Development Services


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.

An alternate option is utilizing a certified third-party firmView the list of certified third-party plan review and inspection companies(PDF, 246KB).

We appreciate your patience.


Development 101 Workshop Resource Library

CFW Permit Assist Tool-Now integrated with Accela

**NEW** You can now access both self-service programs, Permit Assist and Accela, with a single log-in to provide a seamless customer experience. Moreover, any information you enter into Permit Assist will automatically fill in Accela when you are ready to apply for your permit.**NEW**

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.


Land development - aerial of houses in blocks for residential permitting

Land Development

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


Commercial permitting high-rise building being built with crane

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

D.J. Harrell is the Director of Development Services for the City of Fort Worth. His primary responsibilities include the administration of municipal planning, development facilitation, public infrastructure design review, and building standards for the city. He is known for his ability to develop and integrate teams to align around shared visions and goals, while promoting an inclusive culture.

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Our Mission

The Development Services Department works together to build thriving neighborhoods and an equitable community by helping people make sound decisions to create safe, orderly, and sustainable development. 

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Our Vision

The department collaborates with development and community stakeholders to guide growth through innovative, inclusive, and accountable relationships and provide an exemplary customer experience.

Our Values

  • Teamwork and Inclusion
  • Quality Results
  • Collaborative Communication and Transparency
  • Improvement and Innovation
  • Service Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Employee Development and Wellness
  • Honesty, Integrity, and Trust

About Us

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 current planning, development coordination, development engineering, building permits, and inspections.