Commercial/Multi-Family Flood Damage Repair

Floodplain Management Office - HPWFMO1009
Houston Public Works
Floodplain Management Office

1002 Washington Ave., 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

8 am to 3 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Admin fee
Plan review fee
$356.72 (non-substantial,minimum); $1,456.60 (substantial, minimum); see Conditions and Exceptions for more information
Valid Period
5 years
Processing Time
1-3 business days


Flood damage repair includes the replacement of materials ("like for like") to structures affected by a flooding event. Improvements to be made are wholly contained within the footprint of an existing structure. To be considered non-substantial, the total cost of the repairs must be less than 50% of the structure's appraised value.

After Approval

Applicant must pay for permit prior to construction.

Permit must be kept on premises in public view, facing the right of way.

Pre-construction and final inspections are conducted.

Conditions & Exceptions

1. Floodplain development permit is not complete until signed,
2. Violations of the permit will be subject to citations as provided per Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances.
3. Fees may vary depending on acreage size and if the parcel is located in a conveyance zone or the floodway.



Development permit fees may vary depending on acreage size and if the parcel is located in a conveyance zone or the floodway. See the City Fee Schedule and search for "flood plain" for more details.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Building permit application
  • One of the following: 
        Signed, sealed, itemized cost estimate provided by a professional engineer or architect or 
        Signed, sealed, itemized cost estimate notarized by home owner and contractor with:
               HCAD summary; or
               Appraisal signed by a licensed real estate appraiser
         Elevation certificate demonstrating that the structure is compliant by elevation (lowest floor is at least 12"above base flood elevation)
Submit Plans Online

Applicant can use Project Dox to submit online

1. Upload all required documents and drawings
2. Mark complete the assigned task.

Submit Plans in Person

Two copies of plans/documentation can either be walked through OR submitted at the permit counter.

What You Need
Pre-Construction Inspection

A copy of the approved plans and permit onsite.

Final Floodplain Inspection

A copy of the approved plans onsite.

Schedule Online

Enter the appropriate project number and click the Submit button.

Schedule by Phone

In Person: (832) 394-885

Automated: (713) 222-9922