Planning & Development Department Fee Modifications
The City completed a comprehensive review of existing and authorized development-related fees administered by the Planning & Development Department. The purpose of the review was to align the fees collected with cost accrued by the City for providing the service. A review of this scope and detail has not been completed in over a decade.
City Council adopted changes to the Department's existing fees as well as several new fees in December 2015. These fees go into effect on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. To view the fee modifications, pleaseclick here.
Find out about the new fees being implemented to cover certain services
Following are descriptions of some of the new fees that will be implemented Tuesday March 1, 2016.
Plat Recordation missed appointment A $50 fee will be assessed for missed subdivision plat recordation appointments. To avoid the fee, please arrive for your appointment no later than 15 minutes past the scheduled start time. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment. We will accept payment via phone or in person until the Plat Tracker system can be updates.
Reconsideration of Requirement Until now, subdivision plat applications submitted with a request for reconsideration of a Chapter 42 requirement were only assessed variance and/or special exception fees. This new fee is being added to cover the cost of staff time needed to process the application. This fee will be assessed through Plat Tracker.
Title and deed restriction review For Public Hearing applications only!! You will no longer have to provide a current title report or city planning letter with a public hearing application. This fee will cover the cost of the title search and legal review by the City's Legal Department staff. This fee will be assessed through Plat Tracker.
Unpermitted work An inspection fee will be assessed on unpermitted work requiring Planning Department review. This fee will be assessed by our staff at the Houston Permit Center.
Site plan and development plat additional review For plans submitted after March 1st, site plan and development plat review fees will include three reviews by staff. An additional fee will be assessed on the fourth review and each subsequent review. This fee will be assessed by our staff at the Houston Permit Center.
Off street parking and loading Several new fees are being assessed for review of parking related plans. To view these fee modifications, please click here. These fees will be assessed by our staff at the Houston Permit Center.
The following new service and fee will be implemented in late spring or early summer 2016
Notification requirement This fee will cover the cost of producing and mailing public notice for subdivision plat application public hearings and variances. You will no longer have to provide stamped envelopes! Instead, the Planning Department will use GIS to determine the appropriate notification area and addresses and staff will prepare the envelopes.