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 General Contractors License you need the following:

  1. A contractor application, photo ID.

    AND


  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
  • A contractor application, photo ID, and certificate of insurance or surety bond with the City of Port Aransas listed as the certificate holder.

    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.
    Please see building online forms at the left of the Building Department page for all forms. Forms have documents that are required at time of application . WE WILL NOT ACCEPT INCOMPLETE PACKETS.
    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. 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 2013
      FEMA Code of Federal Regulations 2006
      Texas Windstorm Laws (Seaward Construction)
      City of Port Aransas City Codes
    Q: What is the wind speed?
    A: 150 mph 3 second gusts
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