Planning and Urban Design

In order to ensure the safety of all during the public health emergency, the Division will be providing all customer service via email, Zoom meetings and over the phone. Please be advised plat and zoning applications that require Planning and Zoning Commission action are being suspended at this time and the Planning and Zoning Commission will not convene until further notice.

We appreciate your patience during this period as we work on ways to serve our customers under the current circumstances. We will continue to process administrative plats and site development plans. Please feel free to send inquiries by email or call for assistance at 972.463.3927 for service during regular business hours. 

Division Functions

***Effective September 1, 2019***

The City of Rowlett Community Development Department will now only accept applications for plats and plan submittals and resubmittals  based on the following schedule:

  • All Planning submittals must be received by 3:00 p.m. according to the schedules below.                          
  • Any application that does not provide the required exhibits or information will not be accepted by the city

Submittal Schedules:

Plat Submittal Schedule
Plan Submittal Schedule (excluding plats)

Zoning & Development Handbook

The Zoning & Development Handbook (PDF) is provided to assist the public with the City’s various Zoning and Development processes. The goal of the Zoning & Development Handbook is to consolidate all of the prior development applications and checklists into one central document.

Zoning Request Application
Plat Request Application
Site Development Plan Application
Form-Based Code Application

Other Applications:

Special Use Permit
Temporary Use Permit and Variance Request Application
Housing Tax Credit Application
Zoning Verification Letter Request
Pre-application meeting Application

Applications are accepted via

Please contact a staff member or continue to consult City Ordinances for the most recent rules and regulations. The City Council also adopted a Form Based Code (PDF) on November 6, 2012, for specific areas in the City. To date, the following areas are required to follow the standards in the FBC: Woodside Living (PDF), Healthy Living (PDF), Signature Gateway (PDF) and Downtown (PDF). Please contact staff if you have specific questions regarding these areas or are interested in rezoning property to a Form Based District. We look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact us at 972-463-3949 if you have any questions.

Additional Development Resources


The Planning Division manages land use development by implementing the Comprehensive Plan and administering the Rowlett Development Code and Form Based Code, as well as the other plans, ordinances, policies, and procedures of the City. The division also prepares plans and/or studies that serve to guide future development. For more information, please refer to our FAQ’s.

View descriptions of the different zoning districts in Rowlett (PDF).