1 (one) garage sale every 3 (three) months, and its 3 (three) consecutive days. You will still need a permit if you are wanting to have one on the weekend.
What do I need to get a garage sale permit?
Your driver’s license or any form of identification and a utility bill of the house garage sale will take place.
To connect the Gas could I as the property owner get the permit?
No, a Licensed Plumber needs to obtain the permit.
For Water and Sewer Connection what do I need to do?
For a new dwelling, if there has never been a water tap the permit will be obtained at City Hall but all fees are paid at the Water Dept.
If I am building a new house, could I get permit myself for plumbing work?
No, for new dwelling a Licensed Plumber needs to obtain permit. We do ask them for their Liability Insurance and State License.
If I am building a new house, could I get the permit myself for electrical work?
No, for new dwelling a Licensed Electrician needs to obtain permit. We do ask them for their Liability Insurance and State License.
Do I need to send anything to AEP or my electric provider?
No, we will send all approved inspections to either AEP or Magic Valley. Please be sure to provide us the ESID or Account number. Once it is sent over you would need to contact your provider.
When will the electrical inspection for connection of light be completed?
Depending on when you come in to get permit we will do inspections. If permit is obtained before noon inspection will be done after 12:00 p.m. same day, if permit is obtained after 12:00 p.m. inspection will be done the following day in the morning. However, inspections are completed in the order that they are received.
Where do I get the ESID number from?
You would need to contact you electric provider for that number, be sure to open an account so that when we do the inspection and send to AEP your provider can contact AEP if inspection has been sent.
To connect my light what do I need?
The correct address of where light will be connected and ESID/account number.
Can I move my house/trailer in any location inside Donna?
No, we do check the zone on the proposed address on applications submitted, they are only allowed in Mobile Home District MH or Restrictions on the subdivisions.
To move a house, do I need a permit?
Yes, you do need a permit to move inside or outside City Limits, but the fees are different. You can find that application on permits/applications section under Move/Demo Permit. If you are moving it inside City Limits we will need pictures of the house/trailer. If you are moving outside we don’t need any pictures, just the application to be submitted.
If I am going to build a new house and/or commercial office, what do I need?
There are plans that you need to submit, in the permit/application section you can find that information under Building Requirements.
Do I need a permit for any additions to my house?
Yes, if you are not sure if you need a permit you can always contact our office at 956-464-6911 and we can give you more information if you’re not sure.
What is the fee for a building permit?
We base our fees by the improvement value and in some cases the total square footage when permit is for new construction only.
What is a Zoning District?
A zoning district is a classification of land in the City limits which divides property into specific types of uses. Zoning regulates the type of development that can occur in an area. Zoning also sets other standards for development in a particular zoning district. City Council determines the zoning designation of a property. For example, in the City there are zones that are reserved for residential, commercial, and industrial development.
What do the zoning district abbreviations (R-1, B-1, etc.) mean?
Each abbreviation refers to a specific zoning district which is regulated by an individual article or chapter contained in the Zoning Ordinance. The City of Donna is divided into five (5) districts as follows:
District R-1: Single-Family Residential District
District R-2: Multi-Family Residential District
District B-1: Local Business District
District B-2: General Business District
District M-H: Mobile Home District
For the regulations and restrictions for each district, see the Zoning Ordinance.
How do I determine the zoning of my property?
The Planning Division keeps the official zoning map and can provide you with zoning information. Please call (956) 464-6917 with either an address or legal description of the property.
How do I change the zoning of my property?
A property owner may request a zone change through the Planning Department. There are a set of criteria that must be met in order for a zone change to occur. Zone change requests are presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and to City Council. A non-refundable filing fee of $ 300.00 must be paid at the time the application for zone change is filed. If you would like more information, please call the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917.
Can the Planning Department recommend contractors or engineers?
Unfortunately, the City of Donna cannot provide recommendations to homeowners or general contractors regarding contractors or engineers. Please check your phone book.
Can I subdivide my property?
A landowner may apply to have his or her property subdivided. This requires getting a surveyor and completing all other requirement. Please see application for the requirements. The non-refundable fee for an application for subdivision plat approval is $625.00, plus $25.00 per acre. Subdivision plat approvals are presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and to City Council. If you are interested in subdividing your property please contact the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917 for more information.
Where do I find information regarding property ownership or tax information?
The County Assessor’s office has the most up-to-date information. Please call the Hidalgo County Appraisal District at (956) 381-8466 or visit their website www.hidalgoad.org
What are setbacks and how do I find setback information?
Setbacks are distances from the property line in which a structure may not be located. Setbacks vary by the zoning designation of the property and are defined in the City of Donna Zoning Ordinance. The required setback may be different for a primary use structure versus an accessory use structure such as a shed. The Zoning Ordinance may be found here. For additional information, please contact the Planning Department (956) 464-6917.
I have an easement on my property. How will this affect me?
Easements are designated areas on your land that are set aside for the use of others for a specific purpose, usually for a type of public utility. This means the easement holder has the right to access the property for a specific purpose such as maintenance of an electrical, water, or sanitary sewer line. Permanent structures of any nature are not allowed in easements. Fences are allowed in most types of easements with an easement encroachment agreement with the owner stating that a portion of fence may be removed if necessary. Fences are not allowed in drainage easements. For more information, please call the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917.
How do I locate my property lines?
It is the responsibility of the property owner to determine the location of his or her property lines. The City may have documents such as a plat or plot plan, which will show the dimensions of the property; however, hiring a licensed land surveyor is the only way to accurately locate the property lines. Acquiring a survey of your property is also the best way to resolve a property line dispute with an adjacent property owner. The City does not recommend any specific surveyor or survey company. Please check your phone book for a list of surveyors. The City does not have a surveyor on staff that can assist with locating property lines.
As a permit applicant, what is expected of me at the public hearing? What is the procedure of the meeting?
At the public hearing, the staff planner will summarize the project and key issues, then the applicant speaks on the matter. As a project applicant this is your opportunity to present your case to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. After the applicant speaks, anyone else in the audience can speak and then the applicant has the opportunity for rebuttal. The hearing is then closed. The decision making body then discusses the issue and makes their decision.
I received a notice in the mail regarding a proposal in my area. What do I do?
State law and/or City regulations require property owners that are located within 200 feet from a proposed development to be notified. Please call the Planning Department for more information on the proposal if you have any questions. Everyone is invited to attend all Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and City Council Public Meetings to offer any relevant public input. More information can be found on this link.