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Ordinances and PERMITS

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing its residents with relevant and timely information about the various services the department offers. Some of these services include the issuance of permits for various business activities.
Online Alarm Application Online Alarm Application
This permit application is for getting a new Alarm Permit
or renewing your exisiting Alarm Permit.
Mail Alarm Application Mail Alarm Application
This permit application is for a Security Alarm, Fire Alarm
or a combination of Security and Fire Alarm.
Sexually-Oriented Businesses Sexually-Oriented Businesses
This permit application is for opering a sexually-oriented business in Harris County.
Medical Records Game Rooms
Rules governing the operation and regulation of game rooms in Harris County, TX.
Towing Ordinance Towing Ordinance
This permit application is for protecting the rights of persons whose vehicles may be towed, to maintain safe and efficient perating rules.
Towing And Storage Forms Towing And Storage Forms
Towing Ordinance Boarding Homes
This permit application is for operating a boarding home facility in unincorporated Harris County.
Metal Recycling
Regulations of Harris County, Texas Governing Metal Recycling Entities.

About Us

The Harris County Sheriff's Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The HCSO has over 4600 employees and 200 reservists dedicated to ensuring the safety of over 4.1 million residents who call Harris County home. Harris County encompasses 1788 square miles (1729 land) and includes forty-one incorporated municipalities.

Core Values

Merit and maintain the public’s trust.
Embrace and deliver professional service.
Protect our citizens with honor and courage.
Exemplify ethical conduct at all times.
Develop, encourage, and care for our Sheriff’s Office family.


1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Emergency: 911
Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044