Permitting is the second step in the building approval process and is the tool that the City uses to ensure planned construction meets all applicable codes and regulations. Permits are required to erect, alter or enlarge any structure, including swimming pools and fences, and install, alter, repair or replace any electrical wiring, plumbing or mechanical equipment. Plans must be drawn to scale, dimension and be of sufficient clarity to be easily read. Plans must show the property lines, location of the buildings in relation to the property lines, all easements, and setback lines.
All permits are obtained through Development Services. However, new construction building plans are reviewed by Bureau Veritas through a professional services agreement the City of Portland has secured. Applications and plans should be submitted to the Development Services Department.
Most permits will require a review process that may take up to 48 hours to complete; please contact the Development Services Department at 361.777.4553 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine any other information that is required for your specific project.
Contractor Licenses & Registrations The permitting process also helps verify that the contractors have the proper licenses or registrations required by city ordinance or state law. Many contractors such as plumbers, irrigators, electricians and air conditioning contractors must have a state license. Contractors must be registered with the City of Portland prior to any construction activities via the Contractor Registration Form.
City Council adopted Ordinance 2130 at its February 16, 2016 meeting adopting the 2015 ICC building codes and 2014 NEC. The codes went into effect on June 1, 2016.
City Council adopted Ordinance 2087 at the May 6, 2014 meeting modifying the Unified Development Ordinance affecting permitted use table, fences, parking lot design, exterior lighting, and definitions.
Ordinance 2082 was approved by City Council at its January 21, 2014 meeting modifying permissible construction times.
City council adopted an Ordinance 2079 at its November 5, 2013 meeting affecting subdivisions, platting, use, turning lanes, surface improvements, fire hydrant access and fees for fire code plan review and inspections.