Emergency Excavation Permit (Street Cut Permit)

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Plan Review
Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$152.59 or $213.62 (see Conditions & Exceptions)
Admin fee
$30.51
Renewal fee
$30.51 or $58.45
Valid Period
Up to 14 days
Processing Time
up to 14 days
PLAN REVIEW & INSPECTIONS QUESTIONS
Houston Public Works

1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

832.395.9610
8 am to 4:30 pm

About

An excavation is an activity that cuts, penetrates, or bores under any portion of the public way which has been improved with a paved surface for street, sidewalk, surface drainage, or related public transportation infrastructure purpose.

Cutting, tunneling, jacking and boring, backfilling, restoration and repairing are included.

Emergency means an unforeseeable event or occurrence that endangers health, life, or property, or a situation in which public need for uninterrupted utility service requires immediate corrective action to restore services.

After Approval

Lane Closure Permit must be obtained prior to excavation work beginning.

Permit must be kept on premises in public view.

The posted sign must be no less than 36 inches by 36 inches, with minimal 2-inch black letters on a white high intensity reflective background.

Random inspections are conducted.

Conditions & Exceptions

Transportation improvement, utility maintenance or other activities performed within already existing structures, vaults, conduits, or cable ways located beneath streets and where access is provided by a manhole or other previously constructed entrance are not included.

 

Fees

Initial permit application

  • Tunneling, jacking and boring only: $145.93
  • All other methods of excavation: $204.31

Excavation permit extension application fee 

  • Other than steel plate temporary surface: $29.18
  • Steel plate temporary surface: $58.37
Statutory Authority
What You Need
  1. Owner/Contractor Registration Form or Authorized Agent Registration Form
  2. Proof of liability insurance
  3. Notice to Commence Emergency Work
  4. Method of Payment
Apply Online
  1. Register for the Street Cut Permit System (SCPS)
  2. Fax proof of liability insurance to 832-395-9160
  3. Login to SCPS and submit the Notice to Commence Emergency Work
  4. Within 24 hours from breaking pavement, login to SCPS and complete the appropriate application based on pavement age for an Emergency Excavation Permit
  5. Pay fees
  6. Upon approval of permit, accept the permit terms and print out permit
Conditions & Exceptions

Failure to submit a "Certificate of Restoration" or an excavation that fails an inspection is a violation of the Street Cut Ordinance.

Your ability to submit new applications will be suspended until these violations are corrected.

Additional Resources
What You Need

Drawings and specifications must be submitted for all excavations that meet the following conditions:

  1. The excavation will occur in any public way that is less than five (5) years old, or
  2. If the excavation includes new facilities that are either more than 10 feet long or that extend across more than one travel lane, then you must submit drawings and specifications.

As-built drawings must be submitted following the completion of the excavation.

Submit Plans Online
  1. Register or login to the iPermits Portal and begin a new Office of the City Engineer Plan Review application
  2. Pay the application fee
  3. Login to ProjectDox and upload the drawings and documents to the appropriate folder
  4. Complete the applicant upload task to notify the City that the plans are ready for review
What You Need

Upon submitting the Certificate of Restoration, an inspection shall be performed at the time of restoration and after 11 months for this warranty period. Inspections are automatically scheduled by the City.

No action is required by the applicant.

Conditions & Exceptions

Should an inspection fail, the owner of the facility will be notified via email to make corrections.

What You Need
  1. Existing permit
  2. Method of Payment

Fourteen (14) calendar days are allotted from the first break of pavement to total completion.

Permit may be extended until the project is completed.

 

Renew Online
  1. Log into the Street Cut Permit System
  2. From your summary page, look for your permit in the table. Select "Request Extension of Permit" from the dropdown box and click "GO".
  3. Complete fee payment
What You Need
  1. Existing permit
  2. Method of Payment

Fourteen (14) calendar days are allotted from the first break of pavement to total completion.

Permit may be extended until the project is completed.

 

Renew Online
  1. Log into the Street Cut Permit System
  2. From your summary page, look for your permit in the table. Select "Request Extension of Permit" from the dropdown box and click "GO".
  3. Complete fee payment