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Permits are required to enhance the safety of City occupants, and are used by the City of Abilene to regulate construction. Following codes ensures that all construction in Abilene meets minimum standards. Inspections ensure compliance with applicable building, zoning, health, and safety codes.
A permit is required whenever an owner or authorized agent intends to do any of the following entailing the occupancy of a building or structure:
A permit is also required for any of the following concerning any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems:
The installation of these systems is regulated by City code.
Yes. Additionally, carports in the front of a house may require a special exception. Applicants should contact the Planning and Development Services department at 325-676-6382 for information.
It depends on the height of the fence, and the location's zoning requirements:
Yes, if replacing more than 5 squares (one square is a 10 by 10 area, or approximately three bundles of shingles).
It depends on the size of the unit, and whether utilities are included:
Yes. Owners may obtain the permit and perform the work on their own homestead. Permitting requires proof of a homestead exemption filed through the Central Appraisal District of Taylor County, located at:1534 S Treadaway BoulevardAbilene, TX 79602
They can contacted at 325-676-9381. Verification can be provided using a copy of your tax form.
If the work is to be performed by a contractor, the contractor must be a properly licensed plumbing contractor and must be registered with the City of Abilene.
It depends on deck height and construction:
A permit expires if work has either been suspended for more than 180 days, or if work has not commenced within 180 days after the permit was issued.
Yes, after all of the following requirements have been met:
For more information, contact Building Inspections at 325-676-6273.
Yes. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requires that, before renovation or demolition work begins, an asbestos survey must be conducted by an individual who has been accredited to safely and accurately collect representative samples. Contact the local DSHS office for assistance at 325-795-5863, or visit the Department of State Health Services website.
The City of Abilene's Asbestos Survey Verification form (PDF) must be submitted to obtain a permit.
Commencing construction without first obtaining a permit is a code violation, and violators are subject to receiving a citation.
Any construction requiring inspection that has been covered will be exposed to facilitate an inspection. Corrections may be necessary to meet the code requirements. Any associated cost is the responsibility of the contractor or owner.
For contractors performing re-roofing, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and irrigation work, a Stop Work Order will be posted, and an investigation fee equal to the amount of the required permit fee will be assessed. If a second violation occurs within 12 months, a ten times fee will be assessed.
For property owners, a Stop Work Order will be posted and an investigation fee equal to the amount of the required permit fee will be assessed. In addition, a Stop Work Order Release Fee will be assessed.
Contractor information may be obtained from the MyGov website or by calling 325-676-6273.
To become established, you must complete the necessary steps, depending on what type of contractor you are pursuing.
Certificates of Occupancy are coordinated by Building Inspection at 325-676-6232. An application may be obtained from our Applications page.
Contact the Water Utility Billing Office at 325-676-6405 to set up an account.
Contact Building Inspection at 325-676-6273 for the proper permit before scheduling the work. Only a licensed plumber can make a service connection to a City sewer main.
A construction inspection is a visual check of the construction work to ensure that structural integrity, safety, and adherence to code is maintained.
Contact the Development Services Center at 325-676-6232, located at:555 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
You can also call inspectors directly using their phone numbers listed in the Staff Directory.
City staff members perform inspections respective to the industry. The Building Inspections Department is staffed by professionally qualified licensed or certified:
Local Amendments to the codes are available in booklet form online as printable versions (Pamphlets) and for purchase from Building Inspections. We can be contacted at 325-676-6273.
View the Building Inspections page for a full list of codes.
For information about mobile home permitting requirements, see the Mobile Home Inspection Checklist (PDF).
There is no charge for line locating services.
The City of Abilene Water Utilities Department locates water and sewer lines. Contact us at 325-676-6425.
For all other buried lines, dial 811. If 811 service is not available in your area, call 800-344-8377. For more information, visit the Texas 811 website.