Development Services

Click here for important information regarding BUILDING INSPECTIONS


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 to utilize a firm from the list of certified third-party firms(PDF, 246KB).

We appreciate your patience.

DSD Values 2024

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.
They collaborate with development & community stakeholders to guide growth through innovative, inclusive, and accountable relationships, all the while providing an exemplary customer experience. The department's charge encompasses all phases of planning, development coordination, development engineering, building permits, and inspections.

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 an 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).

Residential Permit Guide

Residential Permit Guide

Scope your residential project, see which permits you need and what they will cost.

Commercial Permit Guide

Commercial Permit Guide

Scope your commercial project, see which permits you need and what they will cost.

Zoning Check Summary

Zoning Check Summary

Learn where your business is allowed


Department Leadership

DJ Harrell

D.J. Harrell

Director of Development Services

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.