Permits and Inspections

Inspection Procedure

 The City of Seguin has recently adopted amended building permit fees based on square footage due to recent legislation (House Bill 852:  Determining the amount of certain building permit and inspection fees) passed during the 86th Texas State Legislative Session.  

The amended fee list is provided below. 

 Amended Fee List-June 2019
(click on link to view new fee schedule)

Oscar Arevalo
Chief Building Official

What We Do

• Licenses
• Permits
• Pre-Construction Meetings
• Enforce Building Codes
• Inspections
• Floodplain Permits and Inspections

Adopted Codes

The City of Seguin has adopted the following codes:

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 National Fire Protection Code (IFC)
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2020 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • City Flood Ordinance and FEMA Guidelines
  • Seguin Unified Development Code

Do I Need a Permit?

In order to to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, roof, re-roof or change the occupancy of a building or structure or install  a fence, an application shall be made to the Building Official in order to obtain the required permit for the work. The licensed contractor for the project must submit the building permit application and building plans for review.  Property owners that own and occupy a residence as their homestead can submit an application for a permit in they conduct the the work themselves (see Seguin Code of Ordinances, Section 18-34).

The following work does not require a permit:

  • Painting
  • Minor repairs to a person’s residence*
  • Siding Installation
  • Window Replacement in an existing single-family home or duplex
  • Work on a homestead may be done by the property owner with the proper permits and in accordance with all required codes and city ordinances. The house must be owned AND occupied by the property owner and must be registered as the property owner's homestead with the Guadalupe County Appraisal District. If you hire out any phase of the building process, the contractor must be licensed with the City of Seguin.

Certificates of Occupancy for One- and Two- Family Dwellings

The report of the approved building final inspection serves as the Certificate of Occupancy for one- and two- family residential dwellings (single-family homes and duplex units). For one- and two- family dwellings, the City of Seguin does not issue a separate document following the approval of the final inspection.  Please see the attached letter from the Director of Planning & Codes for more information.

How Do I Apply?

Permit applications and fee information are available here.  Applications for building permits are made at the Building Inspection Department located at 108 E. Mountain Street.

  • If you have any questions, the Building Inspection staff will be glad to assist you.

*Application for Electric, Water and Wastewater are to be completed by a licensed contractor and should accompany the building permit application.

  • Apply online or search for active permits through our Citizen Portal

Contractor Registration and Licensing

The City of Seguin requires all contractors to be registered with Development Services Center prior to the issuance of any permit(s).  Development Services Center will help you obtain or renew your city issued licenses or contractor registration.  Registration requirements vary depending on the type of license or registration you are obtaining.  For more information, you may email the Permits Department: or call the main Permits line at 830-401-2435.

Click here for information on requirements to register with the City of Seguin.


Residential Inspection Guidelines

Click here for more information on common inspections.

General Inspection Information

Applications and Fees

Department applications, fees, and forms are located here.

Floodplain Information

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