Development Services

Welcome to the Department of Development Services

About Us

The Building Inspection Division processes building, electrical, air conditioning, and other permits. Staff monitors activities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and ordinances. Need to Schedule An Inspection?

Coastal Resources Division
The Coastal Resources Division oversees implementation of the City of Galveston Dune Protection and Beach Access Plan. Staff in this division oversee projects related to shoreline protection and beach nourishment, and assist property owners in navigating the City's beachfront construction standards for construction along the coast.

Enforcement Division
Inspections are conducted on upgrading existing housing and buildings, existing signs, litter, junk/abandoned vehicles, weeded lots, and care of premises to prevent the spread of environmental decay. For guidance, refer to the 2012 Property Maintenance Code.

Historic Preservation

The program focuses on promoting the community's vision for sustainable preservation by guiding appropriate stewardship of historic resources and compatible redevelopment in locally-designated historic districts. For details, please refer to the Historic Design Standards.

Planning & Development Division

The Planning team is responsible for reviewing all development and redevelopment of land, facilities, and amenities on the island. These projects are regulated by specific standards listed in the Land Development Regulations of 2015. Staff is also involved in long-term planning efforts outlined in the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. Ultimately, City Planners identify strategies and establish policies to guide development projects and manage population growth.

Development Services Organizational Chart