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Here are the steps for the development review and project application process for the City of Denton. 

Effective May 5, the Planning and Zoning Commission will  hold meetings two times per month to conduct necessary business. To ensure the safety of all meeting participants, Planning and Zoning Commission meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice.

In response to the rise of local COVID-19 cases, the City of Denton Development Services Department has modified the extent to which facilities are open to the public. Whenever possible, staff will be encouraged to conduct meetings with members of the public and development community virtually. In-person deliveries and meetings with City staff will be limited to an appointment only basis. To request an in-person appointment, please email Building@cityofdenton.com or call (940) 349-8360. Please note that appointment hours may be revised based on the volume of requests received.
Please check this webpage regularly, information will be updated as the situation develops.

Development Review Process 

Please select the development process stages below for additional information on the specific requirements for each step of a proposed development project.

  • Step 1: Feasibility
    All applicants are strongly encouraged to request a pre-application conference. During these meetings, applicants will be assigned a development facilitator who will serve as their primary point of contact for the duration of the projects. Pre-application conferences help applicants to navigate the development process and provide an overview of the development process and application requirements. 

    Click here to request a pre-application conference. 
  • Step 2: Applications (Click Here for Checklists)
    All applications submitted for review require fee payment and must be accompanied by all items listed in the applicable project checklist. Late fee payment and missing application items may result in delayed submittal review. Applications are accepted online and in person. If submitting application in person, please deliver to 215 E. McKinney St.

    Applications are only accepted on specific submittal dates. Please select the appropriate submittal schedule (located under “Helpful Documents” on this page) when preparing and submitting your applications.

    The checklists below outline the required materials for each application type. All development review applications require an owner authorization form, a link is provided below. Applicants will receive details on required application types during their pre-application conference. 

    Major Applications
    Zoning Compliance Plan
    Preliminary Plat
    Civil Engineering Plans
    Final Plat

    Click here for a list with links to all other applications.

    Hard Copy Development Application - Not Required for Online Submissions

    Owner Authorization Form - Required for All Applications

    Tree Inventory and Mitigation Worksheet

    Click here to begin your online application.

    Application Guides:

    Upload Drawings and Supporting Documents into ProjectDox
    ProjectDox is the document management software for uploading development-related documents. Drawings (Site Plan, Landscape Plan, etc.) should be uploaded in the drawing folder, and supporting documents (Narrative, Checklist, etc.) should be uploaded in the supporting documents folder. Please note, each item listed in the associated project checklist must be uploaded as single PDF files in order for staff to continue processing your development review submittal.

    Click here to access ProjectDox.

    ways to pay your application fee:
    • Online through E-TrakIT.
    • Over the phone by calling (940) 349-8360.
    • In person at the Development Services Center, 215 E. McKinney St.

    Please note, all fees must be paid in order for staff to continue processing your development review submittal. If you miss the deadline, your initial development review request will be deemed incomplete.

    Submit Project
    Follow the directions below to complete your submittal:

    Under the workflow, once your upload is completed, click on the “Workflow Portals” tab. Under this tab you will see an “Applicant Upload” task. You will accept this task and it will take you into the workflow page. At the bottom of the page you will see a button labeled “Submission Complete”. Select the “Submission Complete” button and your submission will be routed to City staff to begin their review.
  • Step 3: Pre-Construction
    The Pre-Construction phase includes the submission and approval of Development Contracts and the Pre-Construction Meeting where City staff provides applicants with clear direction on remaining requirements to construct. 

    For most projects, once the final plat is approved, your assigned development facilitator will contact you to schedule a pre-construction meeting. Once your development contracts have been fully executed and all impact fees have been paid, your notice to proceed will be issued so that permitting and construction can begin.

    Development contracts include three-way agreements and hold-harmless agreements for public improvements associated with the project. The development contract guide and templates are linked below. Please contact your development facilitator for additional information.
  • Step 4: Permitting, Construction, & Inspections
    Once building permits are issued, construction commences and inspections are conducted by both Public Works Inspections and Building Inspections. Applicable information requests are responded to and change orders are reviewed and approved. 

    At the conclusion of this stage, final walk-throughs will be scheduled to ensure all punch list items have been addressed.

    Click here for additional information on permitting.

    Effective July 15, 2020, the Development Services Building Safety Division will begin operating with their summer inspection schedule, which is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Building Safety Inspectors will be available daily until 5 p.m. to answer questions and perform inspections of any occupied residence as necessary. The Building Safety summer inspection schedule will be in effect July 15-September 30, 2020. If you have questions or concerns regarding the revised inspection schedule, please call (940) 349-8360. Inspections conducted by the Building Safety Division for structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and final inspections should be scheduled online using the eTRAKiT Inspection Request Portal.

  • Step 5: Project Completion
    Inspectors conduct final site inspection and acceptance of public infrastructure followed by submission of As-Built Drawings. Public Works Inspections will issue a final project completion letter to the applicant and Building Safety will issue the Certificate of Occupancy. 

General Development Considerations

For general development feasibility questions related to land use, zoning, landscaping standards, tree code requirements, and platting, please call the main Development Services number at (940) 349-7716 or email at PlanningTechnicians@cityofdenton.com.

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