Building Permits

August 5th, 2009 by webmaster
Why do I need a Building Permit?

Building Permits are required to erect, alter or enlarge any structure on your residential or commercial property. Permits are required for work ranging from new construction, remodeling, repair and additions, to new roofs, swimming pools, retaining walls, lawn sprinklers and signs. Whether building a new facility or adding on, a request for a permit must be accompanied with a site plan that shows the proposed work and its location in relation to property lines and existing buildings. Plan diagrams and specifications assist in determining if the project conforms to building and zoning regulations. In the City of Georgetown, building codes and ordinances have been enacted and amended by City Council when necessary to ensure good, safe buildings for the safety and welfare of the general public, owners and occupants of these buildings.

How do I obtain a Building Permit?

An application, which is available from the Inspections Department or online, must be submitted along with construction plans, survey or plot plan and other documents, depending on the scope of your project. Plans must be drawn to scale, dimension and of sufficient clarity to be read easily. All utility easements, building lines, and drainage easements must be shown. A complete checklist is available to help you determine all the required submittals.

How long does it take to get a Building Permit?

Residential Building Permits may take up to 10 business days

Commercial Building Permits may take up to 30 business days.

*These estimates do not include the time required by the applicant to make corrections requested by the Plan Reviewer.

Most Electrical, Plumbing, Irrigation, Heating and Air Conditioning Permits will be available over-the-counter from the Inspections Department or Click here.


To view the status of currently submitted permits:

  • Visit  and log into the account your created
  • Search for the project number your were given
  • After project number is located, select add to my account
  • Once the project is added to your account, you can track permit process


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