Permits, Building Inspections & Code Information
Permits are required for nearly all improvements done to a residential or commercial property. Fences, driveways, roofing, swimming pools, as well as any electrical, mechanical, plumbing or general construction of a structure requires a building permit. A structure includes the main building as well as accessory buildings such as a storage unit, gazebo, etc.
The dismantling of a structure also requires a permit – a demolition permit. Nearly any commercial dismantling or remodeling will also require an Asbestos Survey (required by the State of Texas).
The Planning and Development Department's provides services including building permits, building construction inspections, code enforcement, and construction plan reviews for residential, commercial and miscellaneous construction. This allows better interaction among those persons responsible for ensuring the residents’ safety.
The City of Borger's Planning and Development Department has implemented MyGov, a software program that enables citizens and registered contractors to access building permit and code enforcement information.
Energy Code Requirements
- Ceiling Insulation - R49
- Climate Zone - 4
- Floor - R19
- Foundation Type - Slab Perimeter R10
- Snow Load - 20 pounds per square inch (psi)
- Wall Insulation - R20 or R13 + 5
- Wind Load - 90 miles per hour
- Window Glazing - Ufactor - 35
Current Codes Adopted
- 2018 International Building Code
- 2018 International Energy Code
- 2018 International Existing Building Code
- 2012 International Fire Code
- 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
- 2018 International Mechanical Code
- 2018 International Property Code
- 2018 International Residential Code
- 2018 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
- Most Current Addition National Electrical Code
- Why do I need a permit?
- What happens if I go ahead and build without a permit?
- I’ve worked on construction projects for a long time. I’m not an amateur and there has never been a problem with my work. Why do I still have to get a permit?
- With all the construction going on in my jurisdiction, how would I get caught if I don’t get a permit?
- What powers do the permit offices have to enforce their permitting rules?
- How are permit fees used? What exactly am I paying for?
- It’s my property. I do not have a mortgage. I do not plan to carry insurance on my structure. Why can’t I build whatever I want? Why do I have to get my building inspected?
- I think my neighbor is building without a permit. What should I do?