Building in the Unincorporated Areas of Comal County
When building within the unincorporated parts of Comal County, the following permits may be required prior to construction.
Please note that the permits described below are required by Comal County. Property owners need to be aware that there may be other requirements by Property Owners Associations, municipalities, utility companies, and the state and federal governments.
The On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF) Permit Application is submitted along with a design from a registered engineer or sanitarian. The engineer or sanitarian certifies that their design complies with all the regulations set forth by the state of Texas. The OSSF Permit Application and Permit Checklist are available on-line. If it is determined* by the Comal County Engineer's Office that the proposed development associated with the OSSF Permit is within the regulatory floodplain, then a Floodplain Development Permit will be required.Apply Online
If a proposed development is not associated with an OSSF Permit, the Comal County Engineer’s Office provides a floodplain development determination* through the submittal of a Floodplain Development Permit Application, available on-line. If it is determined* by the Comal County Engineer’s Office that the development proposed is within the regulatory floodplain, the owner will need to comply with the Comal County Flood Damage Prevention Order.Apply Online
A Private Improvement within the Public Right-of-Way (PIPROW) Permit is obtained when a driveway installation, modification or any other type of work, i.e. landscaping, takes place within the public right-of-way. The Private Improvement within the Public Right-of-Way (PIPROW) Permit Application is available on-line.Apply Online
Installation, maintaining, relocating utilities located in the county road right-of-way requires advanced approval through a permitting process. After submitting an Aerial, Pavement Cut or Non-Pavement Cut Utility Application a Right-of-Way Inspector will assist in ensuring county regulations are met in order to issue a permit. The compliance will cover right-of-way obstruction, diversion of water, and damage to the county road. The Utility Permit Applications can be found on-line.Apply Online
A permit may be required from the Fire Marshal for commercial buildings, public buildings, and multifamily residential dwellings containing four or more units, pursuant to the Comal County Fire Code. For more information, please visit the Comal County Fire Marshal's website.
* As part of the floodplain development determination, the Comal County Engineer’s Office will review compliance with the Comal County Subdivision Regulations.