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FAQs

ARCADE LICENSE

I want to put a vending machine in my place of business. Do I need a permit?

There is no Arcade License in La Porte However, Chapter 10 (Amusements), Sect. 10-31 thru 10-83 does regulate "Coin-Operated Machines." Machines must be registered annually with the city and a decal is issued for each machine. Registration and decals are handled by the Inspections Division of the City (Monday-Friday 7am-6pm) 604 W. Fairmont Parkway.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS

How do I arrange for building inspections?

The City offers a 24-hour Inspection Line 281-470-5130. Please leave the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Permit Application Number
  • Inspection Address
  • Type of Inspection Desired

BUILDING PERMITS

What size building requires a building permit? All buildings require a building permit.

Where do I go to get a building permit?

Permits can be obtained from the Inspections Division of the City, Monday-Friday 7am-6pm. We are located at City Hall - 604 W. Fairmont Parkway.

How much does a permit cost?

Methods for calculating construction permit fees vary with the different types of permits. You may contact us at 281-470-5073 and we can provide you with a permit fee schedule or we will be happy to assist you in calculating the fee.

Can a homeowner get his/her own construction permit?

With the completion of a construction homestead affidavit, a homeowner may obtain a permit for remodeling, repairs, and additions to his/her home. This affidavit waives the insurance and licensing requirements applicable to contractors.


CLEARING

Is a permit required if I want to clear my land?

Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073 for information and guidelines on Clearing Permits.

CONTRACTORS

Where does a contractor register to work in La Porte?

The City has no requirement for the registration of contractors, however, to obtain a permit, contractors are required to file an insurance certificate with the City.

The Inspection Division does maintain a "courtesy" contractor list that is available for handout. However, please note this is a "courtesy" only and the City does not recommend any contractor.

Inspections can be reached by calling 281-470-5073.

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

Who do I call to get a permit for certain construction work?

The Inspection Division issues construction permits and can be reached at 281-470-5073.

The following represent some of the many permits handled by that Division:

  • Building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical - new, additions, & remodels
  • Driveways
  • Accessory Buildings
  • Roofing - Replacements
  • Demolition
  • Signs
  • Fences

CONSTRUCTION PLANS

Who reviews construction plans in La Porte?

The City's Inspection Division does construction plan review for the City. They can be reached by calling 281-470-5073.

DEEDS

Where can I get a copy of the deed to my property?

An individual can contact the Harris County Courthouse Real Property Records Division at 713-755-6439.

DEMOLISHING A BUILDING

I want to tear down an old detached garage that is behind my house. Do I need a permit?

Yes, a demolition permit is required. Contact the Inspection Division at 281-470-5073.

FENCES

I want to build a fence that is 8-feet high. Who do I contact about regulations?

The City's Zoning regulations address fence heights. Contact the Inspection Division at 281-470-5073.

GRAND OPENING -

I have opened a new business and would like to have a grand opening. Will I need permission from the City to do this?

The City does not have a Grand Opening Permit.

HOME BUSINESS

I want to have a business in my home. What do I need to do?

The City's Zoning regulations address home occupations. Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073.


MOVING A BUILDING

I want to move a small storage building onto my property. Do I need a permit?

Yes, a permit is needed. The City's Zoning regulations address placement of structures. Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073.


NEW BUSINESS

I want to open a business in an existing building.  Do I need a permit?

As a minumum, a Zoning Permit is required.  The type of business determines other required permits.  Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073.


POOLS

Do I need a permit to put a swimming pool in my backyard?

Yes, a permit is needed.  Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073.

Do I need to put a fence around my swimming pool?

Yes, a fence is required.  Contact the Inspections Division at 281-47-5073.


ROOFING

Do I need a permit to re-roof my own home?

Yes, a permit is needed and the correct type of shingles is critical. Contact the Inspections Division at 281-470-5073 or visit our website at www.laportetx.gov

SIGNS

I want to put a sign on my business. Do I need a permit?

Yes, a permit is needed. The City's Zoning regulations address sign issues. Contact Inspections Division at 281-470-5073.