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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…
Effective Monday, April 5 occupancy inspections will no longer accept applications for Certificates of Occupancy in person. All applications must be emailed to [email protected] This change was made to equalize processing times for all customers. For more information click here…
COMcheck is a nationally recognized software program to show compliance for International Energy Code Compliance for commercial building projects. Since 2016, a COMcheck report has been required on all commercial plan reviews. However, reports submitted are frequently incomplete. Beginning April…
Effective April 5, 2021, customers will no longer need to pick up a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for apartment buildings. Instead, Occupancy Inspections will email it to the applicant on file. The certificates have been redesigned to be printed on plain paper and feature a QR code.    Last…
Effective April 5, 2021, Building Code Enforcement will require a deed restriction declaration form according to Section 10-3 of the Houston Code of Ordinances. A declaration form is required for all building permit applications except for the: Demolition of a building Repair of a building if the…
Effective April 15, 2021, Building Code Enforcement will require a complete scope of work statements on the cover page of plans. This will apply to all plan submittals including, but not limited to, single-family homes, remodels, additions, commercial buildings, parking lots, driveways, build-outs…
As the City recovers from the Winter Storm Uri, we would like to share the following guidelines for repairs to homes and commercial buildings. Pipe Repairs Pipe repairs will require a permit and inspection to ensure the health and safety of the citizens of Houston. The Plumbing Inspections …