Inspections & Public Service
Administrative Hearings on Dangerous Buildings
Administrative hearings on dangerous buildings are conducted in accordance with City of Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 10-332.
Administrative hearings are normally held at 9:00 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month but may also be scheduled on other days. The hearings are held at the offices of the Department of Neighborhoods, Inspections & Public Service division (IPS) located at City of Houston, 601 Sawyer Ste. 110, Houston, TX 77007.
The hearings are scheduled before the Building and Standards Commission or the Houston Municipal Courts Adjudication Hearing Officer and are open to the public. The Building and Standards Commission consists of two commission panels, each composed of five regular members, and eight alternates, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve two-year terms.
For question about scheduled hearings, call IPS at 832-394-0624.
Public hearing notices and agendas are published in the Forward Times, posted on the City Secretary’s bulletin board and at the entrance of the Hearing Room at IPS, 7125 Ardmore, First Floor, Houston, TX 77054. Hearing notices are issued via certified mail to all parties, including property owners and lien holders, in accordance with Texas Local Government Code and City of Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 10-332(c). Scheduled hearings are also announced online at www.houstontx.gov/ips and via the Department of Neighborhoods social media accounts.
Hearings and Administrative Orders
After testimony and evidence is presented by all parties, including property owners, lien holders, code enforcement officers, and all other parties in accordance with the Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 10-332(h), an administrative order is issued by the Building and Standards Commission or the Adjudication Hearing Officer.
Administrative orders direct the property owner, lien holder or other responsible party to execute one or more of the following abatement actions by a specified deadline:
- Secure the property from unauthorized entry or secure the property to City specifications with a City permit in accordance with the building official’s specifications
- Repair the building
- Demolish the building
The property owner or lien holder is given a specified deadline by which a permit must be obtained to complete the abatement action. All administrative orders are recorded in the Real Property Records of Harris County, Texas.
Release of Administrative Order
Once a property owner, lien holder or responsible party has complied with the order and obtained a Certificate of Compliance, he/she may apply with IPS for a release of the administrative order.
Building Standards Codes
To access city codes pertaining to building standards, click on the following link: Houston Municipal Code of Ordinances Chapter 10, Article IX. Building Standards
BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION HYBRID HEARING
(VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON)
DECEMBER 1, 2021 - 9:00 A.M.
PHYSICAL LOCATION OF HEARING:
601 SAWYER ST., SUITE 110, HOUSTON, TX 77007
VIRTUAL OPTION: JOIN VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS:
CONFERENCE ID: 532 057 521#
To request an appearance to speak at the Building and Standards Commission Hearing, please register at https://signup.com/go/yUiVREm. Please register to speak preferably no later than noon, the day before the hearing.
Members of the public may attend, participate and/or address the Commission in-person or may virtually access the hearing through the Microsoft Teams link and/or toll-free number listed above. Please note you must press *6 on your device’s keypad to be heard for the toll-free option.
To confirm an in-person appearance on the day of the hearing, members of the public must report to the physical location listed above at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the hearing. Temperature screening is required in the building. Please bring a government-issued identification card and a scope of work/detailed plan, if applicable. If a translator is required, please advise our office two (2) business days before the Hearing.
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