Mark McAvoy, Senior Assistant 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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Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002 | MAP
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.
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.
3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77345 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
3825 Dacoma St.
Houston, TX 77092 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
1335 Regents Park #130
Houston, TX 77058 | MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday
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.
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.
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.
Proposed Energy Code Amendments
The Building Code Enforcement Branch is currently reviewing the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 for adoption in 2016.
As part of the process, the public was invited to submit proposals for code change amendments in writing to ensure there was an appropriate vehicle for input from all interested persons and organizations. The Energy Code Change Proposal comment period closed on May 12, 2016.
To view the proposed amendments, click on one of the following links:
The proposed amendments above do not contain the unamended portions in the model code. The model code can be purchased through the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org or other construction book stores.
Note: Per state law, the 2015 IECC-Residential will become effective September 1, 2016 and the 2015 IECC - Commercial and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 on November 1, 2016.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Construction Codes - Effective February 1, 2016
The 2012 Construction Codes and changes will become effective early in 2016.
The new City of Houston amendments are available at the Code Development webpage.
For more information or questions pertaining to the new codes, please contact Luke Fry via email at email@example.com
2016 Fee Increase - Effective 01/01/2016
Starting January 1, 2016, building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 0.5351% 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 2016 Permit Fee Schedule, please click here.
For questions, please email Bruce.Lambright@houstontx.gov
Important Notice Regarding Storm Water and Wastewater Letters of Availability - Effective 10/15/2015
We are pleased to announce that the processing time of Storm Water and Wastewater Capacity Reservation Applications has been decreased to 2 - 3 weeks.
As a result, beginning on October 15, 2015, Letters of Availability will be once again become a required prerequisite item as specified on the Prerequisite Checklist (Form CE- 1105) when submitting commercial plans.
• Storm Water Availability Letters are required for all new construction and site renovations.
• Water and Wastewater Availability Letters are required for new construction, change in occupancy, and/or an increase or decrease of capacity for any proposed development.
Photocopies of the Availability Letters or Short Forms, whichever are applicable to the project, will need to be attached to the front of each set of plans submitted.
For questions or further assistance regarding this notice, please contact the Commercial Plan Review Section at 832-394-8810.
Expansion of the Plan Review Deposit Fee - Effective 09/01/2015
Beginning September 1, 2015, the Building Code Enforcement Branch, Plan Review Section will expand the collection of the plan review deposit to both commercial and residential building permits.
The plan review deposit is a nonrefundable 25% down payment towards the total building permit fee; the remaining 75% will be due when the building permit is purchased. Historically, this deposit has been required for submitted commercial plans after the first review; after the effective date, the fee will be paid at the time of application. This will apply to both electronically and paper based plans.
Please note that this fee will not apply to those projects that are not submitted for review, such as those in our One Stop Plan Review program.
For questions or more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential Electronic Plan Review (EPR) - Effective 08/31/2015
Residential construction building permit applications and plans now have the option of being uploaded for review via the internet. The Electronic Plan Review System (EPR) allows the customer to submit applications from anywhere without having to visit the Permit Office.
Residential Electronic Plan Review will allow all the steps currently handled in the Permitting Office to be completed online - from submitting the application, to generating a project number, uploading the plans, paying plan review deposit fees, and obtaining notification of results.
Electronic Plan Review is available for new construction projects and projects that do not qualify for One Stop Plan Review.
For more information, visit, visit https://www.hpceservices.org/
Water/Wastewater Impact Fee Increase - Effective 07/01/2015
All valid applications submitted prior to the close of business Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will be processed under the current impact fee rate.
Impact fees for applications submitted thereafter will be assessed at:
WASTEWATER $1,199.11 per service unit
WATER $626.50 per service unit
The new impact fees reflect a 0.9% adjustment based on the Producer Price Index. This adjustment is in accordance with the City of Houston Code of Ordinances Sections 47-316(B) and 47-384(B), which allows wastewater and water rates to be adjusted annually.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rudy Moreno at 832.394.8986 or email at email@example.com.