You’ve completed you’re site design, made it through the City of Houston permitting process, and now you need to coordinate with the City for the approval and recordation of a water meter easement.
Per Section 5.07 of the City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual, an easement is required to be placed on private property (when sufficient right-of-way is not available) to accommodate the placement and adequate service area for a water meter.
The following is a brief summary of meter easement requirements as shown in the aforementioned section of the Code:
- Two-inch and smaller meters and shut-off valves (stop boxes) shall be set
within public rights-of-way or water line easement if possible. Otherwise, they
shall be set in 5-foot by 5-foot water meter easements contiguous with public
- The minimum size of water meter easements contiguous with public right-of way
for three-inch through six-inch meters shall be 10-feet by 20-feet and for
eight-inch and larger meters shall be 15-feet by 25-feet.
- Water meter easements shall be located contiguous with public rights-of-way
unless approved by the City. Access easements a minimum of 15 feet wide
will be required when not contiguous with a public right-of-way.
City of Houston utility and meter easements are processed through the Taps and Meter Office located on the 3rd floor of the COH Permitting Center (which is located at 1002 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77002). Items required for submittal include:
- COH Easement Form 584 (original copy signed and notarized by owner)
- A mylar copy of the sketch of easement area and a Metes & Bounds description (prepared to COH standards)
- A copy of the deed associated with the property (the entity listed on form 584 should be the same as shown on the deed).
- A COH Large Job Information Sheet (if applicable).
Additional information and standard COH easement document templates can be found on the City Taps and Meter website or via the link below:
Once all of the aforementioned is submitted for review, the process typically takes up to 8 weeks in order to gain approval and ultimately record the easement document. It is common for the utility contractor working on the project to coordinate the approval of the meter easement process as it is ultimately tied to the release and installation of the meter itself.