Community Development

Permits, Reviews, and Inspections

Permits, Reviews, and Inspections
The Building Division reviews permits and plans and conducts inspections to ensure that existing and new construction within the City limits meets or exceeds the standards of the adopted code. The City adopted and is currently utilizing the 2015 International Building Code (effective January 5, 2015).  Other Codes include:  2014 National Electric Code, and the 2015 International Existing Building Code, International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code and International Plumbing Code.  Any exceptions to these Codes may be found in Chapter 3, “Building Regulations,” in the Leon Valley Code of Ordinances.

For a list of permit applications click here.

Do I need a permit?
You should always assume that you do need a permit unless the work or repair being completed is purely cosmetic.  Cosmetic works includes but is not limited to: painting, re-carpeting, tile work or changing out basic plumbing or electric fixtures.

If you are demolishing, constructing, erecting, enlarging, altering, repairing, moving, changing the occupancy of a building or structure, or installing enlarging, altering, repairing, converting, removing/replacing any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system you need a permit. Licensed contractors are required; owner’s can pull permits or can have contractor’s do it as part of their contract for services.

When in doubt about whether your project requires permitting contact a Community Development staff member at (210) 684-1391 ext. 226.

Is there a fee? 
Yes. The fees vary and are based on the value of the project. See the Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Article A1, for applicable fees.


Qualified maintenance staff or professional contractors Registered with the City of Leon Valley must complete many of the projects that require a city permit. Visit the Contractor Business Registry for lists of city-licensed professionals.