Development Services

We provide for the community’s health, safety, and welfare through the enforcement of Building and Health Codes, as well as Zoning Ordinances. We also serve as a resource of information on questions relating to the Code of Ordinances, Building Codes, Planning and Zoning regulations, and the Comprehensive Plan.

If you plan to build in Bellaire then you are in the right location!

Use the SmartGov button above to request a permit and/or an inspection.

Development Services Requests and Building Permit Submittals:  

The City of Bellaire uses an online portal, SmartGov, that allows electronic submittal and uploading of all documentation for requests.  This is the official means of submitting all requests through the Development Services Department. 

By creating an account, you will have the ability to:

  • Check on the status of your permit application.
  • Apply for building permits and board/commission applications.
  • Upload plans and any other submittal documentation.
  • Apply for contractor registration and food dealer permits.
  • Request inspections.
  • Review inspection activity and results.
  • Pay online for permits, applications, and registrations.
  • Pay for your regulatory license renewal and print your license.

Need help getting started? Check out the Smartgov portal guide (PDF) 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Development Services Department at phone number 713-662-8230 or Email Development Services

Code Compliance

The Code Compliance Office works proactively to ensure proper observance of the City's ordinances, state laws, and applicable codes as they pertain to illegal signage, high grass/weeds, junk/debris/trash, nuisances, inoperable vehicles, and illegal dumping. Additionally, the office oversees the City's tree ordinance and permitting of signs. 

If you have a question or concern regarding any of the matters listed above, please contact the Code Compliance Officer, Linda Barbour. You can also report it online.

Scheduling Inspections

Inspections are scheduled by using the SmartGov Portal.

Inspections may be placed at any time, but will only be scheduled for the next business day. The cut-off time for is 2:00 p.m. Inspections received after the cut-off time will be scheduled for the 2nd day after.

Inspections are NOT to be scheduled with the inspectors.

Fiscal Year 2024 Schedule of Fees and Charges

The Schedule of Fees and Charges for Fiscal Year 2024 was adopted on September 18, 2023, is effective as of October 1, 2023.

FY 2024 Schedule of Fees and Charges

Contractor Work Hours

Construction hours are as follows: 

Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

We ask that as a courtesy to Bellaire citizens, contractors start work later on Saturdays and Sundays. The City appreciates your understanding.