How has COVID-19 affected the real estate and construction industries in the City of Houston and other surrounding jurisdictions? We may have to wait a while to get the full answer. In the meantime, I'd like to discuss how it influenced the building permit application process.
When Gov. Greg Abbott's executive orders were announced, local governments were left scrambling to address the daunting task of maintaining essential services while also protecting the health of their agency and customers. Some of these essential services include: intake permit applications, complete plan reviews, collect payments, and carry out inspections. Without these services, the construction development process would come to a screeching halt. The immediate solution for the City of Houston was to transition to a fully online permit, registration, and electronic plan review (EPR) sys