Development Services

Tim Tietjens

Executive Director
Ph: (409) 797-3668
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Development Services Department
823 Rosenberg, Rm 401
Galveston, TX 77550

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM

Contact Us

Ph: (409) 797-3660
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Staff Directory

About Us

The Development Services Department is composed of the Building Division, the Coastal Resources Division, Economic Development, and the Planning & Development Division. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each division.

  1. Building Division
  2. Coastal Resources Division 
  3. Economic Development
  4. Planning & Development Division 

Building Division

The Building 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?


Beginning in early 2019, residents, contractors and developers seeking building permits will be able to manage their applications online – a move that will speed up the permitting process and simplify plan review. Click here for more information.

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