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Overview

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).

  1. Building Safety


    Phone: (830) 221-4060
    Fax: (830) 608-2117

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Responsibilities

The New Braunfels Building Division of the Planning and Community Development Department is responsible for the following:

  • 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.
  • Retention of the greatest reduction in insurance premiums for the citizens by participation in the Community Rating System and Building Code effectiveness grading schedule.
  • Assurance that all construction is performed by licensed and/or registered contractors.
  • Minimization of the potential for flood damage to structures in a cost effective manner.
  • Timely response to the questions, issues and concerns of the citizens of New Braunfels on matters related to the above functions of the Building Division.

When To Use A...

  1. Registered Architect
  2. Professional Engineer

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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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.


The City of New Braunfels adopted the 2018 editions of the International Building / International Residential Codes (IBC/IRC) and the 2017 edition of the National Electric Code (NEC) as of January 28, 2019. The Building Division has copies of the ordinance incorporating the new changes.

At this time, all construction work within the city must be completed by general contractors who are registered with the city. Plumbers, electricians, and mechanical contractors must be licensed by the state and registered with the city. Both the licensing and registration have applicable fees.