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.
Noise & Sound Ordinance
Houston City Council recently approved amendments to the Noise and Sound Ordinance Chapter 30. Click "More Information" to see a summary or the regulations, permit types, and protest procedures.
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
'Noisiest club in the city on record': Judge issues order to quiet loud bar in Houston
August 25, 2023 -- Before he even steps outside his front door, Chris Pratt, a Houstonian resident, said he can hear music blaring from a club a few streets over. "It's just been an absolute nightmare to live over here because every Thursday, Friday, and ... Read More ...
Lax BYOB laws are complicating Houston police's response to rising violence at after-hour bars
August 5, 2023 -- More than two months ago, Mayor Sylvester Turner touted a new ordinance Houston City Council passed in hopes of tamping down on late-night shootings, setting requirements and mandating permits for businesses operating as bring-your-own-bottle establishments. ... Read More ...
Petland owner skips court hearing for 'puppy mill' tickets, Houston judge issues arrest warrant
August 3, 2023 -- A Houston municipal judge on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the owner of a local Petland store after he failed to appear for a hearing on a slew of citations for allegedly violating the city's recently-passed ban on selling commercially bred dogs and cats. ... Read More ...
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