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PD logoHouston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity. The Planning and Development Department's mission is to work to ensure that it remains a vibrant and sustainable city by partnering with decision makers and the community to balance a spectrum of needs and interests while addressing the dynamics of growth and change.

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About the Director
PatrickWalshPatrick Walsh, P.E., is the Director of the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department. Walsh brings 18 years of experience in community development, planning, engineering, and municipal infrastructure management to the position.


Fees for platting and related services will increase January 1, 2015, including the administrative fee, as required by Section 1-13 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. The rate of increase is based on the Consumer Price Index. Click here for a list of new fees.

New Procedure for Site Plan Review

New procedure for site plan review office at 1002 Washington.  Due to the large number of plans in the system and to be more responsive to customers, the Planning Department instituted a new policy that allows priority review for plans in the system that have planning as the only remaining approval. 

Historic Preservation Ordinance Review

The City of Houston Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are seeking to refine the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance was updated in 2010 to create permanent protections for historic structures in designated districts and to establish a new process for creating an historic district. The next Committee meeting will be on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Council Annex Chambers 900 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Citizens can email to sign up to receive updates about the process, meetings and proposed amendments. For additional questions, call 713-837-7963. Read more...

New Data Sheets - available now!

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Houston NUSA 2015

Coming Soon. Houston NUSA 2015 - May 20 to 23, 2015. Check web site for updates.