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.
The City of Abernathy has developed a building permit process that is responsible for the following:
You are required to have a building permit if you are constructing, erecting, or moving in:
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:
*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:
Plumbing permits are required for:
Plumbing permits are not required for:
Electrical permits are required for:
Electrical permits are not required for:
*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 are required for:
Mechanical permits are not required for:
Irrigation permits are required for:
Irrigation permits are not required for:
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 are as follows:
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.
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)
*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.
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:
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: