Zoning

Determine the site of the new business. It will be necessary to visit the McAllen Zoning Enforcement Department in order to insure the business location is in the proper zone and meets city requirements. If the business will be conducted from the home, this department must also be contacted to obtain a home occupation permit. Not all businesses are allowed to be operated from the home, this department will determine whether it can or cannot.

McAllen Zoning Enforcement Department
City Hall
P.O. Box 220
McAllen, Texas 78505
(956) 972-7050
www.mcallen.net/planning/index.htm

If a new building will be constructed, or an existing building remodeled in any manner, it will be essential to visit the McAllen Building Permits and Inspections Department in order to obtain the necessary permits and properly insure that city requirements are met.

McAllen Building Permits and Inspections
McAllen City Hall
P.O. Box 220
McAllen, Texas 78505
(956) 972-7020
www.mcallen.net/departments/permits.htm

All new business owners should visit the McAllen Fire Department to verify that their building complies with fire and safety standards.

McAllen Fire Department
101 S. 18 th St
McAllen, Texas 78501
(956) 972-7500
www.mcallen.net/fire/index.htm

Other permits and licenses may be needed for operation, depending on the business type. It will be necessary to contact both city and state offices to determine which licenses, permits, certifications, registrations and/or authorizations are required for a specific business.

McAllen Zoning Enforcement Department
McAllen City Hall
P.O. Box 220
McAllen, Texas 78505
(956) 972-7050
www.mcallen.net/planning/index.htm

Texas Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 936-0082
www.tded.state.tx.us/guide/INDEXOFBUSINESSTYPES.html

All new restaurants and businesses handling food products should visit the McAllen Health Department for necessary inspections and food establishment permits.

McAllen Health Department
McAllen City Hall
P.O. Box 220
McAllen, Texas 78505
(956) 972-7040
www.mcallen.net/health/index.htm#mcallen

Any business which will be transporting, storing, and/or selling alcoholic beverages can obtain the necessary information about licenses and fees at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
6521 N. 10 th Street Ste. D
McAllen, Texas 78504
(956) 687-5141
www.tabc.state.tx.us/publications/instruct.pdf

Businesses which will be supplying personal transportation or commercial delivery should obtain a Commercial or Chauffeur’s Driving License from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Texas Department of Public Safety
1414 N. Bicentennial
McAllen, Texas 78501
(956) 984-5600
www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/commerciallicense.htm

Any business which will be directly involved in the importing and/or exporting of products, materials, goods, etc. should contact U.S. Customs for licensing and requirements.

U.S. Customs
Pharr International Bridge
9901 S. Cage
Pharr, Texas 78577
(956) 787-7637
(512) 888-3352
www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/ (Importing)
www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/export/export_docs/export_licenses.xml (Exporting)