Chapter 19

Chapter 19 includes the City of Houston’s Floodplain Ordinance. The City adopted amendments to Chapter 19 in April 2018.

Chapter 19 Guidelines are a companion to the Floodplain Ordinance. The Guidelines establish procedures for implementing the ordinance.

Chapter 19 will become effective on September 1, 2018. The Floodplain Management Office will review any plans submitted for review prior to September 1 under the previous (2008) version of the floodplain ordinance.

– New Permit Procedures
– Updated Design Procedures
– Enhanced Enforcement Tools
– Clarification of City Engineer’s Duties
– Incorporation of Substantial Damage Procedures

Public input can be made through Friday, June 29 @ 5 PM

Open House Meetings
Monday, June 11 | 2-4 PM | Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Ave, Basement Training Room – B2, Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, June 28 | 6-8 PM | Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096

Email, or
contact your local Council Member

Final Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance
Draft Chapter 19 Guidelines
Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure Presentation

Data Analysis

The public input survey on proposed changes to Chapter 19 has closed.
You may email:, or
– contact your local Council Member