Vacant, Assistant Director - Building Official
General Permit Information
A Note on Deed Restrictions:
Before you begin new home construction or home improvement project, please consult your civic association regarding possible deed restrictions. You may not purchase a building permit without signing a sworn deed restriction affidavit stating that you are aware of and agree to abide by deed restrictions pertaining to your project. If you knowingly or unknowingly sign the deed restriction affidavit under false pretenses, you could be subject to municipal court citations, fines, and the removal of the structure or violating portion thereof.
Projects that require a permit include (but are not limited to):
The following are examples of work that is exempt from a building permit:
However, you are encouraged to contact the Structural Inspection Section at 832.394.8840 before beginning any project to determine whether or not permits are required.
To apply for a permit please visit our main office located at 1002 Washington St., Houston, TX 77002.
To apply for trade permits and/or submit plans, you may visit one of our satellite offices located at:
Trade permits may also be purchased online at www.houstonpermittingcenter.org
Our office hours are from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday-Friday. However, some Sections have different hours of operation; please contact 832.394.9000 for a complete listing.
Permits may be purchased from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday
To access Code Enforcement's Fee Schedule, click here.
New constructions, renovations and repairs are based on valuation. If you need further clarification concerning fees or have questions concerning building permits, please call 832.394.8810.
The Building Permit Application can be downloaded at our Forms & Publications Page.
A homeowner may obtain building, sidewalk/driveway, plumbing and mechanical permits. For plumbing and mechanical permits, the homeowner needs to obtain an approval from these sections. Please call the appropriate section for more information:
A general contractor is not required to have a license to obtain a building permit.
Permits are good for 180 days. They are automatically renewed every time a transaction takes place.
Extensions are usually granted for 180 days. Please call the Structural Inspections Section to find out if you qualify for an extension at 832.394.8840.
Inspections may be scheduled via phone, online, or in person.
To schedule an inspection via phone, call the Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) at 713-222-9922 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to schedule next day inspections.
To schedule an inspection online please click here.
A yearly bond in the sum of $2000 is required for the construction, reconstruction, and/or repair of any sidewalk, driveway, curb or gutter in the City’s right-of-way. Click here to download the Sidewalk, Driveway, Curb and Gutter Builders Bond form.
All bonds should be submitted to the Permits Section. Only original documents are accepted. A Customer Service Representative will assign a City of Houston bond number. You must provide this number every time you need to purchase a sidewalk/driveway permit.
If an individual other than the bond holder is purchasing the permit, a letter of authorization from the bond holder must be provided to the Customer Service Representative.
Note: All bonds are valid for one year; it is your responsibility to provide renewals to the Permits Section.