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As a reminder, as of October 1, 2022, the City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual now requires that all engineering drawing submitted to the Office of the City Engineer to be in color. Please refer to Chapter 3 of the design manual for color requirements. 
Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 in observance of Labor Day. We will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 8 am. 
If you've been rejected from a plan review, we've got some news for you: We're here to help you get back on track.  Building Code Enforcement has compiled a list of the most common plan review comments for structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical reviews. Additional guides are coming soon…
Effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022: Appointments will be required for Easement Dedication submittals to Office of the City Engineer The Office of the City Engineer has launched a new appointment requirement for easement dedication submittals through Microsoft Bookings. Applicant must schedule…
Traffic Walk-ins schedule will change to Tuesdays and Thursdays only starting September 1st.
Effective Monday, September 12, 2022, as part of the Houston Permitting Center’s Approved in 2 initiative, all plans re-submitted through electronic plan review (ProjectDox) to the Office of the City Engineer will require a detailed response for each changemark issued by a plan reviewer in the…
Effective Sep. 15, 2022, Building Code Enforcement will require all plan re-submittals to include a detailed response sheet uploaded to the Applicant Responses folder in ProjectDox. The goal of this change is to reduce the number of re-submittals by clearly addressing all comments, noting where…
Effective Aug. 11, 2022, approved Building Code Enforcement (BCE) and Office of the City Engineer (OCE) projects that are more than 3 years old were archived and removed from users’ project list. HPW IT made this change to alleviate system performance issues affecting user profiles. Should access…
New guidelines for invoicing Mechanical Section– Elevator Group & Boiler Group The Houston Permitting Center is moving to electronic billing. As one of our customers you are  receiving this advance notification. If you are not the correct contact, please forward it to your  Accounts Payable…
The Office of the City Engineer is pleased to release a new guide to help engineers calculate detention rates for their plans. Multiple detention scenarios for residential and commercial developments are covered in the guide. These examples are based on detention criteria in Chapter 9 of the…
New guidelines for invoicing Sign Administration The Houston Permitting Center is moving to electronic billing. With our new e-invoicing guidelines, the Sign Administration Group will issue invoices in electronic format as the preferred way of submitting invoices to our customers starting…
The Planning Department's Q-flow service will be closed Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 12:30 pm - 3 pm. Normal business hours will resume on Friday, July 15th, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
External applicants and current employees are encouraged to apply online before July 26, 2022.  The Job Titles and PN for each job is located on the attached flyer.  Applying before the career fair will save you time from having to apply at the fair. Here is the link to the City of Houston career…
Houston Public Works (HPW) has completed the 2021-2022 Review Cycle. As a result, the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM), General Requirements, Standard Construction Specifications, and Standard Details have been updated. A 90-day design grace period for implementation of the City of Houston IDM…
The Houston Permitting Center is excited to announce the creation of a Customer Experience Team. This team will be dedicated to supporting the customer experience by triaging all customer project issues, connecting customers to the right subject matter experts, and working to provide customers with…
The Houston Permitting Center will soon be holding a pilot program for a limited number of City of Houston-registered solar panel contractors to use the new SolarAPP+ online iPermit process for simple solar panel installations without plan review submittal. The SolarAPP+ program is intended for…
Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.
The Office of the City Engineer is pleased to welcome the Mobility Permits section to the team, effective Monday, July 11, 2022. Staff will begin moving over the next week. We do not expect any delays in service while staff transition to the new office at 1002 Washington Ave. Customers will…
Building Code Enforcement will not have expedited plan review services available on Friday, July 1, due to the upcoming holiday. Expedited Plan Review services will resume July 5, 2022.
All valid applications accepted as administratively complete prior to the close of business Thursday, June 30, 2022, will be processed under the current impact fee rate. Impact fees for applications accepted thereafter will be assessed at: Wastewater: $1,662.17 per service unit Water: $1,658.56…