Almost all permitting for Commercial, Residential, and Public Works Projects within the City of Houston full-purpose jurisdiction takes place at the City of Houston’s Permit Center located at 1002 Washington Avenue (only about a 5 minute drive from BRD’s Houston office). For a first-time visitor, the permit center can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating, but the City of Houston has done its best to provide a streamlined process for obtaining permits. We must remember Houston is one of the 5 largest metropolitans in the Country and just in the past month has already received over 1,600 commercial development permit applications.
The services provided at the Permit Center are extensive and are worthier of a white paper to dissect than a blog post. However, when it comes to estimating the timelines for permitting efforts through the COH, there is one tool that we have found to be extremely useful which shows real time data on all plan reviews currently taking place.
The Houston Permitting Center Submitted Plans Dashboard (Link below) shows live data on the number of plans currently under review, average review cycle times, average review cycles needed prior to permit issuance, and much more all broken down by commercial and residential projects as well as the projects estimated valuation. Of course, all this data is based on the Permit Center’s workload (number of new applications) as well as their current staffing levels so having a tool that allows us to monitor this is invaluable.
From our experience in the Houston Market, the typical permitting timeline for private commercial projects varies from 10-20 weeks with the largest factors being if outside review agencies are required (TxDOT, Harris County Flood Control, etc). Please feel free to contact BIG RED DOG should you need any help in estimating your permitting timelines within the City of Houston or have any other questions in regards to your projects.
At BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting, we have successfully overseen the performance design process and preliminary planning on multiple large and small scale commercial and multi-family developments within the City of Houston, we would be happy to share our knowledge with your on your next project. Contact us today!