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The Building and Inspection Department ensures that all land uses conform to the comprehensive land use plan and zoning ordinances, and that all construction in the City of South Houston meets all codes adopted by the City.

For citizens planning any construction in the City of South Houston, the following services are available; plan review, permit issuance, inspections, enforcement of related codes and ordinances. Also, consultation with architects, engineers, contractors, and homeowners is arranged through this department.

The Inspection Department must also verify that all housing meets minimum housing code standards. This department also provides help for upgrading or removal of substandard buildings.