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PERMITS DEPARTMENT


 
101 W. CHURCH STREET, STE. 104
LIVINGSTON, TX 77351

Phone: (936) 327-6820
Fax: (936) 327-6867


PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Permits are required to establish a new residential or commercial site in Polk County.  A permit is also required if you add onto an existing structure.

Frequently asked questions

Flood safety resources

9-1-1 PERMIT - $25

This permit establishes your new 9-1-1 address.  If you reside in or own a residence or business in Polk County, in order for you to be found in the least amount of time in an emergency, a 9-1-1 physical address is assigned to your location.  You will also need a 9-1-1 address to obtain electric service for your site.

  • If you reside within the Corrigan City Limits, obtain your 9-1-1 address by calling Corrigan City Hall at 936-398-4126. 
  • If you reside within the Livingston City Limits, obtain your 9-1-1 address by calling Livingston City Hall at 936-327-4311. 



DEVELOPMENT PERMIT -$25

You must obtain a development permit before building a new structure or adding onto an existing structure.  A Base Flood Elevation Certificate (BFE) is required when building in the floodplain before permits can be purchased.

  • If you reside within the Corrigan City Limits, obtain your development permit by calling Corrigan City Hall at 936-398-4126. 
  • If you reside within the Livingston City Limits, obtain your development permit by calling Livingston City Hall at 936-327-4311.
  • If you reside within the Onalaska City Limits, obtain your development permit by calling Onalaska City Hall at 936-646-5376
  • If you reside within the Goodrich City Limits, obtain your development permit by calling Goodrich City Hall at 936-365-2228.

Is your property in the Floodplain?  To determine if your property may be in the 100-year floodplain, click on the following link to the Polk County Floodplain map and easy instructions on how to search for roads and determine address ranges.

 

ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITY (OSSF) PERMIT

Residential - $260

Commercial - $310

Polk County enforces state standards for the installation or modification of an on-site septic system.  All on-site sewage facility plans must be submitted to the Permits Department for approval.  The OSSF permit fee is waived for the first residential structure if the tract/parcel is 10 acres or more.  An OSSF permit is required for each additional residential structure placed upon the same tract/parcel of land. 

Aerobic System Maintenance Contract:

Polk County has adopted an order regarding the maintenance of aerobic systems in accordance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules.  Each system must be inspected no less than 3 times a year by a certified maintenance provider registered with TCEQ.   If you choose to maintain the system yourself, a six hour training course is available.  Please call for details.  Aerobic system inspection reports are required on all aerobic systems. 

Polk County Homeowners OSSF Contract

Polk County Homeowners OSSF Inspection Form

Homeowners under contract with the County Permits Department to maintain their own systems must submit their contracts through the mail or in person with the annual $15.00 fee after taking the required class.  Triennial inspection reports can be faxed to (936) 327-6867 or emailed to permits@co.polk.tx.us.


COMMERCIAL PERMIT

Construction of commercial and public buildings as well as multi-family dwellings within the unincorporated areas of Polk County require a commercial permit.

  • If you reside within the Corrigan City Limits, obtain your commercial permit by calling Corrigan City Hall at 936-398-4126. 
  • If you reside within the Livingston City Limits, obtain your commercial permit by calling Livingston City Hall at 936-327-4311.
  • If you reside within the Onalaska City Limits, obtain your commercial permit by calling Onalaska City Hall at 936-646-5376. 

For a final floodplain determination, you must call the Polk County Permitting Department at 936-327-6820.

Polk County, Texas Permit Application


Please report all septic and gray water violations to the Permit Department.

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