Building Safety

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Organization & Structure
  3. Services and Levels

Mission Statement

The Department of Building Safety is committed to the public’s safety and enhances quality of life by providing plan review, permit processing and inspection services that ensure code compliance in the development and redevelopment of buildings and their components.

Executive Summary

The City of Sugar Land’s Department of Building Safety, formerly known as Permits & Inspections, oversees three service areas which include Permits, Inspections, and Plan Examining. These three service areas are involved with permitting of construction, residential and commercial code compliance, plan review and overseeing the Building Standards Commission. The Building Safety Department has a total of 16.25 full time employees with a fiscal year 2020 budget of $1,473,152. Operational hours are Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The Department of Building Safety’s main responsibilities include:

  • issuing permits for construction and replacements of appliances and building components;
  • inspections of new construction, remodeling, and replacement of building components;
  • plan review for designs of construction projects; and
  • overseeing the Building Standards Commission which decide matters related to building construction and property maintenance.

The department is affiliated with Brazos Valley Chapter of International Code Council, Building Officials Association of Texas, International Code Council, Associated Plumbing-Heating – Cooling Contractors of Texas, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Texas Municipal League, and Houston Chapter of the International Code Council.

Some current projects include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)-Replacement project for City’s core business functions such as the Community Development Software System thus allowing the City employees to improve operational excellence, increasing organizational effectiveness, and process efficiency.

The Department of Building Safety provides assistance for all issues relating to permitting of residential and commercial construction and enforces building code compliance through plan review and inspections. The permits processed allow certified plans examiners and/or inspectors to check the proposed and completed work for building code standards. The City’s adopted building codes are intended to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.  The Department also processes non-building related job functions including City parking permits and Solicitor Licenses.