Development Services

News & Updates

Policy Changes for Right of Way Construction Permits: Effective April 1, 2019, right of way permits will be issued through Development Services. They may be applied for in person or online. Plans must be submitted electronically for review and should typically be reviewed within five working days. This will not affect new construction as the right of way permits will be a part of the review of new projects and are to be included in the building permit. For right of way permits issued after April 1, 2019 that require sidewalk and drive-approach inspections, the inspections will be scheduled through and performed by the Building Division.

About Us

The Development Services Department is composed of the Building Division, the Coastal Resources Division, Economic Development, and the Planning & Development Division. Click here to view the Development Services Organizational Chart (PDF).

  • Building Division - The Building Division processes building, electrical, and air conditioning permits, among others. Staff monitor activities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and ordinances. To request an inspection, please call (409) 797-3666 with the property address, type of inspection, and permit number.
  • 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.
  • Economic Development - The City of Galveston is focused on expanding business opportunities, upgrading infrastructure, strengthening neighborhoods, and celebrating Galveston Island as a top destination in the state.
  • Planning & Development Division - The Planning Division 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.
  • Historic Preservation - The Historic Preservation 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 "Design Standards for Historic Properties."

Pre-Development Meetings

Pre-development meetings take place every other Friday at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00AM by appointment. At the meeting, you will be provided general information regarding the City of Galveston’s development process, contact information, applicable codes, applications, and fees. The staff members present will review the project and provide preliminary comments. To schedule a meeting, please fill out the meeting request form and contact Karen White at (409) 797-3608 or kwhite@galvestontx.gov.