The Stormwater Section's services include, but are not limited to, Stormwater plan review (BCE plans and OCE Plans), Stormwater quality (SWQ) plan review & permitting. Additionally, the section manages the MS4 permit/program (municipal separate storm sewer system) and serves as a program liaison and subject matter expert, and maintains a database of information, collaborates with City staff in other departments and other entities like Harris County on a joint program to meet TCEQ/EPA permit requirements.
1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Stormwater Quality Permit:
Easement, Paving, and Water Facilities:
Water and Wastewater Plan Review:
Storm Water Quality
- Storm Water Quality Permit Application
- Storm Water Quality Permit Index
- Storm Water Quality Requirements
- Cosmetic Wash Water Guidelines
Other resources and documents:
- Storm Drainage Walk-in Guidelines for private construction projects (OCE-0006)
- Stormwater Information Form
- Guidelines for a Successful Mylar Walk-through
- Fill and Grade Plan Review Checklist (OCE-0004)
- Analysis of Impervious Cover (OCE-0003)
- Storm Checklist for Residential Projects (OCE-0008)
- Storm detention examples
- Storm detention FAQ's
- Schedule an appointment with your reviewer
Effective Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, private detention, restrictor design, and calculations must be provided on plans submitted through Building Code Enforcement's private plan review process in lieu of a separate plan submission through the Office of City Engineer.
When submitting storm drawings to OCE, a note must be provided that references the BCE project number that includes the private detention, restrictor design, and calculations. The OCE storm drawings must also include a site background on the overall site plan to reflect the scope of work.
View an example of the drainage note on a plan sheet. The note should have a similar layout to the following:
See private drawing "xxxxxxxx" for detention, restrictor design, and calculations. Overall layout footprint is shown here for reference only.
Continue to submit detention, restrictor design, and calculations on drawings through the OCE's plan review process for projects that are not reviewed through BCE's plan review process (ex: a subdivision project or an extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) project).
Effective Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, the Stormwater walk-in service will change from in-person to virtual.
What is virtual walk-in service?
A virtual walk-in is a process available to customers (homeowners/design professionals) whose scope of work meets the established criteria below to have their Building Code Enforcement plans reviewed by a Storm Drainage plan reviewer on a digital “walk-in” basis via email submittal. The "walk-in" service is intended to resolve minor plan comments and speed up approval.
- Email [email protected] with a request for walk-in service. Include the project number in the email's subject line. Only one project per email request.
- Projects that meet the qualifications will be reviewed between 8 am and 3 pm on Mondays. Please review the walk-in guidelines for more details about qualifications.