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​Sustainable Development and Co​nst​ruction


​David Cossum​​
(214) 670-4127

The City of Dallas is committed to being a helpful and enthusiastic partner in the private development process. Sustainable Development and Construction provides permit and plan review, approval and inspection services for private development.  The Sustainable Development and Construction Department is structured such that a person wanting to build in Dallas can conduct business within one department, under the leadership of one director and one assistant city manager.  Our goal is to provide high-quality customer service, while protecting the health, safety and welfare of Dallas residents.​

Dallas Development Process


The City of Dallas created a flowchart depicting the development review process for new commercial construction and additions.  The flowchart is designed to be an asset for the development community, providing customers with a consistent and predictable map for planning and executing a project. 

The flowchart is designed to facilitate customers through each of the functions which may or may not be required for their desired scope of work.  Each of the functions are assigned a specific color corresponding to the City Departments and/or Divisions responsible for that area.  Customers navigate the flowchart by reading the questions posed within each subject, allowing them to evaluate their decision process to making more informed decisions with: 

  • Zoning
  • Legal Building Site (Platting)
  • Public Money Acquired
  • Permit Application Submittals
  • Permit Application Inspections

Each of these subjects is supported by a series of subcategories listing their associated time frames for:

  • Staff time; and/or
  • Board or Commission Decision; and/or
  • City Council Decision

​*Please note that most projects will NOT have to navigate all areas of the process as presented.  This is to be used as a resource tool only. 

To view and download the flowchart, please click here.​

Number of zoning cases submitted for the period ending 11/27/17:

City Plan Commission
​​Zoning Cases SubmittedNumber Remaining
January 4, 2018

The Sustainable Development and Construction Department caps the number of zoning cases processed for each submittal deadline based on the type of zoning requests submitted and the number of full time planners on staff.  The standard number of applications accepted per deadline is 14​.  The number may be reduced if a large number of planned development districts are submitted during one cutoff period.  Any cases accepted beyond the number assigned will be placed on the next cutoff.  This number is updated after 4:00 p.m. each work day. 

The tentative City Plan Commission (CPC) date shown for the cutoff date is dependent on deadlines for additional information being met by the applicant.  The CPC date is also dependent on the case being postponed by the applicant or the opposition.  The date above is a tentative date.​

For more information regarding submittal deadlines please click on the links below to access the zoning application schedule:  

2017 Zoning Submittal Schedule​

For status updates on existing zoning casesclick here​.

Number of Board of Adjustment appeals for the current period ending 11/17/17:

​Board of Adjustment Meeting Period​​Appeals ReceivedNumber Remaining 
January 16, 2017  - Panel A
January 17, 2017 - Panel B


The Sustainable Development and Construction Department, Building Inspection Division, accepts a maximum of 14 applications for each filing deadline.  Please refer to the BDA calendar and instructions packet for additional information.  Any appeals accepted beyond the maximum number will be sequentially scheduled for the next filing deadlines. 
*This number is updated after 4:00 p.m. each work day. 

2017 Board of Adjustment Calendar​
2017 Board of Adjustment Filing Calendar

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