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Commercial Building Permits

APPLICABLE CODES

  1. 2009 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
  2. 2009 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONVERSATION CODE
  3. 2009 INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE
  4. 2009 INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE
  5. 2009 INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE
  6. 2009 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE (WITH AMENDMENTS)
  7. 2012 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

BUILDING CODES

The City of Keene has adopted building codes to assure that buildings constructed in the City are safe for use by our citizens. The adopted codes are the minimum regulations necessary to ensure that buildings are to an acceptable level of safety and durability.

PERMITS REQUIRED

pdficon small  Commercial Building Permit Application

To verify construction conformance with the City’s building codes, permits and inspections are required for all work involving structures or buildings. Listed below are examples of work or activities for which permits are required. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. We suggest that you call the Building Services Department when in doubt.

  1. Building alterations, both interior and exterior.
  2. Building additions.
  3. New construction.
  4. Work involving electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and ductwork.
  5. Foundation, walls and excavations for the same.
  6. Relocating or adding partition walls (bearing or non-bearing).
  7. Installation of any building equipment such as air conditioners, signs, ect…
  8. Furnace and water heater replacement.
  9. Pools, spas and hot tubs.
  10. Changing the use of a building may require a permit to bring the building into compliance. In all cases the tenant must apply for Business License that requires approval from the Building Department and Fire Marshal.

ADDITIONAL PERMITS

  1. Day Care establishment, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarms, and Kitchen Hoods are permitted through the Fire Marshal’s Office.
  2. Signs, Electrical, Plumbing, and Food related establishments, public pools, and day care establishments are permitted through the Building Department.

PRE SUBMITTAL MEETING

Developers and contractors may set up a meeting with the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal for assistance and advice on City policies, codes, ordinances and regulations. A meeting is not a mandatory requirement of a permit application process however, it is highly recommended. This meeting is to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, contact Arcela Borland at (817) 641-3336 ext 40.

PRE-SUBMITTAL QUESTIONS

The Building Department:

  • Verify that the property is platted. If property is not platted discuss the platting process;
  • Verify that your property is zoned to allow your proposed use and discuss zoning change if the proposed use is not permitted under the current zoning;
  • Discuss the project address;
  • Establish the required off-street parking and loading requirements;
  • Determine bulk standards such as height, size, and setback restrictions;
  • Determine landscape requirements;
  • Determine conditions, restrictions and/or requirements for building materials, screening, architectural design and other requirements;
  • Determine if the proposed site is regulated by the residential adjacency requirements;
  • Answer Building Code related questions;
  • Answer submittal requirement questions.

The Fire Department

  • Verify life safety requirements;
  • Answer Fire Code related questions;
  • Verify fire hydrant and fire lane requirements.

The Engineering Department

  • Verify the drainage and grading requirements for the proposed site;

The Public Works Department

  • Verify the location of existing water, sewer, and storm water locations.

PRE-PERMIT APPLICATION REQUEST

In an effort to save time in the development process a pre-permit approval process is available on a case-by-case basis. A new commercial construction building permit may be split into two phases, a site permit (utilities, grading, paving, landscaping and irrigation) and a building permit (foundation, shell, and interior finish). To be considered, the development must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. A mulit-lot project or a multi-lot complex; and
  2. Part of a new commercial construction building permit with a permit application submittal date not exceeding 30 days after pre-permit approvals being granted.

MINIMUM SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PRE-PERMIT APPLICATION REQUEST

  • A completed Application
  • A site location map
  • Three (3) sets of civil, landscape and irrigation plans prepared by a Texas Licensed Professional;
    and a detailed scope of work being requested.

INITIAL SUBMITTAL AND REVIEW

Minimum submittal requirements:

  • A completed commercial building permit application;
  • Three (3) complete sets of construction plans with original seal(s) (Architect, PE, EE, ME) TAS are required if evaluation of work is $50,000 or more;
  • If applicable two (2) sets of specifications;
  • Copy of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Project Registration Confirmation Page, or hand completed form, signed by a Registered Accessibility Specialist;
  • An energy report (com check) prepared by a third party registered with the City of Keene;
  • New construction and addition permit applications require a non-refundable plan review fee.
    Note: Partial submittal will not be accepted or processed.

Construction plans will be distributed to the appropriate departments;

The departments will perform a plan review to ensure that the proposed development complies with the provisions of the applicable Building Codes, Fire Codes, regulations and ordinances; Note: Under normal working conditions the initial plan review will be completed within 12 working days of submittal.

The Building Department will fax, e-mail or send (based on the information provided on the application) a plan review letter to the applicant;

REVISIONS REVIEW AND PERMIT ISSUANCE

  • Revised plans and a response letter, if required, must be forwarded to the Building Department;
  • The Building department will distribute revised plans to all departments;
  • When the plans and documents comply with the codes, ordinances, and approval has been secured from all departments involved in the review, the plans are endorsed as “Approved” and the permit application will be approved.
    Record retention requires us to maintain plans for the life of the building. A PDF file of the final complete set of plan must be submitted with revisions to be maintained as the permanent record.
  • The applicant will be notified and given the balance of the permit fee including Roadway, Water and Sewer impact fees, if applicable.
  • The contractor/applicant must pay fees due and pick-up stamped approved plans. Stamped plans and the review letter must be kept at the job site and available during the inspection process.

INSPECTIONS AND FINAL

  • No work shall be concealed without prior inspection approval from the Building Department.
  • To request an inspection, contact the City of Keene at (817) 641-3336 Ext 40. Inspections called in before 3:00 pm will be made the next business day.
  • Prior to requesting a final inspection, it is the responsibility of the owner or his/her agent (contractor) to contact the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal for an appointment to review the building process.
  • The owner must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy application prior to final inspection.
  • The tenant must submit a Business License prior to occupying the building.

CONTACT LIST

City Hall: (817) 641-3336 (817) 558-3336 Fax (817) 556-2060  
City Manager: Brian LaBorde (817) 641-3336 ext 36  
City Secretary: Keesha Lay (817) 641-3336 ext 37  
Building Department: Arcela Borland (817) 641-336 ext 40  
Building Inspector/Code Enforcement: Johnny Coker   Cell (817) 822-9907 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Fire Marshal: Casey Davis (817) 641-7831 Cell (817) 659-3603 Fax (817) 645-8080 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Public Works Director:   (817) 517-6116  
Economic Development Director Michael Talley (682) 970-0395  

 

 

Download a copy of the Commercial Building Permits document.