Houston City Essential Resources

Houston Essentials

City of Houston website

Everything you need to know about living in Houston. Chock full of useful resources, including information about the City of Houston government, campaign finance reports, bill payments and more.

Voter registration

Use this site to print off a Texas voter registration form, which should be mailed 30 days prior to the election date.

Vehicle registration and license

Everything you need to drive safely in Texas, including vehicle and title registration, tips for buying or selling your vehicle, license plates and more.

Homeowners / renters insurance

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Houston electricity

View and compare electricity providers in Houston. This website is powered by the Public Utility Commision of Texas to help you make an informed decision on your electric plan.

Houston water

Start service, make payments online and manage your water usage. You can also find utility rates and verify charges in this comprehensive resource sponsored by the Public Works & Engineering Department.

The Better Business Bureau, Houston

Find businesses you can trust in Houston. Search the BBB Accredited Business Directory to see reviews, ratings and complaints from customers like you.

Houston Police Department

Learn about the men and women protecting your community. Stay updated on crime reports in your neighborhood, and get the information you need to keep your family safe.

Texas Department of Transportation

Get updates on road conditions, schedules and inclement weather. The TxDOT website also offers plenty of information on transportation legislation and development agreements.


Houston Parks and Recreation

Get a comprehensive view of Houston’s parks, check park rules and ordinances, and learn how you can get involved in your community.

Houston Schools

Your child’s education is important. Here are some tools to help you research public and private schools in Houston.