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Texas law requires that every owner of any tract of land who subdivides the tract into two or more parcels must file a plat. The Platting process is a system that allows municipalities to ensure that all lots are in compliance with the Master Plan and other development standards.
Each plat is reviewed by staff to ensure compliance with regulations such as the following:
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A subdivision plat is a legal instrument that is prepared by a licensed, registered land surveyor. The plat exhibit includes the dimensions and location of lot lines, streets, and easements. The legal address: Lot and Block information is established with the plat. Plat requirements are specified in Chapter 23 of our local code of ordinances.
A plat is required in the following cases:
There are four different types of plats. Learn more about them on our Plat Types page.
The platting process allows property owners and City staff time to review and respond to development proposals. Upon receiving a plat, the Planning Department distributes copies to the Staff Review Committee which is composed of various city departments. The Staff Review Committee evaluates the project to ensure that it complies with local and state development regulations. If all requirements are met, the Planning Department will place the plat application on the next Planning and Zoning Commission agenda.
If staff identifies any errors or omissions on the plat submittal, the applicant will receive a letter that outlines all the items that need to be addressed. Once all concerns have been addressed, the Planning Department will place the plat case on the next available Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Final Plats require the approval of both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
To apply, download and complete the Building Permit Application (PDF).