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Yes, the Animal Shelter highly encourages the adoption of dogs and cats.
Animal owners may be cited per City Ordinance Chapter 10, Article 3, Section 10-90 if their animal is loose.
A total of five dogs/cats, in any combination is permitted. No more.
You can obtain a birth certificate copy at the City of Port Arthur Health Department, 449 Austin Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 77641. To contact the Division of Vital Statistics by phone, please call 409-983-8850 or 409-983-8853. Office Hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For mail order copies, please contact the Health Department directly at 409-983-8850 or 409-983-8853.
The person named on the birth certificate
A parent of the person named on the certificate (requesting parent's name must be on the birth certificate)
A spouse, child, or other persons, by order of a Texas State Court
To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, the requester must have a state-issued drivers license, a state-issued I.D. card, or a current passport.
The fee is $22 per certificate. Payments for mail order copies may be by check or money order made payable to the City of Port Arthur Health Department (Do not send cash). Payments for mail order copies submitted from foreign countries must be drawn on a U.S. bank, or by international money order (Do not send cash).
For expedited service (overnight), you must contact the Texas Department of Health in Austin, Texas at 512-458-7111.
Note: Processing times are approximate and may vary depending on workload as well as circumstances beyond our control.
Port Arthur Code of Ordinances and Charter
City Council meetings are typically held on Tuesdays, but always verify the date and time prior to the meeting.
Residential Construction Plans being submitted for approval must include two (2) sets of plans.
The City of Port Arthur currently using the 2015 International Residential Code (as of October 16, 2012)
In the flood zones, special design plans for the foundation must be designed by an Engineer. An elevation certificate is also required prior to issuance of a permit and after completion of work.
A Storm Water Prevention Application Permit is now required per Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations. The permit fee is $45 per acre.
On commercial projects two sets of plans with wet seals on first sheets are required. Any project that is either a new, or out-of-ground building, will require an engineer’s seal. A full set of plans (24 x 36) is required. A complete set of civil plans are also required. Com Check calculations (for Commercial Compliance) and compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC®) is required.
Remodeling jobs for public or commercial buildings require an asbestos survey prior to issuance of a permit. A letter of compliance from the asbestos consultant will be needed before any work can proceed.
All plans shall be submitted to:
City of Port Arthur
Building Inspection Division
444 4th Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640
TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing and Registration) registration is required at submission for projects valued in excess of $50,000. You can reach TDLR by phone at 1-800-803-9202.
Review of commercial plans runs 15-20 days depending on workload and size of project being submitted.
Residential project plan reviews take 7-10 days on average.
Checks for commercial and residential structures are required at plan submission. Residential buildings/structures must comply with chapter 11 of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). Commercial projects must comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC®).
Plan check fees apply to all commercial projects with plans. The Fee is due at submission of permit application and is in addition to the permit fee. The plan check fee is calculated as 65% of the permit fee. Reference Section 18-33 of The Code of Ordinances.
Yes. The minimum amount for small project (such as foundation and roofing) bonds is $15,000; large projects require a $25,000 bond and all contractors require a Certificate of Insurance in order to perform work in the City of Port Arthur. The minimum amount is $100,000 and must list the City of Port Arthur as a certificate holder.
A permit IS required for refacing existing signs. Application must be submitted to the Inspections Office, prior to beginning work.
Yes. City ordinances have been recently updated, and the new specifications will be posted as they become available.
In addition, signage plans are required to be submitted to the Building Inspections Office in the City Hall Annex Building for review and permitting, prior to the commencement of any work.For additional information on the placement of signs, you may contact the Chief Building Official at 409-983-8261.
Yes. Fence permits are required for the installation of fences from (at least) four feet high, and above.
All request for records regarding permits issued and contractors should be submitted first to the City Secretary’s office.
Yes. If there is any demolition work performed on a commercial building, or construction that disturbs the existing walls, floors, ceilings, roof, etc., then an asbestos survey is required. This requirement is state law and is mandatory regardless of a structure’s age.
Yes, if a shed larger than 200 square feet, it requires a permit in the City of Port Arthur. However, it is recommended to check with Planning and Zoning, and the permit office, to make sure your shed does not encroach on any rights of ways or easements.
If you own the house and it is your primary residence (homestead), then you may obtain all necessary permits.
Two (2) sets of plans are required for new construction.
Contractors must have a Contractors Bond and a City of Port Arthur Certificate of General Liability.
The permit cost is determined by the valuation of work for commercial structures, and is based on square footage for residential construction.
Permits are valid for six months.
Listen regularly to your local radio or television stations when the threat of tropical storms or hurricanes exists. Pay close attention when such storms threaten your local area. If it appears that a storm may affect the local area, local officials may order or recommend that residents evacuate and also provide instructions about what people in those areas should do. Be ready to follow the instructions given by local officials. Because it takes time to evacuate heavily populated areas, evacuations may be recommended well before the storm makes landfall.
Dedicated to providing safe and decent affordable housing, the City of Port Arthur is committed to assisting low- and moderate-income families in Port Arthur. The City offers grants that serve income eligible homeowners and homebuyers. Contact Housing Assistance at (409) 983-8259 for more details.
CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services. Any project obtaining CDBG funding is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to meet at least one of three national objectives:
Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Persons
Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight
Meet Urgent Community Development Needs
The website is www.hud.gov
Please contact Lamar University Small Business Development Center or the Port Arthur Economic Development Center.
The City of Port Arthur does not perform a credit check; however, to participate, you will need to be able to qualify for a standard mortgage (no sub-prime, balloon, or adjustable rate loans allowed). If you have credit problems, discuss your options with your mortgage representative. You may also contact the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.
If you occupy the home you purchased as your principal residence for the required time period - usually five or 10 years, depending upon the amount of assistance, no repayment is required. This required time period is known as the Period of Affordability. However, if you sell your home, rent your home to another person, experience a foreclosure or fail to occupy the home as your principal residence before the end of the Period of Affordability, you could be required to repay all or part of the assistance provided you.
If you are a single parent who has custody of and is caring for minor children, and is divorced or legally separated from their former spouse, you could be eligible to apply for the FTHB Program.
The home buying process requires many steps, and involves many different parties, a variety of inspections, verification, etc., and can take several weeks to complete. Once Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization receives your completed application, sends and receives back the employment and income verification, those documents are used to determine if you qualify. After the City performs an inspection of the property, a list of repairs will be sent to your lender and to the realtors involved. Once those repairs have been completed, the home is re-inspected by the City inspector. When household income has been verified and the home passes inspection, an applicant is approved for the Homebuyer Program.
City Hall - (The 2-Story building)
Emergency, minor, full rehabilitation and demolition and reconstruction assistance is provided to qualified low-moderate income homeowners who reside in their homes. New construction of homes is provided for qualified residents if the cost of rehabilitating the home is prohibitive. These services are offered as forgivable deferred payment loans to qualified homeowners. Under certain conditions, this means that as long as you reside in your home you will not have to make any payments on the loan and a percentage of the loan will be forgiven each year until the loan is paid in full and forgiven. Please contact the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Division at 409-983-8259 for more information.
Households must be classified low to moderate-income as published annually by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually to be eligible for the program. Income includes gross wages, income from assets, retirement, social security, disability, unemployment and any other resources or benefits received by household members age 18 and older.
Applicants do not need to have good credit to apply. However, if a bankruptcy action affecting the home has been filed, if you are behind on your property taxes, or if it appears you cannot sustain your housing payment, or pay impending taxes or homeowner’s insurance, the funding may be delayed until the payments are brought current or sustainability has been established.
A complete evaluation and a scope of work will be completed on the home detailing all needed repairs. If the costs exceed the limit offered by the Program, the homeowners may decide to give the City written permission to demolish and re-build a home on the same lot.
Households may not qualify for additional funding under the same strategy even if the original loan has been satisfied.
We also offer youth basketball and volleyball leagues, karate/martial art classes as well as multiple youth fitness programs, such as our Youth Aquatics Program which offers swim lessons for a variety of skill levels.
Replats are required when a property is already platted and you want to alter or create new lot lines, remove platted building lines, remove fire lanes or remove easements from a recorded plat. A replat must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Zoning is the practice of dividing an area into districts within which regulations and requirements uniformly govern the use, placement, spacing and size of land and buildings. Zoning is most of often utilized to protect properties from incompatible adjacent land uses and to preserve the “character” of a community.
Call the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135 to check the zoning or use the online interactive zoning map by clicking here.
In order to determine what uses are allowed in each district you will need to access the City of Port Arthur’s online Code of Ordinances. On the left hand side of the page, select Appendix A: Zoning. Then click on Section 7 Use of Land and Buildings to view table. This table will show you what is allowed in each zoning district. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135.
Deed restrictions are generally private and the City of Port Arthur does not enforce private deed restrictions.
You may consider rezoning the property to a district appropriate for your proposed use, or find property that already has the appropriate zoning. Contact the Planning Division to see if the request is appropriate for the immediate area.
An application for a rezoning request will need to be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Division. Complete the application and return it to staff with the required information as listed. A complete and executed application, with supporting documents, must be submitted to the Planning Department, where the information will be reviewed and included on the agenda for the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration. It will then be forwarded to City Council for consideration and action. The City Council is the final approving authority for rezoning requests.
A Zoning Verification Letter is a letter drafted by the Planning and Zoning Division confirming the zoning district for a tract of land within the City limits. Currently there is no charge for Zoning Verification Letters and may be requested by contacting the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135.
A variance is a request to appeal regulations set forth in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Variance requests typically involve issues such as setback requirements. Variances to requirements may be considered if the applicant proves that a hardship (other than financial) exists. Variance requests are submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department and decided upon by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).
To determine setbacks, first find out what the zoning of the property is so that you can determine the setbacks for that property. Then you may refer to the City of Port Arthur's Code of Ordinances to look up the setbacks for that zoning designation.
Setbacks are measured from a property line to the nearest point of a building or structure using a perpendicular line to the property line. Remember to always measure from a lot line and not the back of the curb or sidewalk.
Addresses are assigned by the City of Port Arthur’s Engineering Department, 409-983-8103 for additional information.
Manufactured and/or mobile homes are required to be set within a licensed mobile/manufactured home park or any zoned district that allows such use. State inspected modular homes that meet the requirements of the International Building Code may be placed in any zoned district that allows for the use of a single family residential structure.
Prior to the initiation of a new project, the City requires all potential applicants, developers, designers and/or contractors to schedule a pre-development meeting. These informal meetings with relevant city staff will help you plan your project and be aware of city codes or local conditions that may affect your project. The purpose of pre-development meetings is to provide a “one-stop-shop,” a means of meeting with all departments involved in the development process. These meetings are scheduled to introduce the developers to local development regulations and the officials responsible for all aspects of development. These meetings provide an opportunity for the developer to discuss their proposal with City Officials and get their input. These are required for each new development as each official responsible directly for the review of the project is in attendance.
City officials, referred to as the Development Review Committee (DRC), will attend the meeting to help determine what parts of the development process apply to the applicant and in what order they need to take place. The meeting is attended by representatives of the following City departments: Planning and Zoning, Fire, Building Inspections, Utility Operations, Engineering and Environmental Health. The group meets weekly to review and discuss on-going projects.
To schedule a meeting, please contact the Planning Division by calling 409-983-8135 or completing an application online and emailing it to the Planning Division. Please allow at least three business days in advance to schedule a meeting. These meetings are held every Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 pm, in the Development Services Conference Room, located at 300 4th Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640.
The Port Arthur Police Department is located at 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77641.
The Police Department is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week; however, the reception/records window is only open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is closed on observed city holidays. There is a phone located on the wall in the lobby next to the window for after-hours requests for assistance.
If a crime is in progress, dial 911 immediately for officer assistance.
If you need to file a police report after a crime has been committed, you may call us on our non-emergency line at 409-983-8600 and press "0" for dispatch to have an officer meet with you at your location within the city limits. You may also come in to the police department during normal business hours and speak to the front desk officer. If an officer is not on duty, you may pick up the phone located in the lobby to be directed to dispatch who will then have an officer meet you in the lobby.
Please note that Dispatch does not monitor the Port Arthur Police Department Facebook page. Please do not use Facebook to report a crime or information relating to a crime. Please call Dispatch to speak with an Officer.
Please contact the Port Arthur Municipal Court at 409-983-8686.
Yes. You may call dispatch at 409-983-8600 and they will put a Check on Rounds for your address.
The City of Port Arthur Transit Department and the Federal Transit Administration, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. 42 U.S.C. Section2000d
Port Arthur Transit is committed to practicing non-discrimination. If you believe you have been subject to discrimination you may file a complaint with the Port Arthur Transit Title VI coordinator. For more information contact Port Arthur Transit at 409-983-8728.
Garbage toters should be placed at the street before 7 am on your designated garbage pick up day.
Call 409-983-8511 to reschedule pick up. Circumstances will determine whether a driver can make it by the same day.
Many times toters cannot be emptied because there are prohibited items in the container. Please do not place wood, televisions, sheetrock, concrete, carpet or microwaves (appliances) or vegetation in the toter.
Also, vehicles must be moved away from the toter to allow for collection. Often the garbage trucks cannot access the toter due to items obstructing access.
Note that we can only collect official City of Port Arthur toters. Others will not be picked up by City services.
All toters should be placed with the handle facing the residence. This allows for the proper placement of the toter for pick up by the truck.
Citizens reporting street lights that aren't functioning properly can call Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749), and follow the voice prompts to make the report or go online to https://secure.entergy.com/forms/StreetLights.aspx?FormId=147&RegionId=TX.
The City of Port Arthur maintains street lights in the following locations:
2500-3900 Memorial Blvd
Lakeshore (from Woodworth to the Department Club on Lakeshore Drive)
Dryden Place/Kramer Place
To report improperly functioning street lights in these areas call 409-983-8182.
Sealed bids are due in the City Secretary's Office by 3 pm, on or before the bid opening date.
The City Secretary's office is located at: City Hall 444 4th Street 4th Floor Port Arthur, TX 77641
Please call the Water Billing Department at (409) 983-8230.
If you do not currently have active service in your name with City of Port Arthur Water Utilities, we require the following documentation:
Customers may come into the office* at 444 4th Street, or fill out the online application. You will be required to upload documentation when applying online. A non-refundable connection fee is due to connect water service. If applying in the office, the fee is due when you come in to request the service. If applying online, a representative from customer service will contact you (using the contact information you provide) with instructions on paying the connection fee prior to service connection.
*Please be advised that COVID guidelines are being followed for entry and doing business with the City of Port Arthur.