Dallas County Public Works
Obtaining a Development PermitAdministration Building . 411 Elm Street, 4th Floor . Dallas, Texas 75202
Dallas County Unincorporated Area - Development Permit
Application / Process and Subdivision Regulations
Developmental Activities (residential or non-residential construction/installation, grading/filling, on site sewerage facility/OSSF, sand & gravel operations, etc.) in the Unincorporated Areas are regulated by the following permits:
This permit is required by the County Floodplain Management Regulations per Court Order No. 2004-1356, dated August 3, 2004. All permit applications shall be initially submitted as a Level I. Public Works staff shall determine in writing if the Level I permit should be amended to a Level II or III. The three permit levels (types) are:
Level I is for an individual lot improvement or subdivision not located in the FEMA 100 Year Base Flood ($35 initial fee); FEMA 100 Year Base Flood Elevation (BFE) Determination, 9-1-1 Address Verification, Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD) Verification, aerial photo, and a County Public Works follow-up inspection are included.
Level II is for an individual lot improvement or subdivision of less than 5 acres total area located in the FEMA 100 Year Base Flood ($100 additional fee); Level I information is included and requires Elevation Certification by a State of Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor (R.P.L.S.) for elevation and a State of Texas Professional Engineer (P.E.) for floodproofing – dry or wet, and several Public Works follow-up inspections.
Level III is for an individual lot improvement or subdivision of 5 acres or more total area located in the FEMA 100 Year Base Flood ($250 additional fee); Level I information is included and requires Elevation Certification by a Texas R.P.L.S. for elevation and a Texas P.E. for floodproofing – dry or wet, and several Public Works inspections.
Permit Process [includes approximate time per step]:
Please complete the Permit Application Form (all of Sheet 1 of 3 and the top half of Sheet 2 of 3) to the Signature of Applicant line. The Dallas County Floodplain Administrator’s Representative shall complete the remainder of this Application Form. Attach all four (4) of the following required items to your permit application for processing:
Oversize/Overweight Permit Requirements for Dallas County Roads
This is a separate permit that must be applied for individually. Please contact Anthony Smith with Public Works GIS at Vmail: 214-653-6444 or Email: ACSmith@dallascounty.org for this type of permit for a Dallas County Road.
On Site Sewerage Facility/OSSF and Permit Requirements
This is a separate permit that must be applied for individually. Please contact Anthony Jenkins, R.S., Assistant Director, Environmental Health Services/Inspections, Dallas County Health & Human Services, 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 609, Dallas, Tx., 75207, at Vmail: 214-819-2115 or Email: TJenkins@dallascounty.org with questions re: on site sewerage facility (OSSF – i.e. septic & aerobic system permit) requirements, code/environmental, etc.
Dallas County Public Works advises you to contact Texas Commission On Environmental Quality (TCEQ), DFW Regional Office - Water, Waste, and Air Division, at 817-588-5800 for questions re: environmental permits, etc.
The owner of a tract of land in the County Unincorporated Area who divides this tract into two (2) or more parts to lay out a subdivision [i.e. an addition or any re-configuration of a lot(s) or tract(s) of land], lots, streets, alleys, squares, parks, etc., shall prepare Preliminary and Final Plats for said tract. These Plats shall meet County’s Subdivision Regulations per Court Order No. 2010-1361, dated August 17, 2010, and be submitted to Public Works for regulatory compliance with recommendation for approval thereafter by the Commissioners Court. Approval of the Preliminary and Final Plats are required prior to issuance of any Development Permit(s) or On Site Sewerage Facility/OSSF Permit(s), and shall be filed/recorded thereafter with Dallas County Deed/Plat Records.
Fire Marshal: Please note the County adopted the International Fire Code 2006 Edition in 2010. Below are the County weblinks for the Fire Marshal, and the respective Fire Code:
The application file shall remain open for a period of one (1) year from the date received at Dallas County. The owner is required to complete and submit all documentation within that timeframe. No development activity is authorized until the respective permits are approved and issued.
Should you have questions, please contact me at Vmail: 214-653-6392 or Email: Hamid.Baha@dallascounty.org.
Hamid Baha , P.E., Project Manager