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Starting Monday, October 18, a new online application will be available for residential minor repairs per spec list. The new application will streamline the permitting process by no longer requiring plan review through ProjectDox. The following types of work are eligible for the new application…
This notice is to advise the public that the Legal-reviewed "backline" drafts of the proposed Houston amendments have been updated to the Houston Construction Code. Blackline versions are produced by the Legal Department with the intent to identify the Houston code amendments to the model codes (…
The Standard Review Committee was established to review, revise, and update standards and documents. Public input and participation is requested by the submittal of proposals for suggested changes, comments, recommendations and other information. The 2021-22 Review Cycle will look at Chapters 1, 2…
Latest update As of 9/18/2021 at 3:30 pm: All network issues have been resolved. Payment for new plan review applications is now available. For applicants that had submitted their applications but did not receive an invitation to upload plans into ProjectDox, your projects will be restarted. You…
The Identity Verification Unit no longer accepts requests for Clearance letters via email or postal mail. Any requests for Clearance Letters must be made in person with original documents. Effective October 1, 2021: The Identity Verification Unit will no longer provide Clearance Letters. All…
Requests for customer paid overtime are accepted based on the availability of plan analysts. Availability is not guaranteed. Right now we are receiving more requests for CPOs than can be accepted. Guidelines for customer paid overtime (CE-1251): https://bit.ly/2XUG89e   Last update: August 24,…
Our office will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 7 during normal business hours.   Last update: August 24, 2021
Houston Public Works (HPW) has completed the 2020-2021 Review Cycle. As a result, the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM), Ground Water Plant Design Guidelines, General Requirements, Standard Construction Specifications, and Standard Details have been updated. A 90-day design grace period for…
Effective August 29, 2021, the following interpretation has recently been published by the Building Official: Code Word 2012-B49 – Definitions Related to Administrative Processes:  Defines terms related to existing building alterations that is used for administrative processes associated with plan…
Building Code Enforcement will present the proposed amendments to the City of Houston Construction Codes to the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, August 5. You can watch the meeting via Microsoft Teams Live at https://bit.ly/AugustTTICommitteeMeeting.  Members…
Houston Water has changed the email address to send Site Transfer applications to [email protected] Please replace any previously saved forms with the revised Site Transfer application (form UA004).     Last update: July 30, 2021
We are pleased to release Spanish versions of our electronic plan review user guides. You can download the guides using the links below. Links are also available on the eServices page and ProjectDox login page.  Residential plan review guide (Guía de revisión de planos de construcción…
Closure Notice: Monday, July 5, 2021 The HPD Auto Dealers Detail office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6th.  We wish all our customers a happy and safe holiday!   
Winter Storm Uri raised many concerns from the community and businesses that experienced burst pipes that damaged homes and businesses. The City's adopted Building Codes have required that pipes subject to freezing temperatures are protected. P2603.5 has been in effect since the adoption of the…
Open Record Request Process: As a reminder, the Open Records section accepts public information requests online at www.houstontx.gov/publicinformation through a system called GovQA. Any written requests for open records (electronic, mail, fax) will be accepted. All requests will be submitted in…
Effective immediately, a Deed Restriction Declaration will no longer be required when submitting an Application for Occupancy Compliance Inspection except for Live/Work and Residential Facility occupancies. Two versions of the application have been created and can be found on our website:  …
All valid applications accepted as administratively complete prior to the close of business Wednesday, June 30, 2021 will be processed under the current impact fee rate. Impact fees for applications accepted thereafter will be assessed at: Wastewater          $1,621.63 per service unit Water…
The Declarations in Support of Application for Building Permit (For Individual Owners & For Corporate Owners) have been revised. Please replace all existing documents. However, please note that we will continue to accept previous versions of the declarations until June 30, 2021. The updated…
Effective immediately, the enforcement of article 210.8.F. of the national electrical code, with regard to G.F.C.I. on outdoor outlets, will no longer be a requirement. The new official date of adoption will be Jan. 1, 2023. This was approved by the State of Texas electrical safety and licensing…
Effectively immediately, the Independent Third-Party Energy Technician Registration Form CE-1216 has been updated to reflect the new requirement that all Energy Technicians must be ICC certified and registered with the City of Houston to conduct this type of work. Previously Energy Technicians were…