Community Profile

The following community profile information is intended to help you perform relevant site selection research on Tomball, Texas, and is intended to serve as a starting point.If you do not find all the information that you need in order to make an informed decision about Tomball, please contact the Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) office and we will be happy to provide you with the information or data that you require.


The City of Tomball has a Council/Manager form of government where the City Council sets policy and the City Manager is charged with carrying out the policies and programs approved by the City Council and providing administrative leadership. 

Position Name       Email                   Phone          
Mayor Gretchen Fagan  
Councilperson Field Hudgens  
Councilperson Mark Stoll  
Councilperson Derek Townsend  
Councilperson Chad Degges  
Councilperson Lori Klein Quinn  
City Staff      
City Manager  George Shackelford 281-290-1006
Assistant City Manager Robert Hauck 281-290-1009
City Secretary Doris Speer 281-290-1002
Finance Director Glenn Windsor 281-290-1417
Fire Chief Randy Parr 281-351-7101
Fire Marshal Doug Sanguedolce 281-290-1440
Police Chief Billy Tidwell 281-351-5451
Director of Public Works David Kauffman 281-290-1415
Community Development Director Craig Meyers 281-290-1412
Building Official Ken Cole 281-290-1404
City Engineer Lori Lakatos 281-290-1466
City Planner Harold Ellis 281-290-1491

Harris County Precinct 4
Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
1001 Preston, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77002

By phone:

By fax:

By e-mail:

For more information about the City of Tomball, follow the link below:

City of Tomball


3 Mile Radius

5 Mile Radius 10 Mile Radius
2010 Total Population Census 18,818  64,192 420,405
2012 Total Population 19,094 66,768 438,463
2017 Total Population  20,249 73,837 485,385
2012-2017 Annual Rate  1.18%  2.03% 2.05%


Business Resources

Business Retention and Expansion

The TEDC, the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, and Tomball College Center for Training & Development have partnered together to provide a comprehensive resource for Tomball’s existing business community. The Business Retention & Expansion partnership is designed to help local business owners address their needs and provide a means for achieving their goals.

The Tomball EDC knows the importance of creating positive relationships with existing businesses in our community. The goal of this partnership is to assist local companies with their development plans, whether that includes a facility expansion, an increase in the number of employees, job training/development, or the purchase of additional equipment and supplies.

The Business Retention & Expansion Program can help in the following areas:

  • expansion / relocation within Tomball
  • new development
  • infrastructure needs
  • job training/development

View our incentives to see how the TEDC can help you!

Permits and Inspections

Phone: 281-351-5484  Fax: 281-351-6256

Welcome to the City of Tomball Permits and Inspections Department

The Permits and Inspections Department is responsible for the code compliance of all construction in the City of Tomball. We review all plans for residential construction , remodeling, additions and new commercial and tenant change outs.

We also provide Code Enforcement services for the City of Tomball such as abatement of junk vehicles, high grass and weeds, illegal signs.

We provide support for the citizens of the City of Tomball and inspect their construction to make sure it meets minimum building codes.

Residential Plan Submittal Guidelines - NEW
Commercial Building Permit Process Checklist - NEW

Construction Permit Applications and Plans:
NOTE:  Construction plans with the appropriate design professional's seal must be submitted for review for all permits issued by the City of Tomball. These plans must reflect all materials to be used and the exact dimensions of the project. All commercial applications must submit two copies.

Building Permits:

Fire Permits:

  • Fire Prevention Permit - Use this permit to apply or renew a fire prevention permit.  Fuel Tank Abandonment, Installation, or Removal - Use this permit if you are conducting any operations regarding aboveground or underground fuel storage tanks.
  • Suppression and Detection Permit - Use this permit for the installation of Suppression and Detection systems such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems, hood extinguishment systems, or paint booths
  • Trench burning permit - Submit this with your plans for commercial land clearing – MUST BE APPROVED BY FIRE MARSHAL.
  • Notice to Contractors – This provides information to developers, contractors, and builders to the requirements and permits needed for construction of commercial buildings in the City of Tomball. These are the requirements and procedures from the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Vendors Permits:

The following permits are issued through the City Secretary's office. Each of these must be turned into the City Secretary’s office at 401 Market Street.

Workforce Development

Responding to the challenges of an ever-changing workforce, Lone Star College System has Workforce Development programs to meet the needs of individuals and businesses. Whether it is training or retraining, customized or traditional programming, we can help companies and their employees meet short- and long-term goals.
Training is designed to fit the individual at any point in his or her career. Our programs present concentrated specialized study that develops, complements or expands existing knowledge and skills, while focusing on career requirements and goals.
Educating and training individuals entering the workforce as well as seasoned workers interested in upgrading their skills is the focus of credit and continuing education programming.

Existing coursework and customized training assist businesses of any size enhance productivity. Customized solutions enable companies to gain/maintain a competitive edge. Through analyzing your company's business needs, workforce development professionals can develop an effective program that's sure to meet the needs of the workforce today and tomorrow.  We offer competitive coursework in the following workforce areas:

Business and Leadership
Health Occupations
Computer Technology
Police Academy

Truck Driving Academy


For GED and ESOL classes, view our Adult Education programs at our campuses.  Youth classes and programs are available, offerings vary by campus.

For more information please contact:

Linda Head
Associate Vice Chancellor
of Workforce Development
Office:  (281) 296-7827 (STAR)


Small Business Development Center

The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center works with existing companies to help them grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. The SBDC also works with individuals to assist them with the development of new businesses and their operations. The resulting improvement in business performance leads to job creation, investments, and economic growth in our community.

Small Business Development Center - At Lone Star College System
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 777381-4356
Phone 832.813.6674


Cost of Living

When compared to the national average for cost of living, the City of Tomball is quite low.  Below is a comparison chart highlighting the difference between the cost of living in Tomball and the rest of the United States (baseline score of 100).

Cost of Living Tomball, TX United States
Overall 80 100
Food 93 100
Utilites 96 100
Miscellaneous 95 100



The area’s schools are first class with two public school districts, numerous private elementary and secondary schools, and a community college campus.  Lone Star College-Tomball is part of the ever growing Lone Star College System, which is the second largest community college system in the State of Texas with 85,000 students.

In addition to Tomball ISD, there are a number of accredited private and parochial schools of all grade levels offering educational choices.

Lodging in Tomball
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites
22420 Park Rd.
Tomball, TX 77377

Comfort Suites
13636 Michel Road
Tomball, TX, US, 77375

Economy Inn & Suites
30130 St. Hwy 249
Tomball, TX 77375

Hampton Inn & Suites
14100 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, Texas, USA 77377

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
14000 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, TX 77375

Super 8 Tomball
1437 Keefer Road
Tomball, TX 77375 US

Tomball Executive Inn
603 W. Main Street
Tomball, TX 77375


Major Employers
Tomball Major Employers (Non Retail)
Employer  Employees Product/Service
Hewlett Packard  10,000 Computer Manufacturing
Tomball ISD 1478 Education
Tomball Regional Medical Center 1300 Medical Services
Lone Star College-Tomball 1056 Education
Baker Hughes 680 Manufacturing

Source: TEDC

Quality of Life

Tomball is a unique city with a culture deeply rooted in the traditional values of hard-working, patriotic, friendly, caring people.  It is located 28 miles from the heart of downtown Houston, but it has been able to maintain a small town community atmosphere with all the conveniences of the big city.



City of Tomball
Property Tax Rate: $0.34 per $100 valuation
Sales Tax Rate: 2%

Tomball Independent School District
Property Tax Rate: $1.36 per $100 valuation

Harris County
Property Tax Rate: $0.64 per $100 valuation

Lone Star College System:
Property Tax Rate: $0.12 per $100 valuation

State of Texas
No state income tax
Franchise tax is 4.5 %



Tomball is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and the Port of Houston. With easy access to major highways and rail lines, Tomball is a great place in which to do business!



On January 1, 2002 the sale and distribution of electricity was deregulated.  To view information about a variety of electricity providers in the area, follow the link below:

Natural Gas

The Tomball Public Works Department provides natural gas services to residents of the City of Tomball.  For information on natural gas services, installation requirements, and service rates, contact:

Waste Water

All waste water services are provided by the City of Tomball's public works department.  For information on waste water services, installation requirements, and service rates, contact:


All water services are provided by the City of Tomball's public works department.  For information on water services, installation requirements, and service rates, contact:

Public Works Administration:
501 James Street
Tomball, Texas 77375

Phone:  281-351-5484 
Fax: 281-351-4735



2010 Employed Population 16+ by Industry
  3 Mile Radius 5 Mile Radius 10 Mile Radius
Total 8,612 8,621 26,022 26,022 191,930 191,738
   Agriculture/Mining 250 2.9% 885 3.4% 9,395 4.9%
   Construction 1,009 11.7% 2,680 10.3% 15,531 8.1%
   Manufacturing 698 8.1% 2,134 8.2% 17,448 9.1%
   Wholesale Trade 284 3.3% 1,041 4.0% 9,012 4.7%
   Retail Trade 983 11.4% 3,019 11.6% 20,324 10.6%
   Transportation/Utilities 491 5.7% 1,509 5.8% 11,504 6.0%
   Information 147 1.7% 338 1.3% 3,068 1.6%
   Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 543 6.3% 1,769 6.8% 14,572 7.6%
   Services 3,862 44.8% 11,762 45.2% 85,515 44.6%
   Public Administration 345 4.0% 885 3.4% 5,560 2.9%