Building Permits in Three Sentences

applicationA building permit is written permission from the appropriate authoritative entity(ies) to begin construction or alteration of an improvement. Municipalities typically legislate and enforce building codes in Texas. For this reason, a person who wants to build or alter an improvement should consult the ordinances of the particular municipality in which the improvement is located to determine whether a building permit is required, how to apply for a permit, and what happens after the application is made.

In our “Law 101″ posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

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