Commercial Chiller or Air Handler Unit (AHU)

HPWCODE1020
Plan Review
Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Not Required
Fee
$5.63 per ton plus $43.86
Admin fee
$31.32
Valid Period
180 days
Processing Time
Up to 1 hour
APPLY & INSPECTIONS QUESTIONS
Houston Public Works

1002 Washington Ave., 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

8 am to 4:30 pm

About

A mechanical permit is required to install or replace a commercial chiller or AHU. A chiller is a machine that removes heat from a liquid via a vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycle. An Air Handler Unit (AHU) is a blower or fan used for the purpose of distributing supply air to a room, space, or area.

Conditions & Exceptions

Plan review may be required depending on the scope of work.

What You Need

​​​​​​Licensed contractors seeking a permit to install or replace a commercial chiller or AHU must register their license with the City of Houston and should be prepared to provide a completed copy of the iPermits Acknowledgement Form if they are a first-time user of the iPermits system.  

 

Apply Online

To apply for a mechanical permit online:

  1. Log in or register for an iPermits account,
  2. Complete a mechanical permit application in the iPermits portal,
  3. Pay any applicable fees associated with the application, and
  4. Print the permit. 

NOTE: If the mechanical permit is associated with a dangerous building or habitability project, a Mechanical Permit Application must be completed and submitted via email at [email protected]

Apply by Fax

Only Available to Advance Pay Account holders

To apply for a mechanical permit by fax, please have your registered mechanical contractor send a completed copy of the CE-1017 Mechanical Building Permit Application to 832.395.9601.

What You Need

NOTE: The submittal, review and approval of plans may be required for some types of projects. Please contact the Mechanical Section at 832-394-8850 or [email protected] for more information.  

Submit Plans Online

All plans must be submitted electronically. To submit your plans for review, follow these steps:

1. Log in or register for an iPermits account.

2. Complete a permit application in the iPermits portal.

3. Pay any applicable fees associated with the application.

4. After permit fees have been paid, you will receive an invitation to upload plans into ProjectDox.

5. Upload all required documents and drawings to ProjectDox. 

6. Mark the assigned task "complete" to finalize your plan submission.

For a complete and detailed list of steps, please refer to the EPR User Guides at https://www.houstonpermittingcenter.org/our-services/eservices

Additional Resources
What You Need

Please keep a copy of the permit and the approved copy of the plans (if applicable) on-site for inspection. If corrections are required, you will need to reschedule the inspection. 

Schedule Online

To schedule an inspection online:

1. Access our scheduling website through the link below.

2. Enter the appropriate project number into the field and click the Submit button.

3. Select the appropriate permit type from the drop-down box and click the Submit button.

4. Click on the "Request" link.

5. Select the type of inspection(s) that you wish to schedule by clicking on the text box besides it/them.

6. Enter your license number (digits only) and scheduling PIN number and click the Submit button.

Schedule by Phone

To schedule an inspection using our Interactive Response System, please call 713.222.9922 and follow the prompts. To save time, please have you project number and scheduling PIN available.

Conditions & Exceptions

In order to schedule an inspection, the mechanical contractor's license registration must be in good standing.

Prior to scheduling an inspection, please make sure that the permit is not inactive and that all holds (if any) have been approved.

Please note that inspections that repeatedly fail may be charged a re-inspection fee in addition to an admin fee. 

Applicants may now sign up for email or text notifications via our Inspections Notification System.