What is a Drainage Capacity Letter in the City of Houston?

March 24, 2014 by Brad Lingvai


In the City of Houston, a Storm Water Letter, approved by the Office of the City Engineer, is required in order to submit and obtain approvals for your site development permit.

In order to process the Drainage Capacity Reservation request, a “WCR Application” must be submitted. WCR stands for Wastewater Capacity Reservation. Yes, the application is referred to as a wastewater capacity reservation application, but it also covers the drainage component of a project. You can download a copy of a blank WCR form here. The Drainage section is on the final page.

City of Houston Stormwater Reservation Applicaiton Page 007

Have questions about reserving drainage and storm water capacity in the City of Houston? Give me a call at (832) 730-1901, or email me at [email protected] I’d be happy to help answer your questions. 

Written by Brad Lingvai

Brad Lingvai

Mr. Lingvai received his BSCE from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) in 2000 and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Since co-founding BIG RED DOG in 2009, Mr. Lingvai has been the Principal in Charge of hundreds of projects in the City of Austin, City of Round Rock, and surrounding communities. As President of our Austin office, Mr. Lingvai is responsible for managing our Austin team of over 30 engineers and designers, overseeing the operations of the office, and for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients. Austin-area projects of note that have benefited from his expertise since his arrival in Austin in 2000 include Waller Creek, the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (“Mueller”) redevelopment project, and The Domain shopping center. Brad is currently the Principal in Charge of the Waller Creek redevelopment effort in downtown Austin. He and his wife Rachel live in the Allandale neighborhood of Austin.