Mission Statement

Welcome to the Permit Office of the Harris County Engineering Department.

Our mission is to serve the constituents of Harris County by ensuring developments in unincorporated areas will not pose a threat to the safety and welfare of the public as prescribed by Commissioners Court. We will accomplish this by providing expedient and professional service while enforcing all applicable Harris County regulations.

Vision Statement

Increase customer service through process improvement, timely response, transparency, consistency, and results orientation. Develop employee situational understanding of the full organization through training initiatives. Replacement or retrofitting of legacy technology systems in order to facilitate an increased simplicity and capacity of workload for the employee and an updated financial transaction relevancy for the customer. Alignment of a flexible permitting process based on the needs of the customers served. Self-sustaining organization.

As of Monday, April 25:

H A R R I S  C O U N T Y


All Unincorporated Harris County residents who have damage to their home or business as a result of flooding or recent storm event... You can start the recovery process by calling the hotline. Permits agents are available to assist you with starting your permit process. 


H.C.E.D. Permits Directory


Jesse Morales - Permits Manager

Shawn Sturhan - Assistant Manager

10555 Northwest Freeway
North Entry - Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77092

Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:00pm
on the next business day.

2016 Holiday Office Closures


Labor Day Monday Sept. 5
Thanksgiving Thursday Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Friday Nov. 25
Christmas Friday Dec. 23
Christmas Monday Dec. 26


 Normal Lobby Hours will resume
on the next business day.


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