Permits and Inspections

Due to the record-setting winter storm, the City of Seguin is allowing emergency repairs
to be conducted prior to obtaining the necessary permits.

Work on electrical systems, heating systems and plumbing lines that require immediate repair
can be conducted on an emergency basis prior to obtaining the required City permit. Permits
can be obtained from the City of Seguin when offices re-open on Monday, Feb. 22.

What to do if your pipes burst:

  • Document your damage by taking pictures
  • Contact a plumber. Click here for a list of licensed plumbing contractors who are registered with the City of Seguin.
  • Contact your homeowners insurance (most homeowner policies cover sudden and accidental water damage)
  • Contact your flood insurance (in the event your homeowners doesn’t cover)
  • Keep all receipts (pending reimbursement plan from state/federal partners)

For frozen pipes that are thawing and causing leaks, please be aware that plumbing permits
are not required when a property owner or licensed plumber performs emergency repairs to
or replacement of freeze-damaged or leaking concealed piping, provided the new piping
doesn't exceed 5 feet in length.


Inspection Procedure

 The City of Seguin has recently adopted amended building permit fees based on square footage due to recent legislation (House Bill 852:  Determining the amount of certain building permit and inspection fees) passed during the 86th Texas State Legislative Session.  

The amended fee list is provided below. 

 Amended Fee List-June 2019
(click on link to view new fee schedule)

Oscar Arevalo
Chief Building Official

What We Do

• Licenses
• Permits
• Pre-Construction Meetings
• Enforce Building Codes
• Inspections
• Floodplain Permits and Inspections

Codes in Effect

The City of Seguin has adopted the following Codes:

  • 2011 National Electric Code – Adopted by the State of Texas
  • 2015 National Fire Protection Code
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Building Code
  • City Flood Ordinance and FEMA Guidelines
  • Seguin Unified Development Code

Do I Need a Permit?

In order to to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, roof, re-roof or change the occupancy of a building or structure or install  a fence, an application shall be made to the Building Official in order to obtain the required permit for the work. The licensed contractor for the project must submit the building permit application and building plans for review.  Property owners that own and occupy a residence as their homestead can submit an application for a permit in they conduct the the work themselves (see Seguin Code of Ordinances, Section 18-34).

The following work does not require a permit:

  • Painting
  • Minor repairs to a person’s residence*
  • Siding Installation
  • Work on a homestead may be done by the property owner with the proper permits and in accordance with all required codes and city ordinances. The house must be owned AND occupied by the property owner and must be registered as the property owner's homestead with the Guadalupe County Appraisal District. If you hire out any phase of the building process, the contractor must be licensed with the City of Seguin.

Garage Sale Permits

Having a garage sale?  A permit is required.  To get a permit, bring $5.00 and proof of address (Driver’s License or utility bill) to the Building Inspection Department located at the Development Services Center at 108 E. Mountain Street.  Permits are issued the same day Monday - Friday.

How Do I Apply?

Permit applications and fee information are available here.  Applications for building permits are made at the Building Inspection Department located at 108 E. Mountain Street.

  • If you have any questions, the Building Inspection staff will be glad to assist you.

*Application for Electric, Water and Wastewater are to be completed by a licensed contractor and should accompany the building permit application.

  • Apply online or search for active permits through our Citizen Portal


Permitted work must be performed by a City of Seguin Licensed Contractor.
How to Obtain a Contractor’s License

Click here for a step-by-step guide to online testing through Pearsonvue.

Click here for more information on trade licenses.


Residential Inspection Guidelines

Click here for more information on common inspections.

General Inspection Information

Applications and Fees

Department applications, fees, and forms are located here.

Floodplain Information

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