Planning & Development Division

About Us

The Planning & Development Division is responsible for numerous projects which include, but are not limited to:

  • Current Planning - Reviewing applications for abandonments, Licenses to Use (LTUs), Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), replats, zoning district and text amendments, variances, and more. Also, permitting for concessionaires and special event vending.
  • Zoning - Classifying land in order to responsibly guide the development of land. These classifications, or districts, include additional land regulations in terms of height, setbacks, landscaping, and more. 
  • Land Development Regulations (LDRs) - Adhering to standards for the orderly development and redevelopment of land and associated public infrastructure, facilities, and amenities in accordance with the "2011 Comprehensive Plan."
  • Historic Preservation - Promoting the community’s vision for sustainable preservation by guiding appropriate stewardship of historic resources and compatible redevelopment in locally-designated historic districts. For details, please refer to the "Design Standards for Historic Properties." 
  • Boards & Commissions - Staffing the Landmark Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and various committees. Meeting agendas and staff reports are available on Agenda Center.

Pre-Development Meetings

At this time, pre-development meetings take place via conference call every other Wednesday at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00AM. At the meeting, you will be provided general information regarding the City of Galveston’s development process, contact information, applicable codes, applications, and fees. To schedule a meeting, please send a meeting request form, business plan, and list of preliminary questions to

Zoning Map

Use the map below to find out what a property is zoned. The "Land Development Regulations" are linked below. Article 2 includes a table of permitted land uses, and Article 3 contains more information about each zoning district.

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City Plans

City of Galveston Comprehensive Plan
Land Development Regulations Cover - Updated March2020
Design Standards for Historic Properties Cover