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With the exception of painting and small cosmetic projects, a permit is required prior to beginning work. If you are not sure about whether or not you need a permit, please call the Permitting Office at 713-662-8230 or 8231. The Building Official is also available to answer permitting questions at 713-662-8232.
Yes, quite often you will need a permit to repair the fence.. A survey of your property is also needed. Please divert all further questions related to fences to the Building Official at 713-662-8232 or the Permitting Office at 713-662-8230 or 713-662-8231.
If your house is in the 100-year flood plain, and is not elevated one (1) foot above Base Flood Elevation (BFE), you are not allowed to spend more than 50% of the house value in repairs or upgrades. The Building Official can utilize a FEMA approved Market Value Estimator in lieu of the HCAD Appraisal to determine a more accurate valuation for you house.
Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities take place. For example, an R-1 residential zone allows only single-family detached homes to be built in its district. On the other hand, a CCD-1 zone would be an area that permits only certain commercial or industrial uses in a City Center District. An RM zone would allow a mix of housing and business in another part of the City.
A plat is a survey that contains all of the above information on a particular piece of land or subdivision.