Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Varies (see Conditions & Exceptions)
Admin fee
Inspection fee
Valid Period
Expire on the next day of the proposed date.
Processing Time
15 Minutes
Houston Public Works

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2688
Houston, TX 77252-2688

8 am to 4:30 pm


For all temporary use of an existing building or space. Request may only by a Division Manager or higher.


After Approval

An original Temporary Certificate of Occupancy must be posted in a clear visible place on the premises. Certificate will only be issued to original applicant or the applicant's designated agent along with a letter on company letterhead stating that the agent can pickup the certificate. The applicant must include the project number in the body of the letter.

Process Change Effective immediately, customers will no longer need to pick up  temporary certificates of occupancy (TCOs), They will now be emailed and have a QR code scanned and confirmed by inspector to validate certificate.

Conditions & Exceptions

Approval is required prior to processing application.

Fee Structure

  • Inspection: $501.29
  • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: $103.08
  • Overtime inspection (if requested): $1,073.32 

Total estimated fee: $1,624.39 

Additional Houston Fire Department fees may apply.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • A completed application (form CE-1045) and declaration.
  • Site map outlining the propose temporary location, including exit signs and means of egress.

Apply in Person

Bring the completed application to Occupancy Inspection, located at 1002 Washington Ave. 1st floor, Houston, Texas 77002.

Occupancy Inspection is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Conditions & Exceptions

All trades must be approved prior to receiving the Temporary Certificate.

What You Need
  • Access to all areas of the space that will be used temporary.
Schedule by Phone

To schedule an inspection, call 832-394-8880.

Conditions & Exceptions

Payment must be made the day application is processed; if payment is not made inspection will be cancelled.