Condensing Unit (Commercial/Residential)

Mechanical Inspections - HPWCODE1022
Contact
Houston Public Works
Mechanical Inspections

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

832.394.8850
8 am to 4:30 pm
Plan Review
Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Not Required
Fee
2% of percent of valuation, plus $41.50
Admin fee
$29.64
Valid Period
180 days
Processing Time
Up to 1 hour

About

The City of Houston requires a permit for the installation, repair, or replacement of condensing units. A condensing unit is a mechanical refrigeration system consisting of one or more power-driven compressors, condensers, liquid receivers, and the regularly furnished accessories that have been factory assembled and tested prior to its installation.

Conditions & Exceptions

Please note that some types of projects may require plan review before approval.

What You Need

Applicants seeking a permit to alter an existing HVAC system should be prepared to provide:

  • A completed copy of CE-1017 Mechanical/HVAC Building Permit Application, and
  • A copy of their TDLR licensing paperwork if the applicant is not already registered as a mechanical contractor within the City of Houston.
Apply Online

To apply for a mechanical permit online:

1. Log in or register for an iPermits account at: https://www.pdinet.pd.houstontx.gov/ILMS_Online_Permits/default.asp,

2. Complete a mechanical permit application in the iPermits portal,

3. Pay any applicable fees associated with the application, and

4. Print the permit. 

Apply in Person

To apply for a mechanical permit in person, please submit a completed copy of the CE-1017 Mechanical/HVAC Building Permit Application to our main office located at 1002 Washington Avenue, 4th floor, Houston, Texas 77002.

What You Need

Please note that some types of projects may require plan review before approval. When requesting a plan review for your project, please be sure to provide two complete sets of plans if submitting by paper. 

Submit Plans Online

To submit your plans for review 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.

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.

Submit Plans in Person

To submit your plans for review please bring two complete sets of plans to the 3rd floor at 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002. Once submitted, your plans will be routed to a mechanical plan examiner who will determine if your project meets code. When your review cycle is complete, you will be notified that your plans are ready for pickup. To resubmit plans with corrections, please bring two complete sets of plans to the 3rd floor window at 1002 Washington. 

What You Need

Please keep an approved copy of the plans on site for inspection. If your project passes inspection, documentation of the inspection will be entered into the database. If corrections are required, you may schedule a re-inspection online or by calling our automated system at (713) 222-9922. 

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 type of inspection that you wish to schedule and click the submit button.

4. Enter your license number (enter digits only) and PIN.

Schedule by Phone

To schedule an inspection with our Interactive Response System, please call (713) 222-9922. To save time, please have your project number and scheduling PIN available.

Conditions & Exceptions

To obtain an inspection on a project, the mechanical contractor's license, insurance and registration must be in good standing.

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

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