When it comes to foundation repair, there are many aspects involved. Many homeowners have their questions and concerns and one of those that comes up fairly often is what is involved with the City of Houston Building Code on foundation repair. To help consumers better understand what they have to know about this subject is what we at DuraTech Texas would like to discuss today.
Foundation Repair & City of Houston Building Code
The City of Houston Public Works Department outlines three sections that mention foundation repair. Always contact an experienced contractor for home foundation repair in Houston or surrounding cities, such as DuraTech Texas, for effective and compliant repairs since this list is by no means exhaustive.
1) Requirements for the Permit. You must have a permit before completing a foundation repair according to a Code Word publication in July 1986 by the City of Houston Public Works Department. Without first obtaining a separate building permit for each such building or structure from the Building Official, no without first obtaining a separate building permit for each such building or structure from the Building Official.” Some surrounding cities also require this in addition to the City of Houston requiring contractors to get a permit to do foundation repair. The contractor needs to submit an engineer-stamped drawing of the repair plan to obtain a permit. Generally, responsible contractor will need to call 811 at least two days before work is started once the plan is approved and a permit is obtained. Before the contractor completes the repairs, a member utility company will mark telecommunication, electrical, and gas lines.
2) Plan for the Site. A site plan is required when foundation repair is proposed, according to the current Houston Construction Code. This Code Word expands on easements and adjacent properties, as we mentioned that aspect in the section above. It needs to cover property lines and existing buildings in instances that could affect adjacent structures, and the site plan needs to show easements that could affect construction. This is important for properties without building setback lines and patio homes.
3) Review from Floodplain Management Office (FMO). In order to help clarify some unique conditions for foundation repair projects, the Houston Permitting Center website provides some information. The plans must be reviewed by the Floodplain Management Office if foundation repairs are to occur in the 100-year floodplain, conveyance zone, or floodway. It needs to go through the FMO first even if the cost of foundation repair is very minimal. The foundation piles may not go over property lines is also mentioned with the special conditions in this document. From the property manager, a letter stating that the affected homeowners are aware of the remediation work that will be performed when the repairs along common walls of townhouses or condos need a letter, just like the section above.