What do I have to do to get a building permit?
Before applying for a building permit, a Building Permit Authorization (BPA) must be obtained from Bexar County Public Works. The BPA must be completed, signed, and approved prior to contacting the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office for a Building permit. In order to obtain a building permit, you must submit to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office two (2) sets of architectural plans, a completed permit application, your completed and signed BPA, and permit fee as established by the Bexar County Commissioners Court. Architectural plans must, at minimum, include a site plan showing the building and distances to the property lines; a floor plan showing all rooms, the intended room use, doors, and room size; building elevations for all four sides; electrical layout; and heating, ventilation, and air/conditioning layout (HVAC).

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1. What law regulates the County authority to require building permits?
2. When is a building permit required in the unincorporated areas of the county?
3. Who has to get a building permit?
4. What is a "substantial improvement"?
5. What is a commercial establishment (building)?
6. What is a public accessible building?
7. What is a multi-family residential building?
8. What do I have to do to get a building permit?
9. What other permits must be obtained?
10. How long does it take to obtain a building permit?
11. How much does a building permit cost?
12. How long is a building permit valid for?
13. What are the Codes used by Bexar County?
14. What local amendments are enforced by Bexar County?
15. What inspections are required for my building?
16. Who inspects my building project?
17. I'm building a private residence, what permits are required?
18. How do I get a Certificate of Occupancy for my home?
19. I'm building in the San Antonio ETJ, what other requirements must I comply with?
20. I'm building in the Helotes ETJ, what other requirements must I comply with?
21. How is my property zoned in the County?