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Amended Floodplain Ordinance Effective September 1

Chapter 19 and approved changes to Design Standards (Chapters 9 and 13 of the Infrastructure Design Manual and Building Code) will become effective September 1, 2018. Any administratively complete plans submitted prior September 1, 2018 will be reviewed based on the 2008 Chapter 19 and the 2017 Design Standards. Any plans that are submitted prior to September 1, 2018, that are not administratively complete, or plans submitted on or after September 1, 2018, will be reviewed under the 2018 Chapter 19 and Design Standards.

Only the scope of work included in plans submitted or approved prior to September 1, 2018, may proceed under the provisions of the 2008 Chapter 19 and the 2017 Design Standards. Changes to previously approved plans will be reviewed as outlined above. 

Chapter 19
Grading and site improvements included in administratively complete site work plans submitted or approved before September 1, 2018 will be reviewed, permitted and constructed based on the 2008 Chapter 19. Any plans for buildings submitted on or after September 1, 2018 will be reviewed, permitted and constructed based on the 2018 Chapter 19.
 
In order for buildings to be reviewed under the 2008 Chapter 19, administratively complete building plans must be submitted before September 1, 2018. That is, for a building in the 100-year or 500-year floodplain to be built below the 500 year flood elevation plus 2 feet, full building (not just foundation) plans must be submitted prior to September 1, 2018.

Detention Requirements (Chapter 9 and 13 of IDM)
For administratively complete redevelopment plans submitted prior to September 1, 2018, required detention will be calculated based on the 2017 Chapter 9 and 13 of the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM). Assuming the changes to Chapter 9 and 13 of the IDM are approved, for plans submitted on or after September 1, 2018, required detention will be calculated based on the 2018 Chapter 9 and 13 of the IDM. Detention requirements may be addressed in site work plans. Any proposed buildings may be shown on site work plans as impervious cover and as part of the detention calculations, but building plans do not have to be submitted.

Drainage Plan for Plat
Drainage plans for plat submitted prior to September 1, 2018, will be reviewed and approved based on the 2008 Chapter 19 and 2017 IDM. However, plans submitted for such a development on or after September 1, 2018 will be reviewed, permitted and constructed based on the 2018 Chapter 19 and Design Standards, regardless of the date of drainage plan for plat submittal.

Administratively Complete Plan Submittal

Residential plan submittals are considered to be administratively complete when the Houston Permitting Center is in receipt of all required drawings, documents, worksheets and forms as outlined on the Residential Pre-requisite Checklist (Form CE-1301).

Commercial plan submittals are considered to be administratively complete when the Houston Permitting Center is in receipt of all required drawings, documents, worksheets and forms as outlined on the Commercial Pre-requisite Checklist (Form CE-1105).

Note: the pre-requisite checklists will be updated on September 1, 2018 to reflect the new requirements.

Additional Resources

For questions, please contact Floodplain Management Office at [email protected] or 832-394-8854.    

Posted Date: 
August 29, 2018

Impact Fee Increase - Effective July 1, 2018

NEW! Impact Fee Increase - Effective July 1, 2018
The Water Impact Fee will increase to $706.83 per service unit. No change will be made to the Wastewater Impact Fee. All applications received by the close of business day Monday, June 30, 2018 will be processed under the current rates of $1,199.11 per service unit for wastewater and $626.50 per service unit for water.

Posted Date: 
July 05, 2018

Fire Drill Scheduled for Houston Permitting Center

As recommended by policy, City buildings must hold fire drills twice a year. The Houston Permitting Center (HPC) has scheduled its next fire drill on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 8:00 am. All customers and employees must evacuate the building during the drill and head to the nearest staging area. Do not use the elevators or central stairwell as a means of exiting the building.  

  • Staging Area A: From the Northwest Exit, turn left and proceed to the rear of HPC Parking Lot 1
  • Staging Area B: From the Northeast Exit (left of the Security Desk) or North Stairwell, proceed across HPC Parking Lot 1 to the wall of the I-10 HOV lane
  • Staging Area C: From the Southeast Exit (right of the Security Desk) or the Southeast Stairwell, go down the sidewalk towards Parking Lot W and stop at the picnic garden
  • Staging Area D: From the South Exit, turn right and proceed down the sidewalk to HPC Parking Lot 3

Map of Exit Points (click to enlarge):

HPC exit points map image

Those with limited mobility should proceed to the closest exit, take a seat in the nearby chairs and await the Fire Warden's instructions.

Map of Staging Areas (click to enlarge):

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For questions, please contact us at 832.394.9000 or via email [email protected].

 

Posted Date: 
May 14, 2018

Stormwater Information Form Now Available through the Office of the City Engineer

Effective Monday, April 23, 2018, the responsibility for stormwater capacity will transfer from the Utility Analysis section to the Office of the City Engineer. The new Stormwater Information Form will replace the Stormwater Letter of Availability Application form. The Utility Analysis Section will continue to process stormwater applications that have already been submitted to the Houston Permitting Center.

It is preferred that applicants submit the Stormwater Information Form with their public plan, prior to submitting their building plans. The form must be submitted with:

  • A recorded deed or title report in the owner's name
  • HCAD print out
  • A survey and/or recorded plat
  • Previous stormwater letter of availability (if applicable)
  • Copy of outside agency approval (if applicable)
  • Stormwater quality permit (if applicable)
  • Drainage study/hydraulic analysis (if applicable)

Should additional information be required, the plan reviewer will contact the applicant.

Please note that due to extenuating circumstances the online capacity reservation application through the iPermits portal has not yet been updated to reflect stormwater's relocation. Please only submit online applications for water and wastewater capacity.

For questions, please contact Stephen Rutledge at [email protected].

Posted Date: 
March 20, 2018

Sign Administration Plan Review to Go Paperless

Starting Monday, May 7, 2018, Sign Administration will transition to 100 percent electronic plan submittals. Going digital means no longer having to drive to downtown and wait in long lines for permits or plan review. The electronic process will allow you to submit plans anytime, anywhere, including nights and weekends.  

To ensure our customers are prepared for this all electronic process, we are hosting workshops dedicated to our Sign Administration customers only. These workshops are free and offer hands-on practice using the system. Register today at https://www.hpceservices.org/. In addition, step-by-step user guides are available on that page under the Resources section. 

We want to assure you that we are here to support you in this transition. For questions, please contact Sign Administration at 832.394.8890 or via email at [email protected]

Posted Date: 
April 06, 2018

Reduced Operating Hours for One-Stop Plan Review

In an effort to bring continuous improvement to One-Stop’s operational processes and to provide an enhanced level of customer service, the One-Stop team will undergo an intensive training curriculum that focuses on operational efficiencies. Starting Monday, April 23, 2018 through Friday, May 4, 2018, One-Stop will operate between 8 AM and noon. Staff will be in training from noon until 5 PM.

For questions, please contact Hugh Russell at hugh.[email protected].

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2018

Update on Temporary Satellite Offices for Harvey Recovery

We have re-aligned our service hours at our temporary satellite office at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center (4802 Lockwood Dr.) to coincide with other City of Houston Harvey Recovery services. The office will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Due to reduced demand for services, we have closed the satellite office at Southwest Multi-Service Center (6400 High Star Dr.).

For additional Harvey recovery information and resources, please visit houstonrecovers.org.

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2018

Council Approves Ordinances for Residential Facilities

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, City Council approved a package of ordinances to increase the safety and operator accountability for boarding homes, lodging facilities, correctional facilities and alternate housing facilities. Code Enforcement’s Occupancy Section will oversee the permitting of boarding homes and lodging facilities while the Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department will oversee the permitting of correctional and alternate housing facilities. The Occupancy Section will complete the annual inspections for all four facility types.

Operators of residential facilities will have 18 months to come into compliance with the new ordinances. Permitting requirements, application forms, and additional information can be found at houstonpermittingcenter.org/residentialfacilities.

For questions, please contact [email protected].

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2018

Amendments to Storm Water Ordinance

Houston Public Works (HPW) is responsible for storm water discharge into the municipal separate storm water sewer system (MS4) within the City. In order to comply with changes to the City's forthcoming MS4 permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, amendments to Chapter 47 of the Code of Ordinances, which includes the City's Storm Water Discharge Ordinance, were passed and adopted by City Council.

Of significant impact to customers are the revised definitions to Section 47-601. The acreage requirement for new development was reduced from 5 acres to 1 acre or larger for an undeveloped parcel of land. The acreage requirement for significant redevelopment was amended to an increase of 0.2 acre or more to the impervious cover on a developed parcel for land one acre or larger.

All projects submitted to the City of Houston on or after February 5, 2018 will be subject to the new definitions and will require a Storm Water Quality (SWQ) permit from HPW's Office of the City Engineer. 

To review all of the amendments to the storm water ordinance, please visit:
https://library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH47WASE.

For questions regarding the amendments or SWQ permit, please contact Kathlie S. Jeng-Bulloch at 832.394.9138.

Posted Date: 
February 01, 2018

Upcoming ProjectDox System Maintenance

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our services, we will perform system maintenance on Friday, January 26, 2018, beginning at 8 pm until Saturday, January 27, at 8 pm. During this time, users will be unable to access the application, upload files, complete assigned tasks, view change marks or download approved plans. New plan review applications submitted via the iPermits system will not be processed until after system maintenance is completed.

Part of the system maintenance will include the following new features for our users:

  • Enhanced Browser Support -- The new release of Brava HTML5 viewer will improve the speed and fidelity of publishing files and improve support for overlay comparisons with Edge, Chrome and Safari browsers; Internet Explorer users will no longer need to use compatibility mode.
  • New Discussion Boards -- This feature improves upon the current Topic & Notes feature. The discussion board keeps track of all discussion feedback as project history, and the discussion leader has control over which project members can see and participate. In addition, the discussion board can also be used within a workflow task, such as Prescreen Review, to address outstanding questions with the applicant. 

To ensure the latest version opens in your browser, please refresh or delete your browser's cache.

We apologize for any inconvenience the outage causes, and appreciate your understanding as we work to improve the reliability of our services.

For questions regarding the system maintenance, please contact us at 832.394.9000 or via email at [email protected].

Posted Date: 
January 04, 2018

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