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.
- Permits and Code Development
- Plan Review
- Sign Administration
- Green Building Resource Center
- Utility Analysis
Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002 | MAP
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.
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.
3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77345 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
3825 Dacoma St.
Houston, TX 77092 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
1335 Regents Park #130
Houston, TX 77058 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
Expansion of the Plan Review Deposit Fee - Effective 09/01/2015
Beginning September 1, 2015, the Building Code Enforcement Branch, Plan Review Section will expand the collection of the plan review deposit to both commercial and residential building permits.
The plan review deposit is a nonrefundable 25% down payment towards the total building permit fee; the remaining 75% will be due when the building permit is purchased. Historically, this deposit has been required for submitted commercial plans after the first review; after the effective date, the fee will be paid at the time of application. This will apply to both electronically and paper based plans.
Please note that this fee will not apply to those projects that are not submitted for review, such as those in our One Stop Plan Review program.
Residential Electronic Plan Review (EPR) - Effective 08/31/2015
Residential construction building permit applications and plans now have the option of being uploaded for review via the internet. The Electronic Plan Review System (EPR) allows the customer to submit applications from anywhere without having to visit the Permit Office.
Residential Electronic Plan Review will allow all the steps currently handled in the Permitting Office to be completed online - from submitting the application, to generating a project number, uploading the plans, paying plan review deposit fees, and obtaining notification of results.
Electronic Plan Review is available for new construction projects and projects that do not qualify for One Stop Plan Review.
For more information, visit, visit http://hpcservices.org/
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.
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 www.houstonpermittingcenter.org.
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.
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.