Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does an inspector enforce the stormwater regulations?
A: When an inspector identifies a deficiency at a site, a Notice of Inspection will be issued to the regulated entity, allowing them 72 hours to achieve compliance. After 72 hours, if the inspector determines the requested corrections have not been completed, a Notice of Violation will be issued along with a Re-Inspection Fee.

Q: Do I need to contact the Harris County Inspector after receiving a Notice of Inspection or Notice of Violation?
A: It is not required to contact the inspector. However, it is acceptable to contact the inspector with any questions regarding the Notice of Inspection or Notice of Violation.

Q: How much time do I have to meet compliance after receiving a Notice of Inspection?
A: Compliance must be achieved within 72 hours from the date that the Notice of Inspection is issued by the inspector.

Q: What if my site is still non-compliant after 72 hours?
A: If the inspector determines that the site has not achieved compliance within 72 hours, a Notice of Violation will be issued and a Re-Inspection Fee assessed.

Q: What is the Stormwater Quality Invoice?
A: The invoice will reflect any re-inspection fees ($75 for residential and $300 for commercial) associated with the Notice of Violation that is issued by the inspector.

Q: How do I pay my Re-Inspection Fee(s)?
A: Harris County accepts cash, company and personal checks and money orders (no temporary checks or credit/debit cards). Make checks payable to Harris County. Payments may be mailed to the Harris County Permits Office at 10555 Northwest Freeway, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77092 or paid in person at the same location.

Q: How do I issue a complaint?
Complaints may be phoned in to the Compliance and Environmental Inspectors Group Switchboard at 713-956-3045.