877-724-2022

Houston, Tx
Public Works and Engineering
Planning and Development Services
Utility Analysis / Taps and Meters

*PER CITY OF HOUSTON ORDINANCE 47-5, NO WORK IN ANY C.O.H RIGHT OF WAY CAN COMMENCE PRIOR TO WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION BY UTILITY OFFICIALS

GENERAL

Commercial and Multi-family Services (Commercial and Multi-family meters – all sizes) will have to complete a commercial application form and a signed notarized copy of the warranty deed or recorded deed before the new water account is processed.

OWNER SHOULD COMPLETE


Permit Steps

  1. Obtain Job Number by e-mail or at 1002 Washington (Taps and Meters Section) by providing:
    1. Job Information Form
      1. Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) Account Number:

        OWNER

      2. C.O.H. Project number for with correct service address for proposed building or sitework:

        CIVIL ENGINEER/GC

      3. C.O.H. Approved Plan & Profile Drawing Number:

        CIVIL ENGINEER

      4. Owner & GC Name/Contact Information:

        OWNER & GC

      5. Installing Utility Contractor Name/Contact Information & Master Plumber License Number: ):

        MICKIE SERVICE

    2. Easement Documents (These are required in 99% of the cases – there are rare exceptions – listed below as Alternate Easement Document)

      1. 584 Form – original signatures and notarized:

        OWNER

      2. Recorded Deed:

        OWNER

      3. 11" x 17" Mylar Plat signed by registered surveyor:

        SURVEYOR

      4. Metes and Bounds signed by registered surveyor:

        SURVEYOR

      5. C.O.H. approved plan and profile:

        CIVIL ENGINEER

  2. Easement documents are sent by Taps and Meters to C.O.H. Real Estate and Legal Departments for approval – Allow 5 to 10 working days for review.
    1. The contractor will be contacted by Taps and Meters after the Real Estate and Legal review process
    2. Incorrect documents must be corrected and resubmitted before proceeding.
  3. Contractor applies for Meter Permit with a Plan Analyst by providing:
    1. Completed Commercial/Multi-family Water/Wastewater Service Application Information form with signed notarized copy of the warranty deed or recorded deed:

      OWNER

    2. Maintenance Bond (See below for Bond Fee Schedule and bond requirements):

      MICKIE SERVICE

    3. Surface Restoration Bond (See below for Bond Fee Schedule and bond requirements):

      MICKIE SERVICE

    4. Inspection Fee ($370.04 check, COH Deposit $7,000-$20,000), depending on meter size):

      TBD/OWNER (easiest to pay with COH deposit request)

    5. Copy of Water Letter of Availability:

      CIVIL ENGINEER/GC

    6. 2 (two) copies of civil utility plan previously approved by Taps and Meters:

      CIVIL ENGINEER

    7. 2 (two) copies of C.O.H. approved plan and profile :

      CIVIL ENGINEER (Drawing signatures must be less than one year old)

    8. IRS letter stating property owner EIN number (SS-4 form) :

      OWNER

  4. Plan Analyst will review the submitted documents for accuracy. If all is correct, the Plan Analyst will write up the permit by:
    1. Creating a GIMS map showing the meter location
    2. Completing a Large Job form
  5. Taps and Meters CSR types up Meter Permit
    1. Contractor reviews the permit information
    2. Contractor signs the Informal Contract Agreement
  6. New Services creates a Water Account Number for the new meter
    1. Inspection fee is collected
    2. Paperwork is held until any required deposit are posted to account
    3. This step does not release the contractor to begin work
  7. New Services releases Meter Permit to Taps and Meters CSR – allow 5 to 10 working days for review
    1. Meter Work Order is created
  8. Taps and Meters Office Service Manager checks Work Order and Permit paperwork
    1. If paperwork is correct:
      1. Work Order is signed
      2. Work Order is faxed to Inspection Group – allow 2-3 working days for transmission
      3. Work Order is faxed to contractor as a release to begin work and for a meter to enter calibration – depending on meter shop availability
    2. If paperwork is incorrect:
      1. Work Order is returned to the Plan Analyst
        1. Contractor is contacted to provide required documents
        2. Contractor provides documents
        3. Contractor signs new Informal Contract Agreement
      2. Corrected paperwork is returned to Office Service Manager for approval

Alternative Easement Document Requirements:

  • Option 2:
    1. Recorded replat indicating meter easement with Harris County File Number – must have County Clerk’s signature and seal
    2. Two copies required
  • Option 3:
    1. Location in Public R.O.W.
    2. Requires prior approval by Asst Chief Inspector Nick Garefalos
      (713) 641-9550
    3. 11” x 17” Mylar Plat signed by registered surveyor
    4. Metes and Bounds signed by registered surveyor
  • Option 4:
    1. City of Houston property
    2. 11” x 17” Mylar Plat signed by registered surveyor
    3. Metes and Bounds signed by registered surveyor

Bond Requirements: (Bonds must be typed)

  • Job Number must be included on the Bond
  • Correct address and work description must be indicated in the project description portion of the bond
    1. Meter type must be correct
  • Bond must be an original – copies or faxes are not acceptable
  • Correction to the bond is not permitted
  • Signatures must be original and less than 30 days old
  • Bond must be sealed
  • Bond amount must be correct
  • Power of Attorney for bonding agent must be included