News and Public Notices

Design and Construction Standards

Design and Construction Standards Section is responsible for the Infrastructure Design Manual, Standard Construction Specifications, Standard Drawings, and Product Approval. These documents are used on Capital Projects, as well as private development projects.

Joint Referral Committee

Application to request the JRC to consider either the abandonment and sale of a street, alley, or easement by the City of Houston or an encroachment agreement allowing you to maintain a building, or other permanent structure within a city street.

Sidewalk Program

Houston Public Works Sidewalk Program constructs new sidewalks and ramps along streets leading to schools, major thoroughfares and improves accessibility for people with disabilities.

Surplus Property Sales

Property that is surplus to the City’s needs is processed for sale. Property offerings are conducted periodically and are based on various factors, including market conditions, inquiries about the property, future needs, and the ability to recapture the City’s investment in the property. Property cannot be sold for less than the appraised fair market value. Properties are sold by bid sale in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code and the City of Houston Code of Ordinances.

Utility Relocation Ordinance Program

The City of Houston Utility Relocation Ordinance Program was adopted by City Council in April 2005 to establish a utility relocation policy for the City of Houston; amending Chapter 40 of the Code of Ordinances to set forth policies and procedures for the relocation of facilities located within the public rights-of-way to accommodate Public Works construction projects.