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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where are the City Council meetings held?
  2. Can I address the City Council regarding any issue without being placed on the agenda?
  3. How do I get an item placed on the agenda for City Council consideration or action?
  4. What is the deadline for submitting a request for an item to be placed on a City Council agenda?
  5. How do I report a streetlight out?
  6. How do I request an additional streetlight to be placed in a location along a City street?
  7. What are the procedures for Open Records Request?
  8. What is the cost for copies?
  9. When is a Solicitors Permit required?
  10. What are the procedures for obtaining a Solicitors Permit?
  11. Is an Animal License Required?
  12. What is the process for obtaining the License?
  13. Must the license be worn?
  14. Is a duplicate license available?
  15. How much notice is required for inspections?
  16. Do existing structures have to be inspected prior to new occupancy?
  17. What do you need a building permit for?
  18. What information is needed in order to obtain a building permit?
  19. Is a permit required for a fence?
  20. What are the setback requirements for City of Wharton?
  21. Is a permit required for a portable building?
  22. How do I get a permit to place a mobile home on my lot?
  23. Is a permit needed to move a structure?
  24. Will construction debris be picked up at the curb on the regular collection day?
  25. What Flood Zone is my property in?
  26. What constitutes a “weedy lot” violation?
  27. Is City Hall closed during the noon hour?
  28. Does your City have Zoning?
  29. Can I do my own electrical and/or plumbing work at my residence?

1. When and where are the City Council meetings held?
City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month unless otherwise cancelled. The City Council meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Wharton, City Hall, 120 East Caney Street, Wharton, Texas 77488.

 

2. Can I address the City Council regarding any issue without being placed on the agenda?
Anyone can address the City Council during the Public Comments section. The City Council may be informed of your concern, issue, or notification but action cannot be taken on items addressed during Public Comments. Public Comments made by an individual are limited to three minutes per person.

 

3. How do I get an item placed on the agenda for City Council consideration or action?
Submit a letter to the City Manager’s office requesting to be placed on the agenda for the next City Council meeting. Include in the letter a description of the issue you would like to discuss and any information that may be pertinent to your subject that could be included in the City Council packet for review.

 

4. What is the deadline for submitting a request for an item to be placed on a City Council agenda?
The deadline for submitting a request for an item to be placed on the City Council agenda is at 12:00 Noon the Wednesday prior to the City Council meeting.

 

5. How do I report a streetlight out?
To report a streetlight that is out, contact the Public Works Department but remember to have the pole number of the streetlight that is out. The pole number is located on the street light pole approximately five to six feet from the ground and is a six-digit number.

 

6. How do I request an additional streetlight to be placed in a location along a City street?
Contact the Public Works Department and give the exact location of the where the desired streetlight may be placed. Most streetlights are placed approximately 300 feet apart. The request will be forwarded to the electric company for review. If the location meets the distance requirements, the streetlight should be installed.

 

7. What are the procedures for Open Records Request?
Complete a Public Information Records Form, which can be obtained from the City Secretary.

 

8. What is the cost for copies?
The charge for standard paper copies reproduced by means of an office machine operator or a computer printer is $0.10 per page or part of a page. Each side that has a printed image is considered a page.

Nonstandard Copy

Diskette
$1.00
VHS video cassette
$2.50
Audio cassette
$1.00
Oversize paper copy (11X17, greenbar, bluebar)
$0.50

 

Personnel Charge:
  1. The charge for other personnel costs, incurred in processing a request for public information is $15 an hour, including fringe benefits. Where applicable, the other personnel charge may include the actual time to locate, compile, and reproduce the requested information.
  2. Another personnel charge shall not be billed in connection with complying with requests that are for 50 or fewer pages of paper records, unless the documents to be copies are located in:
  • two or more separate buildings that are not physically connected with each other; or
  • a remote storage facility.
Overhead charge:
  • Whenever any personnel charge is applicable to a request, a governmental body may include in the charges direct and indirect costs, in addition to the specific personnel charge. This overhead charge would cover such costs as depreciation of capital assets, rent, maintenance and repair, utilities, and administrative overhead.
  • An overhead charge shall not be made for requests for copies of 50 pages or fewer of standard paper records.
  • Miscellaneous supplies charge:
  • The actual cost of miscellaneous supplies, such as labels, boxes, and other supplies used to produce the requested information, will be added to the total charge.
  • Postal and shipping charge:
  • Postal and shipping expenses, which are necessary to transmit the reproduced information, will be charged.

9. When is a Solicitors Permit required?
A solicitors permit is required when any person goes from house to house or place to place or by telephone in the City of Wharton soliciting, selling or taking orders for or offering to sell or take orders for any goods, wares, merchandise, services, photographs, newspapers, magazines or subscriptions to newspapers or magazines.

 

10. What are the procedures for obtaining a Solicitors Permit?
Complete a Solicitors Permit Application form, which can be obtained from City Hall. A copy of the driver’s license must be submitted with the application. A background check will be conducted by the Wharton Police Department, which will take approximately 30 minutes per application. The Police Chief will approve or deny the application.

 

If the application is approved, the applicant shall obtain a $1,000 Bond and submit the original to the City of Wharton.
The fee for the Solicitors Permit is:

 

Street Peddler
$30.00
Transient Vendor
$30.00 for the first person
$10.00 for each additional person
The City Staff will issue the Registration Card for one year from date of issuance. Agricultural products, which shall not include meat, poultry, fish, shrimp or a similar products, the solicitor permit is: $10.00 - 30 days from date of issuance

 

11. Is an Animal License Required?
Yes, when any person owning, harboring or having custody of any animal over four months of age within the City limits, must obtain a license.This will not apply to the keeping of small caged birds or aquatic and amphibian animals solely as pets.

 

12. What is the process for obtaining the License?
  • A written application for a license shall be completed at City Hall. The rabies certification must accompany the application.
  • Licenses for the keeping of dogs and cats shall remain in effect for a period of one year, unless revoked before the expiration of this period.
  • An application for a license must be made within 30 days after obtaining a dog or cat over four months of age, except that this subsection will not apply to a nonresident keeping a dog or cat within the city for a period of time not to exceed 60 days.
  • Upon acceptance of the license application and fee, the city shall issue a durable tag. 

 

13. Must the license be worn?
Dogs and cats must wear identification tags or collars at all times when off the premises of the owners.

14. Is a duplicate license available?
An applicant may obtain a duplicate license upon payment of a replacement fee of $2.00.

 

15. How much notice is required for inspections?
24 hour notice, unless extreme circumstances.

 

16. Do existing structures have to be inspected prior to new occupancy?
Yes, a Fire Inspection is required.

 

17. What do you need a building permit for?
Any structural construction project.

 

18. What information is needed in order to obtain a building permit?
Complete drawing of the project, including the electrical plan and setback requirements.

 

19. Is a permit required for a fence?
No, unless the fence is greater than six (6) feet in height; however, location of property line must be established to avoid encroachment of neighboring property.

 

20. What are the setback requirements for City of Wharton?
Setbacks are a case-by-case situation; it is best to contact the Planning Department for requirements.

 

21. Is a permit required for a portable building?
Yes and setback requirements apply according to the size of the building.

 

22. How do I get a permit to place a mobile home on my lot?
You cannot place a mobile home on a private lot unless replacing an existing mobile home homestead.

 

23. Is a permit needed to move a structure?
Yes.

 

24. Will construction debris be picked up at the curb on the regular collection day?
No. Construction debris placed at the curb will not be picked up on a regular collection day. However, it should be picked up on the bulky waste day. The customer will be charged for the disposal of construction debris placed at the curb.

 

25. What Flood Zone is my property in?
A flood map is provided in the Code Enforcement Department and the Planning Department for review.

 

26. What constitutes a "weedy lot" violation?
The height of weeds/grass shall not by greater than 12 inches.

 

27. Is your office closed for the noon hour?
No. The City Hall offices is open from Monday-Friday, 8-5, except City Holidays.

 

28. Does your City have Zoning?
No.

 

29. Can I do my own electrical and/or plumbing work at my residence?
Yes, with proof of a homestead exemption and issuance of permit.

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

info@whartonfire.com

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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