Urban Design Districts and Overlays


Throughout the City of Fort Worth, there are various design districts in which design is regulated through standards and guidelines. Urban Design districts play a crucial role in the economic and physical revitalization of private and public spaces throughout Fort Worth.


Existing Urban Design Districts

Certificate of Appropriateness

Before applying for a building permit, you must acquire a Certificate of Appropriateness. Alterations to the exterior of every building within the Urban Design District must be reviewed by the Urban Design Commission. Such alterations include, but are not limited to: Construction of a new structure; Expansion of an existing structure; Construction of a surface parking lot The installation and alteration of permanent signs, banners, window signs, and temporary signs; Installation or alteration of awnings or canopies The installation or alteration of sidewalk areas, including the installation of trees, planters, and other items affecting the walkway area Lighting fixtures No Certificate of Appropriateness is required for ordinary repairs. In-kind replacement or repair is considered to be ordinary repair and maintenance is reviewed and approved by the Urban Design Commission Staff prior to issuance of the permits in order to determine whether a Certificate of Appropriateness is required.

Application and Review Process

The UDC meets once a month. To have your case placed on the agenda, you must fill out an application form by the fourth Monday of the month. Once Staff has determined that your application is complete, your case will be placed on the next available UDC agenda. If necessary, Staff will schedule a meeting with you to review the design and suggest any necessary modifications. Staff will then mail you a notice of the Hearing, an Agenda, and a copy of the applicable Staff report. If approved, Staff will mail you a decision letter and a copy of the Certificate of Appropriateness following the hearing.


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Application Deadline  Meeting Date
 December 28, 2020 January 21, 2021
 January 25, 2021  February 18, 2021
 February 22, 2021  March 18, 2021
 March 22, 2021  April 15, 2021
 April 26, 2021  May 20, 2021
 May 24, 2021  June 17, 2021
June 28, 2021 July 15, 2021
 July 26, 2021  August 19, 2021
 August 23, 2021 September 16, 2021
 September 27, 2021 October 21, 2021
October 25, 2021 November 18, 2021
 November 22, 2021 December 16, 2021
 December 27, 2021 January 17, 2022