Building Code Enforcement

Mark McAvoy, 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.

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Forms & Publications Online Services Permit Fee Schedule
 
Appointment Scheduler Homepage
(Appointment only for Plan Review project comments)
 
News & Events Contact Us
Residential Development Guides
 
Appointment Scheduler & Check-In-Guide  
Building Permit Application
 
Declaration In Support of Application For City of Houston Building Permit (Individual) Declaration In Support of Application For City of Houston Building Permit (Business Entity)

 

 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, 8:00 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.

Satellite Offices

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.

Kingwood Office

3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77345 | MAP

Phone: 281.361.9580
Fax: 281.361.5348

Email:
kingwoodpermitoffice@houstontx.gov

Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Click Here for a list of available services.

 

Clearlake Office

1335 Regents Park #130
Houston, TX 77058 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6787
Fax: 832.395.6790

Email:
clearlakepermitoffice@houstontx.gov

Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Click Here for a list of available services.

 

NEWS AND EVENTS


Proposed 2015 International Fire Code Amendments - Open for Public Comment 

The Building Code Enforcement Branch is currently reviewing the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) for adoption later this year.

As part of the review process, all interested persons and organizations are invited to submit proposals for code change amendments in writing. The IFC Change Proposal comment period is open until Thursday, July 13, 2017. The 2015 IFC Change Proposal Form must be submitted electronically and received before the above date to be reviewed for inclusion in the updated code amendments. Proposed amendments need to be technically justified with an explanation indicating whether it increases safety, maintains a reasonable level of safety in a cost effective manner, or addresses unique local conditions.

To review and comment, follow the hyperlinks below:

For questions, please contact Heath Wierck at heath.wierck@houstontx.gov 

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 Houston.permittingcenter@houstontx.gov

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 rmcacd@houstontx.gov

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 luis.villasana@houstontx.gov 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 luke.fry@houstontx.gov or Michael Blasko at michael.blasko@houstontx.gov.

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 luke.fry@houstontx.gov or Michael Blasko at michael.blasko@houstontx.gov.

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 luke.fry@houstontx.gov or Michael Blasko at michael.blasko@houstontx.gov.
 

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 fmo@houstontx.gov.

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