Home Improvement Contractor

  • Home improvement contractor registration is required for all home improvement contractors.
  • A driver's license copy is required.
  • A bond in the amount of $5,000 is required.
  • A Certificate of Insurance is required with Universal City named as the Certificate Holder and a minimum of $300,000 General Liability or higher amount, if required by the State of Texas. 
  • A Subcontractor Verification Letter is required for each subcontractor listed on the building permit application.

Universal City is under the 2021 International Codes.  The City's additions and exceptions are available online as well.  Some projects and repairs may trigger the requirement for Carbon Monoxide Alarms.  These alarms must be installed prior to the final inspection by the Building Official.

Home Improvement Contractors should be advised that if the application for registration on file with the City of Universal City is more than 5 years old, then a new application will be required at the time of renewal. The review of the new application, including review of the STATE criminal history search data, may take up to 5 to 7 working days for processing by the Building Official. 

All Home Improvement Contractor applications shall require a copy of a recent criminal history search through the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) [DPS].  If your drivers license is not issued by the State of Texas, you will be required to obtain a criminal history search from the issuing State.  A recent STATE criminal history search is required for each applicant, partner, or corporate officer for the general contracting business on whose behalf the application is submitted. Be advised that these entities charge a nominal fee for this service.

Thank you for working with the City as it updates files and works to ensure a safe and quality environment for its residents.

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