How to Apply For a Building Permit

To begin the permit process, complete and application and return it to the Building & Development Department, along with any required documents.

There are three types of permit applications issued by the City of Portland. They are as follows:

Applications can also be picked at the Public Works building, located at 1101 Moore Avenue. For any questions, call the department at 361.777.4553.

Required Materials

Building permits are issued in the name of the property owner(s) or licensed contractors performing the work. Generally, you will need to provide the following:

  • A building permit application 
  • Five sets of plans (for commercial)  or two sets of plans (for residential)
  • One Com-check (2009 Energy Code for Commercial) or one Res-check (2009 Energy Code for Residential) 
  • W.P.I.-1 Form for Windstorm Certification