Contractors, developers, homeowners, architects, engineers, etc., are all able to apply for permits as long as they meet the following requirements:
Homeowners can apply for electrical, plumbing, and building permits to perform work on their own homes. The homeowner must have a Homestead Exemption through the Harris County Appraisal District. The home must be the homeowners primary residence and the work can ONLY be performed by the homeowner. If the homeowner is having a contractor perform the work, the contractor is responsible for pulling the permit themselves.
To submit a building permit application for a fence, patio, patio cover, driveway, swimming pool, storage shed, etc., you will need to bring in(or upload if submitted through the CSS) a copy of the site survey of your property, clearly marking the proposed work. The site survey can be found with the closing papers of your house.
Some building permits, such as those for fences, driveways, patios, etc. can be approved on the same day. Other, more involved, applications such as those for swimming pools, new residential buildings, and new commercial buildings will require a review process before the permit can be approved.
Only registered licensed electricians are allowed to pull electrical permits and to perform electrical work in Deer Park. The only exception to this requirement is a homeowner. See paragraph above for homeowner requirements.
Mechanical permits are pulled by registered licensed mechanical contractors.
Plumbing permits can be pulled by the homeowner or by a registered licensed plumber.