About the Department
Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity. The Planning & Development Department’s mission is to grow and preserve Houston’s diverse communities to create a resilient city.
Planning Department Meetings: In accordance with State law, all Planning Department public meetings will resume in person as of September 2. This applies to commission and board meetings and the Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan. The Department is finalizing plans to give the public the option to attend in person or participate virtually via Microsoft TEAMs or by telephone. Stay tuned to our program webpages for information about meeting dates and how you can participate.
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ADU Design Competition
The Planning and Development Department is seeking architects and design professionals to submit schematic designs and concepts for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) under the current City of Houston’s current building code and development standards. ...View More
Off-street Parking Requirements
The 2021 version of the Off-street Parking guide is now available. It provides guidance on when and how much parking is required for your build. It provides direct links to frequently used sections of our website for your convenience. The downloadable PDF can be saved for later reference, or printed and posted at 11x17.
The Livable Places Action Committee will continue the Planning Department’s effort to update the City of Houston’s development codes to create more opportunities for walkability, affordability and equity. ...Read More
More Space - Main Street
Main Street in downtown Houston is home to many restaurants and bars. Main Street also serves as a walking, biking, and transit spine with limited functions for driving. ...Read More
Sidewalk Requirements for the City of Houston
The Planning and Development Department reviews sidewalk widths and applications for sidewalk modifications within the city limits of Houston. ...Read More
City Council approved the Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) rules on August 5, 2020 to enhance the pedestrian experience throughout Houston’s neighborhoods... ...Read More
The City of Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) is an effective instrument in guiding development...Read More
Last Updated: October 12, 2021