News and Events

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

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

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:

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

City Council Approves Contract for Permitting Center Website

New Web Portal to Increase Permitting Process Accessibility

HOUSTON - Houston City Council approved a contract at its Feb. 8 meeting for website development services that will transform the way residents, businesses and the building community navigate the City of Houston’s permitting process.

The new Houston Permitting Center website, estimated to launch in one year, will feature a wizard that automatically customizes permitting requirements based on answers to a series of questions provided by the customer. The dynamic decision engine powering the wizard will quickly exclude irrelevant permit categories, ensuring a personalized user experience.  The new website will also consolidate each department's permitting pages and repackage the information in a way that is functional to the customer based on needs – i.e. opening a business and remodeling a house. Other functions of the enhanced online experience will include comprehensive customer support, keyword search, simple online application forms and electronic signatures.

Following the implementation of improvements such as electronic plan review, online appointment scheduling and mobile queuing, the website redesign is the latest step in a continuous effort to streamline the City’s permitting process and improve customer service.

The $4.1 million contract with Woolpert, Inc. includes initial research, website design, content management system development, wizard configuration and system maintenance over a three-year period, with two optional one-year renewals.

“Providing the best customer service we can to help the community is part of our Mission, Vision and Values. This new tool will be a great resource to help our building partners better navigate the multi-departmental permitting process,” said Dale Rudick, Director of the Department of Public Works & Engineering, which manages the Houston Permitting Center.

Individuals with residential, business or construction permit questions are encouraged to email [email protected] or call 832-394-9000.

About the Houston Permitting Center
With a focus on customer service and the implementation of useful communication and information technologies, the Houston Permitting Center helps customers achieve their goals while complying with the City’s regulations. Located at 1002 Washington Ave., the Houston Permitting Center was established in 2011 as the first one-stop center of its kind for a major municipality in the United States. Ninety percent of all permits, licenses and registrations issued by the City—more than 600 types—are obtained at the Houston Permitting Center through 40 business units across seven departments: Administration & Regulatory Affairs, Houston Health Department, Houston Airport System, Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Planning & Development Department, and the Department of Public Works & Engineering. For more information, visit or follow the Houston Permitting Center on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted Date: 
February 09, 2017

City of Houston Brings Mobile Permitting Center to Flooded Communities

Permitting assistance to residents impacted by the recent floods are now available through a Mobile Permitting Center that will be stationed in various locations around the city over the next eight weeks. 

A 41-foot-long mobile command center will serve as the Mobile Permitting Center and be staffed by representatives from the Floodplain Management Office and Building Code Enforcement Branch to answer questions and issue many types of permits required to repair or restore structures back to pre-flood condition.  This Mobile Permitting Center is one way the City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering through the Houston Permitting Center is serving city residents impacted by the recent flood. 

Locations of the Mobile Permitting Center will vary.  The latest information on the location of the mobile service will be posted on several websites, including and, as well as on social media sites for the Houston Permitting Center (Twitter: @COHPermits and Facebook:  

The locations for the week of May 3 through May 6 are as follows: 

Tuesday, May 3 & Wednesday, May 4 – 10 AM to 7 PM:  Inwood Forest Country Club, 7603 Antoine Drive, Houston, Texas 77088

Thursday, May 5 & Friday, May 6 – 10 AM to 7 PM:  Meyerland Community Improvement Association, 4999 W. Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77035



What services are provided at the mobile permitting center?

The Floodplain Management Office services include:

  • Floodplain Development Permit for repairs from flood damage
  • Elevation grant applications (until the May 6 deadline)
  • General floodplain information

Building Code Enforcement services includes:

  • Minor repair permits
  • General building code enforcement information.

The mobile unit can only sell permits for repairing or restoring a structure back to its pre-flood condition. Plans that will increase the square footage of the home or constitute a remodel must be submitted through the traditional plan review process at the Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston.

How do residents check-in to receive services at the mobile permitting center?

A check-in station is located outside of the mobile center. During check-in, staff will perform an initial review to answer questions and ensure the information to be submitted is complete.  

Payments via credit/debit card (Visa, Discover and MasterCard only) and electronic check can be completed via the online iPermits system. Physical payments will not be accepted (i.e. cash, written checks).

 What should customers bring?

To receive a Floodplain Development Permit for repairs from flood damage, customers must bring their repair cost information, structure market valuation, and/or elevation certificate. For more details, visit

For building permits, customers may need Building Permit Application (Form 1263) and either a Residential Repair Spec List (Form 1059) or Commercial Repair Check List (Form 1112). For faster service, it is advised to download these forms and fill them out prior to visiting the mobile permitting center.  To download the forms, visit  Blank forms will also be available at the mobile permitting center and assistance will be available.

Notary services will be available for forms that require a notarized signature.  A government issued ID is required to have a form notarized. 

For more information on flood recovery, visit For questions, email [email protected] or call 832-394-9000. 

Posted Date: 
May 04, 2016

2015 Energy Code Change Proposals Open for Public Comment

The Building Code Enforcement Branch is currently reviewing the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 for adoption in 2016.

As part of the process, to ensure there is an appropriate vehicle for input from all interested persons and organizations, you are invited to submit proposals for code change amendments in writing. The Energy Code Change Proposal comment period is open until May 12, 2016. Please complete the Code Change Proposal Form before the above date to be reviewed for inclusion in the updated code amendments. Proposed amendments need to be technically justified with an explanation indicating whether it increases safety, maintains a reasonable level of safety in a cost effective manner, or addresses unique local conditions.

Proposals must be submitted by using one of the forms below:

  1. 2015 IECC Commercial Proposal Form 
  2. 2015 IECC Residential Proposal Form 
  3. ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Proposal Form 

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

Posted Date: 
April 07, 2016

City of Houston Code of Ordinances Section 1-11 Has Been Revised

City of Houston Code of Ordinances Section 1-11 Has Been Revised (Change in Requirement for Notarized Affidavit)

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the City Council approved an ordinance amending Section 1-11 of the Code of Ordinances, which replaces the current “Notarized Affidavit” requirement with a new “Unsworn Declaration” to be filed in connection with all applications for a permit, license, or certificate.

The ordinance revision does not apply to the following:

  • Building permits for which an affidavit is required by section 10-3 of this Code;
  • Certificates of occupancy for which an affidavit is required under section 10-3.1 of this Code;
  • Modular home placement permits for which an affidavit is required under section 10-247 of this Code; and
  • Manufactured home permits for which an affidavit is required under section 29-6 of this Code.

Management at the Permitting Center is working together to build an implementation plan for the revised ordinance. More information will be provided soon.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please call us at 832.394.9000 or email us at [email protected].

 Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is Chapter 1-11?
    a. Chapter 1-11 is a section in the Code of Ordinances which required all permit, license, or certificate applicants to submit a sworn affidavit acknowledging responsibility to comply with all deed restrictions and laws, regulations or ordinances in connection with the requested license, permit, or certificate.
2. Why change Chapter 1-11?
    a. Chapter 1-11 required the affidavit to be notarized, and the original document submitted with the permit, license, or certificate application. This requirement added paperwork and steps to the permitting process with no added value to administrative staff or the applicant. The requirement also prevents online permitting.
3. What is the statutory authority regarding the change?
    a.Section 132.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, amended in the 82nd Legislative Session (2011), provides that unsworn declarations may now be used in lieu of an affidavit.
4. What is an unsworn declaration?
    a.An unsworn declaration is a declaration made in writing and subscribed by the person making the declaration as true under penalty of perjury.
5. What are the penalties for making a false declaration?
    a.Unsworn declarations have the same enforcement mechanisms and penalties as the current notarized affidavits-- a Class A misdemeanor. A person commits perjury if a false declaration was made with the intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statement’s meaning.


Posted Date: 
September 17, 2013

Notice of Impact Fee Administration's Long Form Application Submission Change

Effective Monday, December 2, 2013 all Long Form applications must be submitted online via I-Permits at Try submitting an online application today! Computer stations are available on the 1st floor. If you need assistance creating a Non-Licensed User account in I-Permits, please visit the Information Desk. To view a video on how to fill out an online application, please visit:

If submitting a Short Form application, please continue to see Impact Fee Administration on the 3rd floor by pulling a W600 ticket.

Posted Date: 
October 03, 2013


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