Repairs after the Winter Storm

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 section will ensure repairs are made with materials listed, certified, and installed to comply with the current plumbing code for safe potable water systems. 

Homeowners may apply for a Homeowner’s Plumbing Permits if they

  • own, occupy, and have the property registered as their homestead; and
  • will perform the plumbing work themselves.

Inspections are scheduled one day prior to the desired inspection date.

Out of state contractors

Governor Abbott announced earlier that the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners will allow plumbers from other states to apply for provisional licenses to perform plumbing work in Texas.

Additionally, persons who previously held a plumbing license within the last 2 years but have not yet completed Plumbers Continued Education class will also be allowed to perform plumbing work. 

Be on alert for potential scams. The City of Houston requires a permit to be purchased by a Responsible Master Plumber registered with the City of Houston. Check with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners to verify licenses or to view complaints against Master Plumbers.


Other repair work

Permits are not required for:

  • Repairing damaged gypsum board (aka Sheetrock or drywall) that is not part of a fire-rated assembly
  • Replacing cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
  • Replacing bathroom or kitchen faucets
  • Painting, papering, tiling, wood flooring, and carpeting
  • Tarping
  • Replacing wooden or metal fences (less than 8 feet in height)

All electrical work must be completed by a licensed electrician.

Electrical and mechanical contractors making repairs must purchase a permit and must be registered with the City of Houston. Visit the Sold Permit Search to check if a permit was purchased on your behalf. Visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to verify licenses or to view complaints against Master Electricians and HVAC technicians.

General contractors are not required to be licensed. Check with sites like the Better Business Bureau for reported scams and complaints.


City-registered Contractors

Disclaimer: These lists contain the names and contact information of contractors who are registered with the City of Houston to offer and contract work to the general public. These lists contain the last known contact information associated with the registrant.

These lists are provided as a free public service, for informational purposes only. The City provides this non-exhaustive information about City of Houston-registered contractors to enhance the public’s access to information about contractors or companies registered annually with the City of Houston. Although this website provides information about registered contractors, the City does not verify the accuracy of the information on the contractor's or company’s sites or information provided by these providers, and the City does not control and is not responsible for the contents of any of these third-party resources or websites. Nor is the City responsible for any of the services provided by any of the listed contractors or companies.

The inclusion of a contractor or company on these lists does not imply and should not be interpreted as constituting or implying any endorsement, recommendation, sponsorship, support, affiliation, or approval by the City of that contractor or company or the information on the contractor's or company’s site, nor the products or services they offer. The City makes every effort to keep the information on this website up to date but does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, or currency of this information.

You are responsible for researching the reputation, qualifications, and other criteria in selecting and hiring (at your cost) your own contractor or company. Should you elect to hire a contractor or company, the contractual relationship, if any, is between you and the contractor or company, and the City does not assume responsibility and disclaims all liability regarding the contractor or company and the accuracy of the information on these lists.

Select a link below to download a list of city-registered contractors by trade: