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Old 05-19-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Hello,

I am currently building a house inside the City Limits of Houston. I have been doing some research for the Irrigation System I am planing on installing. The Permitting process is a bit unclear to me, in terms of do I need to get one at all. Here is why.

I am planing on installing the Irrigation in connection with with and to a Rainwater harvesting system.

First question I have is:

Do I need a permit for the rainwater harvesting system? I know they only thing the the HOA is concerned of is a 6ft height restriction of the tank.

Do I need a permit to install the Irrigation system if I don't tie in to a water supply from the house?
How hard would it be the be permitted if down the road I would like to tie it in to the water supply with back flow prevention valve? I would have the drawing ect. but not sure if they require special drawings to a specific standard.

Do I need have a permit if I add a GFCI protected outlet for the pump/valve setup?

I went to the permit page to find some information on this, but they really don't want you to find all those things out. From where I come from I did not have to do any of this, I am just trying to do everything the legal way here in Houston and don't want to have to redo anything just because of some paperwork down the road.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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Do I need a permit for the rainwater harvesting system? I know they only thing the the HOA is concerned of is a 6ft height restriction of the tank.
Check with City of Houston and make sure to get HOA approval for the sprinkler system and tank prior to any work being done.

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Do I need a permit to install the Irrigation system if I don't tie in to a water supply from the house?
How hard would it be the be permitted if down the road I would like to tie it in to the water supply with back flow prevention valve? I would have the drawing ect. but not sure if they require special drawings to a specific standard.
Yes you do. The Contractor will get the permit from the city prior to installation. The irrigation contractor can do that as well. I think you will have to tie in upon installation but could put in a shut off valve so that you only draw from the tank unless mainline water is needed. (that's what I'd do)
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Do I need have a permit if I add a GFCI protected outlet for the pump/valve setup?
Usually to do any electrical work, yes. In this case only an electrician within the city could tell you the requirements.
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