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Old 11-23-2022, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by crone View Post
The state does have codes for anything hooking up to the water and electricity grid.

One must have licensed contractors doing the work. The state does not specify anything about getting permits or inspections so how do they know? People in Houston do 100K remodels on kitchens without permits or inspections. One would think if the house sells somebody would look if the work was permitted. They rarely do. And then they just pay the penalty and get the permit.

Private property developers can do what they want unless they are in the ETJ of some city. George Mitchell demonstrated that in 1974. Developments in the ETJ of Houston need to comply with the subdivision codes of Houston in case they are annexed. But that street width, etc.
Licensed contractors are not a requirement except in certain cities and for certain trades. Houston definitely requires permits for a kitchen remodel, we had to get them for ours. Houston does not allow the homeowner to perform any electrical work, and will only issue a permit to the holder of a master electrician license.

Houston inspectors drive around looking for trade vehicles, and then check for permits. If there aren't any, they will inspect the work and red tag the entire project, then issue fines.

State law in Texas requires disclosure of any unpermitted work. Failure to disclose can open the seller to a Deceptive Trade Practices Act lawsuit, which can result in triple damages and attorney fees being awarded to the plaintiff.

A friend's ranch house was built with only a septic permit, which was the only one required.
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Old 11-23-2022, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
Determine your county, then drill down to requirements.

I have built or evaluated building in 4 different Texas counties, and the requirements are vastly different in each. These are all rural sites. It is false to claim that rural building regulations are common throughout the entire state, they are not.

BTW my good friend and neighbor rents out hunting leases.
He has hundreds of vintage cars, tractors, trucks, buses. And a few thousand acres. It would be quite expensive to acquire enough property to offer hunting leases. Then there are the 'specialty' leases with exotic game. Another friend breeds and feeds for the mega racks, and his trophy hunts are quite expensive per the size of rack. Then the 'glamping' (luxury) hunting ranches, of which several are nearby. This forces the locals to buy hunting leases further out. A few neighbors have been buying ranches in Camp Wood, Rock Springs, Sonora. Those are about an hour west of me.
oh okay.I am not planning on offering hunting leases at this time.It would just be a 20 to 1000 acre ranch that I would live on part-time and hunt.I am looking at the Crockett County area.I am planning on getting a much bigger separate ranch in the future if I ever have enough money.

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