Sightseeing or Charter Temporary Permit (30 days)

Vehicles for Hire Permitting and Enforcement - ARAVFH1026
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Vehicles for Hire Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:
1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

832.394.8803
832.395.9632
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$118.91
Admin fee
$29.72
Renewal fee
$118.91
Valid Period
30 days
Processing Time
1 day

About

A charter/sightseeing permit assigned to a charter/sightseeing vehicle for a permitted charter/sightseeing company that will only be valid for 30 days from date of issuance. Permit may be renewed for one additional 30-day period.

After Approval

Permit decal is placed on the windshield by ARA regulatory investigator. Decal must stay in place for the 30 days.

Conditions & Exceptions

An applicant must not be the owner of a revoked vehicles for hire company within the previous year.

All required documentation must be presented at the time of application.

Vehicle inspection is required. Vehicle must meet parameters in the ordinance.

Renewal is only allowed one time.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Vehicle add/drop form
  • Proof of insurance
  • Registration or bill of sale
  • Payment for permit and inspection fee prior to inspection
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the required forms and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Additional Resources
What You Need

Inspection is done after all paperwork is submitted for the permit to the customer service representative, and payment for the permit and inspection has been made.

Present vehicle at ARA inspection location in Lot W, 100 Bagby St. Vehicle must comply with all requirements in the ordinance for that vehicle type.

Schedule by Phone

If the company has more than 10 vehicles, customer will be notified via phone of available inspection dates.

Conditions & Exceptions

Inspections are done on a first come, first served basis in the inspection line. Scheduled inspections for more than 10 vehicles may be done at the company's location rather than ARA inspection line.

If inspection failed, the applicant may make the repairs and come back for re-inspection.

What You Need
  • Vehicle add/drop form
  • Proof of insurance
  • Registration or bill of sale
  • Payment for permit and inspection fee prior to inspection
Renew in Person
  1. Bring the required forms and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Additional Resources