STEP 1: Applicant Research

There are so many questions you may have, start researching items from the list below:
  • Consider getting a Survey to confirm property lines, setbacks, and easements
  • Check subdivision status.  If property is not platted, it will require a replat or a determination certificate.
  • Confirm that utilities are available
  • Check flood plain (current FEMA Maps)
  • Finances (Can you afford the property?, project requirements?)
  • Gather property deed and tax ID number (Geographic id); visit Cameron County Appraisal District CAD Map
  • If proposed project is a restaurant, stop by the City of Brownsville Health Department
  • Will proposed project require a sprinkler system? Stop by the City of  Brownsville Fire Department for guidance.
  • Is a permit required?  For Commercial Construction, reference International Building Code 2012, Section 105.2
  • Applicable Codes and Ordinances