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Subdivision Ordinance

The City of Fort Worth Subdivision Ordinance applies to the subdivision of land within the city limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), which consists of the unincorporated land within five miles of the city limits. The Ordinance guides the land development process and protects the public from inferior and undesirable development practices. The Ordinance governs streets, alleys, driveways, easements, drainage facilities, street lighting, lots and blocks, and park dedication.

Requests for the subdivision of land are submitted to the Fort Worth City Plan Commission. During the review process, plats are sent to the corresponding school districts, Trinity Metro and appropriate utility companies. The Development Review Committee (DRC), composed of city staff, determines whether a plat is in conformance with the Subdivision Ordinance.

Pre-submission review includes the voluntary, yet recommended, Pre-Development Conference (Project Facilitators, 817-392-1732).

View subdivision forms and applications.

Visit the ETJ page for agreements that are supplemental to the Subdivision Regulations and reflect the various agreements the City of Fort Worth has with the respective counties within the ETJ.

The Subdivision Ordinance is Chapter 31 in the City Code. The City Code can be found on this page by scrolling to the very bottom of this page and clicking on “City Code & Charter.” For platting questions, contact Mary Elliott at 817-392-7844.

Subdivision Ordinance


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As of April 8, 2020, there will be no walk-in appointments. All appointments will be online, by phone and email only. Residents may still schedule appointments in the QLess appointment system. Development Services Support will contact the customer via phone to hold the online appointment. There will be no person to person appointments until further notice.

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Please call 817-392-2222 for all general inquiries.

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