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  1. Where can I purchase a copy of the Dallas Development Code Book?
  2. What is Zoning?
  3. What is Building Inspection?
  4. What is the One-Stop Permitting Center?
  5. Where can I purchase a copy of the zoning map for my neighborhood?
  6. Where can I look at a copy of the zoning map for my neighborhood?
  7. My property is zoned "CD"(Conservation District) or "H"(Historic District) followed by a number. What does this mean?
  8. My property is zoned "PD"(Planned Development District) and is located in the Oak Lawn/State Thomas/Deep Ellum/Cedars/North Oak Cliff/Downtown neighborhood   These ordinances are large and complex.  Who can help me understand what these ordinances mean?
  9. What is the zoning classification of my property and the zoning regulations for development?
  10. How do I file an application to the Board of Adjustment for a variance or special exception to the zoning or landscaping regulations?
  11. How do I obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?
  12. How do I obtain a Sign Permit?

1. Where can I purchase a copy of the Dallas Development Code Book?

You may purchase, Part II of the Dallas Development Code, City of Dallas Code of Ordinances, Volume III, from:

    American Legal Publishing Corporation
    432 Walnut Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3909
    513-421-424

2. What is Zoning?

Zoning is the division of land into districts. These districts have uniform zoning regulations including those on land use, height, setbacks, lot size, density, coverage, and floor area ratio (FAR). Use the online zoning map to determine the zoning on our your property.

Zoning and its regulations help ensure a city will grow and change in a managed, predictable way to help safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

You must have the appropriate Zoning before you may build on your land. If the lot you want to build on is not properly zoned for your proposed development, you must obtain the proper zoning. The process takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks and includes two public hearings. To obtain additional information concerning the zoning change process contact:

3. What is Building Inspection?

Building Inspection Division improves the quality of life for Dallas citizens by ensuring compliance with established construction standards and by enforcing City codes.

Building Inspection - Field Services provides for the enforcement of building, consumer affairs, fire code, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, zoning, certificate of occupancy and sign code requirements through inspection of private development activities including new building construction, additions, remodeling and changes in property usage.

Building Inspection - Technical and Support Services is responsible for the enforcement of building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and development codes and certificate of occupancy requirements, through plan review of all residential and commercial construction projects. This program coordinates code changes, training and provides staff support plan review, processes permits, reviews applications for trade registrations, collects fees and maintains all files and construction permit related activity. This program also processes plat applications, provides for the early release of permits and publishes the Dallas Development Guide.

4. What is the One-Stop Permitting Center?

The One-Stop Permit Center is the convenient location where the City of Dallas provides information and services to assist the public in the construction and development processes.

This center has been created in order to simplify the construction and development application and review processes and allow individuals to conduct most of their transactions at one location.

Located at the City's Oak Cliff Municipal Center at 320 E. Jefferson, the "one-stop permitting center" provides an efficient and user-friendly service to businesses Trained professionals will walk you through the permitting process and assist you in understanding the City's development code to expedite your permits, licenses or any other issue that may impact your development project. You will find helpful staff from other divisions of the Planning & Development Department, the Water Department, Fire Department, and Environmental and Health Services Department. For assistance call: (214) 948-4320.

5. Where can I purchase a copy of the zoning map for my neighborhood?

Full size current zoning maps are available in the Planning Department at Dallas City Hall (1500 Marilla Street, Room 5CN) or partial copies at the Oak Cliff Municipal Center (320 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 118). There is a nominal charge for copies of these documents.

6. Where can I look at a copy of the zoning map for my neighborhood?

Current zoning maps are available for public viewing online at the following Oak Cliff Municipal Center (320 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 118). Our phone number is (214) 948-4480, our fax number is (214) 948-4116. There is a nominal charge for copies of these documents.

7. My property is zoned "CD"(Conservation District) or "H"(Historic District) followed by a number. What does this mean?

Special district designations in the City of Dallas indicate that there are regulations regarding development which are unique to this area. General descriptions, or assistance with interpretation, can be acquired by telephoning the Long Range Planning Division of the Department of Development Services at (214) 670-5088. Detailed information, including copies of these ordinances, can be acquired in person at the Long Range Planning Division at City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Roomn 5CN.

8. My property is zoned "PD"(Planned Development District) and is located in the Oak Lawn/State Thomas/Deep Ellum/Cedars/North Oak Cliff/Downtown neighborhood   These ordinances are large and complex.  Who can help me understand what these ordinances mean?

Detailed information, including copies of these ordinances, can be acquired in person in the Building Inspection Office at 320 E. Jefferson Blvd., Room 105.

9. What is the zoning classification of my property and the zoning regulations for development?

In order to obtain the current zoning classification and regulations governing development and use of property, contact the Building Inspectors office at (214) 948-4480 or visit their offices at 320 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 105.

10. How do I file an application to the Board of Adjustment for a variance or special exception to the zoning or landscaping regulations?

In order to file an appeal to the Board of Adjustment, contact the Building Inspectors office at (214) 948-4480 or visit their offices at 320 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 105, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, for processing information, application requirements and fees.

11. How do I obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?

A Certificate of Occupancy, which is required before any structure (except residential uses) may be used or occupied, OR in the event of a change in the existing occupancy classification or the tenant or occupant of a structure or portion of a structure, may be obtained at any one of four locations:

One-Stop Permit Center 320 E. Jefferson, Room 118 (214) 948-4480|
Southeast District Office 725 N. Jim Miller (214) 670-8160
Northwest District Office 2828 Shorecrest Dr., Suite B (214) 670-6115
North Central District Office 6969 McCallum, Suite A (214) 670-7278

Information concerning procedures related to Certificates of Occupancy is available from the Building Inspection Division at (214) 948-4480.a A Certificate of Occupancy costs $175.00.

12. How do I obtain a Sign Permit?

A sign permit, which is required for certain attached and detached signs, may be obtained at the One-Stop Permit Center, located at 320 E. Jefferson, Room 118.a Attached signs include most signs attached to, applied on, or supported by any part of a building A detached sign includes most signs connected to the ground Certain types of signs are excluded from regulation; certain areas of the City have been designated as Special Provision Sign Districts and have special regulations Information concerning procedures related to Sign Permits is available from the Building Inspection Division at (214) 948-4480.

NOTE: The use chart on the following pages has not been formally adopted by the City Council. It is prepared by the city staff and intended for use as a guide only. You are advised to see the use regulations for specific regulations. In the event of a conflict between the use charts and the text of the use regulations, the text of the use regulations controls.

For additional information about the Yard, Lot and Space Regulations, please call Building Inspection, 214-948-4480 and ask for Zoning.

 


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