Scheduled Ground Transportation Permit

Vehicles for Hire Permitting and Enforcement - ARAVFH1019
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Vehicles for Hire Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:
1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

832.394.8803
832.395.9632
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$237.16
Admin fee
$29.64
Inspection fee
included in permit fee
Renewal fee
$237.16
Valid Period
Permit runs year to date
Processing Time
2-5 business days (after HAS approval)

About

A scheduled ground transportation permit means a permit assigned to a specific permitted scheduled ground transportation vehicle.

After Approval

Permit decal is placed on the windshield by ARA Regulatory Investigator. Decal must stay in place for one year.

 

Conditions & Exceptions

Vehicle inspection is required. Vehicle must meet parameters in the ordinance. 

Requires approval from the Houston Airport System on the AUP3 form prior to approval by ARA. Schedule Ground Transportation companies cannot operate within the Beltway 8 system due to exclusive contract issued by HAS.

An applicant must not be the owner of a revoked vehicles for hire company within the previous year.

All required documentation must be presented at the time of application.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Approved and signed AUP3 form by HAS (permit application will be denied without this form)
  • Vehicle-for-Hire License/Permit (Non-Taxicab) Application Packet, including:
    • Traffic warrant check from Municipal Courts
    • Proof of insurance: ACORD 25 form from your insurance agent
    • Criminal history check: certain items in a 10-year history may require a hearing to authorize or deny. The hearing is conducted in compliance with the Texas Occupations Code standards. 
    • Listing of rates (preferably on company letterhead)
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier’s check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application packet and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Additional Resources
What You Need

Scheduled ground transportation inspections are required when placing a new vehicle into service and annually thereafter at permit renewal. This is done after all paperwork is submitted for the permit to the customer service representative, and payment for the permit and inspection has been made.

Present vehicle at ARA inspection location in Lot W, 100 Bagby St. Vehicle must comply with all requirements in the ordinance for that vehicle type

Schedule by Phone

If the company has more than 10 vehicles, customer will be notified via phone of available inspection dates

Conditions & Exceptions

Inspections are done on a first come, first served basis in the inspection line. Scheduled inspections for more than 10 vehicles may be done at the company's location rather than ARA inspection line.

If inspection failed, the applicant may make the repairs and come back for re-inspection.

What You Need
  • Renewal packet (mailed 45-60 days prior to expiration date), including:
    • Vehicle add/drop form
    • Proof of insurance
    • Registration or bill of sale
    • Other forms as instructed in the notice
  • Method of payment: cash (in person only), check, cashier’s check, money order, or debit/credit card

It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to contact the ARA department prior to expiration date if renewal packet is not received.

 

Renew in Person
  1. Bring the completed renewal packet and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Renew by Mail

Mail the completed renewal packet and payment (check or money order only) to:
City of Houston
ARA - Vehicles for Hire
PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251-1561

A customer service representative will provide verification when renewal is successfully processed and when to return for vehicle inspection.