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    Planning and Development Services

    Modified Operations in Response to COVID-19

    The Development Services Department offices in the Bryan Municipal Office Building, 300 S. Texas Avenue, have re-opened to the public.

    For the safety of our customers and employees, no more than four (4) customers are allowed to enter the department’s lobby at one time so that we can practice the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing recommendations. All visitors must sign in at the security desk in the main entrance lobby.

    Customers are encouraged to continue to use this website for information regarding development-related activities, including the city’s online map portal.

    Thank you for helping us stay safe!

    Avoid Long Wait Times

    In order to avoid long customer wait times, you are strongly encouraged to continue to contact staff by phone, email, and/or fax during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

    No Cash Payments

    The department is not accepting cash payments at this time. Credit card payments are accepted over the phone.

    Planning and Development

    Building Permits/Inspections

    Changes to Specific Services

    Click on each section for details and guidance


    Planning and Development

    • For the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage electronic application submissions. Applications payments can be made over the phone at (979) 209-5030.
    • Planning staff are available by phone at (979) 209.5030 or email at planning@bryantx.gov. Walk-in staffer on-call service remains suspended.
    • (Pre-)development meetings are offered only via audio/video conference calls. In-person meetings remain suspended.
    • Please continue to check this site for possible changes to previously scheduled board and commission meetings (e.g., Planning and Zoning, Historic Landmark Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Building and Standards Commission).
    • There are no changes to the city’s Site Development Review Committee (SDRC) process. Applications and revisions to previously submitted applications for review by the SDRC should be emailed to sdrc@bryantx.gov.
    • For questions regarding the SDRC process, please contact Development Administrator Lauren Hovde at lhovde@bryantx.gov or at (979) 209-5030.

    Garage Sale Permits

    • For the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage electronic garage sale permit application submissions.
    • Customers wishing to obtain garage sale permits can request permits over the phone at (979) 209-5010 or by email to building@bryantx.gov. Customers must call (979) 209-5010 to remit permit fees and provide a valid email address. Staff will then email the garage sale permit for customers to print themselves so that it can be displayed during the sale.
    • We strongly encourage customers to follow CDC recommendations on social distancing when conducting garage sales.

    Building Permits (Residential and Commercial)

    • For the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage electronic permit application submissions.
    • Customers can call (979) 209-5010 to remit permit fees and provide a valid email address. Staff will email the permit for customers to print themselves and display on the job site.
    • Customers can expect city staff to continue to respond to building permit applications by email or phone within or before 10 business days from the date the application was received. Permit forms are available at here and can be emailed to building@bryantx.gov.
    • The department will not accept paper applications at this time.
    • Requested corrections to submitted permit applications must be sent by email directly to the plans reviewer, to building@bryantx.gov, or faxed to (979) 209-5035.
    • Contractor registrations must be emailed to building@bryantx.gov or faxed to (979) 209-5035.

    Building Inspections

    • For the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage electronic and over-the-phone building inspections scheduling.
    • Building inspections can be scheduled by calling 979.209.5010 or by emailing building@bryantx.gov.
    • On project sites, inspection personnel will be requesting limited in-person contact and practicing social distancing measures (e.g., maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others).
    • Non-essential interior inspections that do not have a life-safety component on occupied homes and businesses remain suspended until further notice. For these types of inspections, inspection personnel will contact permit holders individually and determine if remote inspections methods can be used to safely conduct an inspection.
    • Emergency inspections will be performed as determined necessary.

    Planning for Bryan’s Future

    As Bryan continues to grow as a community, the City has to have plans in place to manage that growth and assure that new infrastructure and development fits in with the character and quality of life that make Bryan unique. That’s where long-range planning comes in. The City’s Comprehensive Plan, and specific area plans, provide a vision to guide Bryan’s growth and development for the near term and for years to come.

    Who We Are, and What We Do

    The Development Services Department, which includes the Planning and Building Services divisions, plays a vital role in maintaining the vitality of the City of Bryan. The department provides citizens and development professionals with the information and support they need to expeditiously and safely design and build quality commercial and residential projects in our city.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Development Services Department is to provide quality customer services and education through teamwork and positive relationships to guide and promote development which helps build and maintain a valued community for current and future generations.

    Core Services

    • Administration of development related ordinances:
    • Ensuring that all construction occurs in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, and building codes
    • Issuing permits and licenses for construction, renovation, garage sales, vendors, solicitors, and signs
    • Identifying and coordinating the demolition of dangerous structures
    • Developing and implementing strategic plans for future growth and revitalization
    • Work with appointed boards, commissions, and committees to ensure development related issues are resolved in an expedient and professional manner

    Staff

    Director

    Assistant Director

    Development Administrator

    Planning Services

    For general planning inquiries, please contact Planning Services.

    Building Services

    For general building services inquiries, please contact Building Services.

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