Boarding Home

Occupancy Inspections - HPWCODE1116
Contact
Houston Public Works
Occupancy Inspections

Physical Address:

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

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2688
Houston, TX 77252-2688

832.394.8880 (main)
832.394.9630
8 am to 4:30 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$81.00
Admin fee
$29.64
Inspection fee
$192.00
Renewal fee
$81.00
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
1-4 weeks

About

Boarding Home means an establishment that:

  1. Furnishes, in one or more buildings, lodging to three or more persons with disabilities or elderly persons who are unrelated to the owner of the establishment by blood or marriage; and
  2. Provides residents with community meals, light housework, meal preparation, transportation, grocery shopping, money management, laundry services, or assistance with self-administration or medication, but does not provide personal care services as defined by Section 247.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to those persons.
After Approval

Owner will post and maintain permit in a public area of the facility.

Additional Resources
Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Pre-application questionnaire form
  • A valid Certificate of Occupancy
  • Boarding Home Permit Application and Addendum
  • A certified copy of the Assumed Name certificate, a certified copy of the articles of incorporation, or other certificate authorizing you to transact business in this state
  • A copy of the recorded deed to show proof of current fee ownership for the tract of land
  • If the owner of the facility is not the current fee owner for the tract of land, then a copy of the lease, purchase contract or other document evidencing that the owner of the facility has the land owner approval to use for this purpose
  • Owner's affidavit and Employee's affidavit for Boarding Home Facility
  • Criminal background check on owner/operator of facility. To request a criminal background check, contact [email protected].
  • Proof of current, passed Boarding Home inspection.
  • Method of payment: cash, check, or debit/credit card (Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard)

Apply in Person
  1. Submit the pre-application form to [email protected].
  2. As directed by the City, obtain a copy or apply for a Certificate of Occupancy.
  3. Upon Occupancy Inspection completion, complete a criminal background check.
  4. Once results are received, schedule an appointment to apply for the Boarding Home permit.
  5. Bring the completed application and supporting documents to Occupancy Inspection section, located at 1002 Washington Ave, 1st floor.
Conditions & Exceptions

Owner/operator must pass a criminal background check.

What You Need
Schedule Online
  1. Email the completed inspection application form to [email protected].
  2. A representative will reply with instructions for online payment and an inspection date.
Conditions & Exceptions

The annual inspection may be completed up to 3 months prior to permit anniversary date.

The cost of the first Annual Inspection will be waived if the Certificate of Occupancy is applied for within the first year after the ordinance is adopted.

What You Need
  • Passed annual inspection
  • Boarding Home Permit Application and addendum
  • Criminal background check on owner/operator of facility. To request a criminal background check, contact [email protected].
  • Method of payment: cash, check, or debit/credit card (Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard)
Renew in Person
  1. Email the permit application and supporting documents to [email protected]
  2. Upon approval, a representative will reply with a sales order
  3. Complete payment at the cashier booth to receive permit