The Zoning Ordinance (Appendix A of the Fort Worth City Code) is available through American Legal Publishing. Use the links below to access the various sections directly, or view instructions on how to use the ordinance.
- Chapter 1: General Provisions
- Chapter 2: Review Bodies
- Chapter 3: Review Procedures
- Chapter 4: District Regulations
- Chapter 5: Supplemental Use Standards
- Chapter 6: Development Standards
- Chapter 7: Nonconformities
- Chapter 8: Enforcement
- Chapter 9: Definitions
- Appendix A: Legislative History
- Appendix B: Maps
- Appendix C: Use Index
Recently Approved Ordinances
|Clarify Short Term Rental locations
Add Short Term Home Rentals to the land use charts to clarify that home rentals are not permitted in residential districts but are permitted in commercial, industrial, and most form based districts.
|Expansion on Legal Nonconforming Duplexes
Amend allowance to not permit the expansion of two family structures made legal nonconforming.
|Define and clarify Event Centers/Rental Halls
Create a definition of Event Centers/Rental Halls to clarify the use of private events only and are not for events open to the public that may or may not include ticket sales. Update definition of Indoor Amusement. Amend land use chart to clarify where Events Centers/Rental Halls are permitted.
Define and identify allowed locations for urban farms as a primary land use.
|Aug. 18, 2016|
|22703||Create Stockyards Form Based Code
Text and Map amendments to create Stockyards Form Based Code districts with subdistricts
|Aug. 25, 2017|
|22809||UR District amendments
Amend UR district standards
|Sept. 7, 2017|
|22710||Mixed Use MU-1 MU-2 Amendments||Sept. 7, 2017|
How to use this Ordinance
If you have property and want to know what rules apply:
Step 1: Find your zoning district and any overlay districts by looking at the Official Zoning Map.
Step 2: Go to Chapter 4, District Regulations, for details on minimum lot size, required yards and other district standards. You may also be referred to Chapter 6, Development Standards, for general parking, landscaping or sign regulations.
Step 3: Go to Chapter 4, Article 6, Residential District Use Table,, Chapter 4, Article 8, Nonresidential District Use Table, and Chapter 4, Article 12, Form-Based Code District Use Tables for details on permitted uses. If the use is listed with an asterisk (*), see Supplemental Use Standards.
If you want to build or establish a particular use:
Step 1: – Go to Appendix C, Use Index. The alphabetical listing of uses will tell you how the use is listed in the use tables.
Step 2: – Go to Chapter 4, Article 6, Residential District Use Table, Chapter 4, Article 8, Nonresidential District Use Table and Chapter 4, Article 12, Form-Based Code District Use Tables look up your proposed use to see the districts in which it is permitted. If the use is listed with an asterisk (*), see Chapter 5, Supplemental Use Standards, for that use.
Step 3: – Look up the appropriate districts in Chapter 4, District Regulations, for details on minimum lot size, required yards, and other district standards. You may also be referred to Chapter 6, Development Standards, for general parking, landscaping or sign regulations.
If you want to change your zoning district:
Only the City Council may rezone property, following public notice and public hearings in front of the Zoning Commission and the City Council itself. See Chapter 3, Review Procedures, Article 5, Text or Map Amendment (Rezoning).
If you want to vary from the standards that apply:
The Board of Adjustment is authorized to grant variances from some of the regulations in this Ordinance in cases of special hardship. See Chapter 3, Review Procedures, Article 4, Variances.
If your property is located in an historic/cultural district:
You need to follow special procedures found in Chapter 4, Article 4, if your property is located in a preservation overlay district (“HSE,” “HC” or “DD”).
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- Interactive Zoning Map
- Zoning Verification Letter
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