Building Code Enforcement

Christon Butler, Acting Deputy Director

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.

QUICK LINKS

Forms & Publications  – Download Building Code Enforcement’s forms, guidelines, code amendments and other publications.
Online Services – Logon to iPermits, check the status of your plans, check your inspection results, search for permits sold in the last 3 years.
Fee Schedule – Download the current permit and license fee schedules
Appointment Scheduler – Schedule an appointment to discuss only project comments with your Plan Analyst.
Appointment Scheduler & Check-In-Guide – Obtain the instructions for using the Appointment
Building Code Enforcement e-Newsletter - Sign up to receive updates via e-mail regarding the latest information and resources available to the construction industry
News & Events – Get the latest information about Building Code Enforcement
Contact Us – View the list of Building Code Enforcement’s Main Phone Numbers

 OFFICE LOCATIONS 


 

Main Office

Houston Permitting Center
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1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002 | MAP

Phone: 832.394.9494

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Please note that most Sections stop their services at 4:30 p.m. to ensure all customers are assisted.

Satellite Offices

Important Note: The satellite offices do not accept cash as a form of payment. 

Kingwood Office

3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77339 | MAP

Phone: 281.361.9580
Fax: 281.361.5348

Email:
[email protected]

Hours: Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click Here for a list of available services.

Clear Lake Office

1335 Regents Park #130
Houston, TX 77058 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6787
Fax: 832.395.6790

Email:
[email protected]

Hours: Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click Here for a list of available services.

Northwest Office

10555 Northwest Freeway #148
Houston, TX 77092 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6585
Fax: 832.395.6584

Email:
coming soon

Hours: Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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NEWS AND EVENTS


2017 National Electrical Code - Effective September 15, 2017

The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) became mandatory by state law effective September 15, 2017. The Houston Administrative provisions to the NEC are currently awaiting review by City Council. We will announce their effective date in a future e-Newsletter. On September 15, 2017, the City of Houston started reviewing electrical plans in compliance with the 2017 NEC. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date are required to comply with the new code.

For questions, please contact Micheal Howard at [email protected] or N.A. Weiman at [email protected]

Dacoma Satellite Office to Permanently Close - Effective April 14, 2017

Building Code Enforcement's satellite office located at 3825 Dacoma Street will permanently close at the end of business day on Friday, April 14, 2017. A new location is being acquired and will be announced soon.

While we move, customers may go online or visit our other locations.

For questions, please contact the Houston Permitting Center at 832-394-9000 or via email at [email protected]

2017 Fee Increase - Effective January 01, 2017

Starting January 1, 2017, building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 1.0311% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. Forms, publications and web pages will be updated soon to reflect the new fees. To view the 2017 Permit Fee Schedule, please click here . For questions, please email [email protected]

Service Improvements for New Single Family Residential Plan Submissions - Effective December 12, 2016

Service improvements will be implemented Monday, Dec. 12 for submission of new single family residential construction plans. Building Code Enforcement has assigned a regulatory compliance coordinator (RCC) to screen all plans for requirements upon submission. Beginning Dec. 12, customers submitting both paper and electronic plans must include a completed prerequisite checklist to ensure all requirements have been met. Notification of the status of their plans will be sent via email within two business days.

Also beginning Dec. 12, customers will have the option to schedule a pre-submittal meeting with the RCC for new single family residential projects in which plans have yet to be submitted. The RCC will not be available to consult on previously submitted plans. Meetings can be requested online using the Online Queuing Service appointment scheduler. Select Building Plan Review, then Single Family Residential.

If you have questions about these service changes, please contact Luis Villasana, Plan Review Administration Manager, at [email protected] or (832) 394-9169.

Houston Amendments to the Commercial Energy Conservation Codes - Effective December 9, 2016

The 2015 City of Houston Commercial Energy Conservation Code Amendments were adopted by City Council on November 9, 2016 and will become effective December 9, 2016.

Plans will be reviewed in compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code – Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 amended codes starting December 9, 2016. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the new energy codes.

The approved Houston amendments to the 2015 IECC-Commercial and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 are available on the Code Development Page and the Forms & Publications Page.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

New Commercial Energy Codes – Effective November 1, 2016

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code - Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 will become mandatory by state law effective November 1, 2016. The Houston amendments are currently awaiting review by City Council. We will announce their effective date on a future e-Newsletter.

Plans will be reviewed in compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code – Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 base codes starting November 1, 2016. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the new energy codes.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

New Houston Residential Energy Conservation Code - Effective Monday, October 24, 2016

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, City Council approved the adoption of a revised Residential Energy Conservation Code based on the Residential Provisions of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The newly adopted Residential Energy Conservation Code will regulate one and two-family dwellings, and multi-family structures three stories in height or less.

The code will become effective on Monday, October 24, 2016, and all permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the 2015 IECC. To ensure your projects meet the new requirements we encourage you to use one of the online tools listed below:

Please note the 2015 IECC-Residential became effective September 1, 2016 per state law.

Click here  to download a copy of the new Houston energy code amendments.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].
 

Change to the Plan Review Process of Residential Additions in the Floodplain – Effective May 4, 2016

Beginning May 4, 2016, the Floodplain Management Office will discontinue walk-in review of single family residential additions to living space and footprint in the 100-year floodplain. After May 4, plans for these additions must be submitted through the traditional plan review process.

This transition will not affect plans for additions to under-roof space and footprint, such as attached carports and covered porches, nor will it affect plans for second-story additions (additions to the living space without addition to footprint)—the Floodplain Management Office will continue to provide walk-in service through One-Stop Plan Review for these types of residential additions.

For questions about this change in service delivery, please contact the Floodplain Management Office at 832-394-8854 or [email protected].

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