Zoning

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The city promotes orderly growth and land use while protecting existing property owners by grouping together compatible development — a practice known as zoning.

Before land is developed in the city, it must be zoned and platted. Property in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is subject to platting only. The Zoning Commission reviews all zoning requests and City Council approves or denies the request after receiving recommendations.

For additional questions please contact zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov or 817-392-8028 .

What is Zoning & Who is the Zoning Section?

What is Zoning?

Zoning is the city's tool to implement the Land Use component of the city's Comprehensive Plan. Through the use of the district classifications, zoning helps to regulate land use, promote orderly growth, and protect existing property owners by ensuring a convenient, attractive and functional community. The City Council along with several city boards and commissions, especially the Zoning Commission, make decisions on land users, compatibility and other zoning matters.

The purpose of zoning land in the City of fort Worth is to promote the health, safety

The Zoning regulations and districts have been adopted in accordance with a comprehensive plan and have been designed to:

  • Lessen traffic congestion
  • Provide safety from fire, panic, and other dangers
  • Provide adequate light and air
  • Prevent the overcrowding of land
  • Avoid the undue concentration of population
  • Provide and facilitate adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.

The "zoning" as defined by the Tarrant Appraisal District is not the same as the city's land use zoning. The appraisal district's zoning corresponds to their land use valuation system and has nothing to do with Fort Worth zoning districts or those adopted by any other incorporated city within Tarrant County.

Who is the Zoning Section?

The Zoning Section is part of the Planning and Development Department, Planning Division. Staff works directly with other departments such as Building, Transportation/Public Works (TPW), Water, and Code Enforcement. Staff responsibilities include:

  • Continually review and amend the Zoning Ordinance regulations to ensure consistency with other city codes and to reflect the changing needs of the city;
  • Reviewing zoning change requests for compatibility with existing land uses and the Future Land Use Plan;
  • Reviewing site plan content for conformance with the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Coordinating site plan review with other city staff; and
  • Review site plans for building permits; including Multi-Family Development(MFD) Site Plan Review, MFD Application.

Staff also works with boards and local representatives to develop plans that directly affect the future growth and development of the City, such as the land use plan, transportation plan, and annexation plans.

Application, Fees & Calendar

Requests for both rezoning and PD Planned Developments with site plans use the same zoning application form(PDF, 280KB). A complete application includes a metes and bounds description, or lot and block description if platted, the proper fee based on acreage (available on the application) and a site plan/map of the property. When the applicant is not the owner, or there is more than one owner, a “Letter of Authorization” from each owner is required and must contain original signatures. If a PD rezoning has already been approved, but you are submitting a required site plan or requesting only an amendment to the site plan, a separate site plan application(PDF, 118KB) is provided.

Applications for Planned Development Districts must include all items on site plans as required by Section 3.5 of the Zoning Ordinance. The applicant is required to provide all copies as necessary for initial distribution for review by the departments, revisions for the Zoning Commission and City Council approval, and for final signature. Revisions must be provided a minimum of 10 days before the Zoning Commission meeting for review and distribution.

To initiate the site plan review process, please provide:

  • 13 copies – 18" x 24" Blue or Black Line prints – (All Site Plans shall be Accordion Folded);
  • 1 copy – 8 ½" x 11" Black Line Print

After staff review and 15 days prior to the Zoning hearing, provide:

  • For Zoning Commission hearing: 15 copies of revisions to site plan, as requested by staff – 18” x 24” Blue or Black Line prints. (All Site Plans shall be Accordion Folded);

If revisions are not received a minimum of one week before the scheduled hearing, the application will be incomplete and the case may be delayed until the revisions are received.

  • For City Council hearing: 15 copies of revisions to site plan, if requested by the Zoning Commission – 18” x 24” Blue or Black Line prints. (All Site Plans shall be Accordion Folded);

If revisions are not received a minimum of one week before the scheduled hearing, the application will be incomplete and the case may be delayed until the revisions are received.

Filing Fees

A $50 paper filing fee will apply effective Oct. 1, 2016, if not filed electronically.

Size of Lot Fee
Less than 1 acre $1,200 * **
1-5 acres $1,500 *
5.01-10 acres $1,800 *
10.01-25 acres $2,200 *
25.01 acres or more (base fee) $2,200 *
Plus $50 per acre, not to exceed $6,000

If a Planned Development (PD) is requested: add $800 for site plan review.

* The required fee shall be twice the amount shown when applicant requests the case to be heard at the next City Council meeting, requiring double noticing and special consideration.

** When downzoning less than one acre of property to one or two family district which is consistent with the most current adopted Future Land Use Plan, a reduced fee of $450 is required.

Hearing Continuance: $200 at applicant’s request (after public notice)

Where To Apply

Zoning applications can be submitted through the city’s online permitting system.

Paper copies may be submitted by mail or in person to:

Planning & Development Department
Zoning Applications Section
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Paper applications carry an additional $50 processing fee.

Meeting Calendar

Filing Deadline Notices Mailed Zoning Commission Hearing City Council Hearing

Download a PDF version: 2019(PDF, 63KB)

Current Cases, Dockets and Decisions

The list of cases below is for information only and is not the official Commission agenda. See the city calendar for posted agendas.

For information on the location of a zoning case, enter the address below into the Zoning Map.

For Council-initiated cases, click on the case number for the property list and proposed districts. Please email zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov or call 817-392-8028 if further information is needed on any case.

Meeting Information

View the posted docket(PDF, 37MB)

Need to speak at the Zoning Commission Hearing? Download a speaker card(PDF, 48KB), fill it out and bring it to the meeting.

Get the meeting procedures. Download a copy(PDF, 23KB).

Upcoming Cases

Case Owner or Address Zoning Change District Rec. Date to ZC Date to CC
ZC-20-040 EE Camp Bowie Properties LLC 3736 Camp Bowie Blvd F to PD/C for hotel 7 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-084 Prevail Realty LLC & Vogue Realty LLC 7100 block Golf Club Drive A-5, R2 to C 7 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-097 Gyant Frog LLC 4400 White Settlement A-10, E, I to PD/E plus hotel 2 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-101 Henry Jaafari 829 E. Arlington Avenue CF to A-5 8 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-103 Gwendolyn & James Harper 760 Samuels Avenue D to MU-1 / historic samuels 9 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-104 Gould Ave, LLC 1300 - 1306 (evens) Gould Avenue CF to E 2 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-105 GBR Realty LTD 5700 - 5900 blocks Jerry Dunn Parkway PD 50 to R1 3 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-107 CL II, LLC 3860 Tanacross Drive G to PD/D 4 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-108 Heritage of Faith Christian 10200 - 10400 blocks Old Cleburne Crowley Junction Road CF to A-5 6 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-109 Jose Reyes 6836 Brentwood Stair Road B to CR 5 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-110 SLF IV-Chisholm Trail LP 8900 - 9100 blocks Summer Creek Drive r1 to PD/r1 plus cottage community 6 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-112 Summer Sycamore I, LTD 5300 block Sycamore School Road PD 823 to E 6 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-113 Gail Landreth by the City of Fort Worth 4730 Pershing Avenue Add HSE 7 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-114 City of Fort Worth - Development Services 100 - 200 blocks S. Sylvia Avenue EF to PD/F plus brewery and light manufacturing 8 9/9/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-066 Andrea Fell 3601 Williams Rd expand building add liquor sales 3 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-067 HSS Humbolt LLC 968 E Dashwood St A-5, CF to NS-T4R 8 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-071 Vertex Asset Partners 2851 S Riverside Dr MU-1 to A-5, PD 760 8 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-072 David and Barbara Nance 11000-11600 blks Willow Springs Rd A-10, A-5, E to A-5, R1 7 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-073 Jared & Aubree Edwards 3269 Lackland Rd ER/NASJRB to A-5/NASJRB 3 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-074 Landmark Loop 820, LTD 5900 Quebec St Add CUP for Car Wash 7 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-075 Fossilwood Investments LP, 15400-15500 blks Double Eagle Blvd K to D 7 D 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
SP-20-014 Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD 10201 Warehouse Way Amend PD 803 Site Plan 7 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-076 William Hornick 7900 - 8100 blocks of Forest Hill Drive PD 33 to MH, E 8 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-077 HTP LP by Stephen Tobin 8101 N Riverside Dr E to PD/D 4 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-078 Reibur 1 LP 2513 & 2517 McCart Ave CF/ TCU to B/TCU 9 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-079 Fossil Creel II LLC 5401 Sandshell Dr J/I-35 Overlay to PD/J/I-35 Overlay 4 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-081 Shell Coast Ince 5500 Altamesa Blvd Add CUP for Car Wash 6 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
SP-20-015 Texas Tile Roofing LLC 801 E Loop 820 Amend PD 1071 Site Plan 5 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-082 901 Vickery Investors LP 901 W Vickery Add HC Overlay 9 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-083 Robert Tesch 2811 Simondale Dr Add HC Overlay 3 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-085 Enclave at Parkview LP 7201 Old Decatur Rd AG to C 2 A 7/8/2020 8/4/2020
ZC-20-076 William Hornick 7900 - 8100 blocks of Forest Hill Drive PD 33 to MH, E 8 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-080 Ragsdale, Ragsdale & I Am One Inc. 4000 - 4200 blocks Litsey Road Unzoned to PD/CR Cottage Community 7 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-086 Alternative Children's Program & Timberwood Inc. 9000 block John T. White Road C, F, to C 5 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-088 Hulen-Risinger LTD 4300 W. Risinger Road CUP for auto retail 6 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-091 Dickson Oyeyemi-Kuteyi 1115 Tierney Road E to FR 5 D 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-092 Total E&P USA Barnett LLC 6700 - 6800 blocks Hatch Road AG to A-5 NAS JRB Overlay 7 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-093 MQ Northside Retail 4900 - 5100 blocks N. Tarrant Parkway CF, E, FR to CF, FR, F 4 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-094 Crowley Independent School District 1300 - 1900 blocks W. Risinger Road A-5, CF to CF 6 A 8/12/2020 9/15/2020
ZC-20-098 14.887 McCart & Risinger LP 3600 - 3800 blocks W. Risinger Road A-5, C, R2, E to PD/C Cottage Community 6 A 8/12/2020 9/15/20

 

 

Past Decisions

 

 

 

Proposed Text Amendments

Estimated dates are subject to change.

  • Create Residential Attached District
    Zoning Commission date: Date to be determined
    Create new zoning district to provide for "missing middle" type housing which adds units compatible with single and two family neighborhoods, but not to include large multifamily construction.
  • Update Berry/University Form Based Code(PDF, 48MB)
    Zoning Commission date: April 10, 2019
    Update form based code development standards
  • Amend Mixed Use Districts(PDF, 134KB)
    Zoning Commission date: April 10, 2019
    Amend MU-1 and MU-2 districts to clarify applicable regulations for changes of use, clarify required parking for multifamily; amend MU-2 district to allow 10 story hotel and office and allow microbreweries
  • Amend AR, B, and R1 districts
    Zoning Commission date: June 12, 2019
    Amend AR, B, and R1 districts to add and edit standards for zero lotline development
  • Update Use Index
    Zoning Commission date: June 12, 2019
    Update Use Index to remove obsolete uses, add new uses and technologies, and revise certain categories
  • Create Detached Multifamily Standards
    Zoning Commission date: July 10, 2019
    Create requirements for detached multifamily, also referred to as cottage communities.
  • Subdivision Fencing Material(PDF, 20KB)
    Zoning Commission date: July 10, 2019
    Amending Section 5.305 fence material standards along arterials for durability
  • Chisholm Trail Parkway(PDF, 73KB)
    Zoning Commission date: July 10, 2019
    Amend Article 4 Signs to provide for regulations along the Chisholm Trail Parkway Scenic Corridor
  • Stop Six Overlay(PDF, 116KB)
    Zoning Commission date: July 10, 2019
    Amend District Regulations for Stop Six Overlay for residential design standards

Final approved ordinances for text amendments may be found in the Zoning Ordinance. Visit the Ordinances page for copies of individual ordinances.

Signs

Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry Compliance Section implements and enforces the Urban Forestry ordinance(PDF, 2MB), which protects healthy and significant trees and ensure planting of trees with land development to achieve the city's goal of 30 percent overall canopy cover.

Protection and preservation of a portion of the existing trees on each site helps to achieve a multi-aged urban forest.

Tree Removal Permit

Download a tree removal permit application(PDF, 157KB) if you have dying or hazardous trees to remove or if you have one (but no more than one) healthy tree to remove.

Urban Forestry Permit

In the following cases, an Urban Forestry Permit must be approved before a building permit can be approved:

  • All new commercial and industrial projects (schools and churches are considered commercial)
  • Some expansions to commercial and industrial property
  • Changing residential property to commercial use
  • Residential property greater than one acre
  • Grading or complete reconstruction of a parking lot or flatwork
  • Removing trees more than 6 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above ground.

How to apply for a permit

Download the Urban Forestry Permit Application(PDF, 527KB).(PDF, 527KB)

Application forms, calculations and site plans may be submitted electronically through the City's online permitting system or delivered to the address below. Please note that paper applications must include a CD or flash drive containing PDF versions of application documents.

Urban Forestry Compliance Section
Planning & Development Department, Lower Level
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Fees

  • Application Fee for Urban Forestry Permit
  • Base fee, first five acres (up to 5.00 acres), including one revision: $250
  • Additional acreage: $15 per acre or portion of an acre added to base fee
  • Additional revisions (each): $100
  • Inspection fee for sites with preserved trees: $50 per inspection. Initial fee will be $100 to cover pre- and post-grading inspections. Additional inspections and associated fees may apply.
  • Application Fee for waiver hearing before Urban Design Commission: $295

For information on planting or caring for trees in Fort Worth, trees in the street right of way or public parks, visit the Parks & Community Services Department's Forestry Division.

Urban Forestry Website

 

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