The City of Athens requires a building permit for all new construction and most modifications to any existing structures. Building or construction activities may not begin prior to the issuance of a permit.
If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please contact the Development Services Department.
A permit is required to build, alter, enlarge, or repair any residential or commercial structure within the city limits. All building permit applications are reviewed by the Development Services Department prior to issuance. Commercial building permit applications are also reviewed by the Fire Department, Public Works Department, and in some cases are referred to state departments (such as TxDOT) for review.
The in addition to new construction or remodels, the a Building Permit application is required for most accessory buildings, additions, or modifications made by a licenced tradesperson (plumber, electrician, HVAC, etc.).
A list of fees for building permits can be found in the Fee Schedule on the Forms and Fees page.
The City of Athens has adopted the 2006 International Building Codes and 2005 National Electric Codes. Specifically, the adopted codes are:
All Contractors must register with the City of Athens. Please see our Contractor Registration page for more information.