Search Code Enforcement

Click to View 2013 Annual Report
Click here for more information.

 

Did you receive a permit, license or registration non-compliance letter?  Click here for our FAQ.

Rate Our Performance!
Follow Us!
311 Helpline

HPC Customer Service Principles

Click here to download document

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Deputy Assistant Director


PWE LogoThe building code states that "All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official"

 

Please click the type of inspection you would like to review:

 

QUICK LINKS
Schedule Inspections Online               Online Permits               Contact Us

 

STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS

 

All work requiring a building permit must be inspected and approved by a structural inspector before the project is finalized.

 

Situations in which structural inspections are required include ( but not limited to):

Framing

  • Foundation inspection - To ensure the structural integrity of the foundation.
  • Wind storm inspection - To verify the use of wind straps.
  • Frame inspection - To ensure the structural integrity of the frame.
  • Energy inspection - Windows, insulation
  • Final inspection - To ensure full compliance with the building code.

When do I call for a structural inspection?

Typically the general contractor completing the work will call the Structural Inspection Section to schedule the required inspections. If you have completed work under the Homeowner's Permit option, you are responsible for scheduling the structural inspections.

 

To schedule a structural inspection and/or for further clarification of structural inspections, please call the Structural Inspection Division at 832.394.8840.

 

Back to Top

 

ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS

 

All work requiring an electrical permit must be inspected and approved by an electrical inspector before the project is finaled. Note: All electrical work must be performed by a licensed electrical contractor.

 

Some situations that require an electrical inspection include:

Electrical Inspection

  • Ditch or slab cover inspection
  • Wall cover inspection
  • Ceiling cover inspection
  • Temporary cut-in inspection

 

When do I call for an electrical inspection?

Typically the licensed electrical contractor completing the work will call the Electrical Inspection Section to schedule the required electrical inspections.

 

To schedule an electrical inspection and/or for further clarification concerning electrical inspections, please call the Electrical Inspection Division at 832.394.8860.

 

Helpful Documents

How to register an electrical master’s and/or contractor license with the City of Houston?

To register or renew your Texas Electrical Master and Contractor Licenses with the City of Houston the following documents are required:

  • Driver's License or Identification
  • License Registration and Update Form ( Note: Notarization of form is required if another individual other than the applicant will be submitting registration form)
  • Proof of current master and contractor's license issued by the State of Texas.

 Once you have the required documents please follow these steps:

  • Register at the Electrical Inspections Section located on the 4th floor at 1002 Washington Avenue.
  • Pay the appropriate fee on the 1st floor.

Registration may be also done by mail. For more information, including fees, please refer to the Registration & Renewal Guideline (Form CE-1203) or contact the Electrical Inspections Section at 832.394.8860.

 

Where can I find out information about licensing?

For more information visit http://www.license.state.tx.us/electricians/elecfaq.htm

 

Back to Top

 

MECHANICAL INSPECTIONS

 

All work requiring a mechanical permit must be inspected and approved by a mechanical inspector before the project is finalized

Situations that require a mechanical inspection include:

Duct Vent Image

  • New commercial or residential a/c installations
  • Commercial kitchen ventilation systems
  • Commercial chiller replacements
  • Heater installations or replacements
  • Duct alterations
  • Installation of central vacuum systems
  • Installation of decorative gas fireplaces
  • Installation of commercial boilers
  • Installations of cooling tower
  • Paint spray booths

 

When do I call for a mechanical inspection?

Typically the mechanical contractor completing the work will call the Mechanical Inspection Section to schedule the required inspections. If you have completed work under the Homeowner's Permit option, you are responsible for scheduling the required mechanical inspections.

 

To schedule a mechanical inspection and/or for further clarification concerning mechanical inspections, please call the Mechanical Inspection Division at 832.394.8850.

 

Click here to obtain a copy of the Mechanical Inspection Request Form for Occupied Residences.

 

How to register an air conditioning license with the City of Houston?

To register or renew your air conditioning license with the City of Houston, the following documents are required:

  • Texas Driver's License or Identification
  • Class A or B air conditioning license
  • Certificate of Insurance

Once you have the required documents, please follow these steps:

  • Fill out a Registration Application
  • Register at the Mechanical Inspections Section located on the 4th floor at 1002 Washington Avenue.
  • Pay the appropriate fee on the 1st Floor.

All registrations are required to be done at our office. For fee information, please refer to the Code Enforcement's License Fee Schedule. Please contact the Mechanical Inspections Section at 832.394.8850 for more information.

 

Where can I find out information about licensing?

For more information visit http://www.license.state.tx.us/acr/acr.htm

 

Back to Top

PLUMBING INSPECTIONS

All work requiring a plumbing permit must be inspected and approved by a plumbing inspector before the project is finalized.

 

Some situations that require a plumbing inspection include:

  • Ground inspection (prior to the foundation pour).
  • Rough inspection (prior to the installation of wall covering).
  • Sewer inspection.
  • Gas test
  • Final plumbing inspection.

When do I call for a plumbing inspection?

Typically the licensed plumbing contractor completing the work will call the Plumbing Inspection Section to schedule the required inspections. If you have completed work under the Homeowner's Permit option, you are responsible for scheduling the required plumbing inspections.

 

To schedule a plumbing inspection and/or for further clarification concerning plumbing inspections, call the Plumbing Inspection Division at 832.394.8870.

 

How to register a master plumber license with the City of Houston?

To register your master plumber license with the City of Houston, the following documents are required:

  • Texas Master Plumber's License
  • Proof of Insurance

Once you have the required documents please follow these steps:

  • Fill out a Registration form
  • Register at the Plumbing Inspections Section located on the 4th floor at 1002 Washington Avenue.

First time registration is required to be done at our office. Renewals may be done via fax. Please contact the Plumbing Inspections Section at 832.394.8870 for more information.

 

Registration Fee:

Beginning September 1, 2009, master plumbers will no longer be required to pay a fee when registering with the City of Houston per HB 1354 which was approved in the State of Texas Legislature.

 

Where can I find out information about licensing?

For more information visit http://www.tsbpe.state.tx.us/index.html

 

Back to Top

 

CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY AND LIFE SAFETY INSPECTIONS

A Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained before a commercial building or an individual lease space within a commercial building may be occupied, or if changes to an existing occupancy classification are made. If no Certificate of Occupancy is posted the owner or agent may be given a 10-day notice to make an application and pay inspection fees. If the owner or agent fails to comply, citations may be issued each day until the application is made and fees are paid.

 

What types of buildings are exempt from certificates of occupancy?

Residential dwellings, residential garages, sheds, and residential carports are exempt from certificates of occupancy.

 

When is a life safety certificate required?

Owners of existing buildings that were constructed before January 1, 1986 were required to submit an application to the City of Houston Code Enforcement Division for a life safety inspection before January 1, 1992. If an application was not submitted before that date, one should be submitted immediately. Existing buildings that have been annexed into the City of Houston are not exempt from life safety certificates.

Every building must meet the requirements of the building code that was enforced at the time the building was constructed and/or it must meet the requirements for Life Safety guidelines. In addition, any condition not listed in the Life Safety Appendix that is found to be unsafe, unsanitary, or hazardous must be corrected immediately. This includes the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural systems of the building.

 

What types of buildings are exempt from life safety certificates?

If a commercial building was constructed under a permit issued by the City on or after January 1, 1986 and received a Certificate of Occupancy, it is exempt from the Life Safety Appendix.

 

NEW Minor Change of Use Program Brochure (For similar uses) – Provides the qualifications and submittal requirements for projects that wish to utilize the Occupancy Inspection Minor Change of Use Program.

 

Contact Information

If you are uncertain about whether or not your building or lease space requires a Certificate of Occupancy or a Life Safety Certificate, please call the Occupancy Inspection Section at 832.394.8880.

 

Back to Top

 

SPECIAL INSPECTIONS

Overview

In addition to inspections required by the City of Houston Building Code, the owner, the engineer, or architect of record acting as the owner's agent shall employ one or more special inspectors who shall provide inspections during construction.

 

Special Inspections can be made by the engineer or architect of record or an approved agency that is registered with the City of Houston to perform special inspections.

 

Items that require special inspections include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Concrete (including post tension cables)
  • Ductile moment-resisting concrete frame
  • Reinforcing steel and pre-stressing steel
  • Welding
  • High strength bolting
  • Structural masonry
  • Reinforced gypsum concrete
  • Insulating concrete fill
  • Spray-applied fire proofing
  • Piling, drilled piers and caissons
  • Special grading, excavation and filling

 

Duties of the Special Inspector

The special inspector shall observe the work to ascertain to the best of his knowledge and belief that it conforms to the design drawings and specifications.

 

The special inspector shall furnish inspection reports to the building official, the engineer or architect of record, and other designated persons. All discrepancies shall be brought to the immediate attention of the contractor for correction, then to the design professional and the building official.

 

The special inspector shall submit a final signed report properly certified by an engineer or architect with a professional's seal embossed, stating whether the work requiring special inspection was, to the best of his knowledge, in conformance with the design professional's permitted construction plans and specifications and the applicable workmanship provision of this code.

 

Note: A special inspection shall be performed on any job site welding or high-strength bolting prior to a framing inspection. A special inspection shall also be performed on post-tension cables and submitted to building official prior to final inspection.

 

To view a list of special inspectors approved and registered with the City of Houston, please click here.

 

Approved Fabricators

An approved fabricator is a company certified by a third party agency and approved by the City of Houston to produce or fabricate primary structural components for buildings.

 

Structural components to be fabricated by an approved fabricator include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Structural steel (including stairs)
  • Pre-engineered metal buildings
  • Pre-cast concrete
  • Steel joist (bar joist)
  • Structural sandwich panels for coolers and freezers
  • Fabricated structural lumber products (trusses, beams, and columns)
  • The fabricator's name or number must be permanently marked on each structural member. Tags shall be used on steel joists for fabricator identification.

To view a list of the approved fabricators that have registered with the City of Houston, please click here.

 

Contact Information

 

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

 

Back to Top

 

MULTI-DISCIPLINE INSPECTION PROGRAM

 

About the Multi-Discipline Inspection Program (MDI)

The multi-discipline inspection program is a voluntary program for one or two-family residential new home builders. The program is administered by the Structural Inspections Section. The objective of the program is to reduce the number of inspections during the different phases of construction

 

Registering As A Member of the Multi-Discipline Inspection (MDI) Program

To become a member, obtain an Application for Voluntary Participation in Multi-Discipline Inspection in Multi-Discipline Inspection at 1002 Washington Avenue 4th floor Structural Inspection Dept. Personnel will assist you in the application process.

 

Requesting a Multi-Discipline Inspection

Online - Registered MDI builders may schedule inspections online at:
http://www.pdinet.pd.houstontx.gov/cohilms/webs/inspection_lookup.asp

 

The following information is required:

  • Project number
  • PIN number will be required

 

OR

 

Phone - Call the Structural Inspection Section at 832.394.8840.

  • Identify yourself as a registered member of the multi- discipline inspection program.
    Note: Only the registered builder or his supervisor may call in inspections.
  • Provide the representative with the following information:
    • Project number
    • Address
    • Type of inspection requested
    • Contact name and phone number.

 

All associated job permits will be designated as multi-discipline permits at the time they are applied for by the subcontractors using the builder's project number.

 

Requirements for an effective Multi-Discipline Inspection (MDI)

In order for the multi-discipline inspection program to be cost effective for both the city and the builder, inspections must be requested as each of the following construction phases are completed:

 

The following grouped inspections will be inspected simultaneously.  Seven (7) inspections are allowed prior to additional inspection fees.

 

 

                              Plumbing
4P Plumbing Ground
                          Foundation/Slab
4S Structural Foundation (Steel, Footings, Setbacks)
4E Electrical, Slab Cover/Steel Bonding
                              Windstorm
4S Hurricane clips/Windstraps/Anchor belts/Shear
Wall Nail Pattern
Firewall (if applicable)
4S Firewall (if applicable)
                                 Cover
4S Structural Framing, (joists, rafters, beams, supports,
headers, roof decking, poly-seal, sheating, nail
pattern) Wood burning fireplace.
4E Electrical Rough-in
4A HVAC Rough-in
4P Plumbing Rough-in (including initial gas pressure
test, shower pan, and DWV test)
4H Decorative Appliance (non-wood burning) separate
permit required
Insulation
4S Insulation
Final
4S Structural, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Gas,
Drainage, and trees planted.

 

  

 

These inspections may be scheduled with any of the seven (7) included inspections or with any separate permitted inspection.

 

 

4E *Temporary Cut-in (TCI)
4P Sewer
4P  Shower Pan (job fabricated)
4S Brick Ties
                Separate Permits Required
4L  *Temporary Saw-pole
4G *Temporary Gas
4W Sidewalk Driveway Approach

 

 

*Temporary Utility Request Letter is Required for all Temporary Gas and Electrical Permits

 

 

 

Note: "Same day Concrete Only" foundation and/or driveway inspections may be requested prior to noon on the same day.

 

Utilities and Certificates of Compliance 

Upon completion of the project and all final inspections complete, the customer will contact the Utility Release Section to request the Certificate of Compliance and the release of utilities to CenterPoint. The certificate and utility request may be requested via:

  • Telephone: (832) 394-8847, or

  • In person at 1002 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77002, 1st floor.

 

If the certificate is requested by noon, it will be printed the same business day and available for pickup after 3 p.m. For any request made after noon, the certificate will not be available until the next business day after 3 p.m. The customer picking up the certificate must provide the project number and valid identification.

 

 

Contact Information

For more information concerning multi-discipline inspections, download our brochure or contact the Structural Inspection Section at 832.394.8840 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Back to Top


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CitizensNet logo.

The Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) gives the public the right to access government information without being asked why you want them. To view a listing of information available for request by department and how to make a request, please CLICK HERE.

footer image. homepage. 311 Helpline page. Spanish version. View the privacy policy. Visit CitizensNet Contact us page. FAQ page.