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9th Annual Southside Place Winter Wonderland Carnival

The 9th Annual Southside Place Winter Wonderland Carnival will be held Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Rain or Shine! Join us for fun activities for the whole family at Fire Truck Park. Activities include: carnival games, climbing wall and mechanical bull, inflatables, arts and crafts, selfie machine/photo booth, face painting/balloon art, shopping bazaar, silent auction, food and drink, snow, and of course pictures with Santa. Tickets may be purchased using the QR code on the flyer.

Winter Wonderland Flyer 2022

2023-2024 City Drainage and Street Construction Project

Engineering has been completed on the Edloe, Harper, and portion of Auden drainage improvement project scheduled to start in March 2023. This $6 million capital improvement project will conclude by May 2024. Grant monies totaling $1.5 million from HUD and administered by Harris County will have been provided for this drainage system affecting a large portion of the city. Monies from the Texas Water Development Board will be needed also in 2023. The next community input meeting will be on November 8. Comments and questions are welcome at 713-668-2341 or emailed here.

2022 City Tax Payments Have Been Mailed

City property tax bills for 2022 have been mailed. The Over 65 exemption is $185,000. "Homestead Exemptions Not Available" is printed on all residential bills. Tax bills become delinquent in February. Southside Place city tax bills are separate from your county bill. If needed, please drop off your city tax bill in the night deposit box. Please call us if you need an additional 2022 city copy.

Houston Surface Water Rate Increases Begins with October, 2022 Usage/Sanitation fee Increase

Southside Place purchases 80% of its drinking water from the City of Houston. Houston surface water rates are increasing over the next 5 years. Southside Place will be increasing utility rates starting with October water usage. Sanitation collection fees will also increase from $30 per month to $35.

2022 Holiday Sanitation Schedule

Sanitation bags are to be placed at the curb the evening before your scheduled collection day. This includes pick-up for all residential streets.

Offices Closed/No Sanitation CollectionCity-Wide Sanitation Collection
November 24 and 25 - ThanksgivingNovember 25
December 23 and 26 - ChristmasDecember 26
January 2 - New YearsJanuary 3
January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. DayJanuary 17

Water Bill Auto Draft Sign-Up Sewer Rate Winter Averaging

Please join over 230 residents with the city water/sewer/garbage auto draft. Winter averaging occurs during the billing cycling months of December and February. The winter averaging sewer charge and new rates will change on the April bills. 

City of Houston officials recently made a large annual rate adjustment for purchased treated surface water from $3.35 to $3.70 per 1,000 gallons in 2022. Southside Place Receives 80% of our drinking water from Houston. City expenditures for Houston surface water will increase by $50,000 in 2022-2023. Residential and commercial water rates will increase with the December bill. 

$ 0.318768 Adopted Tax Rate and Budget News

The adopted 2022 tax rate s .318768 per $100 valuation. The tax rate has been reduced from .367833 in 2013 to the current rate in 2022. City debt includes monies for the clubhouse acquisition, Town Center, community pool, and 2008 water/sewer infrastructure improvements. The city acquired the clubhouse in June 2018 and the park grounds in October 2012. The 2022 tax rate remains lower than Bellaire. Capital projects for 2022 include water tank rehabilitation, clubhouse repairs, and sewer plant rehabilitation. 

SSP Police and Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

The Southside Place Police and Fire Department in support of the Children's Assessment Center are holding their annual toy drive beginning October 23 through December 3. Toys, gifts cards, or monetary donations may be dropped off at the Southside Place Communications Center at 6309n Edloe (University Blvd. entrance.)

For questions, please contact (Police) Chief Don McCall or (Fire) Chief Ulises Serrano at 713-668-2341.

2022 Toy Drive Flyer

Park Season Pass For 2023

The 2023 Season Pass program is here! A Season Pass is $500 for Southside Place families and $300 for Seniors. The 2023 Season Pass will be active on January 1.

Thank you for a wonderful 2022 with swim team events, pool parties, lap swimming, and other family recreational activities. The basketball court is being resurfaced and two pickleball courts will be added to tennis court 1 at Fire Truck Park. The court will still be able to be used for tennis. 

Season Pass Application - Printable

Season Pass Online Application

HouseWatch Program for the Holidays

Please contact the police department if you are leaving for the upcoming holidays. Police personnel will be checking for packages and other items left at residential doorsteps. Or you may complete the online form here

Southisde Place 2021 Water Report

The 2021 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. 

2021 Water Report

Budget and Capital Infrastructure Report and FY 2022-2023 Projects

A $200,000 water tank rehabilitation project along Bellaire Boulevard has concluded. Two additional water tanks will be repainted in January 2023. Wastewater plant concrete wall rehabilitation and repairs are scheduled in January 2023 at a cost of $60,000. Southside Place clubhouse roof replacement will take place later this year. 

The 2022 Southside Place Tax rate is .318768 per $100 valuation. This rate has been the same for the last four years. Sanitation collection charges along with utility (water/sewer) rate increases from $30 to $35 per month. Utility (water/sewer) rate increases will begin with December usage. Winter averaging continues with December/February usage. The city of Houston is increasing surface water rates over the next five years. The City of Houston provides 80% of Southside Place's water. 

New City Flood Prevention Ordinance Effective April 1, 2022 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

Yard Waste Recycling Update

Beginning in October, Southside Place will have certified clear compostable lawn bags available for purchase by residents at city hal. Over 100 residents participated in a recycling survey and were supportive of lawn waste recycling. Please contact Steve Kenney, Public Works Director, with any comments at 713-668-2341 or by email

Land Use and Development Plan Revisions 

New city planning and zoning revisions have been approved for building height measurements, driveway parallel parking spaces, minimum side yard building lines, and allowed pervious materials on residential lots.

Revisions to Land Use and Development Handbook

Land Use Zoning Map

Emergency Management and City News Alerts

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.

Leaf Blower Rules and Regulations

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

City Recycling Update

The city's yard waste recycling program is regrettably on hold until the city receives its delivery of BioBags, which is delayed due to supply chain issues. The city will inform residents when the bags become available for purchase at city hall and when yard waste recycling will begin. A flyer outlining Yard Waste Recycling Guidelines will be distributed at that time. 

In the meantime, keep up the good work recycling household items, and remember, WET paper and cardboard are NOT recyclable.

Please address recycling questions to Public Works Director Steve Kenney.

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
Fire Department Chief Serrano
Building Department Stephanie Leal
Utility/Water Payments Stephanie Leal
Inspections Stephanie Leal
Municipal Court Olga Garza
Donna Terrell
Public Works - Water, 
Waste Water, Sanitation
Steve Kenney
Parks and Rec - Pool, 
Clubhouse, Pavilion
Andrew Deavers
Donna Terrell or call 832-509-4642
Administration David Moss
City Hall General Questions David Moss

City Election for Southside Place

Please contact City Secretary Olga Garza for questions or comments at 713-668-2341 or email her at

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

    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 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 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

City Events/Programs Cancellations and Closures

Please follow these links for updated information on City of Southside Place events or program cancellations and postponements due to health and safety precautions.

Municipal Court 

In compliance with the local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in consideration of protecting the health of all members of our community, the City of Southside Place Municipal Court will operate under the following procedures:

Until further notice, all court hearings and other court appearances will be made via Zoom video conferencing platform. For more information on how to schedule a virtual court hearing, please visit the Municipal Court page here

We urge you to visit the CDC's website for the most current information on COVID-19.

Bike Safety

With the recent Stay Home orders there has been an increase in activity around the neighborhood, particularly bicycling. 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

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