Inspection Requests
Effective August 2, 2010

In an effort to simplify the inspections request process, please return to the old way of scheduling your inspections with the City by calling the Inspections Request line at 713-662-8225.

Please do not call the Bureau Veritas office to schedule any inspections.

You are welcome to begin today, but by no later than Monday, August 2, 2010, all inspections requests- trade and building - should be called in directly to the City of Bellaire Inspections line by 4 p.m. for next day requests. (Just like they used to be.)

If you have questions please feel free to contact me directly at 713-662-8243 or the Permitting Office at 713-662-8230/8231.

Inspections Requests Now Being Accepted By Phone and; Email
Beginning today, building and trade inspection requests can be made two ways.

You may continue to call your request in to the city’s recorded inspections telephone line at 713-662-8225 or you may email your inspection requests directly to email.

Should you choose to email your request, please remember to include all of the same information as you would for a call:
  • Permit #
  • Names of company and contact person
  • Contact telephone #
  • Address of the inspection
  • Type of inspection
  • Occupied/Vacant ?
  • Any special access instructions
  • AM or p.m. desired
Emails, like telephone calls that are computer dated by or before 4 p.m. will be scheduled for the next day - Monday - Thursday. Emailed requests received after 4 p.m. on Friday through Monday will be scheduled for the following Tuesday.

If information is missing from the email request, we will send you a reply for additional information and your inspection will be scheduled as soon as we get the update.