Builder and Developers Guide to Construction in Brownfield, Texas


The Brownfield development process involves four basic steps beginning with

  1. zoning and
  2. subdivision platting
  3. followed by site design, and
  4. then building construction.

The City places the highest priority on quickly moving building projects from concept to reality in the shortest amount of time possible.

Property owners, or their agents, who want to construct, expand, remodel, or demolish a building must first make application to the Brownfield Building Inspection Department and obtain required permits.  Inspections of construction projects are performed by the City Inspector.

Building Codes

The Inspection Department administers and enforces City Building Codes and issues permits including building, electric, plumbing, mechanical, gas, zoning, and signs. This department also enforces city ordinances related to construction, zoning, and water drainage issues.

The City of Brownfield follows the 2012 International Building Code. This code was adopted as the primary guide to development within the City of Brownfield.  The IBC incorporates procedures, standards and regulations for zoning as well as subdivision applications.

The specific codes we utilize are:

Building codes:            2012 I.B.C.

Plumbing codes:         2012 I.P.C.

Mechanical codes:      2012 I.M.C.

Electric codes:            2011 N.E.C.

Fire code:                    2009 I.F.C.

Permitting Process

The Brownfield permitting process is designed to fast track construction projects.  Developers need to submit two copies of engineered building plans for the Plan Review Process. The Review process takes 1 – 2 weeks and is performed internally by City Staff, unless the project is of substantial size, in which case outside specialized engineering companies are consulted, as needed.

Building Permits & Fees

The City of Brownfield issues building permits for new One- and Two-Family Dwelling projects at a rate of ($0.05) per square foot of gross building area under roof, for New Construction other than One- and Two-Family Dwellings at a rate of ($0.10) per square foot of gross building area under roof.

Water Service Connection Fees

Water Tap Fees   

¾” meter       $300.00                         2” meter       $1,200.00

1” meter        $400.00                        4” meter       $3,200.00

1½” meter     $1,000.00                     6” meter       $3,600.00

In the event that it becomes necessary to cut the pavement of any street, alley or sidewalk

in connection with the installation or repair of water service, there is established a minimum

charge of $5.75 per square foot for pavement cut or damaged. However, in no event shall the fee for repairing pavement be less than the actual cost to the city for such repairs. 

Code of Ordinances

The City of Brownfield’s ordinances are available and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

City Council Information

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