Land Development Process Tree

To help provide clear and concise guidelines for business, civic and neighborhood groups to develop the property, the Development Services Department's Project Facilitation team has produced a series of land development process trees.

The process trees illustrate the land development process and offer a drill-down into each individual process.

Understanding the Land Development Process Trees

The first piece of the process trees is a nine-step master land development tree that provides users with an overview of the overall land development process. The master tree is outlined in step-based "swim lanes," allowing users to choose the right starting point in the overall process and anticipate what steps must be completed for their development.

The master land development tree, and each individual process, contains color- and shape-coded steps to help illustrate a path through the development process. Users can view white “double boxed” buttons that provide the user with a more in-depth look at that specific steps process. Staff has also embedded links (purple boxes) which will provide users with extra information about a process, applications and fee information at various points of the process.

Master Land Development Tree



Step 1.Pre-Development Information

Pre-Development Conferences are generally scheduled in ½ hour increments and are held twice weekly. Monday conferences are scheduled between 1 and 3 p.m., and Thursday meetings are held between 9 a.m. and noon.

Pre-Development Conferences with city staff are offered for applicants to learn more about city development policies and procedures and to address site specific issues.

These meetings are meant to be a “discovery” type meeting designed to help developers in their project due diligence. These meetings cannot be serve as a comprehensive questions and answer sessions; rather they are useful in uncovering potential issues, are a good platform to create a common understanding amongst all city departments, and help to streamline the development process.

Representatives from development related city departments such as Transportation & Public Works, Water, Planning & Development and Fire are present to evaluate the project to aid the developer in their project planning.

Step 2.Schedule

To schedule a conference, complete the Pre-Development Conference Request Form(PDF, 540KB) and then contact the development coordinator, at 817-392-1PDC (1732).

Note: The following items will be discussed as requested at the Pre-Development Conference:

  • Zoning
  • Platting
  • Fire Code
  • Roadway Improvements
  • Drainage Improvements
  • Parks
  • Water and Sewer
  • Building Code Issues
  • Urban Forestry Permits


Step 1.Zoning Change Typical Process

Every proposal to change the regulations of the zoning ordinance or the boundaries of a zoning district must be presented to the Zoning Commission and approved by City Council, with a total of two public hearings. To initiate this process, an application is filed with the Development Services Department and payment is made of the appropriate filing fee. The application is made by the owner of the property or an authorized agent, or may be initiated by the City of Fort Worth.

Before land in the city of Fort Worth can be developed, it must be properly zoned and platted. Land outside the city limits but within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is subject to platting, but not to zoning.

The public hearings for Zoning cases are typically scheduled for the Council meeting held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Some cases may request an for alternate Council hearing date. These dates are provided on the notification and the Zoning Commission agenda.

The scheduled dates for continued cases are announced at the Zoning Commission or City Council at the time of continuance. A fee is charged for cases continued by the applicant.


Zoning Change Process

Step 2.Application & Fees

Please note the Following Requirements:

A. Persons filing an application to amend the zoning ordinance must be fully prepared to present their proposal at the Zoning Commission and City Council public hearings.

B. An application denied by the City Council cannot be accepted as a new request until one year from the date the original application was denied.

Step 3.Processing & Notifications

  • 1st Public Hearing
  • 2nd public hearing


Step 1.Platting

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.

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 additional information regarding platting in the City of Fort Worth please contact the platting team, 817-392-8027.


Step 2.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)
  • Preliminary Plat (Not Recorded)
  • Final Plat
  • Minor Plat (Short Form Final Plat)
  • Replat
  • Amending Plat
  • Correction Plat
  • Conveyance Plat
  • Vacated Plat


Waivers for Urban Forestry and Zoning Special Districts 

Step 1.Urban Forestry Typical Process

Protection and preservation of a portion of the existing trees on each site helps to achieve a multi-aged urban forest and maintain ecological balance. Urban Forestry ordinance(PDF, 2MB).


Urban Forestry


Step 2.Zoning Special District Typical Process


IPRC, CFA, and Construction 

Step 1.Infrastructure Plan Review Center (IPRC)

The Infrastructure Plan Review Center (IPRC) is responsible for the consultation, intake and review of public infrastructure plans that will be constructed pursuant to a CFA or other agreement between the City and a Developer. IPRC reviews construction plans, CFA exhibits, Project Manuals, easement exhibits, and other documents relating to a project. The IPRC also assists with reviewing and processing permits and agreements, assists with public bidding when there is City Participation in a project, coordinating construction issues, reviews plan revisions, and processes change orders during construction.” Please visit our webpage here


Step 2.Community Facilities Agreement (CFA) Typical Process

A community facilities agreement (CFA) is a contract between the city and a developer that is required whenever the construction of public infrastructure is funded entirely or in part by a private developer. It ensures that new development is adequately served by public infrastructure and that the infrastructure improvements are constructed according to city standards. 



Step 3.Construction/Green Sheet Process


Grading Permit Typical Process

A Grading Permit is required for land disturbing activity impacting one (1.0) acre or more, or land disturbing activity less than one (1.0) acre that is part of a Common Plan of Development that equals one (1.0) acre or more. 


Grading Permit Process


Building Permits Typical Process

Permits are the means by which the City of Fort Worth regulates construction. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction: building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.  In addition, the complete demolition and relocation of buildings also requires permits.


Permit Process


Zoning Variance or Special Exception

The Board of Adjustment is responsible for the hearing and deciding of appeals to the Zoning Ordinance and applications listed below, and has the necessary authority to ensure compliance. Due to case load, the cases are divided into Residential and Commercial (non-residential) boards.

Filing Fees

  • Residential (Owner-Occupied) Variance $300.00*
  • Non-Residential Variance $500.00*
  • Residential (Owner-Occupied) Special Exception $500.00*
  • Non-Residential Special Exception $1,000.00*
  • Interpretations $400.00

Variances Process




Step 1.Inspections Typical Process

An inspection is required for all construction or work for which a permit is required and shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official. 

Inspection Process

Step 2.Limited Certificate of Occupancy (LCO) Typical Process

View the Land Development Process Tree(PDF, 84KB)

Download the Land Development Process Trees to Your Computer to Unzip(ZIP, 2MB)

For downloaded files, please follow instructions below.

**Note:** The current version of the land development process trees are provided in a zip file. To use the files, download the process trees, and unzip the file. Open file called "[Open First] Development Process Tree Memo" which will provide more instructions. **Once unzipped, files should not be moved from their location, as this may cause the links to fail.** 

Future enhancements

The city is exploring ways to improve its development web pages using these land development process trees. Future enhancements will seek to provide a streamlined, interactive permitting experience.