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The Building Code Enforcement group has updated the following "Standard Drawings" to coincide with the enforcement of the 2021 Houston Construction Code:  24-04-R Residential Framing Cross-Section Template (Braced Rafters)  24-05-R Residential Framing Cross-Section…
The 2021 Code Word (CW-P12) has been rescinded effective immediately.  All piping materials must comply with the Houston adopted 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). Alternative pipe materials can only be used on a case-by-case basis when submitted and reviewed through…
Beginning September 1, 2024, Building Code Enforcement will enforce new addressing requirements for lots with more than one structure, regardless of their use or occupancy.    Details of the Ordinance:   According to Planning Ordinance No. 2014-364:  If a lot has…
The City of Houston has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to introduce SolarAPP+, a plan review software designed to simplify obtaining a permit for rooftop solar installations. Following thorough testing to…
When submitting projects to Plan Review, the following information must be provided when the project is located in a windborne debris region: Include the maximum pressures (both negative and positive) for all openings. This can be detailed in either the elevation…
Beginning September 1, 2024, Building Code Enforcement will begin enforcing opening protective requirements for new residential and commercial structures located in windborne debris regions. Related Codes: Section 1609.2 of the 2021 Houston Building Code Section R301…
As of Thursday, May 30, 2024, a supplement to the City's Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) has been issued. Supplement to IDM Chapter-9 went into effective immediately, updating and clarifying Note 2 from Table 9.4 in Chapter 9 of the IDM - Detention Volume for…
The Stormwater section of the Office of the City Engineer has updated the following forms: Stormwater Information Form (OCE-1001)  Virtual Walk-In Service Guidelines (OCE-1002)  Building Code Enforcement Storm Water Common Rejection Comments (OCE-1007)  Fill and …
The Houston Construction Code establishes minimum standards for the construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, and demolition of buildings and other structures to protect the life safety of the public. The Houston amendments, along with the model codes, constitute…
In an effort to assist Houstonians, Houston Permitting Center is implementing an expedited permitting and plan review process due to the severe weather that has impacted the City of Houston. The department is allowing for repairs of structures. Below are the permit…
Our office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at our regular business hours.
The Houston Permitting Center will be closed for the following holidays during the summer: Memorial Day - Monday, May 27, 2024 Juneteenth Day - Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Independence Day - Thursday, July 4, 2024 Labor Day - Monday, September 2, 2024  Please visit the City Holiday Schedule for a…
Due to the severe weather that recently impacted the City of Houston, the Houston Permitting Center is providing a fast-track process for restoring electrical service for “like-for-like repairs only, no improvement”.  To participate, follow these steps: Verify your…
The Houston Permitting Center will be closed for repairs on Monday, May 20, 2024. Please use our online services where they are available. Avoid unnecessary travel, and monitor road conditions at HoustonTranstar.org.
As you begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding after the storm, the City of Houston wants to remind homeowners of several basic rules for repairs and permit guidelines:  Click the link (title) to download Single Family and Duplex Residential Storm Damage…
Due to severe weather conditions, the Houston Permitting Center will be closed on Friday, May 17, 2024. Please use our online services where available. Weather conditions may change rapidly, so avoid unnecessary travel, monitor road conditions at HoustonTranstar.org,…
The Houston Permitting Center has updated the following forms: Residential Repair Spec List (CE-1059) Residential Prerequisite Checklist (CE-1301) Commercial Re-roof Worksheet (CE-1076) Below, find the detailed list of updates.  To access the updated forms, click…
ProjectDox application has been experiencing some performance issues, resulting in slow response times for the past few days. To resolve this issue, our IT department will conduct maintenance from Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 9:00 PM until Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 5…
Effective January 1, 2024, the City of Houston will begin to review residential projects under the 2021 International Residential Code. For Residential Model / Repeat applicants, this will impact all models previously approved under the 2015 International Residential…
The 2021 Code Words are now available to be viewed and downloaded. If you have any questions reach out to Code Development at  [email protected]