Administration and Regulatory Affairs

Encroachment Franchises / Permit Ordinances / Pipeline Franchises

The City of Houston no longer issues encroachment franchises for basements, vaults, tunnels, sky-bridges, underground conduits crossing a street, etc. Companies wishing to construct a facility that encroaches upon the public rights-of-way must obtain the appropriate permits from the City Engineer’s Office. Additional information is available at https://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/pds/cityengineer.html.

Payments from existing Right-of-Way Permit Ordinance holders are due by C.O.B. on the anniversary date of the permit ordinance effective date. Please contact Rosalinda Salazar, Senior Staff Analyst, at 832.393.8529 or rosalinda.salazar@houstontx.gov with questions or concerns.

The City of Houston is prohibited by state law from franchising the oil and natural gas transmission pipelines that cross its public rights-of-way throughout its boundaries. However, oil and natural gas transmission pipelines are required to obtain the appropriate permits from the City Engineer’s Office. Additional information is available at https://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/pds/cityengineer.html.