New Residential Construction Permit

Instrument Reference Number
Valid Period
6 Months
Not Required
Plan Review
See City of Houston fee schedule
Admin fee
Processing Time
15 Business Days

Residential construction. New homes or residential accessory structures, remodel or conversion of existing buildings or additions to existing buildings.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on site until final approval is granted.

Apply What you need
  • Building Permit Application
  • Declaration in Support of Application for City of Houston Building Permit
  • Complete Set of Plans Uploaded
  • Residential Prerequisite Checklist (CE-1301) and the documentation listed on it
Apply Online Steps

1. Log in or create an iPermits account at:

2. Complete building permit application

3. Pay plan review fee(s)

4. Receive email invitation to upload plans.

Apply Conditions & Exceptions

May require approval by any or all of the following groups based on scope or other conditions: Structural, Planning, Utilities, Stormwater, Traffic, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Infrastructure, Forestry, Sprinklers, Fire Marshall, Health, Engineering, Flood Plain

Plan Review What you need
  • Building Permit Application and Complete Set of Plans Uploaded.
  • Based on the scope of the work architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sprinkler/standpipe, fire alarm, and fire-suppression drawings may be required.
Plan Review Submit Online Steps

Once application is approved and the plan review fee (PX) has been paid, an email to upload and submit plans will be sent to the applicant.

Plan Review Conditions & Exceptions

Plans must be submitted for review by all applicable departments.

Inspection What you need

Plans and permit are required to be on-site for the inspection. If corrections are required, call 832-394- 8840 for a reinspection.

*Effective immediately, a legal form survey must be provided to the inspector on the first scheduled structural inspection. This new requirement applies to all new construction and additions (those that extend the existing footprint). The new requirement includes all slab on grade, and pier and beam foundations.

Inspection Schedule by Phone Steps

To schedule inspections, contact the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System at 713-222-9922. Trade inspections must be scheduled by the appropriate registered licensed contractor.

Inspection Schedule Online Steps

Enter the appropriate project number into the field and click Submit button.

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