For immediate help with your e-permits account or project please contact the e-Permits Support Line - 713-274-3232

Effective immediately, the Harris County Permits Office will not be accepting or processing cash payments for all permit or inspection fees, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Customers may pay by check at the cashier's window or by credit card in-person at the kiosk located in the Permits Office Lobby at 10555 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77092. Customers may also pay by credit card online at

Harris County Permits will remain open to the public and has enacted a social-distancing and sanitation policy. We are still accepting appointments, however, appointments will be over-the-counter. We are limiting face-to-face meetings as much as possible. Additionally, high traffic areas, including the permit lobby, are being sanitized throughout the day.

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. 

Harris County Permit Office is in the process of developing a new Permits website to help address the publics' needs. Below you find the following two links, Residential Construction & Lease Space Tenant Improvements. These surveys are focused on the “First-time Permittee” to help improve the online experience. Please complete either applicable survey, your feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Residential Construction


Lease Space Tenant Improvements