Administration & Regulatory Affairs

Business Licensing

Applying for Business Licensing

In Person: Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77002


By Mail: Houston Permitting Center
ATTN: Commercial Permitting
P.O. Box 1561
Houston, Texas 77251

** For first time online access, account activation must be requested here:

Permits available online: Alcoholic Beverage License/Permit, Human Trafficking Certification, Coin-Operated Machine Registration, Dealer Permit, Donation Box License, Game Room License, Noise and Sound Permit, Street Vendor Permits.

**Administrative Fee - $32.16**

On December 15, 2010 City Council passed Ordinance Number 2010-1016 which amended the City of Houston Code of Ordinances by adding “Sec. 1-14 Administrative Fee”. In 2024, Section 1-14 requires an administrative fee of $32.16 to be collected at the time of application for any license, permit or service for which the fee is greater than $50.00. This includes all renewals regardless of whether or not an application is filed. This fee is in addition to the fee for the license, permit or service.

Click the links below for Permit Requirements:

Alcohol and Alcohol-Related BusinessAlternate Housing / Correction FacilitiesAntique Dealer, Precious Metal Dealer, Resale Media & Clothing DealerBYOBBurglar and Panic AlarmsCarnivalCharitable SolicitationCoin-Operated Amusement Machine DecalsCommon MarketCredit Access Business (Payday and Car Title Lenders)Dance HallsDonation BoxesGame RoomsGarage Sales / Yard SalesMetal RecyclersMini-WarehouseSecond Hand ResellersSexually Oriented BusinessesSexually Oriented Business EmployeesSound and Noise-Related EquipmentSecurity Camera FAQsStreet Vendors

Criminal History Background Check Process & Texas Fingerprint Service Code Form

To comply with the Code of Ordinances of the City of Houston, applicants seeking the following types of permits shall consent to and complete state or federal forms that are required to obtain a criminal history report. The applicable types of permits are:

Crafted Precious Metal Dealer • Dance Hall Operator • Game Room Operator • Metal Recycler Dealer • S.O.B. Employee

Applicants have the option of registering online by using the link above, or registering in person with the Commercial Permitting & Enforcement Section at the Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, 77002.