Code Enforcement Department 

120 E Caney St.

Wharton, TX 77488


Ph:   (979) 532-2491

Fax:  (979) 532-0181


Office Hours

Mon - Thurs 7:30 am to 5:30 pm 

Fridays         8:00 am to 5:00 pm



Ronnie Bollom

Building Official

Floodplain Administrator


Claudia Velasquez

Assistant Building Official

Email Claudia


Jimmy Nickoyln

Code Enforcement Officer

Email Jimmy


Fire Marshal

Email Fire Marshal

Building and Inspections


City of Wharton recently approved Ordinance 2019-19 adopting the 2018 Code Editions. The codes adopted are as follows: Effective September 5th, 2019. 


  • 2018 International Building Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Residential Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Fire Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Energy Code with amendments
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool  & Spa Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code with amendments


Deed Restrictions

Deed restrictions are not enforce by the city. If the deed was filed check with Wharton County Clerk's Office for a copy of the deed restrictions and any rules or regulations that are enforced in your area.


Zoning in Wharton

City of Wharton does not regulate zoning.



Most construction requires a Building Permit, however, cosmetic changes and non-structural repairs may not require one. If in doubt, please contact the City of Wharton Code Enforcement Department if there are any questions concerning the information listed.


For more details, please contact our office at 979-532-2491.
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm., except on City Holidays.
Or via email to Claudia Velasquez


All Permits MUST be prominently posted at site for the entire duration of the project.


Please Note: Work requiring permits cannot start until the permit is issued by the Code Enforcement Department. Permit applications must be reviewed and approved by the department staff and all fees are calculated at that time. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Checks payable to City of Wharton as payments for building permits (in person only, phone, and online payments are not available).

Permit Applications: Building Department

      **Electrical Permits will fall under Building (E) Permit Applications


Miscellaneous Permit Applications 


ATTENTION: Electrical, Plumbing, & Mechanical Contractors

Effective April 1st 2019

Inspection Requests: Contractor must be on location during the time of inspection. If an inspection is requested and contractor/employee is not present will result in a FAILED inspection and $50 fee for re-inspection.


The inspection process to meant to monitor compliance with adopted building codes and regulations and to inspect the structural quality and general safety of buildings, in order to protect both structures and occupants. Inspections will be required on ALL projects that have an open permit. Additional inspections may be required at the discretion of the Building Official.


A FINAL inspection is required prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.



Contractors doing work in the City of Wharton are required to register with the Code Enforcement Department (No application/form available). The following information is required to register contractor:


  • Certificate of Insurance stating the City of Wharton as a Certificate Holder
  • Copy of State Master's License or other required state license (when applicable)
  • Copy of the Driver's License of the owner of the Company registering.
  • Copy of employee state license (when applicable)
  • Letter of authorization from State Master's License holder allowing employee/staff to obtain permits on behalf of the company registering.
Contractor's Additional Information:
Requirements for Various City of Wharton Permits:

Any electrical, plumbing or mechanical work/permits must be obtained by a State Licensed Electrical/Plumbing/Mechanical Contractor.


EXCEPTION: A homeowner can obtain an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit with proof of a Homestead Exemption.

City of Wharton
120 East Caney Street
Wharton, Texas 77488
Phone: (979) 532-2491

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department
319 N. Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 400


Wharton Police Department
1407 N Richmond Rd

Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3131

City of Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-2491 Ext 600
Wharton Emergency Management
1407 N Richmond Rd.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 570
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