Municipal Settings Designation

Plan Review
Not Required
Application: $3000; Application Amendment: $1000; Advertising: $500 (approx); Filing: $25; Notification: Site Dependent; Venue: Site Dependent
Valid Period
Processing Time
6 months to 1 year
Houston Public Works

Physical Address:

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

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2688
Houston, TX 77262-2688

8 am to 4 pm


A municipal setting designation is a deed restriction that prohibits the use of impaired shallow groundwater as potable water.

After Approval

MSD Application along with the Ordinance of Support are sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for further processing

Conditions & Exceptions

Requirements: Enrolled in a State of Federal cleanup program; Thorough investigation confirming that the groundwater plume is stable or decreasing, and delineated; Source of contamination has been removed; A third party Professional Engineer (P.E.)or Professional Geologist (P.G.) must certify application


Additional Resources
What You Need
  • A pdf file of the application and all supporting document 
  • Two hard copies of the application, supporting documentation, and an electronic file.
  • Certified mailing list and regular mailing list on an excel file,
  • The metes and bounds of proposed MSD boundary as a text file.
  • One notarized copy of Form 0455-1 “Affidavit of Ownership or Control” must be submitted under separate cover.

Please click on the link below to find the application, instructions and forms associated with the MSD program.

Apply in Person

Schedule a pre-application meeting or submit your completed application and supporting documents to: Elga Gonzalez

1002 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Apply by Mail

Mail application to:
City of Houston MSD Program
Attn: Elga Gonzalez
1002 Washington Avenue 
Houston, TX 77002

What You Need

Administrative Application Review and Technical Application Review is required.

What You Need

A site investigation is completed.