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

March 24, 2014 by Bob Brown


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 Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown serves as the President of our Houston office. He holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Texas State University. Since co-founding BIG RED DOG in 2009, Mr. Brown has been deeply involved in the site selection, design, and permitting of an impressive roster of multifamily, retail, and industrial site development projects in Houston and greater south and central Texas. Mr. Brown is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Houston market center and for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients. His professional experience includes projects within the City of Houston, City of Katy, The Woodlands, and many other surrounding jurisdictions throughout south Texas. Mr. Brown also has invaluable experience with State and Federal permitting including FEMA Letters of Map Revision, US Corps of Engineers permits, and storm water quality permitting. He makes his home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston.