Residential and Commercial Building Permit Requirements
The Building Department handles permitting and inspection. Community Development works with developers who want to bring commercial and residential projects to Shenandoah and guides them through the process of complying with city codes and ordinances.
ALL PLANS must be submitted in a digital PDF format.
The following information will assist you with most common submittals and/or questions.
We have tried to include all information that may apply to your situation, but this list may not be complete. The 2012 Editions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, and International Fuel Gas Code, and the 2015 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code by the International Code Council and the 2014 National Electrical Code are standard. The codes adopted by the City of Shenandoah serve as a minimum standard and there may be a stricter standard found in our Code of Ordinances.
IMPORTANT --- City of Shenandoah has adopted the 2015 International Codes developed and published by the International Code Council. As of January 1, 2018 all new building plans and projects must be designed to meet the criteria of the 2015 International Codes. For details, click HERE.
Commercial general contractors shall provide general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence along with workers' compensation coverage; the City of Shenandoah is required to be the Certificate Holder. Commercial subcontractors shall provide general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence unless Texas state law requires a lesser amount in which case the city will accept the lesser amount; the City of Shenandoah is required to be the Certificate Holder.
Residential general contractors shall provide general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence; the City of Shenandoah is required to be the Certificate Holder. Residential subcontractors shall provide general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrences unless Texas state law requires a lesser amount in which case the city will accept the lesser amount; the City of Shenandoah is required to be the Certificate Holder.
Contractors that are licensed by the state must provide the city with a copy of their current license and driver's license. A Master may sign a statement that allows a person with a Journeyman's License to perform work under their license.
All contractors, including sub-contractors must provide the city with a reviewed and signed copy of the rules and regulations (links below).
All contractors shall submit a permit application and plans, to be submitted digitally if applicable, to the city. There is a two-week plan review process unless special circumstances/delays occur which could extend the plan review process. No work may be performed until a permit has been issued by the city and permit fees received. Any work begun before the permit is issued will result in additional fees. Refer to the Permit Fee Schedule for details.
Inspections must be scheduled one business day in advance by the contractor by calling 832-585-8144 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typically, same day inspections are not performed unless there is an emergency. Examples of an emergency include, but are not limited to, non-functioning power, water or sewer. For problems occurring after hours, e-mail a Customer Service Representative at email describing the problem you had and provide the permit number, job address and specific type of inspection you are requesting.
Any improvement or remodeling to a property is required to have a development permit submitted to the city. General maintenance does not require a permit.
It shall be the responsibility of the General Contractor ("GC"), (includes titles of Construction Manager/ Superintendent), to have all applicable applications and permits completed by the responsible party or trade.
Modifications or changes to construction plans after having been reviewed for code compliance by the city will again require review and approval by the city changes may not be made without written approval. A revised permit application will be required, with revised construction valuation.
Permits MUST be picked up and posted on the front of the building or outside in a protective cover before a job begins.
In the event of an emergency, please contact the City of Shenandoah at 281-298-5522.