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
Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002 | MAP
Hours: 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: Starting Feb. 17, 2014, the satellite offices will no longer accept cash as a form of payment.
3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77345 | MAP
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
3825 Dacoma St.
Houston, TX 77092 | MAP
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
2014 Fee Increase - Effective 02/01/2014
Building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 1.2492% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinanaces. Forms and publications have been updated to reflect the new fees. Please click on the links for the fees:
New Commercial One-Stop Plan Review Guideline
The One Stop Plan Review program was intended to provide an expedited plan review and permit process for small remodels and repairs. The program is limited to a 30 minute review. The One-Stop Commercial One-Stop Qualifications guideline has been revised due to the increased volume of construction in the Houston area. The revised guideline lists the various types of commercial projects that qualify or disqualify for our One-Stop Plan Review process.
To download the guideline, CLICK HERE.
New Residential Energy Code Provisions - Effective February 7, 2014
On January 8, 2014 City Council approved an ordinance to increase energy efficiency by an additional 5% above the currently adopted Houston Residential Energy Conservation Code.
The additional increase in efficiency will require a total of 15% above-code energy savings after the effective date.
These provisions will affect new construction of the following types of projects:
- One or Two Family Home
- Apartments 3 stories and less in height
- R-4 occupancies 3 stories and less in height
Compliance can be achieved by any of the methods codified in Section 110 of the Houston Energy Code. To view a copy of this ordinance CLICK HERE.
Temporary Suspension of the MDI Inspection Program - Effective Immediately
Due to the increased volume of inspections and our commitment to providing the highest quality of service with those inspections, our MDI inspection program has reached capacity. To ensure continued quality, the MDI program will temporarily be suspended for new applications. For additional information regarding this temporary change, please contact Judy Walton at 832-394-9334.
Important Information Regarding Plumbing Fixture and Piping - Effective 01/01/2014
Additional Exemptions from Plumbing Permits - Effective Immediately
Process Improvements to Master Home Program
Beginning September 24, 2013, participants in the Master Home Plan Review Program will only need to make one stop in the permitting office to submit plans for this program. Click here for more information.
Beginning October 21, 2013, the program will be limited to detached single family homes on a single lot and any changes, other than site plan revisions, will require the plan to be submitted with two full sets of plans for a complete review for remastering. This will ensure the Repeat Home customers are served expeditiously as the program was intended to improve efficiency for both the customer and city staff.