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



Claudia Velasquez

Building Official

Email: cvelasquez@cityofwharton.com


Shelby Robertson

Building Official Assistant

Email: srobertson@cityofwharton.com


Nathan Vogt

Code Enforcement Officer

Email: nvogt@cityofwharton.com

Contractor Registration
Apply for a Permit
Report a Violation

Building & Inspections

The City of Wharton adopted codes are as follows:


  • 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
  • 2020 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.



Contractors doing work in the City of Wharton are required to register with the Code Enforcement Department (Registration Form). The following information is required to register:


  • Certificate of Insurance stating the City of Wharton as a Certificate Holder
  • Copy of State Master's License or other required state license (if applicable)
  • Copy of the Driver's License of the owner of the Company registering.
  • Copy of employee state license (i.e. journeymen, apprentice, etc.)
  • Letter of authorization from State Master's License holder allowing employee/staff to obtain permits on behalf of the company registering.



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.


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).


 Requirements for Various City Permits:                  Links:             

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

      **Demolition Permits will fall under Building Permit Applications

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

      **Demolition Permits will fall under Building Permit Applications


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.

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AttentionElectrical, Plumbing, & Mechanical Contractors
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 is 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.


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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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