Development Regulations

Planning Commission and Plat Update

Beginning April 16, 2020, Planning Commission meetings will take place online, using the Microsoft TEAMs platform. Planning Commission meeting agendas are posted on the Plat Tracker page at https://edrc.houstontx.gov/edrc/login.aspx.

  • Online Meeting Link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • Call-In Option: +1 936-755-1521 Conference ID: 285 411 221#
  • Meeting link: https://bit.ly/3cmQvEO
  • PD Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/HoustonPlanning/

  • Recordation Appointments: The Planning Department is focused on minimizing your risk while continuing to provide excellent service. Therefore, we are encouraging that recordation appointments be conducted over the phone. To facilitate this process, leave a call back number when booking your appointment on the recordation scheduling app.

    If you have a recordation appointment set for this week, please roll the mylar with a copy of the recordation appointment sheet printed from TimeTap and send them via carrier with all the required documents beginning of the week. The recordation planner will review your mylar during the scheduled time and call you with questions. In order to make this process efficient, it is suggested that all applicants check the mylars against the CPC 101 form, markup, CPL and make sure all signatures, easements and liens are properly addressed and taxes are provided for all in City plats. You have the option of sending all mylars within a week via the courier service. To schedule recordation appointments and for information on amending plat payments, please visit the Subdivision Plat Recordation page.


The Department of Planning and Development regulates land development in Houston and within its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The city of Houston does not have zoning but development is governed by codes that address how property can be subdivided. The City codes do not address land use.

The Department checks subdivision plats for the proper subdivision of land and for adequate street or right-of-way, building lines and for compliance with Chapter 42, the City’s land development ordinance. Development site plans are checked for compliance with regulations that include parking, tree and shrub requirements, setbacks, and access.

  • The City amended Chapters 42, 33, 39 and 40 for development related items.
    Click here to view the ordinance.

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90-Day Trial Period for Master Review:

Beginning March 1, 2020, any master planned residential development located within a single recorded subdivision may be reviewed in its entirety upon the first permit application. Subsequent applications within the permitted master planned residential development will be exempted from additional Planning Department review.

To view the Master Plan Review User Guide, click here. If you have questions, please contact Hector Rodriguez at 832-393-6575 or call 832-393-6600 for general assistance.


Addressing & Street Guidebook:

This guidebook is designed to serve as a helpful tool in better understanding the street naming and site addressing requirements used by the City of Houston. Click here to view the guidebook.



Houston Planning Commission

Subdivision Plat Recordation - 611 Walker St., 6th floor (New!)

Site Review - 1002 Washington Ave., 3rd Floor

Located at the Houston Permit Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, the Planning and Development Department Site Plan Review is one of the steps in the building permit process. Plan Analysts review plans for new structures, additions and remodels to ensure compliance with lot size requirements, building setbacks, parking, and landscaping.

  1. Process Flow Chart
  2. Submittal Requirements
  3. Fees
  4. Additional requirements for site plan review:
    1. Off Street Parking Ordinance – Chapter 26
    2. Landscape Requirement
    3. Multifamily Residential Review
    4. Development Plat Variance Form
    5. Residential Buffering Ordinance
    6. Access Agreement Required – Chapter 10.8 
      • Access Agreement Form
  5. Forms
  6. Expedited Plan Review Rules (updated March 2019)
Other Land Development Ordinances

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If you don't find the information you need or if you have questions about the information presented here, please call the Planner of the Day at 832.393.6624. Thank you!