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City of Austin, TX permitting process - Looking for Advice

Nathan Jolly
Posted Feb 28 2024, 06:56

My brother and I are closing on a home under COA jurisdiction that will require permitting. Are there any requirements, loopholes, or pitfalls that we should expect? Are there any specifications on dumpster sizes, work hours, safety equipment, etc.? We plan to act as the GC for permit coordination, but mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors will file their permits individually under our GC status. Will we need liability insurance acting as the GC? Do we need to submit plans with permits for repairs and flips?

General Plan:

1) Close on home.

2) Request to close previous open total demolition permit and plumbing permit.

3) File for an Emergency Repair permit and new demolition permit under our name.

4) Get inspections done for framing, MEP, etc as required.

5) Perform repairs

Notes on the home:

This is an extensive gut rehab. Fire has damaged 1 exterior wall and approx 1/2 of the roof trusses and roof. The structural appears to be solid, and all wall framing is in good condition. We will need to perform all new MEP work in addition to updating the finishes. The footprint and layout of the home will not change per the requirements of an Emergency Repair permit.

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Nathan Jolly
Replied Feb 28 2024, 07:29

Important note: a GC license is not required in the state of Texas to act as your own GC. 

https://www.nextinsurance.com/blog/texas-general-contractor-...

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Rick Pozos
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Rick Pozos
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  • San Antonio, TX
Replied Feb 29 2024, 08:11

You do not need a GC license, BUT you will most likely be required to be registered with the city as a contractor and have insurance to be able to pull permits. BUT to get insurance as a GC you are going to have to jump through some hoops since you dont have a construction company and you are doing a major rehab. I am sure if you were going to install a couple of windows they would give the homeowner a permit to do that, but it sounds like you are doing quite a bit more work.

Every city and county is a little different. Go talk with them and see what they require.

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