Vacant, Assistant Director - Building Official

Manages Building Code Services and administers the provisions in the City's Code of Ordinances and state/federal regulations relating to private building construction, sign administration, and the utility analysis capacity program. Building Code service has over 400 employees and is divided into seven main sections.



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Main Office

Houston Permitting Center

1002 Washington Ave.

Houston, TX 77002 | MAP

Phone: 832.394.9494

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Please note that most Sections stop their services at 4:30 p.m. to ensure all customers are assisted.

Satellite Offices

Important Note: The satellite offices do not accept cash as a form of payment. All satellite offices close from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Kingwood Office

3915 Rustic Woods Dr.

Kingwood TX 77345 | MAP

Phone: 281.361.9580

Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Dacoma Office

3825 Dacoma St.

Houston, TX 77092 | MAP

Phone: 713.686.6224

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Clearlake Office

1335 Regents Park #130

Houston, TX 77058 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6787

Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)



Water/Wastewater Impact Fee Increase - Effective 07/01/2015

All valid applications submitted prior to the close of business Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will be processed under the current impact fee rate.

Impact fees for applications submitted thereafter will be assessed at:

WASTEWATER              $1,199.11 per service unit
WATER                             $626.50 per service unit

The new impact fees reflect a 0.9% adjustment based on the Producer Price Index. This adjustment is in accordance with the City of Houston Code of Ordinances Sections 47-316(B) and 47-384(B), which allows wastewater and water rates to be adjusted annually.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rudy Moreno at 832.394.8986 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Electronic Plan Review (EPR) Workshops

Electronic Plan Review (EPR) is here! Commercial construction building permit applications and plans now have the option of being uploaded for review via the internet. The new EPR system allows the customer to submit applications from anywhere without having to visit the Permit Office.
To help customers become familiar with this new and exciting service, the Houston Permitting Center has been offering free workshops and webinars to the public. For dates and times, visit  

New Correction Notices - Effective 03/30/2015

Beginning, March 30, 2015 the Building Code Enforcement Branch will begin using a white “Correction Notice” in lieu of red-tag to communicate deficiencies at inspection with permitted construction projects.  The correction notice will provide detailed information on the notice to allow the contractors to see the specific areas of correction needed. The new notices will be printed on 8.5” x 11” paper and will be applied adhesively.  

Please note: Red notices may be used for more serious infractions such as unpermitted work.

Reminder! To avoid re-inspections and related fees, please remind employees and contractors on the jobsite to be on the look-out for these new notices for the needed corrections.

Unsworn Declaration in lieu of Deed Restriction Affidavit – Effective 03/02/2015

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, City Council voted to amend Sections 1-11, 10-3, 10-247 and 29-6 of the Code of Ordinances, accepting an unsworn declaration in lieu of the deed restriction affidavit on Building Permits, Occupancy Inspection Applications and Manufactured Home park licenses.

This change will allow the customer to make the application both online (when available) and in person without the use of a notary, saving valuable customer time. Please note, that other processes within Building Code Enforcement may still require a notary for certain services.

Building Code Enforcement will begin accepting unsworn declarations on Monday, March 2, 2015. Please use these revised fillable forms when making an application. The forms can be downloaded in the Quick Links section of the page or in the Forms & Publications page.

For any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our Building Code Enforcement Ombudsman Office at 832-394-9035.

2015 Fee Increase - Effective 01/01/2015

Building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 2.8416% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. Forms and publications have been updated to reflect the new fees. Please click on the following links for the fees:

New Electrical Code Adopted - Effective Immediately

Effective, September 24, 2014, the City Houston Council voted to approve the City of Houston Electrical Code Administrative Provisions and the 2014 National Electrical Code, as adopted by the State of Texas in 16 Texas Administrative Code §73.100. Building permits that are applied for on or after the effective date of this code shall conform to these requirements. To access the 2014 NEC Houston Amendments, visit the Forms & Publications page.

For questions regarding this code, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improvements to the Inspection Notification Feature

Beginning, October 15th, 2014 we will be expanding our existing notification service to notify users with a two hour window. This improved service will provide the registered users with an opportunity to be notified of the inspector arriving for the inspection with more accuracy, saving customers valuable time and money. Existing users will not need to take any action to receive this added feature; however, new users will need to register for this feature. To register, please CLICK HERE.

New Inspection Notification Feature Available

We are pleased to introduce a new feature available for contractors and owners that will allow them to find out when their inspection(s) will be performed. Currently, the City of Houston allows contractors to sign up for text or email messages of inspection results.

As an additional benefit, registered users will now be able to learn the time of day the inspector will the at the job site. Morning (AM) inspections will be performed 7:00 a.m. - Noon and Afternoon (PM) inspections will be performed 12:01 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To register for this new service, visit

For questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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