Building Permits

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION & FEE INFORMATION

Find documents, such as permit applications and contractor registration, online.

Submit a completed building permit application

Find information on building permit, inspection and registration fees.

For an estimate on building permit fees, please use the City of Schertz Permit Fee Estimator

No permit fees will be charged for sites located on Main Street.

Adopted Codes

The City of Schertz has adopted the following codes and associated local ordinances:

  • International Building Code (IBC) 2012
  • International Fire Code (IFC) 2012
  • International Residential Code (IRC) 2012
  • International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) 2012
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC) 2012
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC) 2012
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC) 2012
  • International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) 2012 

State Mandated Codes:

  • International Energy Code (IECC) 2015
  • National Electric Code (NEC) 2020

For more information on adopted building and fire codes and local amendments please see Chapter 18 Buildings and Building Regulations and Chapter 30 Fire Prevention and Protection in the City’s Code of Ordinances. 

Permitting review Time Frame

  • New Residential Construction Plan Review: 
    • 14 days to complete initial plan review.
    • 7 days to complete each subsequent plan review.
  • New Commercial Construction Plan Review: 
    • 30 days to complete initial plan review.
    • 14 days to complete each subsequent plan review.
  • All Other Miscellaneous Permits that require plan review: 
    • Up to 5 days to complete initial plan review.

NETWORK NODE PERMIT REQUEST

Permit Required

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the above mentioned codes; or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the City of Schertz Inspection Division and obtain the required permits.

  1. DEPARTMENTS
  2. BUILDING PERMITS
  3. FIRE DEPARTMENT
  4. SANITARIAN / HEALTH

Please use the links to the left, by responsible department, to review permits that are required prior to commencing work. 

WORK EXEMPT FROM PERMITS

Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:

  1. PLUMBING
  2. GAS
  3. ELECTRICAL
  4. MECHANICAL
  5. BUILDING
  • The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove or replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection performed.
  • The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.    

Note: Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted and obtained by the next business day at the City of Schertz Inspections Division. Failure to comply may result in a penalty being assessed in accordance with Section 1-8 of the Schertz, TX Code of Ordinances.