Welcome to Minor Site Development

Any new development in a floodplain or on vacant property does not qualify for Commercial Minor Site Development review. Please view Commercial Civil Development for the proper requirements.

** Minor Site Development is a privilege and some submittals may be handled on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of development**

The following are considered developments that may qualify for Commercial Minor Site Development.

    a. Driveways & Culverts --in Harris County Right of Way

  • Proposed Driveway
  • Driveway Addition
  • Proposed Driveway with culvert
  • Culvert Only
  • Re-surfacing driveway over existing culverts

    b. Other Site Development:

  • Cut
  • Fill (not substantial)
  • Paving (not substantial)
  • Re-surfacing over existing paving

     c. On-Site Public Utilities

  •  Domestic water (excludes fire lines)
  • Sanitary Sewer
  • Storm Sewer


     a. Permanent Buildings (provide a floor plan with dimensions)   

  • Public utility buildings
  • Building less than 150 square feet in the Floodplain
  • Storage (no larger than 400 square feet, no flammable or hazardous materials stored)

    b. Modular buildings  (provide a floor plan with dimensions)

  • Sales office
  • Temporary construction trailers (requires Site Development plans for the construction project to be approved)
  • Portable classrooms (schools only)

    c. Telecommunications Sites

    d. Unenclosed Structures - only open sided with no flammable or hazardous materials and no dining

  • Carports
  • Freestanding canopies
  • Park pavilions

    e. Industrial Facility with its own OSHA regulated Fire Brigade

NOTE: Any on-site sewage facilities (septic) are permitted through Harris County Wastewater group.


a. Pools
b. Amenity pond
c. Drill site operations - redevelopment or addition
d. Commercial Landfill Operations - redevelopment or additions

e. Fence (in hazardous Floodplain or flood way only)

Contact Information

Plan Reviewer:
Kirkwood Watson


1111 Fannin, 8th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Please submit an email and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

Phone:   713-274-3933
Email:   minordev@harriscountytx.gov