Senior Assistant Director Public Works, Thomas J. Hosey, 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.
- Permits and Code Development
- Plan Review
- Sign Administration
- Green Building Resource Center
- Utility Analysis
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(If you are not the homeowner, please click here.)
Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
*Please note that most Sections stop their services at 4:30 p.m. to ensure all customers are assisted.
Kingwood Office Dacoma Office
3915 Rustic Woods Dr. AGC Building
Kingwood, TX 77345 3825 Dacoma St.
MAP Houston, TX 77092
Phone: 281.361.9580 Phone: 713.686.6224
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours: 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
(Closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m)
New Consolidated Building Permit Application
In response to your feedback, the City of Houston Building Permit Application is being revised for ease of use. The new application will have the following additional benefits:
• One application for all projects
• Available for as a fillable online .PDF download
• The appropriate deed restriction affidavit can be completed and attached to the application.
The current applications will be allowed for continued use for an interim use.
Changes to the 2011 NEC Houston Amendments - Effective 04/29/2013
City Council approved Ordinance 2013-252 amending various sections of the Houston Electrical Code. Please click here to view the Ordinance or you may access the modified code at our Code Development page.
NEW Increased Energy Provisions for Residential Structures – Effective 02/01/2013
Beginning February 1, 2013, the City of Houston Energy Code for residential structures will require that new buildings achieve 10% efficiency above the currently adopted Houston Energy Code. To access the modified code, visit our Code Development page.
Fee Increase - Effective 01/01/2013
Starting January 1, 2013, building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 2.4214% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. To view the list of the new fees, please click here.
Plan Review Prerequisite for Alcohol Related Businesses – Effective 06/01/2012
Beginning June 1, 2012, the Code Enforcement Commercial Plan Review Section will require a copy of the completed Administration and Regulatory Affairs (ARA) Application for Alcohol and Alcohol Related Businesses that has been time stamped and accepted by ARA for new constructions and conversions/change of use to alcohol related business. For more information, please click here