City of Houston Water Meter Easement Process

September 30, 2015 by Steve Lee

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.

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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.


Have questions regarding the City of Houston easement process or Houston site development in general? Feel free to contact our office, we’re here to help! 

Written by Steve Lee

Steve Lee

Steve Lee is a Small Project Commercial Team Leader at BIG RED DOG in the Houston office. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Steve has more than six years of experience in site development engineering. His project experience includes school expansions for Houston I.S.D., commercial and industrial developments, multifamily residential, and hotel projects. In addition to his extensive project experience, his professional skill set includes the preparation of site investigation reports, grading, drainage, utility plans, water quality and detention pond design, and construction documents. Steve has worked closely with city and county review staffs allowing him to become well-versed in the City of Houston and Harris County project review and permitting process. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. Steve spends his leisure time playing various sports, such as bowling and basketball, participating in 5K runs, and traveling to new places.