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1. When is a permit needed when I do work or have work done at my property?
2. How much do permits cost?
3. Do I need a permit to repair or replace a fence?
4. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?
5. Do I need a permit to paint my house?
6. Do I need a permit to replace windows and window frames?
7. Even if I do the work myself do I still need a permit?
8. Does my company need to have valid insurance before they can do any work in the City of Bellaire?
9. Can I get a permit application form online?
10. Where can I find out what my setbacks are?
11. Can I get a registration form on the website?
12. Do you take credit cards for permits and registration?
13. Which building and trade codes does the City use?
14. What is an elevation certificate or a FEMA certificate and where do I get one?
15. How can I find out what flood zone my property is located in and what does the designation mean?
16. My house was damaged and I would like to remodel. Can I do that if my HCAD appraisal records show my house is worth $100.00?
17. Is Bellaire zoned?
18. What does it mean to be zoned?
19. What is a plat?
20. What is an amended plat?
21. What is a replat?
22. How do I find out if I am in the Flood Plain?
23. When do I need a Certificate of Occupancy?
24. Under what circumstances would I want or need to amend my plat?
25. Are Deed Restrictions part of zoning?
26. How do I combine my two lots?
27. If I have deed restrictions, where would I get a copy of them?
28. My neighbor has a backyard full of old car parts and tires. Help!
29. There is a vacant house next door to me. No one has cut the grass in months and the weeds are about as high as my waist. Can't the City do something?
30. There is a smashed car without a license plate in the driveway across the street from my house. Is that legal?
31. I own a lot in a residential section of Bellaire and I own a small business that needs an office. May I use the house and/or property as an office/business only?
32. I just bought a new boat. Can I store it in the front of my house or in my driveway?
33. Does the City have a Tree Ordinance?
34. I would like to install a sign at my business; do I need a permit?
35. We are a big event at our business location. Can we have an inflatable balloon on top of the building or in the parking lot to advertise?

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