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Sanitation Schedule Includes Pick-Up for all residential streets on November 24, December 26, January 2, and January 16. Sanitation bags are to be placed at the curb the evening before your scheduled collection day.

warning signTraffic Alert - University at Edloe

Please find alternate routes as Edloe at University is under construction.

The contracting crew is working their way back to Harper. Phase 7-8 is well underway and the intersection will be congested for several weeks. Auden will be your best alternate route to avoid delays surrounding this intersection.

$0.340896 Adopted Tax Rate and Budget News

The adopted 2023 tax rate is 0.340896 per $100 valuation. The tax rate has increased from last year as a result of the ongoing city drainage improvement and street reconstruction project. The city dept includes monies for the clubhouse acquisition, Town Center, community pool, 2008 water/sewer infrastructure improvements, and the $7.5 million drainage improvement project. The 2023 tax rate remains lower than Bellaire. Capital projects for 2023 include a police vehicle purchase and clubhouse repairs. In FY 2023, water plant upgrades totaling $456,000 occurred. 

Water/Sewer Rate Winter Averaging in Southside

Winter averaging occurs during the billing cycle months of December and February. 

Park Season Pass in 2024

Thank you for a wonderful 2023 season with swim team events, pool parties, lap swimming, and other family recreational activities. The 2024 season is right around the corner and new forms are now available on the city website. Please do not forget about the Pickleball Tournament on November 11. 

City-Wide Drainage Improvement Project Has Started Along Edloe Only / Harper and Auden to Follow in Fourth Quarter 2023

Total Contracting, Ltd. has started the much anticipated $7.8 million drainage and street improvement project along Edloe. Contract crews will continue working along Edloe during the summer months. Large concrete drainage pipes are being placed under the new street pavement along Edloe, Harper, and a portion of Auden. The last street and drainage project was completed in the late 1990s. Once complete in early 2024, the drainage system will exceed a two-year storm event. The new drainage system will also have an impact in reducing ponding by over five inches during a 100-year storm event. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) information sheet has been distributed to residents and can also be found here

Recycling Flyer 2023

Southside Place Yard Waste Recycling Bio Bags 1/2 off Purchases at City Hall

33-gallon compostable Bio Bags are now available at city hall for purchase. Yard waste will be recycled into compost, mulch, and soils. 

  • What it includes
    • The program will start in phases. Currently, only BAGGED grass, leaves, and small yard clippings will be accepted.  Yard waste will be recycled into compost, mulch, and soils. Maximum bag weight is 40 pounds.
  • How you bag it
    • Your yard waste must be placed in 33-gallon BioBags, special compostable bags which meet all specifications from our recylcing vendor, as well as the handling requirements of the city's Public Works Department. BioBags are now available for purchase ON SALE at City Hall by the case (120 bags for $70 $35) or by the box (10 bags for $6 $3.) Because the bags are compostable, we suggest you store them in a climate-controlled area in your home. 
  • When and where it will be collected
    • Yard waste will be collected on the same days as your trash. Please place your yard waste bag on the opposite side of your driveway from your trash; it will be collected at a different time from trash.
  • What to tell your lawn service
    • If your yard maintenance service typically leaves your yard waste bagged and on your property, please encourage them to use the approved bags. Otherwise, it will be collected with trash.
  • What NOT to do
    • Do NOT use any other bags except BioBags purchased from the city.
    • Do NOT place contaminants in the bag - no dog waste or trash, paper, or plastics. 
    • Do NOT put your bagged yard waste at the curb anytime except during the approved window for trash, which is no earlier than 6PM on the evening before your trash is collected.
  • Why is this important
    • The city estimates that approximately 40% of our waste stream is comprised of yard waste. The cost per ton of recycling our yard waste is less than the cost per ton of trash disposal, so not only is yard waste recycling the sustainable choice, but it also saves the city money. Yard waste recycling is optional, but we strongly urge you to join your neighbors and help keep Southside green!
  • Who to contact with questions

2023 Tax Bill Mailout

All city tax bills have been mailed. The Over 65 exemption is $185,000. "Homestead Exemptions Not Available" is printed on all residential bills. The average appraised home value in Southside Place is $1,854,850.

Houston Surface Water Rate Increases Beginning with October Usage/Sanitation Fee Increases

Southside Place is required to purchase 80% of its drinking water from the City of Houston. Houston surface water rates are increasing over the next 5 years. The city will be increasing utility rates starting with October water usage. Sanitation collection fees will also increase from $35 per month to $40.

Poor Farm Ditch Funds - $32 Million

Harris County Flood Control District has completed 95% of the engineering plans for a new drainage ditch. The reconstruction cost is $32 Million. Federal and county funding totals $9.8 million, state funding is $16.9 million, and Harris County funding is $4.5 million. Estimated construction is early 2025.

Auden Drainage Improvements / 2025-2026

The proposed project will remove and replace existing undersized storm sewer laterals at the residential intersections of south Haper. 

Leaf Blower Rules and Regulations

Please remember that Non-residents shall not operate any leaf blower on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays per city ordinance #168.

hurricane season

Hurricane Season Has Started/ Emergency Management and City News Alerts

Hurricane season has started. Please visit the Emergency Preparedness page for tips and helpful links on making your home and family ready. 2023 Hurrican flyer Opens in new window

Want to receive immediate notifications for important events occurring in Southside Place? Please register online here and select to receive notification by email, text, or even both. Three hundred (325) residents have signed up to receive emergency alerts. Notifications for police activities, park, public works, are available also. Please help us keep everyone up to date on what's happening in Southside Place.

Bike Safety

We encourage cyclists of any age to be safe and responsible as they enjoy their rides around the city. This video from AAA provides an introduction to bike safety and sharing the road with vehicles and other cyclists. You can also visit their website for more information on bicycle safety. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Southside Place Police Department.

AAA - Riding Skills and Tips

Southisde Place 2022 Water Report

The 2022 Southside Place Drinking Water Report will be available on July 1 at City Hall and here on the website. Southside Place purchases 80% of its drinking water from the City of Houston. Southside Place water rates will change with the October billing cycle as a result of a 9.2% surface water fee increase from City of Houston. 

2022 Drinking Water Report

New City Flood Prevention Ordinance Regarding Residential Construction

Harris County has provided new guidelines to all cities regarding flood prevention measures for residential construction. These regulations include the 500-year floodplain, and new construction methods. Please have your architect and builder contact city hall for additional information. 

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Who Knew Texas' Greatest Dog Hero was from Southside Place?

Southside presents a children's book, Happy: The True Story of a Stray Dog Who Became a Hero. This illustrated book recounts the story of a neighborhood dog who saved two Darcus Street families from a house fire in 1931 and set into motion the birth of our Southside Volunteer Fire Department. Happy's heroism also earned him the title of Texas' Greatest Dog Hero of 1931.

Pick up your copy of Happy and a "happy in Southside" t-shirt at City Hall.

* Royalties from book sales benefit the Houston SPCA

HCFCD Flood Warning System

Sign Up with HCFCD to Receive Customizable Water Level and Rainfall Alerts

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has announced enhancements to their website to provide residents the option to receive automated alerts regarding water levels and rainfall via text message, email, or both.

Harris County Flood Warning System Alert Sign Up

Harris County Flood Warning System Map

Staff Contacts - 713-668-2341 City Hall Phone Number

Department Staff Contact Email
Police Department Chief McCall dmccall@southsideplacetx.gov
Fire Department Chief Serrano firechief@southsideplacetx.gov
Building Department Stephanie Leal permits@southsideplacetx.gov
Utility/Water Payments Stephanie Leal permits@southsideplacetx.gov
Inspections Stephanie Leal permits@southsideplacetx.gov
Municipal Court Olga Garza
Donna Terrell
Public Works - Water, 
Waste Water, Sanitation
Steve Kenney publicworks@southsideplacetx.gov
Parks and Rec - Pool, 
Clubhouse, Pavilion
Andrew Deavers
Donna Terrell
adeavers@southsideplacetx.gov or call 832-509-4642
Administration David Moss citymgr@southsideplacetx.gov
City Hall General Questions David Moss citymgr@southsideplacetx.gov

City Election for Southside Place

Please contact City Secretary Olga Garza for questions or comments at 713-668-2341 or email her at olga@southsideplacetx.gov.

City Election for Southside Place - Election Page
 New Harris County Voting System - Video

Notice of General Election for Municipalities

Order of Cancellation
 For more information on the New Harris County Voting System,
 please see the video on the page above.

Recycling FAQ's

  • How do I put my recycling at the Curb?
    • You may collect it all in one or more containers, for instance, in cardboard boxes that you plan to recycle anyway. Paper grocery bags are fine, too, but please do not use plastic bags!
  • Do I have to separate the different types of recycling?
    • NO, you may co-mingle your recyclables in one or more containers! There's no need to separate plastics from paper from metal from glass.
  • Are plastic lids on plastic containers recyclable?
    • YES, caps and lids smaller than 2" in diameter are recyclable but you must put them back on empty containers before recycling them. Larger lids may be recycled separately from their containers.
  • Are plastic tubes, such as those used for shampoo, lotion or sunscreen, recyclable?
    • Yes, plastic tubes are recyclable. For best results, snip off the bottom of the tube for easy rinsing.
  • May I recycle the pump in my big plastic lotion bottle?
    • You may! But your favorite lotion (or shampoo, cleaning product, etc) may offer a refill option for your pump bottle. Check it out.
  • What about aerosol spray cans?
    • Yes, these are recyclable. Make sure they are completely empty.
Recycling Items
  • What do I do with plastic bags that say they are recyclable?
    • DO NOT recycle them with your other curbside recycling! Please go to plasticfilmrecycling.org to find out where you may recycle them. Many of the local grocery stores (HEB, Krogers, Randalls) offer bins at the entry way for recycling plastic bags.
  • Are waxed cardboard drink/food containers (ie. milk, juice, egg whites) recyclable?
    • Yes, just make sure the containers are free of food before recycling
  • What happens if my recycling is contaminated with things that should not be recycled?
    • The City's recycling is taken to Waste Management recycling facility in the City's compactor truck. If our recycling is contaminated, the City may be fined a surcharge for the entire recycling load, something we wish to avoid.
  • Pizza boxes are made of cardboard, so they are recyclable, right?
    • Yes, but pizza is inherently greasy, and this grease can soak right into the bottom of the cardboard box. Soiled cardboard cannot be recycled. But it's not all destined for the landill. Tear off the lid of the box, which is typically not soiled, and include only this part with your recyclables. If the bottom is soiled, it must go in the trash.
  • Are wet paper and cardboard ok for inclusion with my other recyclables?
    • For paper, it's a definite no. Wet paper will practically disintegrate before it can be sorted. In the case of cardboard, if it is damp from water it can be included with the other recyclables. If it is soaking wet and/or wet from anything besides water, the answer is no.
    • If heavy rain is imminent on recycling day, please save paper and cardboard for the following week.
  • Can I recycle paper mailing envelopes with plastic bubble-wrap lining?
    • No. Consider buying regular envelopes and wrapping the enclosures with paper for extra padding.
  • Are metal lids from glass jars recyclable?
    • Yes, if separated from the jar, lids larger than 2" in diameter may be recycled. Put lids smaller than 2" in diameter in the trash, and never recycle jars with the lids attached. Separated lids less than 2" diameter get caught and can jam or damage recycling equipment.
  • Can I recycle the heavy glass jars that many candles are sold in?
    • No, these types of jars are made of heat-tempered glass (similar to Pyrex) and will not melt at the glass recycler.
  • What about pottery and ceramics?
    • Nope, same as above; these won't melt at the glass recycler.

Here are some Easy Swaps that will reduce both waste and the energy required to recycle. To get started pick one disposable to avoid, like single-use plastic bottles, or you can try to avoid the BIF Four : grocery bags, plastic straws, to-go coffee cups, and plastic water bottles.


  • Sort the aluminum cans into a paper bag, this simple act of kindness helps the city employees.
  • Please flatten the corrugated cardboard boxes, this helps the city employees work more efficiently. Wet paper is collected.
  • Electronics may be recycled at Best Buys. Please visit Best Buy for more information. 
  • Batteries may be recycled at Battery Plus locations. Please visit Battery Plus Recycling for more information.
Recycling Letter
Recycling FAQs

2022 Winter Storm Recovery Resources

As we all recover from the recent winter storms, the City of Southside Place would like to provide a quick reference to resident resources regarding recovery and important information. 

Texas Disaster Impacts Self-Reporting Tool

In an effort to track the scale of the Winter 2021 Disaster at local levels, the State of Texas is collecting damage assessment data. The information collected will help officials across the state gain an understanding of damages for individuals throughout Texas during the recent winter weather.

To access the assessment tool, scan the QR Code below of visit the Reporting Website.

SElf Reporting QR Code Graphic

This report is voluntary and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency, nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal emergency aid is available to individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the severe winter storm last week. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster. 

Register online at www.disasterassitance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY. 

Local Business Resources

Small Business Association Disaster Loan Assistance

The Small Business Association (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities that have sustained substantial economic injury. This is triggered when a business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay it’s ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. To apply for the Small Business Association Disaster Loan Program or for additional resources for small businesses please see the links below. 

Apply for the Small Business Association Disaster Loan Program

Additional Resources for Small Businesses

Governor Order to Re-Open Texas

On July 29, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38 regarding mask mandates.
Executive Order GA-38

 On May 18, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 regarding mask mandates.
Executive Order GA-36

On March 2, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 regarding the continued state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-34

On October 8, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive order GA-32 regarding the continued state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-32

On September 17, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-30 and GA-31 regarding the state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-30
Executive Order GA-31

On July 3, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster.
Executive Order GA-29

On June 3, 2020 Governor Abbott announced Phase Three of the Open Texas Plan including information on outdoor events and updates on capacity levels.
Open Texas Plan

On April 27, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order to outline the re-open identified services in the state of Texas.
Executive Order to Re-Open
Governor's Report to Re-Open

Helpful Links

We have posted some information about COVID-19 and will keep it updated. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus in the links below.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services

Harris County Public Health

Ready Harris

World Health Organization

Helpful Videos

Southside Place 2020 Water Report

The 2020 Southside Place Drinking Water Report is available at City Hall and on the website. Southside Place purchases 80% of its drinking water from the City of Houston.

2020 Drinking Water Quality Report

2019 Drinking Water Quality Report

2018 Drinking Water Quality Report

Poor Farm Ditch Presentation and City Drainage News

A Poor Farm Ditch presentation by the Flood Control District is available on the city website and at City Hall. Southside Place has submitted over $8 Million to the Texas Department of Emergency Management in drainage application funding requests for Edloe, Auden, and Harper Streets. Proposed projects are being reviewed by the state agency at this time. Comments and questions are welcome by email or phone at 713-668-2341.

Poor Farm Ditch Presentation

Drainage Improvement Plan