Planning for Businesses

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world, whether natural, human-caused or technology-related.  Natural hazards include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness.  Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism.  Examples of technology-related hazards include the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software. 


The Baytown Office of Emergency Management has proactively advocated for adoption of City ordinances that improve the ability of businesses within the city to more effectively plan for, respond to and recover from the various hazards mentioned above. 

Fuel Station Ordinance

In 2013, the City of Baytown passed Ordinance No. 12,429 that amended Chapter 18 of Buildings and Building Regulations, Article III Electrical Code, Division 6, with the addition of Article 18-433 to the City Code. 

This ordinance requires that all new and renovated fuel stations must provide a permanently installed generator and transfer switch.  The generator must provide, at minimum, 150% of the total electrical demand to power at least all: fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, fuel area lighting, leak detection and monitoring equipment, life safety systems and registers normally used to pay for fuel, for at least 72 hours of operations without refueling.  See the documents below for more information.

Fuel Station Ordinance Fact Sheet                Fuel Station Ordinance (Full)

Custodial Residential Care and Living Ordinance

In 2011, the City passed Ordinance No. 11,789, which requires Custodial Residential Care and Living Facilities in Baytown to register with the City and submit an Emergency Plan to the City for review and approval each year.  It also prohibits construction of new facilities in the Flood Plain.  The ordinance sets a $50 User Fee for the Facility Permit, which includes the cost of application, plan review and permit.  See the documents below for more information.

Ordinance (Full)               Permit Application               Emergency Plan Template 


FEMA's Ready Business program can assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.  Click here to view more information on how to develop a preparedness program for your business. 

Take your free online business preparedness assessment today using the American Red Cross Ready Rating:

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