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Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity. The Planning & Development Department’s mission is to grow and preserve Houston’s diverse communities to create a resilient city.

Planning Department Meetings: In accordance with State law, all Planning Department public meetings will resume in person as of September 2. This applies to commission and board meetings and the Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan. The Department is finalizing plans to give the public the option to attend in person or participate virtually via Microsoft TEAMs or by telephone. Stay tuned to our program webpages for information about meeting dates and how you can participate.


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ADU Design Competition

The Planning and Development Department is seeking architects and design professionals to submit schematic designs and concepts  for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) under the current City of Houston’s current building code and development standards. ...View More

Off-street Parking Requirements

The 2021 version of the Off-street Parking guide is now available. It provides guidance on when and how much parking is required for your build. It provides direct links to frequently used sections of our website for your convenience. The downloadable PDF can be saved for later reference, or printed and posted at 11x17.

Livable Places

The Livable Places Action Committee will continue the Planning Department’s effort to update the City of Houston’s development codes to create more opportunities for walkability, affordability and equity. ...Read More

More Space - Main Street

Main Street in downtown Houston is home to many restaurants and bars. Main Street also serves as a walking, biking, and transit spine with limited functions for driving. ...Read More

Sidewalk Requirements for the City of Houston

The Planning and Development Department reviews sidewalk widths and applications for sidewalk modifications within the city limits of Houston. ...Read More

Vision Zero

On August 13, 2019, Mayor Sylvester Turner signed the Vision Zero Executive Order committing to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on Houston streets by 2030....Read More

Walkable Places and TOD Ordinance Requirements

City Council approved the Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) rules on August 5, 2020 to enhance the pedestrian experience throughout Houston’s neighborhoods... ...Read More

North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP)

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) is an ongoing 2020 project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to reconstruct...Read More

Complete Communities

Mayor Sylvester Turner's signature program started on April 17, 2017. It aims to improve quality of life for residents...Read More

2022 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

The City of Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) is an effective instrument in guiding development...Read More


HOP has created new application and worksheet documents and functionality on Preservation Tracker...Read More

BCycle Program Expansion

The Planning & Development Department sponsored a grant application in 2015 to expand the Houston BCycle program and was awarded a $3.5 million federal grant...Read More

Houston Bike Plan & Bicycle Advisory Committee

The Houston Bike Plan was adopted by City Council on March 22, 2017. The Plan’s vision calls to transform Houston...Read More

Want To Build A Carport?

PD's 2021 brochure on carport guidelines and permitting is available. The brochure helps homeowners...
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Chapter 28 Hazardous Enterprises

Recent changes to Chapter 28 of the Code of Ordinances related to the Hazardous Enterprises Ordinance increase the regulation of hazardous operations and materials in our city by strengthening enforcement language...Read More

Last Updated: October 12, 2021