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Please use MCTX Self Service, the city’s online system, to submit an application and supportive documents for development-related permits.Please refer to this helpful step-by-step video, How to Submit a Permit Request.
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MCTX Self Service can be used to locate the status of a permit application.
If you are a contact on the permit application
If you are not a contact on the permit application
Development-related permits are classified into 4 groups:
Instant permits or “same day” / “over the counter” permits typically do not require a plan review. Turnaround time for these permit applications should be the same day or the next business day depending on time of day the application is submitted.
Minor Permits - Level 1 requires the review of at least one development review team. Please allow up to 3 business days to process an application or resubmitted documents related to these permit types; allow up to 5 business days for a review of complete applications; and up to 2 business days to process and release review status. There may be a maximum of 10 business days, from the first day of submission to the release of review status.
Minor Permits - Level 2 requires 2 or more of the development review team. Please allow up to 3 business days to process an application or resubmitted documents related to these permit types; allow up to 15 business days for a regular review of complete applications; and up to 2 business days to process and release review status. There may be a maximum of 20 business days, from the first day of submission to the release of review status.
Major Permits require all of the development review teams. Please allow up to 5 business days to process an application or resubmitted documents related to these permit types; allow up to 15 business days for a regular review of complete applications; and up to 3 business days to process and release review status. There may be a maximum of 25 business days, from the first day of submission to the release of review status.
An expedited review process may be available for certain Minor Permits - Level 2 and Major Permits. An expedited review process reduces the number of review days from 15 business days to 10 business days. Processing time remains the same as described.
Work requiring permits cannot start until the permit is issued. Double permit fees will be assessed on work that is started prior to obtaining a permit that is required. Payment of a double fee does not relieve compliance with requirements. Additional penalties may also be applied depending upon the nature of the work including but not limited to being found guilty of a misdemeanor and being subject to additional fines as set forth in the city’s Code of Ordinances. If an emergency circumstance exists or there is a request to evaluate portions of the work that can start earlier, please contact the Building Safety division as soon as possible to assist in determining if any work can be permitted.
Submitted surveys should be completed by a professional surveyor and include their stamp or seal. Engineering, architectural, and structural (foundation, floor, framing roof plan) plans require each sheet to be sealed, signed, and dated as required by the Texas Architectural and Engineering Practice Acts. Landscape plans must be prepared by a landscape architect or certified landscape professional.
A building permit is required before the extension or increase to an existing building or structure. An application form, signed and stamped plans, and supplemental documents are required for a complete application submission.
Generally, modifications and additions that increase the size of an existing building or structure or add a new building or structure on a commercial or residential property may require the following permits:
In addition to these permits, there may be other permits or approvals required depending on the specific project and the City’s adopted codes and regulations. It is important to work closely with the landlord/property management company and the city’s development review team to ensure that all necessary permits and approvals are obtained before beginning any construction or renovation work.
Minimum parking requirements for residential and nonresidential uses are found in the city’s Parking Regulations.
A permit is required prior to the construction, reconstruction, modification, enlargement, extension, or alteration of a fence that exceeds seven feet in height. The City of Missouri City has adopted design standards for certain types of fencing including community fencing which is required along the perimeter of a residential subdivision, adjacent to a major street. Fence regulations are located within the city’s Zoning Ordinance.
Yes, a permit for an irrigation system is required prior to the installation, alteration, or repair of an irrigation system within the city or the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
Most construction requires a building permit; however, cosmetic changes and nonstructural repairs may not require one. If in doubt, please email Development Services or call 281-403-8600.
A special event permit is required to temporarily use a property in a way that is not typically permitted by the applicable zoning regulations. A special event permit may be issued for events held by or on behalf of a charitable, civic, or nonprofit organization; a profit-making organization or group of businesses for promotional purposes; or a land developer or homebuilder to promote home sales. Short-term special events, lasting fewer than two consecutive weeks and occurring no more than once every six months on a property can be approved administratively. Events exceeding this frequency and duration require approval by the city council. Please email the Development Services - Planning division for assistance with special event permits.