January 2, 2015


The fee for processing Emergency Permits will increase to $500 beginning 01/01/2015

Friendswood, TX, January 1, 2015 – The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District evaluates its fee structure annually to insure the successful completion of the District mission to minimize subsidence in Harris and Galveston County. The 2015 Budget, approved by the Board of Directors in October 2014, includes an increase in the application fee for emergency permits to $500.

Emergency permit applications are provided to applicants as a courtesy to be used when the normal time for permit application processing (60-90 days) is insufficient due to an emergency need. Emergency applications are governed by Rule 5.5 of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District Rules (amended 09/11/2013). Emergency applications are processed upon receipt and determination by the General Manager of approval or denial is typically given within 24 hours. As a reminder, it is important to consider the following items when submitting a request for emergency processing:

• An applicant must present sufficient evidence that no suitable alternative water supply is immediately available to the applicant;
• An applicant must present sufficient evidence that an emergency need for groundwater exists;
• An applicant will be charged the emergency application fee regardless of approval/denial

If you would like more information about emergency applications, or have a question about your permit, please contact the Harris Galveston Subsidence District permitting team at 281-486-1105 or email at