Effective immediately, the Harris County Permits Office will not be accepting or processing cash payments for all permit or inspection fees, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Customers may pay by check at the cashier's window or by credit card in-person at the kiosk located in the Permits Office Lobby at 10555 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77092. Customers may also pay by credit card online at https://epermits.harriscountytx.gov

Harris County Permits will remain open to the public and has enacted a social-distancing and sanitation policy. We are still accepting appointments, however, appointments will be over-the-counter. We are limiting face-to-face meetings as much as possible. Additionally, high traffic areas, including the permit lobby, are being sanitized throughout the day.

Mission Statement

Welcome to the Permit Office of the Harris County Engineering Department.

Our mission is to serve the constituents of Harris County by ensuring developments in unincorporated areas will not pose a threat to the safety and welfare of the public as prescribed by Commissioners Court. We will accomplish this by providing expedient and professional service while enforcing all applicable Harris County regulations.

Vision Statement

Increase customer service through process improvement, timely response, transparency, consistency, and results orientation. Develop employee situational understanding of the full organization through training initiatives. Replacement or retrofitting of legacy technology systems in order to facilitate an increased simplicity and capacity of workload for the employee and an updated financial transaction relevancy for the customer. Alignment of a flexible permitting process based on the needs of the customers served. Self-sustaining organization. 


H.C.E.D. Permits Directory


Jesse Morales

Permits Manager



Shawn Sturhan

Assistant Manager



10555 Northwest Freeway
North Entry - Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77092

Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:00pm

2017 Holiday Office Closures


Next Holiday:  

Thursday and Friday,
November 23rd and 24th


Normal Lobby Hours will resume
on the next business day.


Website issues, please contact us at:







General Inquiries


ePermits Support:


Records Request/FOIA Requests:


Report Unpermitted Development or Compliance Issues:
Report a Complaint


Permits Personnel Directory


Manager - Harris County Permits
Shawn Sturhan, P.E.



Manager - Harris County Watershed Protection
Danielle Cioce, MS, PMP



Director - General Services Division
Harris County Floodplain Administrator
Jonathan Steiber



10555 Northwest Freeway
Office Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77092


Days: Monday - Friday (Except Holidays)

Hours: 7:30 to 4:00 pm


2020 Holiday Office Closures


Normal Lobby Hours will resume
on the next business day.


Website issues, email us at:


EPERMITS issues, email us at: