COVID 19, or the Coronavirus

In accordance with the Stay Home, Work Safe order issued by Harris County, the City of Baytown has closed all City facilities to the public until April 30th . Following CDC guidelines, we have canceled all City events, programming, and City venue rentals until further notice.  Some  City services will continue to run, but in a modified format through digital or other distance means. We would like you to know that the City is in daily contact with State and County Health and Emergency Management Officials. We continue to address the situation in cooperation with all of our partners in government and industry. While you’re likely to see various reactions to the situation, we ask that you remain calm.  We will continue to keep you updated here and via our social media channels

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March 24, 2020

The City of Baytown Planning and Development Services Department is closed in accordance with the Stay Home, Work Safe order issued for Harris County; March 25 – April 3, 2020. Building Services will be unable to issue permits or perform inspections during this period.

We will continue to accommodate utility reconnects for occupied homes. Please email  with the following information for utility reconnect requests:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Unit number
  • Phone number
  • Type of utility that needs connection (electricity, gas)

Building Services Division

The City of Baytown Building Department is responsible for reviewing project plans, issuing building permits, inspecting all types of construction and remodeling projects as well as issuing certificates of completion or certificates of occupancy when all requirements are met.  Permits enable the City to enforce the life-safety provisions of the building codes in Texas. These codes are a minimum standard, protecting life, health, property and public welfare by insuring public and private buildings meet a quality standard set for all buildings in the State of Texas.

Online Permits: We do not currently offer online permits; however, you may complete the application and email it to Once processed, we will email online payment instructions. When the payment is made, please email your payment confirmation to and we will email your permit. 

Same Day Inspections for Occupied Homes Needing Gas/Electric Reconnects: Request for occupied GTO’s & MLS should be emailed to as soon as the work is ready for inspection. Note:  Inspections are performed between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Email subject line must be: OCCUPIED GTO or MLS, address, permit #.

After Hours Inspections: Request for afterhours inspections must be emailed to before 2 pm and the after hour fee must be paid before 3pm. Email subject line must be: AFTER HOURS INSPECTION, address, permit # - the body of the email must contain the type of inspections, contact information and time work will be ready for inspection.


Building Services Payments