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
Electrician 
Plumber
Mechanical
House Mover


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


Codes

A permit to build may be issued provided the following codes are to be adhered to:
  2015 International Building Code
  2015 International Plumbing Code
  2015 International Residential Code
  2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  2015 International Gas Code
  2015 International Fire Code
  2015 International Mechanical Code
  2014 National Electrical Code
  2015 International Property Maintenance
  Town of Pecos City - Zoning & Code Ordinance


Schedule of Permit Fees 

A schedule of permit fees is available on request at the Town of Pecos 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):
  Plot Plan / Site Plan
  Roof Section
  Foundation Plan
  Landscaping Plan (commercial only)
  Floor Plan:  Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical
  ** Registered Surveyor's Certificate (stating elevation of slab)
  Typical Wall Section
  Electrical Riser Plan
  Four Elevations:  Front, rear and two sides

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