Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I obtain an existing site/survey plan or plat? 
A: Please fill out the request for public records form that is under Records Topics. Building permits have been required since 10/73. Records were not saved for properties outside the 100 year flood plain that were constructed before 1991.

Q:What is HCAD? 
A: HCAD is the acronym for Harris County Appraisal District. Their website is www.HCAD.org. They can be contacted at 713-957-7800.

Q:Where can I get information on drainage? 
A: Please fill out the request for public records form that is under Records Topics. This office typically only has information for the newer subdivisions. Drainage related to Project Reviews can also be researched at the HCFCD library. They can be contacted at 713-684-4000.

Q:Can you tell me where fiber optic lines or other utilities are located? 
A: The County only has information on the utilities within the Harris County Right of Way. Please fill out the "Request for Public Records Form."

Q:How can I get an elevation certificate? 
A: If your building was built new within the 100 year flood plain after 6/97, an EC would have been a requirement for building permit. Please fill out the "Request for Public Records Form" on this page.
If your building was built before 6/97 or was not in the 100 year flood plain when it built after 6/97, an EC will not be on file. In this case you must hire a surveyor to create one for you.

Q:Where can I get a historic flood map for my address? 
A: Please fill out the "Request for Public Records Form" that is on this page. Our historic maps do not show the incorporated areas (areas inside the City limits). The Cities must be contacted for their historic FIRMs.

Q:How do I obtain a Zoning Letter? 
A: Go to Quick Docs below and click on No Zoning Letter - 2016.

Q:How can I obtain violation information? 
A: Please contact Compliance via email at: compliance@hcpid.org or refer to the Compliance FAQs for more information.

Q:What is a Property Deed? 
A: It is a document used to transfer the ownership of real property from one person to another. You will need to contact the County Clerk's Real Property Office in your jurisdiction.