General Development Process Steps
The City of Arlington’s Community Planning and Development Department’s mission is to make Arlington a premier City by engaging in visionary planning, building vibrant neighborhoods and serving residents, businesses and visitors.
- Zoning establishes the types of land uses permitted on a specific tract of land. Zoning also regulates the size, intensity, and height of development, as well as signage, screening, and parking related to development. Arlington has 28 zoning districts, which are broadly grouped into residential, non-residential and mixed-use, and overlay districts. Specific information regarding each district can be obtained in the City of Arlington’s Unified Development Code. For more information, click here.
- Platting – State Law requires every owner of a tract of land, who divides the tract into two or more parts, to first file a plat with the city. A subdivision plat is a survey, prepared by a licensed registered surveyor, of the property describing the dimensions and location of lot lines, streets, and easements. A plat also establishes the lot, block, and subdivision name used in real estate transactions. A plat is a legal document complete with:
- A drawing of the property boundaries
- A written description of those boundaries
- A dedication statement
- An owners certification statement
- A title block and approval statements
Plats are reviewed and approved by the City and filed in the Plat Records of Tarrant County. For more information, visit the platting webpage.
- Site Plan
After the platting process, business owners are required to submit a site plan to the city. Click here to view the checklist.
To submit an application online, please visit the online One-Stop platform or click on the quick links below.
- Certificate of Occupancy
After steps 1-4 are complete, an application is required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (COO). A COO is a document issued by the Community Planning and Development Department that certifies a building’s compliance with the City of Arlington’s building codes and certifies the building to be in a suitable condition for occupancy. To view the application, click here. If you would like to learn more about the Development Process, please visit the Community Development and Planning webpage.