Planning & Development Division

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, City Hall is currently not accepting walk-ins.

You can submit building permit applications and code enforcement complaints online through the ePortal. The planning and coastal divisions accept applications via email. For the time being, fence, swimming pool, and roof permit applications will also be accepted via email.

Please be advised that Development Services is operating with reduced staff and some employees may not have access to their phones. For immediate assistance, we encourage you to email the Planning Counter.

About Us

The Planning & Development Division is responsible for numerous projects which include, but are not limited to:

  • Current Planning - Reviewing applications for abandonments, Licenses to Use (LTUs), Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), replats, zoning district and text amendments, variances, and more. Also, permitting for concessionaires and special event vending.
  • Zoning - Classifying land in order to responsibly guide the development of land. These classifications, or districts, include additional land regulations in terms of height, setbacks, landscaping, and more. 
  • Land Development Regulations (LDRs) - Adhering to standards for the orderly development and redevelopment of land and associated public infrastructure, facilities, and amenities in accordance with the "2011 Comprehensive Plan."
  • Historic Preservation - 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." 
  • Boards & Commissions - Staffing the Landmark Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and various committees. Meeting agendas and staff reports are available on Agenda Center.

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

Zoning Map

Use the map below to find out what a property is zoned. More information about each zoning district is available in the Article 3 Addendums and "Land Development Regulations" below. Click here to view a table of permitted land uses by zoning district.

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Article 3 Addendums (Updated September 2019)

Comprehensive Plan

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Land Development Regulations (LDRs)

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Design Standards for Historic Properties

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