Encroachment Permit

Construction Services - HPWOCE1006
Contact
Houston Public Works
Construction Services

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

832.394.9101 (Street Cuts)
832.395.9610
8 am to 4:30 pm
Plan Review
Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$1,189.06 per street
Admin fee
$29.72
Renewal fee
Annual Fee: $0.0040 per cubic feet or $118.91, whichever is greater
Valid Period
30 years
Processing Time
up to 10 business days

About

Encroachments are defined as private uses into, upon, over, or under the City’s right-of-way (ROW). An encroachment permit that covers tunnels, vaults, pedestrian walkways, basements, tiebacks, railroad spurs, utilities, high and low voltage circuits, cables, conduits, signs, tanks, balconies, canopies, etc.

After Approval

Scheduled, unannounced inspections are conducted.

Conditions & Exceptions

Construction permit is required after encroachment permit is issued.

The encroachment procedure and application do not apply to requests to install a network of equipment and wireless networks and components of wireless networks, including antennas and other above ground facilities, within the Right-of-Way. An executed License Agreement for Wireless Facilities and Poles in the Right-of-Way is required before these above ground facilities can be installed in the Right-of-Way.

Statutory Authority
What You Need

Application package, which includes:

  • Encroachment Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Encroachment Questionnaire
  • Certificates of Insurance (Worker's Compensation, Employer's Liability, General Liability, Automobile)
  • City Approved Drawing # (new application only)
  • Property deed or lease
  • City approved property survey or plat
  • GIS Mapping Data

Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents to the Encroachment section, located at 1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor.
  2. Payment is made at the cashier station located on the 1st floor (cash, check, debit/credit card).
Apply by Mail

Mail the completed application, supporting documents and payment (certified or cashier's check only) to:

Office of the City Engineer - Encroachment Section 
1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

What You Need
  1. Site plan to show encroachment location and measurement to ROW line
  2. Underground utilities.
Submit Plans in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents to the Encroachment section, located at 1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor.
  2. Payment is made at the cashier station located on the 1st floor (cash, check, debit/credit card).
What You Need

Once construction is completed, client will notify Construction Services Section for inspection.

Schedule by Phone

To request an inspection, call 832-394-9097.

What You Need

Annual fees are due on or before the anniversary date of permit issuance. An invoice is mailed 30 days prior to anniversary date.

Permit will be renewed every 30 years. The renewal submittal is same as new application:

  • Application Fee
  • Application Form
  • Encroachment Questionnaire
  • Certificates of Insurance Plan Property deed
  • Survey or plat
Renew in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents to the Encroachment section, located at 1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor.
  2. Payment is made at the cashier station located on the 1st floor (cash, check, debit/credit card).
Renew by Mail

Mail the completed application, supporting documents and payment (certified or cashier's check only) to:

Office of the City Engineer - Encroachment Section
1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Conditions & Exceptions

Failure to pay annual fee may result in permit being revoked. Hold is placed on property to prevent other work until payment is received.