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In remember of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., our offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8AM. To make any payments through iPermits, click here. 
HPW IT, HITS and  Accuvoice will be conducting maintenance on our CISCO Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Saturday, January 16 at 8AM – 10AM to migrate our database. During this time, customers will be unable to access the system due to testing. However, customers can schedule inspections via online…
In accordance with City policy, most permit, license and registration fees will increase by 0.276392% on January 1, 2021. This percentage is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The new minimum fee for most Building Code Enforcement permits will be $80.63 The new administrative fee will be $…
The 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) was adopted by the State of Texas and became effective November 1, 2020.   The City of Houston has started reviewing electrical plans in compliance with the 2020 NEC. All permit applications submitted on or after the state-mandated effective date will be…
Standard details for joint City/County low cost and innovative residential foundation systems for elevated homes are available to download.  This collaboration was proposed by Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock and Harris County Engineer John R. Blount, P.E., in response to changes in the…
Update: We will delay opening today, Sep. 23, until 10 am. High water may still be on the roads. Please check road conditions before traveling.   All city facilities will be closed today, Sep. 22, due to Tropical Storm Beta. Please use our online services where available. Weather conditions may…
NOTICE General Appeals Board Videoconference Meeting Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:00 P.M. Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams, a web-conferencing platform. The General Appeals Board will be…
City Council approved the Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) rules on August 5, 2020 to enhance the pedestrian experience throughout Houston’s neighborhoods. This will change requirements of sidewalks, building lines, and parking spaces. Applicants will receive incentives when…
To reduce the need to visit the building in person, Occupancy Inspections will now email certificates of occupancy (CO’s), temporary certificates of occupancy (TCO’s) and certificates of compliance (CC’s) to the email address on file for the applicant. The certificates have been redesigned to be…
The Office of the City Engineer’s Standards Review Committee was established to review, revise, and update design and construction standards for all of Houston Public Work’s service lines. The year 2020-2021 annual review cycle involves review of water distribution, sewage collection, geotechnical…
Due to rising COVID cases in the Houston area, the Houston Permitting Center will resume appointment only services effective Monday, July 6. Walk-in service is allowed only for: Payments at the cashier Identity Verification (Houston Police Department) Fire Prevention Permits (Houston Fire…
On Monday, June 1, 2020, the Houston Permitting Center will re-open for in-person assistance. Many in-person services will be available by appointment only. Walk-in service is available to make a payment at the cashier. Continued use of our online services is highly recommended and encouraged to…
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, Infrastructure & Development Services will no longer accept paper applications and documents for the safety of our customers and employees. All plan review must be submitted online through ProjectDox  Developer Participation Application must be submitted via…
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, plan review comments will no longer be available for lookup on the iPermits plan lookup web page. Plan review comments will only be accessible through ProjectDox. This change was made in an effort to help reduce the network latency and connection issues, as well as…
iPermits online credit card and electronic check payment processing will be unavailable on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from midnight until 4 am Central Time due to system maintenance by J.P. Morgan Chase.
Houston Permitting Center Live Chat is ready and on standby to asisst with any questions or concerns. Live Chat is now available from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday!
Due to increased web traffic, Chase Connect is experiencing connectivity issues. If you have received your payment confirmation email from Chase, but have not received your permit, please wait until the next business day. Your permit will arrive via email. If you have not received your payment…
The City recognizes that vehicle-for-hire operations in Houston have been impacted by the COVD-19 outbreak. To provide relief to this critical part of our transportation industry, the City of Houston is extending taxicab and pedicab permit renewal dates to August 1, 2020.  If you have any questions…
JUNE 26, 2020 UPDATE      The Houston Permitting Center will begin limiting the number of people in the building to those with appointments only starting Monday, July 6, 2020.  Please make an appointment if you need to visit Auto Dealers Detail.  We now offer the ability to schedule an appointment…
The Houston Permitting Center is moving most services online beginning Monday, March 23. The Permitting Center is doing this to maintain operations while protecting the community by reducing the number of customers in waiting areas. All services (including permits, certificates of occupancy and…