Last week’s unprecedented winter weather has had a severe impact on water utility provision statewide, including here in New Braunfels, with tremendous strain put on residential and commercial water pipes.
Broken and leaking pipes have caused damage at homes and businesses and the City of New Braunfels recognizes the hardships our citizens are experiencing. Therefore, to minimize the financial impact of repairs people will be making, the City is taking a number of steps to make the process of repairing homes and businesses easier.
First, plumbing permit fees will be waived for any project resulting from winter storm damage. Fees for other permits for work associated with water or weather damage will also be waived for homes and businesses. Applicants are asked to identify the project as Severe Weather-Related Repair on the application or other submittal document when they submit for the permit.
Additionally, the City’s Development Services Division will prioritize and expedite review of plumbing permits, inspections, and plumbing contractor registrations. “Water service to our residents and business owners is a priority for the whole community. Development Services will work with all contractors to rapidly facilitate their registration, if they are not already in the City’s system,” said Christopher Looney, Development Services and Planning Director.
New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman added, “The steps the City is taking to help our neighbors deal with repairs to their homes and businesses is another example of what makes New Braunfels a great place to live and work. We hope that these efforts help ease some of the burden that so many of our friends and family are dealing with in the wake of last week’s winter storms.”
For additional information regarding waivers for fees or expedited permitting and inspections, please contact Planning and Development Services department at 830-221-4050 or log on to their website for access to residential and commercial permit applications.