A plat is a map of a piece of land identifying the location and boundaries of street rights of way, individual lots or parcels, and other site information. The plat shows features such as lot lines, utility easements, setback lines, land dedicated for public use (e.g. streets and parks), ownership, and metes and bounds (boundary dimensions). Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 212, contains the state law governing the approval of plats.
For additional information regarding platting in the City of Fort Worth, please contact the platting team email, 817-392-8027.
What are the categories of Plats?
The plats necessary for a project depend on the project itself and the stage of development.
Concept Plan (Not Recorded)
A Concept Plan is required when:
- Preliminary plats are proposed to be presented in stages;
- The total land area of contiguous parcels under the same ownership and control is greater than one square mile (640) acres; and
- The area is located wholly or partially within the City of Fort Worth or proposed for annexation to the City.
Preliminary Plat (Not Recorded)
- A preliminary plat is required to be processed by the Planning and Development Department and approved by the City Plan Commission prior to the applicant submitting a Final Plat for City approval and recording with the respective county clerk.
- If a Concept Plan was not required, the preliminary plat shall include the land area of all contiguous parcels under the same ownership and control.
- A preliminary plat is not required if there is no dedication or construction of public or private streets required for access and if four (4) or fewer lots are to be platted.
- The final plat shall conform to the approved preliminary plat and meet all of the requirements of the Plan Commission.
- The Final Plat may include all or any portion of the area included in the approved Preliminary Plat.
- A Final Plat does not require a public hearing and is administratively approved by the Plan Commission's Executive Secretary preceding the filing of the plat for record.
Minor Plat (Short Form Final Plot)
- A minor plat is permitted for four (4) or fewer lots that have not been previously platted and recorded.
- All lots on the minor plat must have direct access to and front or abut an existing public street.
- All lots must meet the lot size requirements of the zoning district in which they are located.
- A minor plat does not require a public hearing and is administratively approved by the Plan Commission's Executive Secretary preceding the filing of the plat for record.
- A public hearing is required if additional single family or two family zoned lots are created or if the location or width of interior streets and pedestrian circulation routes are significantly altered.
- A replat may be administratively approved if no additional single or two family zoned lots are created and only minor street adjustments that do not alter the previously approved plat or require a vacation of the altered street right of way.
- A plat of record may be amended without public notice, a public hearing, or approval of other lot owners and is controlling over the preceding plat without vacation in accordance with the local government code chapter 212.016.
- An Amending Plat is filed for record in the county of jurisdiction upon administrative approval by the Plan Commission's Executive Secretary.
- A plat may be corrected without public notice, a public hearing, or approval of other lot owners and is controlling over the preceding plat without vacation for one or more of the purposes listed in Texas Local Government Code 212.016 (1) - (7).
- A Correction Plat is filed for record in the county of jurisdiction upon administrative approval by the Plan Commission's Executive Secretary
- A recorded plat may only be vacated per the provisions of Section 212.013 of the Texas Local Government Code.
- No Vacated Plat may be recorded in the county of jurisdiction without a public hearing and approval of the City Plan Commission.