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Development Services

 
 
 

About Development Services

The City of Brenham would like to thank you for choosing our City for your future project. We consider our community stakeholders our customers and partners for a viable long-term successful community. We welcome all new projects to our community and believe a diverse economy is not only a good thing but a necessity for everyone's long-term success.

Department Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 1059, Brenham, TX 77834-1059
Physical Address: City Hall, 200 W. Vulcan St., Brenham, TX 77833

Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday

Main Contact Phone: 979-337-7220
Inspection Request Line: 979-337-7220

Main Fax: 979-337-7218

General Email Inquiries: Please contact Sarah Hill.

 

Contact Us

Main Contact Phone: 979-337-7220

Development Services Director Stephanie Doland 979-337-7269
City Planner Shauna Laauwe, AICP 979-337-7215
Building Official Allen Jacobs 979-337-7214
Assistant Building Official David Doelitsch 979-337-7216
Environmental Health Specialist Mark Pierce 979-337-7213
Interim Airport Manager Jim Halley 979-337-7232
Airport Operations Manager David Kappelmann 979-337-7245
Planning Technician &
Airport Coordinator
Kim Hodde 979-337-7212
Administrative Assistant Sarah Hill 979-337-7211
Building Inspector Cody Sorensen 979-337-7219
Code Compliance Inspector Don Clark 979-337-7221
GIS/Mapping Mason Patranella 979-337-7421

Development Services works closely with Public Utilities, Engineering, Airport, and Brenham Economic Development to carry out its mission.

Mission

The Development Services Department strives to provide the public with support and information to build and maintain an attractive city in which to live, work, and play.

Principal Responsibilities

The Development Services Department offers professional advice and technical expertise on development-related topics. Specifically, the department provides development services including zoning, platting, land use, building permits, sign permits, inspections, code enforcement, and health inspections. The department is comprised of the following four divisions:

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Development Permits and Applications Permits and Applications

The City of Brenham would like to thank you for choosing our City for your future project. We consider our community stakeholders our customers and partners for a viable long-term successful community. We welcome all new projects to our community and believe a diverse economy is not only a good thing but a necessity for everyone's long-term success. We also understand the costs associated with new or existing remodel construction projects. We will do our best to work with our customers to make sure we can expediently process all projects to ensure costs associated with dealing with the City of Brenham are kept to a minimum.

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Jump to Vendor/Solicitor, Mobile Home, Health & Food Safety, or Noise Permit/Special Event/Parade Requests

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Development Services Checklists & Helpful Information

Building Permits

Permit applications along with a set of plans are required for projects within the City. There is a ten business day plan review process unless special circumstances/delays occur which could extend the plan review process. No work may be performed until a permit has been issued by the City and permit fees have been received.

Permits and applications can now be submitted 24/7 through the online Accela portal. To begin, please go to the

online PERMIT portal


The following permit applications are to be submitted via traditional fillable form:

Inspections

Inspections must be scheduled one business day in advance by the contractor. To schedule inspections use the online permit portalemail us, or call 979-337-7220.

Online Permit Portal

Planning Applications

The City of Brenham is transitioning to an online permitting and plan review software known as Accela. We welcome you to apply through our online portal. The following permits and applications can be submitted 24/7 through the online Accela portal. To begin, please go to the

online PERMIT portal

  • Subdivision - Preliminary Plat
  • Subdivision - Final Plat
  • Replat
  • Variance Request
  • Special Exception
  • Specific Use Permit
  • Rezoning
  • Planned Unit Development

The following planning applications are to be submitted via traditional fillable form:

Application Deadline Calendar

Contractor Resources

Insurance

Residential and commercial general contractors shall provide general liability insurance. Residential and commercial subcontractors shall provide general liability insurance. The City of Brenham is required to be the Certificate Holder.

State License

Contractors who are licensed by the State must provide the City with a copy of their current license and driver's license. A Master license holder may sign a statement that allows a person with a Journeyman's License to perform work under their license.

Mobile Home Park Permits

The City of Brenham requires the owners of all mobile home parks within the city limits to obtain an annual Mobile Home Park Permit in the name of their park.

Permits cost $5.00 per space and must be renewed every January 1st. To apply for a Mobile Home Park Permit, please contact the office of the City Secretary at 979-337-7375.

Vendor/Solicitor Permits

The City requires that all vendors, solicitors, peddlers, and handbill distributors obtain a permit before operating within the city limits. Applications for vendors/solicitors permits can be downloaded here or can be picked up at the Development Services Office (2nd-floor lobby in City Hall).

As outlined in the City's ordinance, once an application is submitted, the City will investigate the truth and accuracy of the information provided and a permit will be issued within five (5) business days. If for any reason an application is denied, the applicant will be notified in writing.

The cost of a permit is $30.00 along with a per-person badge fee of $10.00 (if applicable). All permits are valid for forty-five (45) days from the date of issuance.

For more detailed information or assistance, please call the Development Services Office at 979-337-7220

Health & Food Safety Applications

See also, Health and Food Safety page

 

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Development Codes and Ordinances Development Codes & Ordinances

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Municipal Code

The following chapters of the Brenham Code of Ordinances pertaining to the Development Services Department:

Adopted Building Codes

The City of Brenham has adopted the 2018 version of the International Building Codes, including the following codes:

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
  • 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

Please reference Chapter 6: Building and Structures of the Brenham Code of Ordinances for a complete list of local amendments to the adopted codes.

Note: Please click here to see a summary of significant changes between the 2015 and 2018 adopted codes.

Public Infrastructure & Design Standards

Adopted Long-Range Plans

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Building Department: Residential and Commercial use Building Permits - questions 1-11
  • Planning and Development: Land Use and Local Ordinances - Questions 12-18

1. Where is the City of Brenham Development Service Department located and what are the hours of operation?

2. When is a permit required?

3. How long does the review process take on residential and commercial projects?

4. What is the cost of a permit?

5. What forms of payment are accepted?

6. What is a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)

7. Is a permit required to occupy or use a lease space?

8. Can a portion of the building or structure be occupied prior to the completion of the entire building or structure?

9. When can utilities be turned on?

10. What construction can occur on property before issuance of a building permit, and when can dirt work being on a permit?

11. Can an application be made for a building permit while the site is being platted or zoning is pending?

12. Where can a plat be obtained for an existing platted property?

13. Where can information be found on what uses are allowed on a particular property?

14. How is a zoning change or a special use permit obtained on a parcel of land?

15. How are right-of-way dedication widths determined?

16. When is right-of-way required to be dedicated?

17. How is a variance from the Zoning Ordinance obtained?

18. Can a variance or waiver be obtained to the Subdivision Ordinance?