Building Safety



The Building Division processes building permit applications and conducts all inspections required for construction within the city limits. The inspectors examine work for compliance with building, gas, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes to ensure compliance with basic construction standards for health and safety. The City has adopted the ICC Code, 2018 Edition and the 2017 edition of the National Electric Code (NEC).

The New Braunfels Building Division is responsible for the implementation of all Building Codes and City Ordinances during the construction, alteration, and improvement of the built environment to secure the beneficial interests of public life, health, and welfare. The Building Division is also charged with retention of the greatest reduction in insurance premiums for the citizens by participation in the Community Rating System and Building Code effectiveness grading schedule as well as assurance that all construction is performed by licensed and/or registered contractors. The Building Division is also responsible for the minimization of the potential for flood damage to structures in a cost effective manner as well as the timely response to the questions, issues, and concerns of the citizens of New Braunfels on matters related to the function of the Building Division.

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  1. Building Safety

    Fax: (830) 608-2117

When To Use A...

  1. Registered Architect
  2. Professional Engineer

When to use a registered architect:

Determine Required Services

The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners has created a flowchart to better explain the requirements. This chart may help you decide if your project requires the services of a registered architect. 

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  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Important Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Permit?: The City of New Braunfels requires a permit any time a homeowner or general contractor intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure or land, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, irrigation, or plumbing system.

What Kind of Permit Do I Need?: The types of permits both residential and commercial are listed on our Permit Portal page.

Can I Submit a Permit Online?: Yes. Go to our Online Permit Portal. You will need to create a login and password and have a valid email address. Once account is created, you can also pay for the permit through the portal. If you are having trouble creating an account please see the Permit Portal Guide.

How Can I Search for Active Permits?: You can search for active permits in New Braunfels by address, permit number or general location by visiting the Permit Search & Status page.