Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I need electricity but I do not have a physical address yet?
A: Please call your local utility company and ask them to assign an address for the property. Harris County does not assign addresses and cannot issue a permit without an address. If an incorrect address is provided on the application and a permit is issued, the utility company may not authorize service. For CenterPoint call 713 207-4460. Energy customers contact 713 625-9911.

Q: What do I need for a temporary meter?
A: If a permit has been obtained, a release for a temporary meter will be sent automatically to Centerpoint. The address on your permit must match exactly the address you are requesting electrical service to, for example "1234 Main St #A". Houses are eligible for a temporary power pole, but Mobile Homes are not eligible for a temporary power pole. If an incorrect address is provided on the application and a permit is issued, the utility company will not authorize electrical service. Contact Chuntania Dangerfield for an address change to your permit. If you need your release sent to Entergy or further assistance, contact our Utility Coordinator at 713 956 3051.

Q: What do I need to do to get electrical power turned on? (PERMANENT POWER)
A: A manual release can be sent if there is no permit required. For example, water wells, storage buildings less than 150 square feet outside the floodplain, entry gates, TV amplifiers, cable pedestals, gas metering stations, cathodic pipeline protection, security lights, etc). You are required to obtain a development permit for structures prior to the release of electrical service. The address on your permit must match exactly the address you are requesting electrical service to, for example "1234 Main St #A". If an incorrect address is provided on the application and a permit is issued, the utility company will not authorize electrical service. Contact Chuntania Dangerfield for an address change to your permit. You should wait 72 hours after the permit is issued and all required inspections have been completed and passed before you call your utility company's customer service to activate your service. For Centerpoint call (713) 207-4460. For Entergy call (713) 625-9911.

Q: What do I do if I received a Notice of Violation (red tag)?
A: The issuance of a Notice of Violation means a violation of the regulations has occurred. Usually this indicates development has occurred without a permit. A permit must be obtained or the development removed to eliminate a Notice of Violation. Call our office to speak to or schedule an appointment with a plan checker at (713) 956 3000 to discuss abatement of the violation. Contact the inspector who issued the notice of violation if you have removed the development.

Q: Is there an extra charge for violations?
A: Section 8.04 of the Harris County Flood Plain Regulations states "all permit fees are to be doubled for all construction starting prior to obtaining a permit".