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Living in Burleson County

Permits for Construction in Unincorporated Areas

Permits needed for construction in unincorporated areas of Burleson County

Building Permits
Unlike cities in Texas, the county has no authority to create or enforce building codes in unincorporated areas, nor to require building inspections. If you are constructing in a floodplain see Floodplain permitting below.

If you are within the city limits please contact city offices regarding building codes for their jurisdiction.

  • City of Caldwell residents call (979) 567-3271 for building permit information.
  • City of Somerville residents call (979) 596-1122 for building permit information.
  • City of Snook residents call 979-272-3021 for building permit information.

OSSF Permits (Septic Permits)

The county requires septic permits on ALL septic systems (OSSF) (new, modified, or repaired septic systems). OSSF permitting steps and additional information is available on the Environmental webpage or in person at the Burleson County Courthouse Suite 303.

Driveways and Culverts
Access Permit for Driveway on County Right-of-Way & Culvert Application email the completed permit to ajones@burlesoncounty.org - the permit will be processed by the addressing coordinator and forwarded to the road and bridge precinct. Any questions regarding culvert/driveway construction should be directed to the precinct where the construction is taking place.

Precinct 1 contact:  979-567-4996

Precinct 2 contact:  979-272-8838

Precinct 3 contact:  979-567-3768

Precinct 4 contact:  979-596-1022


Floodplain Permits
Because Burleson County participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, permit applications and approval of all development within the floodplain are required before construction begins. Development and construction that occurs outside the floodplain does not require a floodplain permit.

Flood Damage Prevention Order adopted June 23, 2008

Floodplain Permit Individuals

Floodplain Permit for Oil & Gas Development (effective 5-28-2013)


If you are unsure whether or not your property is in the floodplain you can search for your property on the FEMA flood map.

You will need a legal description of your property from your Deed to complete a permit application.  The permit application, plans, and specifications of the development must be submitted to the Floodplain office, suite 303 of the courthouse, for review and approval before construction begins.  Additional permits may be required to comply with state and federal regulations for development within areas designated as wetlands.  For information on wetlands regulations see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For information on flood insurance see the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • City of Caldwell residents call (979) 567-3271 for floodplain information.
  • City of Somerville residents call (979) 596-1122 for floodplain information.
  • City of Snook residents call 979-272-3021 for floodplain information.