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Residential Construction Plans being submitted for approval must include two (2) sets of plans.
The City of Port Arthur currently using the 2021 International Residential Code
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 2021 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC®) is required.
Remodeling jobs for public or commercial buildings require an asbestos survey before 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 Development Services
Inspections and Permitting Division
300 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 2021 International Residential Code (IRC). Commercial projects must comply with the 2021 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.