Houston eases permitting process for post-storm home repairs

In the wake of storms that damaged over 380 Houston-area homes a couple weeks ago, city officials have worked to improve the convenience of the permitting process to conduct post-storm home repairs.

After discussions between Mayor Sylvester Turner, Director of Public Works Carol Haddock and Dave Martin, Houston City Council District E member, new accommodations have been set in place, according to a May 22 press release from Martin’s office.

No permits for post-storm home repair are required if the property is located outside the flood plain; does not require electric, plumbing or structural repairs; and requires only replaced sheetrock, cabinets or flooring.

Residents who do not qualify for the exceptions must obtain a permit from the Houston Permitting Center. State law requires a permit for electrical work, which must be done by a licensed electrical contractor, the release reads. Call 832-394-8860 for more information about electrical inspections.

Permits are not required to install or replace thermostats and grille parts of HVAC systems, but they are required for all other mechanical work, according to the release. Call 832-394-8850 for more information about mechanical inspections.

Permits are also not required to replace faucets, water-control valves, garbage disposals or water closets, but they are required for all other plumbing work, including sinks, according to the release. Call 832-394-8870 for more information about plumbing inspections.

Properties not within the flood plain do not require finished floor elevations or related certificates. Those inside the flood plain must contact the Floodplain Management Office at 832-394-8854 before repairs. Visit www.floodplain.houstontx.gov for more information.

For further information about permitting and post-storm repairs, contact the District E office at 832-393-3008.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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