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Platting :: Process

Is there a fee to process a plat?

How long does the platting process take?

What information is required to submit a plat?

How can I appeal a Development Review Committee (DRC) comment that I disagree with?

Who serves on the Development Review Committee (DRC)?

Who approves plats?

What happens after P&Z approval?

How is the plat filed with the County?

How can I get a copy of my plat?


Is there a fee to process a plat?

The City’s processing fees are based on the type of plat and the land area being platted. The fee covers the cost of reviewing and preparing recommendations for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Director of Community Development and Planning. Click here for the Plat Fee Schedule

In addition to the application fees, a filing fee is required to cover the County’s charges for filing the plat. This fee shall be provided by a check or money order payable to the Tarrant County Clerk.

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How long does the platting process take?

Plats are reviewed and recommendations are available to the applicant within 10 business days after the initial submittal date. Each re-submittal of the plat is reviewed and recommendations are available to the applicant within 5 business days.

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What information is required to submit a plat?

Unless written waiver is provided by authorized City personnel, complete plat applications shall include all items on the Documents Required Checklist that corresponds with the type of plat submittal.

The plat application includes information regarding:

  • The name of the subdivision;
  • The number of acres and lots;
  • The name, address, and phone number of the property owner and surveyor;
  • A notarized property owners signature; and,
  • The current use of the property.
  • The “Disclosure of Interest” statement identifies conflicts of interest with Planning and Zoning Commission members, City Council members or key city staff members which the property owner needs to disclose.

“Studies” refer to a preliminary drainage study, a preliminary storm water management plan, a preliminary water and sanitary sewer layout, traffic impact or circulation analysis, and any linear park facilities agreement.

Before submitting a plat application, City staff encourages a pre-submittal meeting. This may involve the applicant, planner, and other staff members discussing the proposed subdivision as it pertains to City ordinances, existing site characteristics, adjacent properties, and other development factors.

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How can I appeal a Development Review Committee (DRC) comment that I disagree with?

To appeal a DRC comment, the applicant should submit a letter to the Department of Community Development and Planning after final comments are available. The letter should identify the comment being appealed and reasons for opposition. The DRC prepares a response to each appeal. Typically, in responding to appeals, the role of the DRC is to enforce City Ordinances and give information about existing conditions. The Department of Community Development and Planning forwards both the applicant letter and staff response to the Planning and Zoning Commission and/or City Council, who make the final decision.

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Who serves on the Development Review Committee (DRC)?

The following is list of City departments, franchise utility companies who serve on the DRC along with their responsibilities and phone numbers.

  • Planning | 817-459-6502 – Plat preparation, scheduling, subdivision design, site development
  • Engineering | 817-459-6502 – Transportation, Drainage, Stormwater Management, Utilities, Fire Code
  • Maps & Records | 817-459-6524 – Addressing, Legal Descriptions, GPS, Electronic Copy of Plat
  • Parks & Recreation | 817-459-6937 – Park dedication, pedestrian easements
  • Franchise Utilities | 817-253-5021 – Electrical easements

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Who approves plats?

The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews and approves preliminary plats, replats, and combination plats. The City Council reviews any reserved authority appeal, such as, an appeal to right-of-way dedication. The Director of Community Development and Planning reviews and approves final plats, minor plats, and amended plats administratively.

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What happens after P&Z approval?

After plats are approved, a copy is circulated through the DRC members to verify compliance with the comments. Then, final prints of the plat are distributed for appropriate certifications, signatures, and filing.

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How is the plat filed with the County?

The applicant is required to submit two original prints of the completed plat, copies of the original tax certificates showing a zero balance, and a check made payable to the Tarrant County Clerk for the amount of filing is required. One copy of the plat is maintained in the City’s Map Room and the second copy is on file in the Tarrant County Clerk’s Office. 24” x 36” plats are $61.00 and 18” x 24” plats are $48.00 and additional pages are $4.00 each. Plats are typically taken to the County for filing every Thursday. The County assigns an instrument number to the plat identifying its location. If an applicant requests a special filing, there is an additional fee of $600 for mail delivery and $900 for hand delivery.

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How can I get a copy of my plat?

A copy of the plat may be obtained from the Tarrant County Clerk’s Office or the Map Room on the ground floor of Arlington City Hall. You can also search for a plat using our online document viewer.

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