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Commercial Fire Sprinklers & Domestic Water Meters

commercial fire sprinkler

A commercial fire sprinkler or domestic water meter is the starting point for providing municipal water to a business, church, school, multi-family, or industrial facility.

A water meter will be installed for:

  • New construction
  • Enlargement of an existing meter
  • Relocation of an existing meter
  • Only contractors on the City of Houston approved list are authorized to install small (<3") meters. Approved contractors supply proof of insurance, applicable state licenses, and an annual bond to the City of Houston to qualify for all small meter installation. Similarly, utility contractors must be registered/approved by Taps & Meters to install large meters (3"+). Each large meter installation is separately bonded. Bonds for each just MUST be in the name of the registered utility contractor.

    Small meters are supplied by the City (cost of the meter is included in the application fee). Large meters are supplied by the customer. After installation/inspection, all meters are the property of the City of Houston. All meters are located in the city right-of-way, or in an easement granted to the city by the property owner. The city must have unlimited access to the meter and service (from water main to the meter).

    The size/type of the meter required and the site utility configuration make a substantial difference in the permitting/installation/inspection process.

    Small Water Meters - (5/8", 1", 1 ½", 2")

    There are seven basic steps required for commercial domestic/fire meter installation (descriptions are specific to the City of Houston process; each municipality has its own processes – please check our Service Areas section for specific requirements on residential meter installation in other municipalities.). These process steps are essentially the same for new meter service, relocation (greater than 5') of existing meter service, or enlargement of existing meter service.

    • 1 General Building Permitting/ Design
    • 2 Design Process and Meter/ Service Requirements
    • 3 Apply for Meter Service
    • 4 City of Houston Payment
    • 5 Set Up the Job
    • 6 Meter or Tap Installation
    • 7 Project Completion

    Large Water Meters - (3”, 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, and 12”)

    There are seven basic steps required for commercial domestic/fire meter installation (descriptions are specific to the City of Houston process; each municipality has its own processes – please check our Service Areas section for specific requirements on residential meter installation in other municipalities.). These process steps are essentially the same for new meter service, relocation (greater than 5’) of existing meter service, or enlargement of existing meter service.

    • 1 General Building Permitting/ Design
    • 2 Design Process and Meter/ Service Requirements
    • 3 Apply for Meter Service
    • 4 Set Up the Job
    • 5 Meter or Tap Installation
    • 6 Chlorination/ Public Works Hydro-Test
    • 7Completion

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