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For mail order copies please contact the Health Department directly at 409-983-8850 or 409-983-8853.
For expedited service (overnight), you must contact the Texas Department of Health in Austin, Texas at 512-458-7111.
Note: Processing times are approximate and may vary depending on workload as well as circumstances beyond our control.
Port Arthur Code of Ordinances and Charter
Residential Construction Plans submitted for approval must have:
A Storm Water Prevention Application Permit is now required per TCEQ regulations. The permit fee is $45 per acre.
On commercial projects two sets of plans with wet seals on first sheets are required. Any project that is 5,000 square feet or over will require an engineer's seal. A full set of plans (24 x 36) is required. A complete set of civil plans are also required. Com Check calculations are optional.
Remodeling jobs for public or commercial buildings require an asbestos survey prior to issuance of a permit. A letter of complaince from the asbestos consultant will be needed before any work can proceed.
All plans shall be submitted to the Building Inspection Division.
444 4th Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640
TDLR registration is required at submission for projects valued in excess of $50,000. You can reach TDLR by phone at 1-800-803-9202.
Review of commercial plans runs 15-20 days depending on workload and size of project being submitted.
Residential project plan reviews take 7-10 days on average.
Checks for commercial and residential structures are required at plan submission.
Plan check fees apply when the valuation of proposed construction exceeds $1,000. Reference Section B-104 in The Code of Ordinances.
The minimum amount for small project (such as foundation and roofing) bonds is $15,000.
Large projects require a Certificate of Insurance in order to perform work in the City of Port Arthur. The minimum amount is $100,000 and must list the City of Port Arthur as a certificate holder.
A permit IS required for refacing existing signs. Application is required to be submitted to the Inspections Office, prior to beginning work.
Submission of plans is required for the installation of new attached or detached signs.
Elevation photos are required.
A legible site plan showing the location and setback for the proposed sign(s) is also required.
Detached signs shall comply with the area, setback and height requirements as follows except as provided for certain detached signs non-premises signs:
Plans are required to be submitted to the Building Inspections office for review and permitting, prior to the commencement of any work.For additional information on the placement of signs you may contact the Planning and Zoning, 409-983-8135.
Fence permits are required for the installation of fences at least four feet high.
All request for records regarding permits issued and contractors should be submitted first to the City Secretary’s office.
Listen regularly to your local radio or television stations when the threat of tropical storms or hurricanes exists. Pay close attention when such storms threaten your local area. If it appears that a storm may affect the local area, local officials may order or recommend that residents evacuate and also provide instructions about what people in those areas should do. Be ready to follow the instructions given by local officials. Because it takes time to evacuate heavily populated areas, evacuations may be recommended well before the storm makes landfall.
We also offer youth basketball and volleyball leagues, karate/martial art classes as well as multiple youth fitness programs, such as our Youth Aquatics Program which offers swim lessons for a variety of skill levels.
Garbage toters should be placed at the street before 7 am on your designated garbage pick up day.
Call 409-983-8511 to reschedule pick up. Circumstances will determine whether a driver can make it by the same day.
Many times toters cannot be emptied because there are prohibited items in the container. Please do not place wood, televisions or microwaves (appliances) or vegetation in the toter.
Also, vehicles must be moved away from the toter to allow for collection. Often the garbage trucks cannot access the toter due to items obstructing access.
All toters should be placed with the handle facing the residence. This allows for the proper placement of the toter for pick up by the truck.
Citizens reporting street lights that aren't functioning properly can call Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749), and follow the voice prompts to make the report or go online to https://secure.entergy.com/forms/StreetLights.aspx?FormId=147&RegionId=TX.
The City of Port Arthur maintains street lights in the following locations:
2500-3900 Memorial Blvd
Lakeshore (from Woodworth to the Department Club on Lakeshore Drive)
Dryden Place/Kramer Place
To report improperly functioning street lights in these areas call 409-983-8182.
Sealed bids are due in the City Secretary's Office by 3 pm, on or before the bid opening date.
The City Secretary's office is located at: City Hall 444 4th Street 4th Floor Port Arthur, TX 77641
If you currently have active service, you may call (409) 983-8230 to connect an additional service. To add an additional service, your account must be current. We can generally provide next business day service as long as your request is received by 5 pm that day. It is necessary for someone to be at the location for the water to be turned on.