Building FAQs
Q: I have a license in another city do I need to be licensed in the City of Port Aransas to do work?
A: Yes. Anyone doing contracting work in the City of Port Aransas needs to be licensed here regardless of where else they may be licensed.
Q: What do I need to obtain a license?
A: Fill out the appropriate application form and;
For a State General Contractors License you need the following:

  1. Three (3) letters of reference from customers that you have performed work for in the past five (5) years. Letters of reference shall include name, address, and telephone number of the person from which the letter was obtained.

    OR

    Three (3) copies of permits obtained in the past five (5) years for work your company has performed.

    OR

    A combination of the two (2) items above.

  2. A $5,000.00 (face value) surety/permitting bond.

    OR

    A Certificate of Liability Insurance showing the City of Port Aransas named as the certificate holder.
For a Remodel Repair License you need all of the above with the exception of registering with TRCC. You are exempt from registering with TRCC if you do not change the square footage of the home's living space or improve the interior of an existing home at a cost of $10,000.00 or less.

For an Electrical Contractors License you need the following:
  1. A copy of your current Master Electrician License Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation.

  2. A copy of your current Electrical Contractors License

  3. A $5,000.00 (face value) surety/permitting bond.

    OR

    A Certificate of Liability Insurance showing the City of Port Aransas named as the certificate holder.

  4. If you have an Apprentice Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician working with you, you will need a copy of their license also.
For a Mechanical Contractors License you need the following:
  1. A copy of your current Air conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors License issued by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation.

  2. A $5,000.00 (face value) surety/permitting bond.

    OR

    A Certificate of Liability Insurance showing the City of Port Aransas named as the certificate holder.
For a Plumbing Contractors License you need the following:
  1. A copy of your current Master Plumbing License issued by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

  2. A $5,000.00 (face value) surety/permitting bond.

    OR

    A Certificate of Liability Insurance showing the City of Port Aransas named as the certificate holder.

Concrete, siding, roofing, irrigation, swimming pool, fencing, sign, fire protection, fuel, and well water contractors all need to be licensed in the City of Port Aransas. If you are unsure whether or not you need a license please contact the Building Department at 361-749-4111.
Q: When do I need to apply for a building permit?
A: BEFORE you start any work you need to obtain a permit. If you have started working without a permit, you can be assessed a fine.
Q: What information do I need when I apply for a permit?
A: This depends on the type of permit you are applying for.
For a Residential Building Permit you need the following information:
  1. Fill out the appropriate permit application form and;

  2. Nueces County Water Application and Agreement, stamped "paid"

  3. Elevation Certificate: FEMA form O.M.B. No. 3067-077

  4. TX. Dept. of Ins. Form WPI-2 or WPI-2D or letter from licensed professional engineer, stating design compliance and/or responsibility for inspections; OR TX. Dept. of Insurance Form WP-1 from owner or builder.

  5. Three (3) completed sets of plans and specifications, to include: *One (1) set of plans must be stamped by State appointed registered engineer.
    1. Site plan with setbacks, lot lines, existing buildings, new structure dimensioned, FEMA Flood Zone

    2. Foundation Plan

    3. Electrical Plan

    4. Plumbing Plan

    5. Energy Conservation Plan Enforced 9-1-02
      www.energycodes.gov COMCheck

    6. Wall & Roof Framing Plan

    7. Elevations

    8. Floor Plan
For a Commercial/Multi-Family Building Permit you will need the following information:
  1. Fill out the appropriate permit application form and;

  2. Nueces County Water Application and Agreement, stamped "paid"

  3. *Elevation Certificate: FEMA form O.M.B. No. 3067-077

  4. TX. Dept. of Ins. Form WPI-2 or WPI-2D or letter from licensed professional engineer, stating design compliance and/or responsibility for inspections; OR TX. Dept. of Insurance Form WP-1 from owner or builder.

  5. Architectural Barrier registration receipt.

  6. Three (3) completed sets of plans and specifications, to include: *One (1) set of plans must be stamped by registered State appointed engineer for windstorm.

    1. Site plan with setbacks, lot lines, existing buildings, new structure dimensioned, FEMA Flood Zone

    2. Foundation Plan

    3. Electrical Plan

    4. Plumbing Plan

    5. Energy Conservation Plan Enforced 9-1-02
      www.energycodes.gov COMCheck

    6. Wall & Roof Framing Plan

    7. Elevations

    8. Floor Plan

    9. * Drainage Plan *attachment with requirements

    10. * Parking Plan (*Multi-Family/Commercial)

    11. * Asbestos Inspection Certificate (*Commercial)

    12. Landscaping Plans
For an Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing permit, fill out the appropriate permit application form.

For a Siding, Roofing or Sign permit you will need to fill out the Building Permit application form and the following item:

  1. TX. Dept. of Ins. Form WPI-2 or WPI-2D or letter from licensed professional engineer, stating design compliance and/or responsibility for inspections; OR TX. Dept. of Insurance Form WP-1 from owner or builder.
Q: How long does it take to get a Building Permit approved?
A: The Building Official has forty-two (42) days to approve a Residential Building Permit application. It normally takes five (5) working days. For a Commercial/Multi-Family Building Permit application it takes eight (8) to ten (10) days. If all the information is not included or some forms are inaccurate, the permit could be denied and the process will take longer.
Q: What do I need to do to get an inspection?
A: When you are ready for an inspection, the contractor will need to call the Building Department. The following information is necessary when calling for an inspection: Job Address, Owner's Name, Permit Number, and the type of inspection being requested. When all the required inspections are called in by the contractors, the Building Official/Inspector will perform the inspections and leave a colored tag as to if the inspection passed or failed.
Q: How long does it take to get an inspection?
A: This depends on how much work is being done. If a new home/new building is being constructed, ALL the necessary contractors will need to call in before the Building Official/Inspector will complete an inspection. If a home/building is only being remodeled, this would depend on what is being remodeled. Please give the Building Department as much information as possible when requesting an inspection.
Q: I need to get my electricity turned on what do I need to do? I was told by my electrical provider that I need a permit.
A: No, you do not need a permit. The Building Official/Inspector needs to inspect the electrical meter and if the meter passes inspection a form will be faxed to AEP with the "ESI ID".
Q: What is an ESI ID number?
A: This is an Electric Service ID number. It identifies the property address and owner. It is a seventeen (17) digit number given to you by AEP. You will need to contact AEP at 1-877-373-4858 to get this "ESI ID" number. You need to give this "ESI ID" number to the Building Department. After the meter is inspected this "ESI ID" number and meter approval is faxed to AEP.
Q: What do I do for temporary power?
A: You will need to contact AEP at 1-877-373-4858 to apply for a new meter installation for Temporary Service, and obtain an Electric Service ID "ESI ID" number. It is critical that you provide an accurate address, contact name and phone number. You will need to give this temporary "ESI ID" number to the Building Department. The Building Official/Inspector needs to inspect the temporary pole and meter and if it passes inspection, a form will be faxed to AEP with this temporary "ESI ID" number.
Q: I am ready for permanent power now. What do I need to do?
A: You will need to contact AEP at 1-877-373-4858 to apply for a new meter installation for Permanent Service and obtain a new Electric Service ID "ESI ID" number. (This "ESI ID" will be different from your temporary "ESI ID" number.) It is critical that you provide an accurate address, contact name and phone number. Once you have received this "ESI ID" number, you will need to contact the Building Department. The Building Official/Inspector needs to inspect the permanent meter and it passes inspection, a form will be faxed to AEP with this permanent "ESI ID" number.
Q: What Building Codes does the City of Port Aransas use?
A: International Building Code 2015
  International Residential Code 2015
  International Plumbing Code 2015
  International Mechanical Code 2015
  International Fuel Gas Code 2015
  International Existing Building Code 2015
  International Fire Code 2015
  International Code Council Performance Code 2015
  International Property Maintenance Code 2015
  International Wildland-Urban Interface Code 2015
  International Zoning Code 2015
  International Energy Conservation Code 2015
  National Electrical Code 2014
  American National Standard Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities 1194
  NFPA Life & Safety Code 2015
  FEMA Code of Federal Regulations 2006
  Texas Windstorm Laws (Seaward Construction)
  City of Port Aransas City Codes
Q: What is the wind speed?
A: 130 mph 3 second gusts or 114 mph sustained winds.
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