About the Department

Planning and development department logo Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity. The Planning and Development Department's mission is to work to ensure that it remains a vibrant and sustainable city by partnering with decision makers and the community to balance a spectrum of needs and interests while addressing the dynamics of growth and change.

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Planning Department Virtual Meetings: The Planning Department has developed a process that allows us to hold virtual meetings and enable us to present information while giving applicants and the public appropriate access. Stay tuned to our program webpages for information about meeting dates and how you can participate. Thanks for your patience as we endeavor to help protect the public’s health, safety and welfare while continuing to do the work of the City of Houston.


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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 New!

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

2020 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

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

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: April 20, 2021