HOUSTON – Houston is getting a new area code, thanks to continued growth in and around the Bayou City.
The 346 area code will be added to the existing list of 713, 281 and 832 in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Liberty and Chambers counties.
The North American Number Planning Administrator assigned the 346 area code after projecting the three existing area codes will run out of numbers by Sept. 30, 2014.
The new area code will not require any reprogramming changes to existing equipment because an area code overlay requiring 10-digit dialing for local calls already exists.
The 346 area code won’t be assigned until July 1, 2014.
The last new area code added in Houston was 832 in 1999.