Construction Equipment Rental in Amarillo, TX

About Construction Projects in Amarillo, TX

Contractors in Amarillo, Texas, need to know about building permits. The first step in starting a job is applying forĀ a permit. Learn more about Amarillo’s permits and licensing.

Building Permits

In Amarillo, you have to get a permit before you start work on a job. The only time you can start work first is in an emergency. If you have to do an emergency repair, get a permit on the next business day.

Permits you might need for your Amarillo job:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Irrigation
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Sign
  • Short-term business
  • Swimming pool or spa

Here are some examples of work that needs a permit:

  • Removing a wall
  • Cutting into a wall
  • Removing a support beam
  • Changing where a building’s exits are
  • Moving the water supply
  • Moving the sewer
  • Changing the electrical wiring

Most construction work needs a permit. The city doesn’t ask for a permit for a few small jobs. If you don’t see your job on the no-permit, check with the city. It probably needs a permit.

No permit is needed for:

  • Small buildings, like storage sheds or playhouses. They have to be smaller than 200 square feet
  • Fences shorter than 8 feet. Fences around swimming pools don’t count
  • Retaining walls that are shorter than 4 feet
  • Work is done inside a house. Things like painting, adding tiling, adding carpeting, or putting in cabinets
  • Above-ground pools. They need to hold fewer than 5,000 gallons of water. They also need to be pre-made
  • Cloth shades
  • Window awnings on outside walls. They need to stick out less than 54 inches. They can’t have extra support
  • Minor electrical work, like repairing a light switch
  • Stopping plumbing leaks
  • Cleaning out blocked pipes

Contractor Licensing

If you are a contractor who wants to work in Amarillo, you need a license. Texas doesn’t require a license for many contractors that Amarillo does.

Contractors who need Amarillo licenses:

  • General
  • New residential
  • Residential remodeling
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Glass and glazing
  • Insulation
  • Irrigation
  • Plumbing
  • Commercial roofing
  • Residential roofing
  • Sign (electrical or non-electrical)
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Water treatment equipment installation
  • Medical gas

Insurance and Liability Coverage

Not every contractor in Amarillo or Texas needs insurance. General contractors and residential contractors don’t need insurance. Even so, insurance is a good idea for contractors to have, namely general liability insurance. Other kinds of helpful insurance are workers’ comp, builder’s risk, and general contractor insurance.

Contractors who need insurance in Amarillo or Texas:

  • Electrical
  • Glass and glazing
  • HVAC
  • Insulation
  • Plumbing
  • Medical gas
  • Commercial roofing
  • Residential roofing
  • Electrical sign

Homeowners can ask for insurance information from you as their contractor. You might want to get more insurance just to be sure you’re covered for all scenarios.

While working in Amarillo, you also need the proper aerial equipment for your work. Renting a manlift, forklift, scissor lift, or boom lift is going to be a necessity to get you ready to build. So, with the right equipment and your knowledge of permits and licensing for Amarillo, it’s time to start building!

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