The Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department (ARA) provides a wide variety of administrative services to the City of Houston’s departments, such as 311 service request routing, payroll processing, asset disposition, citywide policy management, internal mail services, records management, and insurance risk management.
ARA In the News
BARC music for furry friends
February 21, 2024 -- ... Read More ...
Houston launches effort to build new animal shelter, with possible west-side satellite
January 25, 2024 -- The city is gearing up to build a new, $44 million animal shelter to replace its aging facilities in Greater Fifth Ward, and a new satellite in west Houston could serve as an alternative adoption location. ... Read More ...
How to not fall victim to a parking scam while you're in downtown Houston
January 5, 2024 -- If you're visiting for the national championship game or going downtown for fun, here's what to know about parking. ... Read More ...
More ARA Press Releases
ParkHouston Compliance Officer Victoria Freeman won the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) Professional Excellence Award for Superior Parking Compliance Frontline staff at the IPMI annual conference in Fort Worth in June 2023! Congratulations Ms. Freeman and thank you for your dedication to ParkHouston and the Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department.
Houston Earns LEED Gold Certification for Sustainability and Resilience Achievements
Houston earns the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award was based on Houston’s performance on energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, and equitable outcomes.
Animal Control Officer Rebeckah Glaster finds the 'good times' working for BARC
The adage, “time flies when you’re having fun” can be applied to BARC Animal Control Officer Rebeckah Glaster. She’s worked at the shelter for nearly two years, but to let her tell it, the experience still feels like yesterday.
EPA Top 30
The City of Houston ranks #1 in the nation for annual green power use according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Through geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, Houston uses more that 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green power per year. Click "More Information" below to see the list of the top 30 local governments.
City of Houston Names New Animal Shelter Director
The City of Houston has selected Jarrad Mears, a senior executive at BARC, to run the City’s animal shelter. As director of the shelter, Mears will oversee 124 team members, including enforcement officers, veterinarians, shelter staff, customer service, and outreach employees.