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Yes, the Animal Shelter highly encourages the adoption of dogs and cats.
Animal owners may be cited per City Ordinance Chapter 10, Article 3, Section 10-90 if their animal is loose.
A total of five dogs/cats, in any combination is permitted. No more.
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 being submitted for approval must include two (2) sets of plans.
We are currently using the 2012 International Residential Code (as of October 16, 2012)
A survey of property and site plan is needed showing the setbacks for the front, side and rear of the property. Site plans must be done by a licensed professional. All new construction must install sidewalks for new homes and provide off-street parking for occupants.
Foundation plans are required for the structure(s).
Details of electrical and plumbing components for the structure(s) are required.
Elevation views of the structure are required.
In the flood zones, special design plans for the foundation must be designed by an Engineer. An elevation certificate is also required prior to issuance of a permit and after completion of work.
Framing plans showing spans and lumber sizes are required.
Windows must conform to the Windstorm requirements for this area and must meet impact resistant standards, or an acceptable shuttering system must be provided for each window.
Design wind load for this area is 120 mph (3 sec gust 130) for residential structures and 130 mph for commercial buildings. Design wind load for the coastal exposure is 140 mph.
A building permit is required for remodeling/renovation jobs valued over $1,000.
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.
If there is any demolition work performed on a commercial building, or construction that disturbs the existing walls, floors, ceilings, roof etc., then an asbestos survey is required. This requirement is state law and is mandatory regardless of a structure's age.
A shed larger than 200 square feet requires a permit in the City of Port Arthur. However, it is a good Idea to check with Planning and Zoning and the permit office to make sure your shed does not encroach on any rights of ways or easements.
If you own the house and it is your primary residence (homestead) then you may obtain all necessary permits.
Two sets of plans are required for new construction.
Contractors must have a Contractors Bond or City of Port Arthur Certificate of General Liability.
The permit cost is determined by the valuation of work.
Permits are valid for six months.
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.
Dedicated to providing safe and decent affordable housing, the City of Port Arthur is committed to assisting low- and moderate-income families in Port Arthur. The City offers grants that serve income eligible homeowners and homebuyers. Contact Housing Assistance at (409) 983-8259 for more details.
CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services. Any project obtaining CDBG funding is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to meet at least one of three national objectives:
Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Persons
Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight
Meet Urgent Community Development Needs
The website is www.hud.gov
Please contact Lamar University Small Business Development Center or the Port Arthur Economic Development Center.
The City of Port Arthur does not perform a credit check; however, to participate, you will need to be able to qualify for a standard mortgage (no sub-prime, balloon, or adjustable rate loans allowed). If you have credit problems, discuss your options with your mortgage representative. You may also contact the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.
If you occupy the home you purchased as your principal residence for the required time period - usually five or 10 years, depending upon the amount of assistance, no repayment is required. This required time period is known as the Period of Affordability. However, if you sell your home, rent your home to another person, experience a foreclosure or fail to occupy the home as your principal residence before the end of the Period of Affordability, you could be required to repay all or part of the assistance provided you.
If you are a single parent who has custody of and is caring for minor children, and is divorced or legally separated from their former spouse, you could be eligible to apply for the FTHB Program.
The home buying process requires many steps, and involves many different parties, a variety of inspections, verifications, etc., and can take several weeks to complete. Once Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization receives your completed application, sends and receives back the employment and income verifications, we have what is needed to determine if you qualify. After the City performs an inspection of the property, a list of repairs will be sent to your lender and to the realtors involved. Once those repairs have been completed, the home is re-inspected by the City inspector. When household income has been verified and the home passes inspection, you are approved for the Homebuyer Program.
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.
Replats are required when a property is already platted and you want to alter or create new lot lines, remove platted building lines, remove fire lanes or remove easements from a recorded plat. A replat must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Zoning is the practice of dividing an area into districts within which regulations and requirements uniformly govern the use, placement, spacing and size of land and buildings. Zoning is most of often utilized to protect properties from incompatible adjacent land uses and to preserve the “character” of a community.
Call the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135 to check the zoning.
In order to determine what uses are allowed in each district you will need to access the City of Port Arthur’s online Code of Ordinances. On the left hand side of the page, select Appendix A: Zoning. Then click on Section 7 Use of Land and Buildings to view table. This table will show you what is allowed in each zoning district. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135.
Deed restrictions are generally private and the City of Port Arthur does not enforce private deed restrictions.
You may consider rezoning the property to a district appropriate for your proposed use, or find property that already has the appropriate zoning. Contact the Planning Division to see if the request is appropriate for the immediate area.
An application for a rezoning request will need to be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Division. Complete the application and return it to staff with the required information as listed. A complete and executed application, with supporting documents, must be submitted to the Planning Department, where the information will be reviewed and included on the agenda for the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration. It will then be forwarded to City Council for consideration and action. The City Council is the final approving authority for rezoning requests.
A Zoning Verification Letter is a letter drafted by the Planning and Zoning Division confirming the zoning district for a tract of land within the City limits. Currently there is no charge for Zoning Verification Letters and may be requested by contacting the Planning and Zoning Division at 409-983-8135.
A variance is a request to appeal regulations set forth in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Variance requests typically involve issues such as setback requirements. Variances to requirements may be considered if the applicant proves that a hardship (other than financial) exists. Variance requests are submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department and decided upon by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).
To determine setbacks, first find out what the zoning of the property is so that you can determine the setbacks for that property. Then you may refer to the City of Port Arthur's Code of Ordinances to look up the setbacks for that zoning designation.
Setbacks are measured from a property line to the nearest point of a building or structure using a perpendicular line to the property line. Remember to always measure from a lot line and not the back of the curb or sidewalk.
Addresses are assigned by the City of Port Arthur’s Engineering Department, 409-983-8103 for additional information.
Manufactured and/or mobile homes are required to be set within a licensed mobile/manufactured home park or any zoned district that allows such use. State inspected modular homes that meet the requirements of the International Building Code may be placed in any zoned district that allows for the use of a single family residential structure.
Prior to the initiation of a new project, the City requires all potential applicants, developers, designers and/or contractors to schedule a pre-development meeting. These informal meetings with relevant city staff will help you plan your project and be aware of city codes or local conditions that may affect your project. The purpose of pre-development meetings is to provide a “one-stop-shop,” a means of meeting with all departments involved in the development process. These meetings are scheduled to introduce the developers to local development regulations and the officials responsible for all aspects of development. These meetings provide an opportunity for the developer to discuss their proposal with City Officials and get their input. These are required for each new development as each official responsible directly for the review of the project is in attendance.
City officials, referred to as the Development Review Committee (DRC), will attend the meeting to help determine what parts of the development process apply to the applicant and in what order they need to take place. The meeting is attended by representatives of the following City departments: Planning and Zoning, Fire, Building Inspections, Utility Operations, Engineering and Environmental Health. The group meets weekly to review and discuss on-going projects.
To schedule a meeting, please contact the Planning Division by calling 409-983-8135. Please allow at least three business days in advance to schedule a meeting. These meetings are held every Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room – City Hall, located at 444 4th Street, Port Arthur, TX.
The City of Port Arthur Transit Department and the Federal Transit Administration, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. 42 U.S.C. Section2000d
Port Arthur Transit is committed to practicing non-discrimination. If you believe you have been subject to discrimination you may file a complaint with the Port Arthur Transit Title VI coordinator. For more information contact Port Arthur Transit at 409-983-8728.
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, sheetrock, concrete, carpet 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.
Note that we can only collect official City of Port Arthur toters. Others will not be picked up by City services.
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.