The Building Codes
Division is committed to meeting the challenges facing the public and
the construction industry at the start of the new century. All measures
are being taken to offer the citizens of Beaumont the most efficient
services possible while maintaining a cost-effective profile within the
The purpose of this site is to
assist the applicant in designing a set of plans that will meet or
surpass most of the minimum requirements for obtaining a commercial
building permit in the City of Beaumont. The following information is
not intended to be used for any specific permit application. It is to be
used strictly as a guide to assist the applicant during the plans review
process. This information is primarily directed at local officials,
building owners, designers, contractors and other individuals or
organizations that are interested in doing any construction or building
alterations within the city limits of Beaumont.
Effective November 30, 2009, all Inspection Request shall be
made by calling the City of Beaumont’s
note: Incomplete requests cannot be processed!
The following is REQUIRED information in order to
properly address your request:
What is your City of Beaumont PERMIT or APPLICATION number? Format for the number is usually like
09 003456, if
do not have the permit number,
requests cannot not be processed.
► What is the address of the site requiring inspection? If you do not have
the address, requests cannot not
► Do you need an INITIAL INSPECTION or RE-INSPECTION?
$25.00 re-inspection fee must be paid to
Building Codes prior to the
inspection being done.
► What type of Inspection do you need? Building, Plumbing, Electrical,
Mechanical, Certificate of Occupancy,
► What is your name please (caller’s name)?
is the Building Contractor’s name?
► What is the Sub Contractor’s name responsible for this inspection?
► Phone number where you can be reached?
PROVIDING ALL OF THE INFORMATION NOTED HERE IS
ACCURATE, YOUR REQUESTED INSPECTION WILL BE SCHEDULED THE NEXT BUSINESS
DAY GIVEN THERE ARE NO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR JOB SITE INSPECTION PLACARD FOR THE STATUS OF THE
INSPECTION TO SEE WHETHER IT HAS BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED.FOR FOLLOW-UP OR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL 409
880-3100 DURING THE REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS OF Monday thru Friday, 8:00
am to 5:00 p.m.
►Driveway & Sidewalk Contractors Bond
Plans have now been
reviewed by the most knowledgeable experts in their respective
field. Items that need to be modified will be brought to your
attention and noted on your plans approved as to modification or
as to field inspection.
All sets of plans
are stamped approved and the Building Codes Division will retain
one approved set for its files and the they will receive the
others which are required to remain on the job site during
The permit is issued
along with a driveway permit ($35.00 for residential and $75.00
for commercial). Work must commence in six months or the permit
Permits are valid
for (1) one year.
following information is provided by each department /division that is
involved with the plans review process. This information is described
and illustrated in terms of minimum requirements as referenced by
several code manuals adopted by the city of Beaumont. The information
provided has been developed to reduce the permit review time.
Consideration has been given to a variety of construction types,
however, there are too many variables to address all specific
information is to be used in conjunction with all city officials
involved with the permit review process. Any information included herein
does not authorize any specific permit approval. Any approval shall
involve the Building Official of the City of Beaumont or his authorized
be noted that this web site is a work in progress. As new information is
incorporated, this site will be updated accordingly to assist the
applicant in the permit review process. Additional questions concerning
the permit review process, can be directed to the Plans Examiner at
Building Codes Permit
Procedure How to Apply for a
A person, firm or corporation shall
not erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve,
convert or demolish any building or structure in the
applicable jurisdiction or cause the same to be done without
first obtaining a permit which shall be considered a license
to proceed with work.
authorized agent or contractor who desires to construct,
enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy
of a building or structure or to erect or cause any such work to
be done shall first make application and obtain the required
permit to proceed with work.
For new construction
or additions, three complete sets of drawings or sketches drawn
with sufficient clarity and detail to indicate the nature and
character of all work shall accompany every application along
with one additional site plan which shows landscaping, parking
layout, site drainage and driveways drawn to scale accompanied
by legal description of property and address when available.
Proposed water and sewer lines are to be shown along with
location of meter.
When the structure is
educational, institutional or assembly type occupancy, or three
or more stories in height or exceeds five thousand (5,000)
square feet in area, the
designer shall be an architect or engineer legally registered
under the law of this state.
Vacant, dilapidated, sub-standard and/or dangerous
structures should be reported to the Building Codes Division. Upon
investigation, if found in violation of City Code, property owners are
notified to bring the structure into code compliance or demolish the
structure. Failure by the owner to comply by making needed improvements
to the structure or demolishing the structure may result in the
structure being demolished by City forces at the owner's expense.
Certificate of Occupancy
A new building shall not be
occupied and a change in occupancy of a building or part of a building
shall not be made until after the Building Official has issued a
Certificate of Occupancy. A Certificate of Occupancy shall be required
on all name changes for electrical service and all new applications for
commercial electrical service.
On new construction, temporary pole
hook up will be your first inspection (to be set by Licensed
Electrical Contractor if not wired by homeowner).
The rough-in plumbing will be the
next inspection. All drains and waste lines must be completed
and water tested.
The foundation inspection will
follow the plumbing rough-in. For this inspection, all beams
shall be properly dug to correct depth and width, and all steel
and moisture barriers will be in place.
Next, the top-out plumbing
inspection will be made, along with the electrical rough-in and
the mechanical rough-in.
After the plumbing top-out and the
electrical and mechanical rough-in, the framing inspection will
be made. When the framing is approved, you can install
insulation and cover the walls and ceiling.
Final building inspection is made
after the plumbing final, electrical final, and mechanical
final. This is done after the building is complete and ready for
Section 114.4 - Penalties
for which a permit is required by this code is started or proceeded
prior to obtaining said permit, the fees herein specified shall be
doubled, but the payment of such double fee shall not relieve any
persons from fully complying with the requirements of this code in the
execution of the work nor from any other penalties prescribed herein.
6-178 - Plan-Checking Fees
When the valuation of the
proposed commercial construction exceeds $25,000.00 and a plan is required to be
submitted, a plan-checking fee shall be paid to the building
official at the time of submitting plans and specifications for
checking. Said plan-checking fee shall be equal to 65% of the
building permit fee as set forth in Article X11, Section 6-178. Such plan-checking is
in addition to the building permit fee.
requirements for Building Codes include two (2) site plans drawn to
scale showing all building locations, with setbacks from property lines
for front, rear, and side yards of the property. All plans must include
off-street parking with A.D.A. parking and landscaping as required by
the city zoning ordinance. Additional information regarding landscaping,
area and height, signs, and off-street parking may be obtained in the
Planning Division office at City Hall Suite 205. Additional questions
may be directed to the Building Codes Division at (409) 880-3762.
The Building Official shall require three (3) copies of specifications,
and of drawings drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail to
indicate the nature and character of the work as established by the 2009
International Building Code. The division reserves the right to reject
any part of, or entire set of plans that do not comply. The Building
Official may require, at his discretion, a boundary line survey prepared
by a qualified surveyor.
The following code list has been adopted by the City of
Beaumont: You may also visit the following site for additional code
- 2009 International Building Code
- 2009 International Existing Building Code
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
International Residential Code
International Fuel Gas Code
- 2009 International Plumbing Code
- 2009 International Property Maintenance Code
- 2009 International Mechanical Code
- 2009 International Fire Code
- 2008 National Electrical Code
Additional questions may be directed to the
Building Codes Division at (409) 880-3100. Please note that all codes
have local amendments.
Plans will be
carefully reviewed to assure they meet all the required
standards as written in the local Health Codes, along with the
2008 National Electrical Code, and 2009 Edition of the
International Building, Plumbing, Gas, Fire and Mechanical Code
adopted by the City of Beaumont.
The Transportation &
Engineering Divisions will check off-street parking
requirements, and on site drainage, respectively. Zoning and
landscape requirements, as per Section 30-31 of the Zoning
Ordinance, will be checked by the Planning Division. The Water
Utilities Division will review the proposed water and sewer
lines and location of meters.
The following is a list of items reviewed
by the Engineering Division as part of the permit
Show all open ditches
regarding outfall and flow for surface run-off
Curb and gutter standards for piping outfall: show size,
kind, and method of tie-in to city's storm sewer system.
Driveways shall require the following
slab and reinforcement, driveway width and turning radius, method of
tie-in to existing roadway, and detail of tie-in.
Culverts shall require the
and kind, pipe ends showing wingwalls or pipe and protections on
concrete structures, and supporting details.
Storm sewer pipe tie-ins to
city's box or pipe:-Method: concrete box, excavation, or pipe to pipe
and etc., reinforcements and miscellaneous, and backfill restoration
slab thickness and reinforcement - method of tie-in to existing
roadway(s) - details include:
Rebars, dimensions and etc., base course preparation, and sealant at
Concrete wingwall details showing rebars and installation - pipe cover
Additional questions may be directed to
the Engineering Division at (409) 880-3725.
All construction plans
submitted for permit that require an approval from the Fire Department
shall be considered on an individual basis only. Additional questions
may be directed to the Fire Marshall at (409) 880-3905.
All construction plans
submitted for permit that require an approval from the Health Department
shall be considered on an individual basis as it is strongly suggested
that the applicant perform a preliminary inquiry directly with the
Health Department. Additional questions may be directed to the Chief
Health Sanitarian at (409) 832-7463.
The following is a list of
items reviewed by the Transportation Division as part of the permit
review process for approval of off-street parking requirements.
- Parking stall / aisle layout
- Both sides of adjacent roadway(s)
- Driveway(s) both existing and proposed
- Location of building(s) on property
- Property lines
- Floor area of existing and proposed buildings
- Disabled parking / accessible route
Any additional questions may
be directed to the Transportation Division at (409) 880-3725.
The following is a list of
items reviewed by the Water Utilities Division as part of the permit
review process for approval of water and sanitary sewer requirements.
Location and size of existing water mains adjacent to proposed project.
- Location and size of existing sanitary sewer main adjacent to proposed
- Location, size, and tie-in point of proposed water service line and /
or fire line to existing city main.
- Location, size, and tie-in point of proposed sanitary sewer service
line and/or fire line to existing city main.
- The design engineer must verify elevation of water and sanitary sewer
tie-in points of existing city facilities.
Water Utilities Division shall not be held responsible for elevation
discrepancies or conflicts.
- Plumbing plans shall be provided for all projects that require water
service and sanitary service.
- Fire flow requirements shall be investigated by a professional
engineer (when required by the Fire Marshall).
-Water and sanitary sewer tie-ins must be made by city forces at
Additional questions may be
directed to the Water Utilities Project Manager at (409) 785-3001.
Applications may be returned to 801 Main, suite 215,
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Pre-approved contractors may fax applications to:
The City of
Beaumont requires that bonds in the following sums be posted for work
performed within the city limits.
Contractor Bond Fees
Proof of Gen
Proof of Gen
Driveway & Sidewalk
Proof of Gen