What is zoning?

Zoning establishes, within a defined area, the types of buildings and what they may be used for. A residential area for example, may be zoned Single Family District 1 (SF-1), which means that the lots can contain one single-family home and the lots are of a prescribed minimum area, width, and depth.

Zoning is regulated based on the zoning map and district use charts approved by the City Council. View the Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance.

City staff can answer your questions about permitted uses, building setback requirements, or other specifics regarding a particular zoning district or property. Call 214-987-5411.

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1. When is a permit not necessary?
2. What permits do I need for remodeling or adding improvements to my home?
3. What are permits, and why do I need one?
4. When do I need a construction permit?
5. Where do I get a permit?
6. How long does it take to get a permit?
7. What are construction hours?
8. What is zoning?
9. What about other approvals or permits?
10. What if I don't get a permit?
11. Who should obtain the permit?
12. Can I do the work myself, or do I have to hire a contractor?
13. Who draws up the plans?
14. What about inspections?
15. What if I have a permit but never called for an inspection?