Obtaining Permits

Both Residential and Commercial projects require 2 complete sets of scaled plans. Necessary proof of compliance from other agencies may be required at the time of submittal, such as Energy Code inspection by a certified Energy Code inspector.

Review Time
Review time for residential, and miscellaneous projects is between 7 and 14 days. All residential plans require sign-off by the Planning and Zoning chairman prior to issuing permit.

The review time for commercial plans are the same and must also be reviewed by the Fire Department at an offsite location. Additional information may be obtained by calling 713-465-8308.

Single Family Dwellings
Plot Plan from a registered professional land surveyor must be provided indicating the location of all structures and flatwork to be constructed on the site.
  • A tree disposition/survey must be provided.
  • Drainage plan must be in place.
  • Calculations should not exceed 60% lot coverage behind building front setback line.
Foundation Plans
  • Must be engineered
  • Provide soils report
Construction Plans
  • Floor plan with exterior elevations; building height not to exceed 36 feet high
  • Framing details
  • Electrical (load analysis), plumbing (gas riser diagram), and mechanical
  • Fire sprinkler system design must be provided; requires review from the Fire Department prior to permitting
  • Provide 3rd party Energy Code compliance report
More Information
Additional information is available by calling the permit office at 713-465-8308.

Single Family Dwelling Remodeling
You should have 2 sets of scaled building plans with a description of work, floor plan, and any changes in electrical, plumbing, and mechanical system.

Summary of Inspections
The following is a brief summary of inspections conducted by the Inspection Department:
  • Ground Rough-In Plumbing
  • Foundation (form survey must be provided prior to inspection)
  • Framing (which includes electrical, mechanical rough-in, and plumbing top out)
  • Wind storm (straps and clips)
  • Final Inspection
Same Day Inspections
Same day inspections may be called in between 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Other Required Permits
  • Demolition
  • Driveways/Culverts
  • Electrical
  • Fence
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Signs
Permit Applications
Proof of General Liability Insurance is required on all permits obtained from the City of Spring Valley Village with the City stated as the Certificate Holder on the "Certificate of Liability Insurance." For more information, please visit our Permits Applications page.