COVER: Flood damage on Conway Street in the Blanco Gardens neighborhood. PHOTO by DON ANDERS
FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
The city of San Marcos is waiving residential building permit fees and utility late fees and is placing a moratorium on utility disconnects for areas affected by the Memorial Day weekend floods.
The city’s utility Customer Services division is also waiving utility deposits and connection fees for existing utility customers who are displaced by the flooding, and city officials are expediting permits for repairing flood damage.
“Our goal is to provide 24-hour turnaround for flood-related repair permits. Our permit center staff will give these requests top priority so people can quickly begin repairing their homes and rebuilding their lives,” said Shannon Mattingly, the city’s planning and development services director.
During the recovery process in San Marcos:
► No permit is required to remove affected sheetrock, carpet, appliances and/or belongings from your home.
► Homeowners may pull their own permits without a General Contractor if the home where work is being done is their homestead. All others (including commercial properties) will be required to use a licensed General Contractor.
► If the homeowner is not doing the electrical, mechanical and plumbing (MEP) work with their own hands, a licensed MEP must pull a trade permit to complete the work.
► Permit fees will be waived for Residential homes in the affected areas of the city.
► All permitted work will be field verified for code compliance.
Permit information needs to include:
► Building permit application
► A scope of work with a rough drawing of the layout of your home
► Pictures that show the damage before repairs are made are also beneficial
For information about construction, call the city of San Marcos permit center at 512-805-2630 or visit the city’s flooding resource website here. The website include a complete list of resident and commercial general contractors licensed to work in the city.
For information about utilities, call the city of San Marcos Utility Customer Services Office at 512-393-8383.Email | Print