Abernathy

Building

 

Overview

The City of Abernathy adopted the 2018 editions of the International Building / International Residential Codes (IBC/IRC) and the 2017 edition of the National Electric Code (NEC) as of January 8, 2018.

 

Responsibilities

The City of Abernathy has developed a building permit process that is responsible for the following:

  • Implementation of all Building Codes and City Ordinances during the construction, alteration and improvement of the built environment to secure the beneficial interests of public life, health, and welfare.
  • Retention of the greatest reduction in insurance premiums for the citizens by participation in the Community Rating System and Building Code effectiveness grading schedule.
  • Assurance that all construction is performed by licensed and/or registered contractors. (see licenses below)
  • Minimization of the potential for flood damage to structures in a cost effective manner.
  • Timely response to the questions, issues and concerns of the citizens of Abernathy on matters related to the above.
  • The city has hired an outside contractor to process building permit applications and conduct all inspections required for construction within the city limits. The inspectors examine work for compliance with building, gas, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes to ensure compliance with basic construction standards for health and safety. The City has adopted the ICC Code, 2018 Edition and the 2017 edition of the National Electric Code (NEC).

 

Construction Permits

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 For building permits within a “Special Flood Hazard Area” on a flood map issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you MUST obtain a Floodplain Development Permit from the City before a Building permit will be issued. (See the requirements for this below.)

Abernathy Zoning Ordinance 310 has certain setback requirements for every type of construction. The permit application may be denied if the proposed construction is outside of the designated setback area.

For questions regarding permit requirements, Flood Hazard Areas or zoning setbacks, contact City Hall.

 

Building Permits

You are required to have a building permit if you are constructing, erecting, or moving in:

  • Any residential or commercial building.
  • A carport, pergola, gazebo, or deck
  • Any accessory (storage or shop) building larger than 200 square feet
  • Any addition or alteration to an existing residential or commercial building
  • A swimming pool

Before the city can issue a building permit, you must submit a Building Permit Application. A plan review will be conducted by the City Inspector. All applications for building permit must include:

  • One complete set of plans and specifications
  • Foundation detail*
  • Plat showing property lines, existing buildings, and proposed new construction.
  • Texas Architectural Barriers Act / EABPRJ# (for commercial projects valued over $50,000)

*A foundation detail is required for all types of construction listed above, however a complete set of plans and specifications may not be required by the building inspector for certain types of construction.

Construction that does not require a permit includes:

  • Cement flatwork
  • Fences
  • Siding replacement
  • Window replacement
  • Roofing repairs
  • Other alterations and repair work determined by the building official to be of a minor nature.

 

Plumbing Permits

Plumbing permits are required for:

  • New construction with plumbing services or fixtures
  • Yard gas line installation or replacement
  • Propane installation
  • Installation of new water, sewer and/or gas/propane lines in an existing building

Plumbing permits are not required for:

  • Repair or replacement of faucets
  • Sewer line clearing
  • Water heater replacement
  • Other minor plumbing repairs

Electrical Permits

Electrical permits are required for:

  • New construction with electrical services attached
  • Meter Socket Replacement*
  • Electrical line replacement
  • Installation of new wiring in an existing building

Electrical permits are not required for:

  • Minor electrical repairs

*Xcel Energy serves the vast majority of services within the city. They may have special requirements involving meter sockets that are independent and stricter than the required city codes.

NOTICE: if you are making electrical repairs to more than 50% of an existing electrical system, all electrical elements must be brought into compliance with the current electrical code.

 
Mechanical Permits

Mechanical permits are required for:

  • New construction with mechanical services attached
  • Installation of an HVAC system on an existing home where one hasn't been previously installed.

Mechanical permits are not required for:

  • Minor mechanical repairs or servicing.
  • Replacement of an existing HVAC system
  • Installation or expansion of a duct system in an existing building.

 
Irriagtion Permits

Irrigation permits are required for:

  • Installation of new or replacement irrigation systems

Irrigation permits are not required for:

  • Minor repairs to an existing irrigation system.

Contractor repairing or installing an irrigation system must have a license issued by TCEQ. Homeowners may install or repair their own irrigation system, providing it is your homestead and you are not intending to sell it in the next twelve months.

A Backflow Assembly Test Report is required for all new irrigation systems. This must be conducted by a licensed TCEQ Backflow Tester. Periodic testing is required.

 

Permit Fees

Permit fees are as follows:

Building permit    $35

+
 $0.05 per sq. ft.
Plumbing Permit    $35

+
 $0.05 per sq. ft.
Electrical Permit    $35

+
 $0.05 per sq. ft.
Mechanical Permit    $35

+
 $0.05 per sq. ft.
Irrigation Permit    $40  

All permit fees must be paid with the submission of a Building Permit Application . In the event permit(s) is/are not issued for some reason, the amount paid will be refunded. Once the permit has been issued, the amount paid is non-refundable.

 

Inspections

To schedule an inspection, contact City Hall.

Failure to obtain a required inspection may result in you having to de-construct for inspection and/or the inability to permanently connect to city services.

Residential inspections (typical)

  •  Temp Power Pole (if necessary)
  •  Gas, Sewer & Water Yard Line
  •  Foundation Inspection (prior to pouring concrete)
  •  Drain Waste & Vent Inspection
  •  Slab Inspection (prior to pouring concrete)
  •  FEMP (to be completed in same site visit only)
 
  •  Framing
 
  •  Electrical, rough
 
  •  Plumbing, rough
 
  •  Gas, rough
 
  •  Mechanical rough
  •  Final

*Your permit may require fewer inspections, depending on the nature of the project.

Commercial and Industrial Inspections

Many of the required inspections are the same as for residential. Because there are many types of commercial or industrial construction elements, fewer or more inspections may be required. You are encouraged to check with the City Inspector for which inspections will be required, specific to your project.

 

Expiration of Permits

Permits expire if work has not started within 180 days, or if the work has stopped for 180 days. The permit may be extended one time, if requested in writing prior to expiration.

Licenses

All plumbers, electricians, and mechanical contractors must be licensed by the state.

Contractors performing work on HVAC, electrical, plumbing, or fire sprinkler systems must show proof of licensure by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation prior to any inspection.

You can perform any construction work on a home that you own without a licnese, providing it is your homestead and you are not building or remodeling the home with the specific intention of selling it in the next twelve months. In this case, the building permit application has an affidavit that must be signed which states:

"I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE WORK DESCRIBED ON THIS PERMIT APPLICATION WILL BE INSTALLED BY ME IN MY OWN HOME, WHICH IS OR WILL BE MY LEGAL RESIDENCE AND DECLARED AS MY HOMESTEAD WITH THE HALE OR LUBBOCK COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT. I FURTHER CERTIFY THAT I AGREE THAT I HAVE NOT OBTAINED OR HELD A BUILDING PERMIT WITHIN ANY TWO (2) YEAR PERIOD AS A HOMEOWNER FOR WORK AT THREE (3) DIFFERENT ADDRESSES. I AGREE THAT ALL WORK SHALL BE INSTALLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CITY OF ABERNATHY BUILDING CODE. I WILL COOPERATE WITH THE CITY OF ABERNATHY INSPECTOR AND ASSUME THE RESPONSIVBILITY TO ARRANGE THE REQUIRED INSPECTIONS."

 

Floodplain Development

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance to individuals at much lower premiums than could otherwise be purchased through private insurers, and makes certain federal monies available to local communities. In order for citizens to be eligible for the national flood insurance rates, or for communities to receive certain kinds of federal monies, the community must agree to meet minimum floodplain standards.

The City of Abernathy has adopted a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. This ordinance can be found in Article 3.05 of the Abernathy Code of Ordinances.

If the property which you propose to develop is located within a “Special Flood Hazard Area” on a flood map issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you MUST obtain a Floodplain Development Permit prior to beginning the project. There are penalties for failing to do so.

To see if your property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area, search the FEMA Flood Map Service Center and follow the instructions on that page.

At this time, FEMA has designated all Special Flood Hazard Areas in the city as "Zone A" - without base flood elevations.

*NOTE the issuance of a Floodplain Development Permit does not automatically exempt you from having to purchase flood insurance. You may buy flood insurance for your own peace of mind, you may be required to buy it before a lending institution will make or refinance a loan, or you may not be buying flood insurance at all.

Required submissions may include: