Building and Permitting

Kemah seeks to provide its citizens and visitors with a beautiful, safe environment by ensuring compliance with state law, municipal ordinances, and building codes.
The goal of the Building Permit Process is to ensure that all developments, both residential and commercial, within the city meet applicable building and development codes. The basic permit process is outlined below.  Applicants should keep in mind that the process may vary slightly depending on the complexity of their requests.
  1. Permits
  2. Contractors
  3. Inspections
  4. Occupancy
  5. Food Trucks
  6. Peddlers

Permit Process

All applicable permits (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc.) must be obtained following this process.

  1. Design: Application Packet developed by design/engineering professionals
  2. Submission: Completed Packet submitted to the City Building Department including required Plan Review Fees
  3. Review: The packet undergoes review, including Civil, Fire Marshal and Building plans.  Note that changes developed in later steps could require the repeat of earlier steps and that some steps may not be required depending on the type on project.
  4. Issuance: Once payment is received, the permit is issued (subject to inspections, etc.) and construction can begin.

More information:

Commercial Building Checklist
Residential Building Checklist

Required application forms can be found below.

Building and Development Forms

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