Permits are required in the City of Beaumont for a variety of activities, events, and construction or demolition projects.
Applying for a Permit
All permits can be obtained from the City of Beaumont’s Building Codes portal or by calling 409-880-3762.
Submit your application a minimum of 10 business days prior to your planned event, equipment installation or removal, or open burning activity.
The Following Permits are Issued by the Fire Department:
Fire Protection Systems Permit
Fire protection systems must be approved and a permit issued prior to installation in the City of Beaumont.
When It’s Used:
- Electronic detector systems (smoke, heat, flame, etc.)
- Water-based fire suppression systems (automatic sprinkler systems, deluge systems, standpipe systems, etc.)
- Gaseous, liquid or solid fire suppression systems (CO2 systems, dry or wet chemical systems,”clean agent” replacement gas systems, etc.)
To apply for a fire protection systems permit, your fire protection systems contractor must submit detailed systems plans for review and approval. Failure to obtain a permit prior to beginning installation may result in installation interruption, systems tear-out, or a double permit fee being assessed.
After receiving approval from the Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Division, your permit must be processed by the City of Beaumont Building Codes Division.
- Fire protection systems must be installed by a licensed contractor. A copy of the approved fire protection systems plan must be maintained at the construction site.
- To ensure proper operation, an acceptance test is required after the installation of any fire protection system. The company installing the system must pre-test it for proper operation and code compliance prior to scheduling the acceptance test with the BFRS Community Risk Reduction Division. If the system fails the acceptance test, a reinspection fee of $100 may be assessed to the contractor for each additional acceptance test required.
Tent Permit (Temporary Use)
A permit is required before erecting or constructing a tent(s) over 200 square feet or canopy over 400 square feet in the City of Beaumont.
To apply for a tent permit, submit a site plan through Building Code’s City Works portal that details the following:
- Intended use and dimensions of the tent(s)
- Spacing between the tents (if more than one)
- Type, size and location of fire extinguishers
- Clearance distance from any heat source/flame
- Location of parked vehicles
Fireworks are illegal to possess in the City of Beaumont.
To apply for a fireworks permit, submit your plans through Building Code’s City Works portal that details the following:
- A site plan drawing detailing the location of fireworks discharge and the area affected by the display
- A copy of the pyrotechnic operator’s license, issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office (commercial only)
- Type and estimated amount of fireworks to be burned, along with a Material Safety Data Sheet for each type (commercial only)
No fee is required. A pre-event demonstration of each type of pyrotechnic device being burned is required. Additionally, all public fireworks displays must meet state of Texas requirements as outlined in the Fireworks Rules adopted through the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office.
Storage Tanks & Fuel Dispensing Systems Permit
Fuel storage tanks and fuel dispensing units must be approved and a permit issued prior to installation in the City of Beaumont.
To apply for a fuel storage tank or dispensing system permit, submit a detailed storage and dispensing system site plan and drawing that includes the following:
- The proposed location of the tank(s) and/or unit(s)
- Distances of tank(s) or dispensers(s) from property lines and/or buildings
- Size and specifications of tank(s) and/or dispensing unit(s)
- Installation details
- Containment systems (for above ground tanks)
After receiving approval from the Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Division, your permit must be processed by the City of Beaumont Building Codes Division. A fee is required.
- Above-ground tanks are subject to zoning requirements.
- Fuel storage tanks and dispensing systems must comply with NFPA 30 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.
- Storage tanks and/or dispensing units must be installed by a licensed contractor.
Open Burning Permit
Open burning of trash or brush on private property is illegal in the City of Beaumont.
An open burning permit may be obtained for bonfires, ceremonial fires, trench burning operations, and the use of an open flame in a public assembly. To apply, submit a site plan drawing through Building Code’s City Works portal that details the following:
- Location and size of the controlled burn
- Type and estimated amount of materials to be burned
- Minimum clearance distances of: 1,800 feet from all downwind structures, 500 feet from all other structures, wooded areas, roads and overhead power lines
NOTE: Trench burning requires additional open burning requirements and approval obtained from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
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