Development Services

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Tell us your thoughts on Urban Forestry 


The City of Fort Worth is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) to preserve, manage, and grow Fort Worth’s urban forest….and we want to hear from you! Click on the survey HERE.

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The City of Fort Worth in conjunction with the Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan to create a shared vision and road map for managing Fort Worth’s trees in order to enhance the quality of life in the City.

The quality, health, and connectivity of the City’s urban forest is a major contributor to the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth. Fort Worth is feeling the impacts of rising temperatures and decreased air quality common to growing urban areas. Loss of existing tree canopy magnifies these impacts.



Our volume of inspection requests currently exceeds our capability to perform all inspections on the date requested.

Every effort will be made to make inspections as requested, however, they may be delayed up to 2 working days.

We appreciate your patience.


CFW Permit Assist Tool

Click on the image below to see what permits are needed for your project, an estimated cost for those permits, and if the project is allowed (according to the zoning district).



Do it yourself plans and measurement tools

Residential Permitting

Residential permitting information for the development community and for homeowners who would like to work on their own property.


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Land Development

Information for those interested in land development, platting, zoning,  annexations and infrastructure design.


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Commercial Permitting

Commercial permitting information for the development community, business owners and residents.


New to developing in the City of Fort Worth?

Information to help get you started.


Department Head

D.J. Harrell

D.J. Harrell

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Our Mission

The Development Services Department seeks to make Fort Worth the most livable city in Texas by promoting orderly growth and development, safe construction and neighborhood vitality.

The Development Services Department remains steadfast in direct support of the City of Fort Worth in its continued vision to be “the most livable and best-managed city in the country” by creating great places for people to live, work and play. They focus on facilitating sustainable land and building development while providing an exceptional experience to all customers. The team’s charge encompasses all phases of development coordination, development engineering, zoning, permitting and inspections.