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 necessary thing for everyone's long term success.
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.
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|
|Airport Manager||Debora Pinto||979-337-7232|
|Planning Technician &
|Administrative Assistant||Sarah Hill||979-337-7211|
|Building Inspector||Cody Sorensen||979-337-7219|
|Code Compliance Inspector||Don Clark||979-337-7221|
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.
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:
Popular Links & Resources
- Permits & Applications Page
- Permits, Applications, & Inspections Fee Schedule
- Contractor Registration Form
- Code Of Ordinances
- Current Building Codes
- Comprehensive Plan, Plan 2040: Historic Past, Bold Future
- Monthly Building Permit Data
- Newly Adopted Sign Ordinance
- Non-Building Licensing & Permitting
- Asbestos Survey and Notification Requirements - TDSHA
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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 necessary thing 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 process all projects in an expedient manner to ensure costs associated with dealing with the City of Brenham are kept to a minimum.
Development Services Checklists & Helpful Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I Need A Permit?
- Site Plan Submission Requirements
- Commercial Plan Review Checklist
- Residential Plan Review Checklist
- Residential Site Plan Submittal Example
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
- Fee Schedule
- Utility Tap Fees
- Manufactured Home Installation Requirements
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 received.
- General Application Plan Review
- Building Permit Application
- Electrical Permit Application
- Mechanical Permit Application
- Plumbing Permit Application
- Fire Permit Application
- Sign Permit Application
- Network Node ROW Permit
- Construction Permit Application
- Floodplain Permit Application
Inspections must be scheduled one business day in advance by the contractor by calling 979-337-7220.
- Plat Application
- Preliminary Plat/Master Plan
- ROW Abandonment Permit
- Special Exception Application
- Variance Request (to Appendix A) Application
- Variance Request (to Subdivision Ordinance) Application
- Zone Change and Specific Use Permit Request Application
- Zoning Text Amendment Application
- Zoning Verification Form
Application Deadline Calendar
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.
Contractors that are licensed by the state must provide the city with a copy of their current license and driver's license. A Master may sign a statement that allows a person with a Journeyman's License to perform work under their license.
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 Development Services at 979-337-7220.
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 picked up at the Development Services Office (Main Lobby in City Hall), or by clicking here.
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 $25.00 along with a per-person badge fee of $10.00 (if applicable). All permits are valid for thirty (45) days from the date of issuance.
For more detailed information or assistance, please call the Development Services Office at 979-337-7220
- Fixed Food Establishment Permit Application
- Mobile Food Establishment Application & Guidelines
- Temporary Food Event Application
- Temporary Food Event Presentation
Development Codes & Ordinances
The following chapters of the Brenham Code of Ordinances pertaining to the Development Services Department:
- Chapter 6: Buildings and Structures
- Chapter 8: Fire Protection and Prevention
- Chapter 12: Health and Sanitation
- Chapter 14: Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes and Manufactured Home Parks
- Chapter 21: Signs
- Chapter 23: Subdivisions
- Appendix A: Zoning
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.
Design Standards & Specifications
Adopted Long-Range Plans
- Comprehensive Plan – Historic Past, Bold Future: Plan 2040
- Downtown Master Plan
- Parks Master Plan
- Library Strategic Plan
- Thoroughfare Plan
- Tourism Strategic Action Plan
- 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?
Brenham Texas City Hall
Development Services Hours
Monday - Friday - 8 am - 5 pm
City Hall Location
2. When is a permit required?
A permit is required when there is new construction to a building, remodeling or enlargement to a building as well as some repair work or alterations to an existing structure. Projects that are considered cosmetic such as new wallpaper, carpet, paint, cabinets or trim work does not require a permit. For any further information regarding when a permit is required, please contact the City of Brenham Development Services Department concerning your specific project at 979-337-7220.
See also: Do I need a permit?
3. How long does the review process take on residential and commercial projects?
The City of Brenham Development Service Department’s goal on the review all plans within a ten (10) business day period.
4. What is the cost of a permit?
The cost of each permit will vary according to the type of permit. Please refer to the City of Brenham Permit Fee Schedule for further information.
5. What forms of payment are accepted?
The City of Brenham accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Card, cash, and checks for payment on all building projects.
6. What is a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)
A Certificate of Occupancy or C.O. is required for all buildings or structures that are occupied or used. A Certificate of Occupancy or C.O. provides documentation that all required inspections were completed and the space is now available to be occupied. When a tenant leases a new space a C.O. shall be required.
7. Is a permit required to occupy or use a lease space?
Yes. A Certificate of Occupancy is required and must be applied for through the City of Brenham Development Services Department.
8. Can a portion of the building or structure be occupied prior to the completion of the entire building or structure?
A partial or condition Certificate of Occupancy can be issued by the City of Brenham Building Inspector under certain conditions.
9. When can utilities be turned on?
Utilities for construction purposed may be released after permits are issued and installations are inspected by the City of Brenham Building Inspector.
10. What construction can occur on property before issuance of a building permit, and when can dirt work being on a permit?
Permits are not required for site grading.
11. Can an application be made for a building permit while the site is being platted or zoning is pending?
Yes. However, the building permit will not be issued until all platting and zoning issues are approved.
12. Where can a plat be obtained for an existing platted property?
A plat can be obtained by contacting the City of Brenham Development Services Department at 979-337-7220 or the Washington County Clerk’s office at 979-277-6200.
13. Where can information be found on what uses are allowed on a particular property?
The following links will help you discover what uses are allowed on particular property:
14. How is a zoning change or a special use permit obtained on a parcel of land?
Apply for a zoning amendment with this form through the Development Services Department at 979-337-7220.
15. How are right-of-way dedication widths determined?
The Design Standards establish right-of-Way widths.
16. When is right-of-way required to be dedicated?
At the time of platting in accordance with the Design Standards.
17. How is a variance from the Zoning Ordinance obtained?
The Board of Adjustments must hold a Public Hearing. See Planning Applications
18. Can a variance or waiver be obtained to the Subdivision Ordinance?
If an applicant files an application for a variance for an item from the Subdivision Ordinance they will be required to go through the public hearing process. Ultimately, the Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council followed by City Council making and determination.