All development in The City of Oak Ridge North needs local and state permits. Contact the Public Works Department at 281.292.4648 for direction and guidance before you build, fill, place a manufactured home, or otherwise develop. Development in the floodplain requires a separate permit, since the regulations can be more restrictive.
The zoning ordinance, flood control ordinance, and the international Building Codes have special provisions regulating construction and other developments within floodplains. Without these provisions, flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would not be available to property owners in The City of Oak Ridge North.
Any development in the floodplain without a permit is illegal: such activity can be reported to City Hall at 281.292.4648.
Floodplain Development Permit
Substantial Improvement / Damage Requirements
What is substantial improvement? The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requires that any reconstruction rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the structure before the start of construction of the improvement, must conform or meet the same construction requirements as a new building and be constructed above the minimum Base Flood Elevation (BFE) listed on The City's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
What is substantial damage? Substantial damage means damage of any origin sustained by a building or structure when the cost of restoring the building to its pre-damaged condition would equal or exceed 50% of the market value of the building before the damage occurred. Substantial damage is determined regardless of the actual repair work performed.
The City of Oak Ridge North requires by ordinance that any substantial improvement or substantial damage improvement must have a building permit. Permit information can be obtained from Building Inspections located at 27424 Robinson Road in City Hall or by calling 281.292.4648.