Development  Engineering

In order to ensure the safety of all during the public health emergency, the Development Engineering Division will be providing all customer service via email, GoTo or Zoom meetings and over the phone.  Please call 972.412.6177 for service during regular business hours.  In person meetings or counter service has been suspended at this time until further notice

Effective September 1, 2019

The City of Rowlett Community Development Department will now only accept applications for review of Civil Plans and subsequent Resubmittals on Monday by 3:00 p.m.  Any application that does not provide the required exhibits or information will not be accepted by the city.

Effective March 1, 2020

Community Development has adopted a new fee schedule.  All Right-of-Way Permit applications are not assessed a fee of $100.  To be processed, a complete Right-of-Way Permit application must consist of the following:

  • Complete ROW application, including valid DCAD/RCAD address.
  • Map or Site Plan clearly indicating the work location and that displays street names:  in come cases, depending on complexity and length of project, a complete set of drawings may be requested.
  • Credit Card authorization form for $100.
  • All documents must be received in PDF format.

Division Functions


  • Review and Regulation of all private development (development paid for by private entities) including residential subdivisions, commercial, and industrial projects.
  • Flood Plain Management - To ensure development in the flood hazard areas are in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and City Ordinances.
  • Administration of the Storm Water Management Program, Rights-of-Way and Easements within the City.
  • Management and Issuance of all Right-of-Way and Grading Permits

Permit Applications, Forms, & Checklist

Right-of-Way Permit (PDF) - A permit is required if you need to work in the City’s Right-of-Way (a strip of land that is granted, through an easement or dedication, for the purpose of public access and utility service).

Contractor Registration - All Utility Contractors who do work in the City of Rowlett must be registered. We will not authorize Civil Plans or issue Right-of-Way Permits unless the Utility Contractor is registered.

Grading Permit (PDF) - A permit is required if you are adding, removing, or moving dirt on your land/lot or subdivision.

Civil Engineering Plans Checklist (PDF)

Standard Details (PDF)

2019 Impact Fee Study

Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) Information: ERU

Please email all permit applications to.

Please email all as-built requests.

After Hours Inspection Requests

Please email all after hours inspection requests.