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Updates for May 9, 2022 As of 3:45 pm: The issue has been resolved. IT identified 97 projects that were affected and is working to restart the workflows. The error occurred on residential and commercial projects between 5 pm on Friday, May 6, and 1 pm on Monday, May 9. No other project types were…
Service Update Notification: Building Code Enforcement Expedited Review Service (ERS) Building Code Enforcement will be launching a new Guide & Form for its’ Expedited Review Service (ERS) on May 9, 2022. The document lists the procedure and qualifications for the review of submitted plans…
The Office of the City Engineer has launched a new cover sheet for easement dedication submittals. Easement Dedication | Houston Permitting Center *Please note that proof of ownership/deed, Metes and Bounds, and Survey must be submitted via e-mail within 7 business days of submitting the…
We are proud to announce that we now have an online application for Small meters. The online application will go live on Friday, April 8, 2022. Customers can no longer submit or use the pdf small meter application after Friday, April 22.  Features of the new application: Customers can now apply…
Status as of March 29, 2022 As of 11 am, the phone issues have been resolved.    Status as of March 28, 2022 As of 3:30 pm, the Houston Permitting Center is experiencing phone issues on its main lines. Customers have been unable to hear the service provider on the phone line. In addition,…
Pursuant to Department of Public Safety (DPS) protocol, effective immediately, all applicants who wish to apply for an automotive-related license with the Houston Police Department Auto Dealers Detail must first submit an application in person prior to getting their fingerprints done with IdentoGo…
Effective April 1, 2022, per Section 404- Master Electrician A master electrician may: Perform all electrical work, including electrical work performed by a sign master electrician and a line master electrician. Supervise an electrician. Serve as master electrician for a contractor. Note: The…
On December 1, 2021, City Council approved an ordinance updating the Houston Construction Code that includes a change to the requirements for how personnel hoists are approved. Personnel hoists will now require proof of an Elevator Contractor License by the Texas Department of Licensing and…
New Plan Solar Ready Example DWG 22-01-R * This drawing for reference only.  This example drawing identifies what is needed on the roof to be compliant with solar - ready provisions. Residential plan analyst will be expecting to see something like this in the plans for any new homes that have…
Over the last few months, the Office of the City Engineer has been reorganizing to provide better service and accountability to its customers. We're excited to announce that Richard Smith will be taking on a new role as the OCE customer service liaison. We envision this position will be working…
On Monday, March 7, 2022, One-Stop Plan Review will begin a pilot program for in-person customer appointments. This service will be limited to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The purpose of the appointments is to assist the general public with any inquiries regarding One-Stop projects.…
The two forms used with our Emergency Responders Radio Coverage (ERRC) program have been updated. These forms are not effective until April 1, 2022.  The ERRC Initial Grid Test Report (Pretest) form is used to check for radio coverage in a building to determine if the building has the radio…
Replacing the current GIMS system, GeoLink is a new geospatial interactive tool that will offer transparency with easy access to free public data, information, and resources associated with the infrastructure that Houston Public Works supports and maintains.  External GEOLINK Map Viewer – No Login…
Effective April 1, 2022, the City of Houston will begin to review residential projects under the 2015 International Residential Code. For Residential Model / Repeat applicants, this will impact all models previously approved under the 2012 International Residential Code. Per Code Word 2015-B01,…
Attention: Our Commercial Building Permit Fee Estimator has been updated and is now available to view https://bit.ly/3LiZ065 Last update: February 10, 2022
Starting February 7, 2022, resubmitted plans will be assigned to the plan reviewer or engineer that completed the first review. This change will provide continuity in service that will reduce the number of review cycles to receive plan approval. Single-reviewer assignment applies to all departments…
Due to inclement weather, today's business hours have been delayed to 10 am. We will continue monitoring the weather updates and keep you posted as needed. Please be safe and we apologize for any inconvenience. Last update: February 4, 2022
Building Code Enforcement has issued two new codes words for the 2015 Houston Construction Code. Code Word 2015-B01 provides guidance on building permits and applicable code of record. State law sets the applicable building code for a project at the time of platting. However, if it has been more…
The current administrative policy is to charge a fee to change the name or other information on an existing permit or certificate. Effective April 1, 2022, the administrative policy will also include changes to the permit application. For reference, this change can be found in the administrative…
Fingerprinting services will not be available for the remainder of today, nor tomorrow, Friday, January 28, 2022. Services will resume during normal business hours on Monday, January 31, 2022. Last update: January 27, 2022