Spring and Klein business owners complain of permitting delays

The commercial permitting process in Harris County is meant to ensure public safety, but some Spring and Klein business owners say the existing system is inefficient and overly complicated, leading to long delays before the business owners can open their doors. Shawn Sturhan, assistant manager of the permit office of the Harris County Engineering Department, said his department works to ensure commercial development is not negatively affecting a neighborhood—from traffic flow and flood prevention outside the business to making sure fire extinguishers and emergency exits are properly marked inside. “It’s important, because if you’re opening a new business, the public […]

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