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How to Verify a Professional's License in Odessa?

Professionals providing services to clients in Odessa require a professional license from several licensing boards, such as the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), which handles licensing for professionals in 40 occupational types. Other state and city boards issuing licenses to these professionals include the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and the City of Odessa Building Inspection Department. It is in your best interest to verify the license of a professional you intend to commission for your project before hiring them, as this can prevent you from experiencing possible liabilities such as substandard workmanship or loss of your funds. You can verify the authenticity of a professional's license in Odessa online using the TDLR License Data search portal or you can contact the City of Odessa Building Inspection Department via phone number (432) 335-3200.

Besides checking out a professional's license, you may require a permit before your construction or home improvement-related project can start. The Odessa Building Inspection Department handles the permitting process in the city, and it issues permits for work such as building demolitions, mechanical installations, electrical installations, and plumbing installations. Failing to secure required permits before the commencement of your project can lead to fines from city authorities. To find out more about the city's permit process or to present questions you may have on permits, you can contact the Building Inspection Department via phone number (432) 335-3200.

Do Odessa Neighborhood Councils
Issue Permits?

The neighborhood associations, organizations, and councils in Odessa do not issue construction or home improvement-related work permits. However, while they lack the statutory rights to issue permits, these organizations seek to improve the neighborhoods in the city and also enhance the quality of life of its residents. In many cases, this is achieved through collaboration with the Odessa City Council.

In September 2021, Odessa residents and community leaders cited the need for more businesses, green spaces, and housing spaces in Odessa during a downtown city town hall meeting held to discuss the city master plan. Also in September 2021, the Odessa City Council was reported to have approved a request to donate a plot of land located downtown to Odessa College. The donation of land was to kick start a $1.5 million construction phase to provide more landscaping and green spaces in the area and also to construct a stage for concerts and events.

How to File an Unfair Business
Complaint in Odessa?

The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas accepts complaints from residents of Odessa who have experienced, and want to report, unfair or unlawful business practices. To file a complaint about an incident you may have experienced, use an online Consumer Complaint Form, or you can download and complete a printable complaint form, and then mail it to:

  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Consumer Protection Division
  • PO Box 12548
  • Austin, TX, 78711-2548

You can call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at (800)621-0508 for clarifications or to direct any inquiries you may have on the complaint process. Note that, while the Consumer Protection Division receives and attends to your complaint and seeks resolution through mediation, it does not represent you legally nor prosecute on your behalf. Where an agreement favorable to you could not be reached, you can file a small claims lawsuit at the Odessa Municipal Court located at :

  • 201 North Grant
  • Odessa, TX 79761
  • Phone: (432) 335-3300
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Small claims suit is an available option for aggrieved parties to reach a resolution through a fast and less complicated legal process. However, these suits are limited to a maximum claim of $20,000. It is prudent to seek the advice of an experienced lawyer for direction on filing a small claims suit before using the service of a small claims court.