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Source Registration FAQs

Source Registration FAQ

 

Why did I receive this notice?
How can I pay?
How will I receive my registration?
Is this something that I HAVE to pay?
What Ordinance does this pertain to?
What types of businesses is this Ordinance applicable to?
I believe that this is not applicable to my business.
What is my fee?
What if I already paid?
Can I pay in installments?
Do I need an inspection?
What does the City of Houston do with my registration fee?

I am an Auto Body Shop that only does sanding.  Am I included?

 

Why did I receive this notice?

You received this notice and registration form because you qualify under Article VI, Chapter 21 of the City of Houston Municipal Code as a business entity that must register in accordance with air pollution control laws.  Your business is required to have a Source Registration on file with the City of Houston, Department of Health and Human Services.

 

How can I pay?

To pay by mail, please send your completed Registration Form and a check or money order made payable to the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services to:

 

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Business Management Office

8000 North Stadium Drive, 7th floor

Houston, TX  77054

 

**We do not accept credit card payments through the mail or any payment over the phone.

 

To pay in person by check, money order or credit card (MC/V/D), please visit the cashier on the first floor of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services located at 8000 North Stadium Drive, Houston, TX 77054.  Please bring your completed Registration Form with you.

 

How will I receive my registration?

The Registration certificate will be mailed to you. Once registered, facilities will receive annual renewal notices.

 

Is this something that I HAVE to pay?

Yes.  You received this notice and registration form because you qualify under Article VI, Chapter 21 of the City of Houston Municipal Code as a business entity that must register in accordance with air pollution control laws.  Your business is required to have a Source Registration on file with the City of Houston, Department of Health and Human Services.

 

What Ordinance does this pertain to?

Article VI, Chapter 21

 

What types of businesses is this Ordinance applicable to?

Automotive Body Repair Shop means any premises that engages in, conducts, or carries on automobile, truck or trailer body repairing or painting, or both.

Dry Cleaning Plant means any premises where fabrics or textiles are cleaned by use of perchlorethylene or petroleum solvents unless the devices used for the cleaning are coin-operated.

Gasoline Dispensing Site means any premises where gasoline is dispensed from a fixed storage tank into vehicles.

Sewage Treatment Plant means any premises operated for the purpose of treating waste flowing into a publicly owned sanitary sewage system.

Used Vehicle Sales Lot means any premises utilized by a person required to be licensed as a dealer in motor vehicles under Chapter 8 of this Code for the display of used motor vehicles for sale or trade.

 

I believe that this is not applicable to my business.

Please review the business definitions as well as the City of Houston Code of Ordinances Article VI, Chapter 21. If you still believe that this ordinance does not apply to your business, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 832-393-5624, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 

What is my fee?

The fees below shall apply to all privately and publicly owned facilities. Should more than one facility exist on any premises, then the total of all applicable fees shall be payable up to a maximum of the equivalent of a fee for the four facilities with the highest fees.  An inspector will visit your facility to verify that you have registered properly.


These two types of facilities are exempt from payment of the fees, but shall be required to be registered:

  • County-owned and operated facilities

  • City facilities that are operated with general fund revenues

Houston Source Registration Air Pollution Fees

 

In any instance in which a facility is unable to produce the records needed to establish its emissions with a reasonable degree of certainty, then the health officer shall estimate the amount based on the best available information.

 

What if I already paid?

If you have already paid, please contact Department of Health and Human Services at 832-393-5624.  Please be sure to have your account type, account number (found on the Certificate of Registration, before the business’ name) and proof of payment on hand for reference.

 

Can I pay in installments?

No, only payments for the full amount are accepted.

 

Do I need an inspection?

No, an inspection is not necessary.

 

What does the City of Houston do with my registration fee?

The City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division funds the Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention.  This bureau plays a significant role in ensuring the monitoring of air quality on behalf of the public. The registration fees from this program offset and provide some of the funding necessary to perform our environmental mandates.

 

I am an Auto Body Shop that only does sanding.  Am I included?

Yes, sanding is included under the ordinance.