The Intent of Building Permits 
In Texas, a City's "police power" authority enables a municipality to regulate building construction and usage for the benefit of the health, safety, morals and overall welfare of the community.  

In this pursuit, a building permit serves as certification that the provisions of all applicable city ordinances, city codes, and other requirements shall be met as per review of the building plans as well as on-site inspections.  In essence, providing for the requirement of a building permit serves as a code enforcement tool. Code enforcement is used to uphold established minimum building standards to insure the safety of the occupants and to secure the character of the City consistent with a Comprehensive Plan. 

Permits are required whenever there is a desire to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing or structural elements of a building in which the installation is regulated by the technical codes. 

All work that requires permits shall be done by licensed contractors which are registered with the City of Pecos to perform such work.  Registration is required for the following: 

General Contractor
House Mover

* Requires certificate of insurance made to the City of Pecos, with minimum coverage of $300,000. 

A permit to build may be issued provided the following codes are to be adhered to:
 1.  2012 International Building Code
 6.  2012 International Plumbing Code
 2.  2012 International Residential Code
 7.  2012 International Energy Conservation Code
 3.  2012 International Gas Code
2012 International Fire Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2014 National Electrical Code
2012 International Property Maintenance
 City of Harlingen Zoning & Code Ordinance

Schedule of Permit Fees 
A schedule of permit fees is available on request at the Building Inspection Department, City Hall.

General Procedures
Proposed Building Plans Required 
A minimum of two (2) sets for residential and four (4) sets for commercial of the proposed building plans shall be submitted to the Chief Building Official for review.  
  The following will comprise one set of the required plans (all drawings and specifications shall be drawn to scale):
 1. Plot Plan / Site Plan
 6. Roof Section
 2. Foundation Plan
 7. Landscaping Plan (commercial only)
 3. Floor Plan:  Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical
 8. ** Registered Surveyor's Certificate (stating elevation of slab)
 4. Typical Wall Section
 9. Electrical Riser Plan
 5. Four Elevations:  Front, rear and two sides

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