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Denton Development Code Update

The City of Denton has recently approved the 2019 edition of the Denton Development Code following years of work by staff and elected officials, and considerable input from the Community. A copy of the 2019 Development Code can be found under “Helpful Resources” to the right. The 2019 edition, while not effective until Oct. 1, 2019, may be used by applicants for new projects.

Major changes in the 2019 edition of the Denton Development Code include:

  • Simplified development processes.
  • Landscape and Conservation standards that regulate tree and landscape requirements.
  • A neighborhood meeting requirement to increase transparency in the development process and provide neighborhoods the opportunity to ask questions and discuss projects.
  • Simplified zoning categories and better alignment of zoning districts with surrounding areas.
  • Greater flexibility in the application of requirements outlined in the Code.

While the approval of the Code has been completed, Development Services staff continue to work on other initiatives related to city initiated rezonings and updating criteria manuals. If you have any questions about the new development code, please contact Development Services at development@cityofdenton.com or 940-349-8541.

Criteria Manuals and Other Codes
In addition to the update to the Development Code, the City of Denton is updating its criteria manuals, design standards, and other codes. While the Denton Development Code provides the big picture of development in Denton, these other documents provide the detail about how a building must be built, what fire prevention equipment is necessary, etc. These updates are in preparation for providing the community clear expectations for developing and permitting in Denton and will updated more frequently in the future. Please review the following draft criteria manuals and rpovde any feedback you have in the form at the bottom of this page.

Transportation Criteria Manual - March 2018
Stormwater Design Criteria Manual - December 2018
Water and Wastewater Criteria Manual - December 2018
Food Code - In Progress
Building Code - In Progress
Fire Code - In Progress
Development Review Criteria Manual - Upcoming

To view current criteria manuals, please visit https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/business/development-review/code-criteria-manual.