How do I become established as a contractor in Abilene?

To become established, you must complete the necessary steps, depending on what type of contractor you are pursuing.

Building / Demolition / Building Mover

  1. Obtain a bond form (PDF)
  2. Provide proof of at least a $25,000 bond and a copy of your driver's license
  3. Complete a City of Abilene Contractor's Registration form on MyGov and pay the contractor registration fee. For new contractors, an additional set up fee will be assessed. For fee information, visit the City Fee Schedule.

Electrical Contractor

  1. Provide a copy of your State Master Electrician's License with a copy of your driver's license
  2. Provide a copy of your State Contractor's License
  3. Provide proof of at least $300,000 liability insurance
  4. Complete a City of Abilene Contractor's Registration form on MyGov and pay the contractor registration fee. For new contractors, an additional set up fee will be assessed. For fee information, visit the City Fee Schedule.

Mechanical Contractor

  1. Provide a copy of your State Air Conditioning - Refrigeration License (with copy of your driver's license)
  2. Provide proof of General Liability insurance in accordance with Chapter 75.40 Texas Department of License and Regulation
  3. Complete a City of Abilene Contractor's Registration form on MyGov and pay the fee. For a new contractor, a set up fee will be assessed.

Plumbing Contractor

  1. Provide a copy of your State of Texas Plumber's license (with a copy of your driver's license)
  2. Provide proof of at least $300,000 General Liability Insurance.
  3. Complete a City of Abilene Contractor's Registration form on MyGov and pay the fee. For new contractors, a set up fee will be assessed. For fee information, visit the City Fee Schedule.

Sign Contractor

  1. Provide a $3,000 surety bond on the City of Abilene bond form. Note: A $25,000 Surety Bond carried by a Registered Building Contractor can be used as a substitute.
  2. For installation of electrical signs, contractor must also provide the following:
    • $300,000 Liability Insurance
    • State Electrical Sign Contractor License
    • State Master Sign Electrician License
    • Master Sign Electricians' Driver's License
  3. Complete a City of Abilene Contractor's Registration form on MyGov and Sign Builders Bond form (PDF) and pay the fee. For new contractors, a set up fee will be assessed. For fee amounts, visit the City Fee Schedule.

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1. Why are construction permits required?
2. When is a permit required?
3. Is a permit required for construction of a carport?
4. Is a permit required for construction of a fence?
5. Is a permit required for re-roofing a house?
6. Is a permit required for construction of a storage building?
7. Is a permit required for construction of a water heater?
8. Is a permit required for construction of a wooden deck?
9. When does a permit expire?
10. Can I obtain a permit to do electrical work at my own house?
11. Do I need a permit to demolish interior walls, a portion of a structure, or the entire structure?
12. What will happen if work requiring a permit is performed without contractor or owner first obtaining a permit?
13. How can I find out if a contractor is registered with the City of Abilene?
14. How do I become established as a contractor in Abilene?
15. How can I get a fire Certificate of Occupancy?
16. How do I establish wastewater service?
17. How do I get a service connection to a City sewer main?
18. What are the steps for a fire plan review?
19. What is a construction inspection?
20. How do I schedule an inspection?
21. Who performs inspections?
22. How long are house plans kept on file?
23. What construction codes does the City of Abilene currently use?
24. Which permits do I need to install a mobile home in Abilene?
25. Who do I call to have underground lines marked before I start to dig on my property?