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College Station waives winter storm repair permit fees until March 7

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:52:44-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The City of College Station’s Planning and Development Services is waiving required permit fees for residential or commercial repairs related to the recent winter storm.

How to receive the waiver

  1. Apply through the city’s online permitting system, eTRAKIT, right HERE
  2. Select “2021 Winter Storm Repair” as the permit type, then the appropriate subtype for the repair.

The permit fee waiver will be in effect for applications until March 7.

Work not related to storm damage does not qualify.

Homeowners and contractors should apply for the appropriate permit type for that work through eTRAKIT also.

Additionally, the city requires contractors to register before obtaining a permit. When registering, contractors must provide the following:

  • Copy of state license.
  • Certificate of insurance.
  • Registration fee.
  • Completed contractor registration form.

A homeowner may also obtain a building permit for work on a building they own and occupy as a homestead. However, licensed contractors must obtain electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits.

According to College Station's website, permits are required for:

  • Building a new structure or altering or repairing an existing structure, including replacing roof coverings and windows. Exceptions include cosmetic repairs, including wall coverings that don’t alter structural components.
  • Installing, altering, or repairing a plumbing system. Exceptions include unstopping a drain line, provided that a trap, drain, waste, or vent pipe isn’t removed and replaced with new material. A plumbing permit is also required to install, alter, enlarge, or repair a gas piping system.
  • Installing electrical wiring, devices, appliances, fixtures, and electrical equipment, except for replacing fuses, snap switches, and signal-conveying systems.
  • Installing, altering, repairing, or replacing a mechanical system. Exceptions include installing portable heating devices and cooling units, and the replacement of any minor part that doesn’t alter the approval of equipment or make it unsafe.