San Antonio is located in south-central Texas near Austin and is the seventh most populated city in the U.S. It’s a great place for construction jobs because it’s one of the top growing cities in the country. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for a construction job in San Antonio.
San Antonio requires permits for most changes to buildings beyond replacing floors and fixing or painting walls. However, if your property is in one of the following districts, there may be additional restrictions on what materials you can use:
To apply for a permit, head to the San Antonio website’s online portal. Here you can create a login and then apply for permits.
You can schedule all required inspections online using the same online portal that you used to apply for permits. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also call the inspection phone number during business hours to schedule an inspection, but there is a small fee added if you choose this option. As long as you make the request before midnight, the inspection will be scheduled for the next day.
Although Texas doesn’t require general contractors to get licenses, San Antonio does require that you register with the city before you can apply for permits. You can register as a home builder contractor or a home improvement contractor. The city does not require commercial contractors to register or get licenses.
Though the state does not require general contractors to have state licenses, there are specialty contractors that the state does require to be licensed. These include:
If you’re registering with the city as a home builder contractor, you’ll need to provide proof of insurance to the city. This includes a certificate of liability insurance that shows you have insurance for the next year. When the insurance expires, you won’t be able to get permits until you provide the renewed certificate.
The combined insurance for property damage and bodily injury must cover at least $400,000 per occurrence. The total coverage on the policy must be at least $1 million. San Antonio does not require home improvement contractors to have liability insurance.
As you prepare for your construction job in San Antonio, applying for registration and getting permits in order, consider what equipment you’ll need for your jobs. If there are any large equipment items, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts, that you’ll need, consider renting them. You might need more forklifts than you have on hand, for example. Renting is a great way to have the equipment you need without having to buy them. If you need manlifts on this job, but you typically don’t use them, why buy when you can rent?
By getting all the licenses, plans, and permits in order ahead of time, you’ll be ready to start once the start date arrives.