Department of Unincorporated Area Services

    Department of Unincorporated Area Services 

    500 Elm Street, Suite 6100
    Dallas, Texas 75202

    Welcome to the Department of Unincorporated Area Services (DUAS). Our Mission is to facilitate and monitor activities through the administration of applicable regulations and services within unincorporated areas of Dallas County. This is accomplished, in part, by working with surrounding municipalities, Dallas County's Fire Marshal and Sheriff's Offices, and through partnerships with the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other stakeholders.

    To achieve this mission, we work closely with businesses, citizens, community and other organizational representatives to ensure that Dallas County's unincorporated areas are managed in an effective manner. Leading these and other related efforts is a vital part of Dallas County government.

    DUAS is responsible for the below mentioned items as well as the planning and coordination of intergovernmental activities in all of Dallas County's unincorporated areas.

    • Applications & Permits
    • Addressing & Street Naming
    • Building & Development Permits & Process
    • Communications Facilities Structures (cell towers)
    • Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction Agreements
    • Floodplain Management
    • Inter-departmental Coordination
    • Nuisance Abatement
    • Outdoor Businesses (Auto Salvage Yards, Hog Pens, Junkyards, Slaughter houses, etc.)
    • Pre-Development Meetings
    • Residential Inspections & Permits
    • Septic Tanks
    • Slaughterhouses
    • Subdivision (platting)
    1. IN PERSON SUBMITTALS: applicants may contact 214-653-6565 or email to request an appointment. (However, a .pdf of plans is also required.)
    2. ELECTRONIC SUBMITTALS: applicants may send complete application packets containing all required documents to   Applications may be obtained online by visiting here.

    please note that applicants submitting permits via USPS mail are required to contact the DUAS directly at 214-653-6565 or*

    APPLICATION FEES: All fees are to be paid by check or money order or credit card Call 214-653-6565 to confirm application fee amount. Check or money order must be mailed to the address listed above. For all permits other than Building Permits, applications are not considered accepted and complete until such time fees are paid in full. Applicants will receive an email confirming application completeness and/or approval. PLEASE NOTE: a complete application shall contain the following items (if applicable):
    • Complete application
    • Authorization form: (authorizes a designated representative to represent and submit applications on behalf of the property owner and/or company)
    • Driver’s license (copy; or other official government I.D. including photo)
    • Fees (check or money order only; contact the DUAS to confirm fee amount)
    • Copy of plat (if property is platted)
    • Property deed
    • Scope of work description
    • Site Plan (11x17 size and .pdf)
    • Survey (if not platted)(11x17 size and .pdf)
    • *Full size (24x36) may be required
    • **In most instances, the DUAS will require applicants to obtain a completed “ETJ/Subdivision Determination Form” from the city, if the subject property is located within a city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction. This form is to be provided to the City. The City will forward this completed form directly to the DUAS.”