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A permit will be required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system. For a list of times when a permit is NOT required, please click the following links. For residential, click HERE. For Commercial click HERE
The City of Brownsville has adopted the following codes:
-State Master Electrician License
-State issued picture identification
-Proof of insurance
-Contractor Registration Form
International Fire Code 2012
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
***Payments will not be accepted any later than 4:30 PM***
5-14 business days
If you would like the plans to be expedited, there will be an "Expedite" fee and the plans will be reviewed within 1-2 business days.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inspections needed for special events or for testing of a fire protection system, please call or visit our office to make arrangements no less than 24 hours prior to the date that is needed. Please keep in mind that the date and time you are requesting may not be available.
*These items do not cover ALL possible requirements for specific occupancies. These are GUIDELINES ONLY. All local, state and federal codes, ordinances and rules must be followed. Please call our office to speak to a fire inspector or the Fire Marshal for any questions regarding specifics for your place of business. (956) 548-6075 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time
Our address is
1036 E Levee (E 11th Street and E Levee)
We are right next to the City Municipal Court.
You can apply for a library card in two ways:
Both our library branches offer FREE WiFi to all patrons.Need to know how to access our WiFi? Click here.
Connecting to WiFi at the Brownsville Public Library is EASY.
Users can bring their wireless-enabled laptop or other wireless equipped devices to the library and users should look forthe library’s WiFi network called: "BPL_Public"
Click on that name to connect. There is NO PASSWORD and access is immediate.
(You may see other network names, but they are not provided by the library for free public access. )
Computer access is FREE.
However, patrons must have ONE of the following in order to sign in to our computers:
A renewal request must be made a week BEFORE the due date; Contact the Customer Service Desk 956-548-1055.
Renewals are determined by lending library and are not guaranteed for extension.
ILL items must be returned IN PERSON to the Customer Service Desk.
In 2014 at the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center, 49 pets with microchips were safely reunited with their owner.**
*Statistics are from homeagainid.com and avidmicrochip.com.
**Statistics are from Chameleon software used by Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center.
Animal that inflicted a bite on a human will have to enter a 10 day or 240 hour quarantine period. If the owner of the animal wants to claim the animal they may do so after a licensed veterinarian releases the animal from its quarantine.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess or maintain within the city any rabbit, guinea pig, pigeon, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, peafowl, or any other fowl in any pen, enclosure, or other structure within 50 feet of any residence or building used for human habitation, other than that of the keeper or owner of such animal, or within 50 feet of any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. Such distance of 50 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of any pen, enclosure, or other structure in which such fowl or animal is kept to the nearest point of such residence, church, school, convalescent home, or nursing home.
The City does not maintain its own “vendor list”, vendors interested in doing business with the City should register with Bonfire register here..
Vendors can register for free to view, download and submit bids electronically.
Hard copies can be obtained by downloading from BidNet Direct or the City’s Bid Document Portal.
The City does not assist vendors in the preparation of bid submissions.
The City is required by law to reject all bids that do not meet the deadlines and return them to the sender.
It is recommended that vendors register with BidNet to ensure you have access to the most up to date information. Many times before bids are due an addendum or change in the specifications is released. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check postings for the most up to date information. It is not advised to count on notifications or alerts since they tend to end up in junk mail or blocked depending on your firewall settings.
If so, how do I start? Yes, anyone can bid that meets the minimum vendor specifications. Simply download the bid specifications, which include the vendor forms, print them out, fill them out and return them in the method in which the solicitation requires.
It is the responsibility of the vendor to follow the instructions closely that are posted with the bid solicitation.
Does the City accept electronic Bid Submissions? The City uses BidNet Direct to receive bid submissions electronically. Not all submissions are electronic. You must submit your bid based on the requirements of the posting.
If the City has requested and you have submitted a responsive bid and are being considered for the award the City will check your references.
Please visit the Texas Ethics Commission Frequently Asked Questions Webpage for more information.
The City is required to follow the bidding or proposal procedures outlined in Texas Local Government Code Chapter 252 when it plans to make an expenditure of more than $50,000 in city funds. All contracts over $50,000 are taken to the City Commission for consideration.
It depends on the value and the nature of the work. The requirements will be stated in all bid postings. Contractors performing work on City property or public rights-of-way for the City of Brownsville shall provide the City with a certificate of insurance or a copy of their insurance policy(s) evidencing the coverages and coverage provisions identified by the City. All insurance companies and coverage must be authorized by the Texas Department of Insurance to transact business in the State of Texas and must be acceptable to the City of Brownsville.
Regular Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5 pm. Agenda and Minutes can be found here.
The City’s Internal Services Department handles all City Auctions. They can be reach at 956-546-HELP. Click Here for their webpage.
The City does not administer this program. The Texas Comptroller’s Office manages the requirements to obtain HUB status and that information can be found here.
No, all vendors are required to go through the procurement processes.
The City receives many requests for product demonstrations. We ask that you register with BidNet Direct for future opportunities related to the services you provide.
Legal Notices in the Brownsville Herald, City Website, and BidNet Direct.
The specifications that are posted on this website are provided in the latest version of the Acrobat file format as released by Adobe. If Acrobat doesn’t load when you download the file and open it then you probably don’t have the Acrobat Reader software installed. No bid specification will be provided in any other format online. To download or for technical support visit the Adobe download website.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess or maintain within the city any rabbit, guinea pig, pigeon, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, peafowl, or any other fowl in any pen, enclosure, or other structure within 50 feet of any residence or building used for human habitation, other than that of the keeper or owner of such animal, or within 50 feet of any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. Such distance of 50 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of any pen, enclosure, or other structure in which such fowl or animal is kept to the nearest point of such residence, church, school, convalescent home, or nursing home. (Ord.10-63 A & B)
2. Scan the microchip to determine that it is functional, and that the ID code matches the accompanying barcode labels.
3. Implant the microchip, then rescan the pet to verify that the microchip can be localized.
4. If your pet ever gets lost or stolen, shelters and veterinarians can scan the pet for a microchip and retrieve any owner information from the database.
5. Once owner’s information is retrieved the pet is returned safely home.
Public place- means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted (Sec 54-171).
A. All private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes.
B. At least 80% of hotel and motel rooms that are rented to guests (Sec. 54-175). (Sec. 54-175)
In addition, an owner, manager, operator, or employee of an establishment regulated by this ordinance shall inform persons violating this ordinance of the appropriate provisions thereof. (Sec 54-181)
In addition, a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred. (Sec. 54-182)
The Purpose of Vector Control is to monitor and control mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting disease to humans. They are responsible for controlling mosquitoes through education, natural, and chemical means. They also perform bee eradications (outside the structure only) as well as inform the public how to control fleas on their own property.
•Surveillance- Inspectors are doing surveillance every day by looking for mosquito breeding sources in their areas. In between service requests, our Inspectors are checking drains, gutters, and ditches. Anything that can hold water for longer than one week has the potential to be a breeding source.•Public Information and Education- Use of press release for public education and information. BPHVC also uses this websites, and one-on-one consultations to communicate strategies for preventing or eliminating disease vectors on private property.•Bee Control- When it is necessary to control bee infestations on public property( outside the structure), Vector Control will eliminate feral swarms and colonies through the use of integrated pest management.
Public place means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted (Section 54-171).
In addition, an owner, manager, operator, or employee of an establishment regulated by this ordinance shall inform persons violating this ordinance of the appropriate provisions thereof (Section 54-181).
In addition, a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred (Section 54-182).