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eServices is our self-service portal designed to make it easier to achieve your goals while complying with the City's regulations. Learn more about the services available online. We hope to add more self-service options soon.  

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Electronic Plan Review

The City of Houston is going paper free! Applying and submitting plans online is now required for:

  •  Residential building construction projects (except One-Stop projects)
  •  Sign projects
  •  Electronic locks projects
  •  Residential solar panel projects
  • Commercial building construction projects (except One-Stop projects and existing phase projects)

Applying and submitting plans online is optional for:

  • Projects within the City's right-of-way or tying to City utilities (Office of the City Engineer)

Our goal is to complete the transition to paperless plan review in 2020. We encourage you to try it before it's mandatory. We offer hands-on workshops, in-depth user guides, live chat, and a support team ready to help you with any issues. 

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Residential Guides

User guides for residential projects

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Commercial guides

User guides for commercial projects

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OCE Guide

User guide for Office of the City Engineer projects

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Workshops

Learn how to use EPR at our free workshop

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System guides

User guides for system and browser settings

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iPermits Portal

The iPermits customer and contractor portal is used to:

  • Submit permit applications,
  • Pay for fees
  • Track and view plan review comments 
  • Schedule and view inspection comments
  • Print the building permit.

There are two types of user accounts available: Licensed and Non-licensed.

Tradesmen, engineers and engineering firms must create a licensed account. In addition, individuals and organizations with an advanced pay account (APA) must create a licensed account type. All other users will create a non-licensed account. 

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Project Status
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Check the status of your plan review or building inspection

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Fee Estimator
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Enter your valuation to estimate your building permit fee

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Reports
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Search for permits sold over the last 3 years by address, owner, permit type, and project number. 

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Support

To report an IT issue, please complete the webform or email [email protected]. Our live chat agents are able to assist with iPermits accounts and online application questions. 

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Report an IT issue
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Use this webform to report a technical issue or error in ProjectDox 

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Live Chat
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Chat with an available agent
or leave a message.

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For other assistance, please contact the appropriate group:

Building Code Enforcement

Commercial Plan Review
[email protected]
832.394.8810

Residential Plan Review
[email protected]
832.394.8820

Solar Panel Plan Review
[email protected]
832.394.8820

Electronic Locks Plan Review
[email protected]
832.394.8880

Addressing
[email protected]
832.394.8899

iPermits
[email protected]
832.394.9494

Sign Administration
[email protected]
832.394.8890

Office of the City Engineer

iPermits and Plan Review
[email protected]
832.394.9149