The City Of Houston Address Assignment

Al Raymond, AIA, CBO, Deputy Assistant Director

The Residential Plan Review Section is responsible for reviewing building and improvement plans for Houston Building Code compliance prior to issuance of a building permit.

Important: An unsworn Declaration in Support of Application for City of Houston Permit signed by the owner is required before starting the application process for most residential projects. Click here to download the declaration.

General Information

Special Programs for New Residences

Helpful Links

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Who needs a permit?

You do if you are in the corporate city limits of Houston and are doing projects which include (but are not limited to):

  • Construction work on new or existing buildings
  • Remodeling (excluding painting, wallpapering)
  • Building repair work

If you have any questions concerning exemptions call: 832.394.8810.
For questions regarding permits, click here.

Note: Before submitting your building plans for review visit the Planning and Development Department, Subdivisions Section for a development plat review. The Water and Wastewater Division to ensure there is available water and wastewater for your project.

You may also contact Planning at 832.394.8849 and Water and Wastewater at 832.394.8888 for more information.

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Is a license required to obtain permits?

No, a license is not required to obtain structural permits. The City of Houston has a Voluntary Registration Program for roofing contractors. To register, contractors must have proof of comprehensive general liability insurance in the form of a certificate or policy with minimum limits of $500,000 of death or bodily injury and $500,000 for property damage, per occurrence. For more information contact us at 832.394.9494.

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What documents are required to obtain a permit for…?

Residential Repairs

In most cases, to obtain a permit for general repairs, plans are not required. However, a Building Permit Application, and a Residential Repair Spec List must be completed.

Residential Re-roof

To obtain a permit for re-roof or roof repairs, plans are not required. Note: This does not include the replacement of rafters and/or joists.

A Building Permit Application and a Residential Re-roof Worksheet must be completed.

General Requirements for most projects. Note: Some projects may require additional information. Please contact the One-Stop Section at 832.394.8820 for more information or click here to view the One-stop Guideline:

Forms

Plans

Two (2) sets of non-erasable/legible plans including (but limited to):

  • Survey
  • Plot Plan based on Survey
  • Building Plans:
    • Foundation plan/sections
    • Wall sections
    • Floor, ceiling and roof framing plans
    • Engineer's seal (when required)

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How to Obtain a Permit for New Residences?

Important Note Regarding Deed Restrictions: Before proceeding with any work, make sure your project complies with your subdivision's deed restrictions. Contact your civic club or homeowners' association for a copy of the deed restrictions.

Note: Before submitting your plans for review, you must apply for and receive a Wastewater Capacity Reservation (WCR) Letter from the Impact Fee Administration Section (located on the 3rd Floor). For more information, visit https://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/pds/impact-fee-administration.html.

The building permit application process can be done in person or online. To start the online submittal process, visit the Houston Permitting Center’s eServices Web Portal at www.hpceservices.org.

To apply for a building permit in person, visit our office located at 1002 Washington Ave., 1st Floor, and complete the following steps:

  1. Collect the required information listed in the New Single Family Prerequisite Checklist (form CE - 1301) and complete a Building Permit Application (Form CE - 1263), a Declaration in Support of Application for City of Houston Building Permit (Individual or Corporate) and a round slip. The route slip should be attached to the submittal package and include a contact name, email address, and phone number.
  2. Visit the Permits Section. A Customer Service Representative (CSR) will generate a project number and provide a sales order for the plan review deposit fee due (25% of the total permit fee).
  3. Pay the plan review fee at the Cashier’s booth. A receipt with the project number will be provided to you.
  4. Submit the complete set of plans, application(s), and route slip to the Permits Section.
  5. Your plans will be assigned to a Senior Plan Analyst who will route the package to all departments required to review the plans. After all departments have finished their review, you will be notified when the plans are ready for pick-up. If there are any deficiencies, a comment correction report will accompany the submittal package.
  6. The person who submitted the plans may retrieve them from the plan library desk on the 3rd floor. Individuals other than the original applicant must provide the numbered receipt.
  7. Once the deficiencies are corrected on the plans, resubmit the entire package at the Plan Library on the 3rd floor for re-review and approval. The resubmitted package must include all previously approved sheets and previously reviewed sheets that may have been marked for corrections.
  8. The applicant will be notified when the plans are completely approved by all required departments. The building permit may be purchased by the owner, applicant, or contractor.

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How to obtain a permit for Residential Additions, Remodels, Repairs, etc…?

Important Note: Before proceeding with any work, make sure your project complies with your subdivision's deed restrictions. Contact your civic club or homeowners' association for a copy of the deed restrictions.

Most single family residential permits may be obtained through the One-Stop Section, providing that the work falls within the following categories and the review time is 30 minutes or less:

  • Additions to a residence
  • Remodels/Repairs to a residence
  • Garages and Structures for residences
  • Fences over eight feet high
  • Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Residential Swimming Pools

The One-Stop simplifies the permit process. In most cases, your building and improvement plans can be reviewed and a building permit issued within just a few hours.

To begin the process for obtaining a residential building permit through the One-Stop Section, visit our office located at 1002 Washington Ave., 3rd floor and follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Building Permit Application and the applicable Declaration in Support of Building Permit Application (Individual or Corporate).(Applications are located in the 1st Floor lobby).
  2. Once you complete the documents, a Customer Service Representative in the Permits Section will issue a project number.
  3. If applicable, visit the Planning and/or Taps and Meters Sections for the appropriate approvals. Please refer to the table below:

    Project Type

    Planning

    Taps & Meters
    (If plumbing is added)

    Additions

    X

    X

    Remodels

    X

    Repairs
    Fences

    X

    New Garages / Carports

    X

    X

  4. Visit the Residential One-Stop Section.
  5. Present your plans to the Plan Analyst and explain your project.
  6. The Plan Analyst will review your plan. If the plans are approved, you will be able to purchase the building permit at the Cashier's Booth.
  7. If the plans require corrections, a list of comments will be provided by the Plan Analyst. Make the necessary corrections to the plans, and return to the One-Stop Section.

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Special Programs for New Residences

MASTER PLAN PROGRAM

The Master Plan Program is designed for builders and developers who build ten (10) or more units of the same repeat home over a 12-month period.

CLICK HEREto download the Master Plan Program Brochure.

MULTI-DISCIPLINE PROGRAM INSPECTION (MDI) PROGRAM

IMPORTANT NOTE: On October 14, 2013, the MDI inspection program was temporarily suspended due to the increased volume of inspections and shortage of staff.

Since we understand the importance of the program and its value to our customers, the program will be reinstated provisionally. We will accept the first 100 new building permit applications. Once this number is reached, the program will be interrupted once again. Please note that we will continue to work on a solution to augment staff levels and reinstate the MDI Inspection Program permanently. We appreciate your patience.

For additional information regarding this temporary change, please contact Drexel Moerbe[email protected].

The multi-discipline inspection program is a voluntary program for one or two-family residential new home builders. The program is administered by the Structural Inspections Section. The objective of the program is to reduce the number of inspections during the different phases of construction.

CLICK HEREto download the MDI Program Brochure.

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Bob Oakes, Acting Building Official

Manages Building Code Services and administers the provisions in the City's Code of Ordinances and state/federal regulations relating to private building construction, sign administration, and the utility analysis capacity program. Building Code service has over 400 employees and is divided into seven main sections.

QUICK LINKS


OFFICE LOCATIONS


Main Office

Houston Permitting Center

1002 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77002 | MAP

Phone: 832.394.9494

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Please note that most Sections stop their services at 4:30 p.m. to ensure all customers are assisted.

Satellite Offices

Important Note: The satellite offices do not accept cash as a form of payment. Effective Oct. 30, the satellite offices will close for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

Kingwood Office

3915 Rustic Woods Dr.
Kingwood TX 77339 | MAP

Phone: 281.361.9580
Fax: 281.361.5348

Email:
[email protected]

Hours: Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click Here for a list of available services.

Clear Lake Office

1335 Regents Park #130
Houston, TX 77058 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6787
Fax: 832.395.6790

Email:
[email protected]

Hours:Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click Here for a list of available services.

Northwest Office

10555 Northwest Freeway #148
Houston, TX 77092 | MAP

Phone: 832.395.6585
Fax: 832.395.6584

Email:
coming soon

Hours:Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click Here for a list of available services.

NEWS AND EVENTS


2018 Fee Increase - Effective 01/01/2018

Starting January 1, 2018, building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 1.019762% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. Forms, publications and web pages will be updated soon to reflect the new fees. To view the 2018 Permit Fee Schedule, please click here. For questions, please email [email protected].

2017 National Electrical Code - Effective September 15, 2017

The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) became mandatory by state law effective September 15, 2017. The Houston Administrative provisions to the NEC are currently awaiting review by City Council. We will announce their effective date in a future e-Newsletter. On September 15, 2017, the City of Houston started reviewing electrical plans in compliance with the 2017 NEC. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date are required to comply with the new code.

For questions, please contact Michael Howard at [email protected] or N.A. Weiman at [email protected]. 

Dacoma Satellite Office to Permanently Close - Effective April 14, 2017

Building Code Enforcement's satellite office located at 3825 Dacoma Street will permanently close at the end of business day on Friday, April 14, 2017. A new location is being acquired and will be announced soon.

While we move, customers may go online or visit our other locations.

For questions, please contact the Houston Permitting Center at 832-394-9000 or via email at [email protected]. 

2017 Fee Increase - Effective January 01, 2017

Starting January 1, 2017, building inspection, plan review, licenses and permit fees, including the administrative fee will be automatically increased by 1.0311% as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. Forms, publications and web pages will be updated soon to reflect the new fees. To view the 2017 Permit Fee Schedule, please click here . For questions, please email [email protected]. 

Service Improvements for New Single Family Residential Plan Submissions - Effective December 12, 2016

Service improvements will be implemented Monday, Dec. 12 for submission of new single family residential construction plans. Building Code Enforcement has assigned a regulatory compliance coordinator (RCC) to screen all plans for requirements upon submission. Beginning Dec. 12, customers submitting both paper and electronic plans must include a completed prerequisite checklist to ensure all requirements have been met. Notification of the status of their plans will be sent via email within two business days.

Also beginning Dec. 12, customers will have the option to schedule a pre-submittal meeting with the RCC for new single family residential projects in which plans have yet to be submitted. The RCC will not be available to consult on previously submitted plans. Meetings can be requested online using the Online Queuing Service appointment scheduler. Select Building Plan Review, then Single Family Residential.

If you have questions about these service changes, please contact Luis Villasana, Plan Review Administration Manager, at [email protected]or (832) 394-9169.

Houston Amendments to the Commercial Energy Conservation Codes - Effective December 9, 2016

The 2015 City of Houston Commercial Energy Conservation Code Amendments were adopted by City Council on November 9, 2016 and will become effective December 9, 2016.

Plans will be reviewed in compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code – Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 amended codes starting December 9, 2016. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the new energy codes.

The approved Houston amendments to the 2015 IECC-Commercial and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 are available on the Code Development Page and the Forms & Publications Page.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

New Commercial Energy Codes – Effective November 1, 2016

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code - Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 will become mandatory by state law effective November 1, 2016. The Houston amendments are currently awaiting review by City Council. We will announce their effective date on a future e-Newsletter.

Plans will be reviewed in compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code – Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 base codes starting November 1, 2016. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the new energy codes.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

New Houston Residential Energy Conservation Code - Effective Monday, October 24, 2016

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, City Council approved the adoption of a revised Residential Energy Conservation Code based on the Residential Provisions of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The newly adopted Residential Energy Conservation Code will regulate one and two-family dwellings, and multi-family structures three stories in height or less.

The code will become effective on Monday, October 24, 2016, and all permit applications submitted on or after the effective date will be required to comply with the 2015 IECC. To ensure your projects meet the new requirements we encourage you to use one of the online tools listed below:

Please note the 2015 IECC-Residential became effective September 1, 2016 per state law.

Click here  to download a copy of the new Houston energy code amendments.

For questions, please contact Luke Fry at [email protected] or Michael Blasko at [email protected].

Change to the Plan Review Process of Residential Additions in the Floodplain – Effective May 4, 2016

Beginning May 4, 2016, the Floodplain Management Office will discontinue walk-in review of single family residential additions to living space and footprint in the 100-year floodplain. After May 4, plans for these additions must be submitted through the traditional plan review process.

This transition will not affect plans for additions to under-roof space and footprint, such as attached carports and covered porches, nor will it affect plans for second-story additions (additions to the living space without addition to footprint)—the Floodplain Management Office will continue to provide walk-in service through One-Stop Plan Review for these types of residential additions.

For questions about this change in service delivery, please contact the Floodplain Management Office at 832-394-8854 or [email protected].

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