Building Services

Building Services is responsible for the issuance of permits for construction, vendors, solicitors, signs and garage sales.  Building Services also performs building inspections prior to occupancy of structures, during construction/remodeling, and to determine whether structures are safe or if structures should be demolished per Dangerous Structures Ordinance.

Services offered by Building Services:

Do I need a permit? / ¿Necesito Obtener un Permiso?

Building Services National Electrical Code Adoption Update:

The 2011 National Electrical Code is now in effect for the City of Bryan:

City notes on major changes since the 2005 National Electrical Code:

Adopted Codes and Amendments

The following building codes and ordinances have been adopted by the City of Bryan:

Permit and Inspection Fees

Building Plan Review

Building Plan Review is performed to ensure that proposed structures comply with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, and building codes in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the structure’s occupants. Information regarding the requirements and review times for various residential and commercial construction documents, as well as professional qualifications for architects and engineers and requirements for construction permits are listed below.

Residential (New & Remodeled)

Two complete sets of scaled drawings (8.5 x 11 Format), which include:

  • Site Plan
  • Foundation Plan & Details
  • Floor Plan & Details (Existing and Proposed: Remodels)
  • Structural/Framing Plans & Details
  • Interior & Exterior HVAC unit locations
  • Electrical Plan
  • Plumbing Fixture Locations, including Water Heater
  • All Exterior Elevations & Roof Plan
  • Energy Compliance Calculations (REScheck)

Review Time: 24 hours (Typical)

For a more detailed list of requirements, click here: Residential Permit Requirements


Two complete sets of scaled drawings, which include:

Review Time: 10 Business Days (Typical)

For a more detailed list of requirements, click here: Commercial Permit Requirements

View Commercial Building Design Guidelines and Color Palette

Swimming Pools, Spa or Hot Tub

Two complete sets of scaled drawings (8.5 x 11 inch Format), which include a site plan showing:

  • property lines
  • setbacks
  • easements
  • all existing structures
  • the location of required screening fence

Review Time: 24 hours (Typical)

Signs, Fences, Accessory Buildings, Carports, Etc.

Two complete sets of scaled drawings (8.5 x 11 inch Format), which include a site plan showing:

  • property lines
  • setbacks
  • easements
  • all existing structures
  • the location of the proposed structure

Review Time: 24 hours (Typical)

City Architect/Engineering Requirements (in addition to State Requirements)

The design professional shall be an architect or engineer legally registered under the laws of the State of Texas and shall affix his official seal to said drawings, specifications, and accompanying data for the following:

  1. All Group A, E, and I occupancies
  2. Buildings or structures three (3) or more stories high
  3. Buildings or structures 5,000 square feet or more in area

Contractor Permits (All Types)

Completed permit application with description of work.

Review Time: Same day (Typical)

Building Inspections

Building inspections are required to ensure that construction is proceeding according to the submitted and approved development plans, and meets all current and applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and building codes.

It is the contractor’s responsibility to schedule all inspections by contact Building Services with the site address of the project and the type of inspection needed.

Inspections are required prior to:

  • Pouring/placement of concrete, brick, or sheet rock
  • Covering electrical, plumbing, mechanical work, or fire-sprinkler systems
  • Covering insulation
  • Covering floor and wall framing
  • Installation of commercial kitchen hoods and fire suppression systems

Building Inspection Sequence

Disclaimer: Below is the recommended sequence of building inspections for both residential and commercial construction. Although the Development Services department strongly encourages that builders and developers schedule inspections for their projects in the order listed below, we recognize that there will be exceptions. The actual sequence of inspections, excluding final inspections, will be determined by the specific phase(s) of construction completed at the time the inspection(s) is/are requested. A Slab or Foundation inspection is only performed after the Plumbing rough in, and a Building Frame Inspection is only performed after the other rough-in’s and the plumbing top out.  The Building Final is always last (No exceptions).


  • Plumbing Rough In
  • Slab or Foundation Inspection & Piers
  • Electrical Rough In
  • Mechanical Rough In
  • Plumbing Top out
  • Building Frame Inspection
  • Building Insulation Inspection
  • Electrical Final
  • Mechanical Final
  • Plumbing Final
  • Building Final


  • Plumbing rough in
  • Slab Inspection & Piers
  • Electrical Rough in or wall cover
  • Mechanical Rough in (can wait until ceiling cover)
  • Plumbing Top out (can wait until ceiling cover)
  • Building Frame Inspection
  • Building Insulation Inspection
  • Electrical Ceiling Cover
  • Electrical Final
  • Plumbing Final
  • Mechanical Final
  • Building Final


Again, all other inspections for a specific phase needs to be performed and passed before a Building Slab, Frame or Final can be performed.

Inspection request received before 8:00 AM, Monday thru Friday, will be schedule the same day. Request received after 8:00 AM, Monday thru Friday, will be scheduled the following business day.