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To Our Customers: The Planning Department is focused on minimizing your risk while continuing to provide excellent service. Therefore, we encourage you to forego face-to-face meetings and instead call or email our department for assistance with applications, projects or payments. You can find contact information for your service here. We will continue to keep you updated on key services via our website and social media pages. Thank you and stay healthy. click here


The Planning and Development Department is working diligently to develop a process that will allow us to hold virtual meetings that enable us to present information while giving applicants and the public appropriate access. Stay tuned to our program webpages for additional information about meeting dates and how you can participate. Thank you as we endeavor to help protect the public health, safety and welfare and continue to do the work of the City of Houston.

Coronavirus Updates


Slow Streets

To support walking and biking in the age of social distancing, City of Houston has launched the Slow Streets pilot project, providing more space for these key activities by ...Read More

Say Yes to Census 2020

The Planning Department is the City’s lead coordinator in the decennial census for the city of Houston. We are working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the city complies ...Read More

Vision Zero

Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order on August 13, 2019, to adopt Vision Zero with a goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries caused by crashes on...Read More

Walkable Places & Transit Oriented Development

The City of Houston Planning Commission's Walkable Places Committee is considering potential changes in 2020 to the City’s Code of Ordinances ...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

2020 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

As part of the annual Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment request process, the City of Houston Planning Commission...Read More

2019 Proposed Amendments To Chapter 33 (Historic Preservation)

In 2020 the City seeks input on proposed changes to the rules for Historic Preservation found in Chapter 33 of the Code...Read More

Southeast Houston Mobility Plan

The 2018 Southeast Mobility Plan, through collaboration with community and regional stakeholders, will identify...Read More

Historic Preservation Tracker

As of July 30, 2018, all Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Applications must be submitted online...Read More

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 42

We need your input by March 5, 2020! A comment period on proposed amendments to Chapter 42 is now open until March 5. ...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

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

Chapter 26 Off Street Parking

On March 1, 2017, City Council approved amendments to Article VIII of Chapter 26 of the Code of Ordinances related to Off-Street Parking and Loading...Read More

Lower Westheimer Corridor Study

The 2017 Lower Westheimer Corridor Study is the City of Houston’s first Enhanced Pre-Engineering Study, a process applied to corridors...Read More

Chapter 26 CBD

On July 17, 2019 City Council amended market based parking in Chapter 26 of the code of ordinances, regarding off-street parking exemptions for certain...Read More

Chapter 28 HAZMAT Amendments

In 2017 the City sought input on changes for Hazardous Enterprises rules found in Chapter 28 of the Code...Read More

2018 Proposed Amendments To Chapter 33 (Historic Preservation)

In 2018 the City sought input on proposed changes to the rules for Historic Preservation found in Chapter 33 of the Code...Read More

Historic District Design Guidelines

In 2018, the City Council adopted the Houston Heights Historic District Design Guidelines for the three Houston Heights Historic Districts...Read More

Want To Build A Carport?

P&D's 2017 brochure on carport guidelines and permitting is available. The brochure helps homeowners...
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Last Updated: June 17, 2020