Commercial Demolition Permit

Structural Inspections - HPWCODE1159
Houston Public Works
Structural Inspections

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

832.394.8840 (main)
8 am to 4:30 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
$83.23 for the 1st story; $41.62 for each additional story
Admin fee
Valid Period
180 days
Processing Time
1 Business Day


A demolition permit is required for the demolition of any commercial structure or building within the City of Houston.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on site until final approval is granted.

Conditions & Exceptions

The Building Official must approve requests for demolition of high-rise buildings. For more information, please contact the Permits Section at 832-394-8899.

What You Need

Note: Before an application for a demolition permit is submitted, a master plumber licensed with the State of Texas and registered with the City of Houston must purchase a plumbing permit to disconnect all sewer and water supply lines connected to the building/structure being demolished. Once the master plumber completes the work, it must be inspected and approved

Apply Online
  1. Email a completed building permit application and asbestos survey, if applicable, to [email protected]. Note: Sewer disconnect permit must have been purchased and finaled.
  2. Sales order will by emailed by the Permits Office
  3. Pay for the permit via iPermits. To create an iPermits account or login visit
Apply in Person

Please submit your request for demolition at one of the following locations:

  • Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002
    • Obtain a ticket by selecting * Permits *Building Construction Permits * Project Number/Single Trade Permit from any of the four kiosks located by the entrance.
    • A Customer Service Representative will call your number and process your application.
    • Proceed to the cashiers’ booth on the first floor to pay the sales order and receive your permit
  • Clear Lake Office, 1335 Regents Park Drive, Suite #130, Houston, Texas 77058
  • Kingwood Office, 3915 Rustic Woods Drive, Humble, Texas 77339
  • Northwest Office, 10555 Northwest Freeway, Suite #148, Houston, Texas 77092
Apply by Fax

Available only for Advance Pay Account holders.

  1. Fax a completed building permit application and asbestos survey (if applicable) to 832-394-9618.
What You Need
  • A plumbing inspection is required for the sewer disconnect. It must be scheduled by the master plumber.
  • A demolition inspection is required once the building has been demolished.
  • Permits are required to be on-site for the inspections.
Schedule Online

To schedule your inspection online:

1. Visit the website linked below.

2. Enter your project number into the project number field.

3. Click the submit button. 

Schedule by Phone

To schedule demolition final inspection, contact the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System at 713-222-9922.