Planning and Zoning

Zoning Ordinance Update Adopted by the Duncanville City Council on March 2, 2021.

With the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in September 2017, the City of Duncanville provided a framework for future development decisions and set the direction for change. A primary action for implementing the Comprehensive Plan is a zoning ordinance revision. The City of Duncanville began the process to update the Zoning Ordinance, with the help from planning consultants at Freese and Nichols. On March 2, 2021, City Council members adopted the major update of the Zoning Ordinance.

The three primary goals of the zoning ordinance update are:

  • To update and correct outdated regulations,
  • Address redevelopment, and
  • Align the ordinance with the vision established in the Comprehensive Plan.

A key achievement of updating the Zoning Ordinance is removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment.

For more information please see Duncanville's Zoning Ordinance  or contact Planning and Zoning at (972) 780-5057 or (972) 707-3878 or email [email protected].

About Us

The Planning Division of  Development Services manages the City's long-range plans and develops ordinances and policies that implement these plans, and facilitates the land development process. Our mission is to shape the physical development of the City through sound planning. We work closely with the development community to ensure careful and thoughtful compliance with all City codes, policies and ordinances. In doing so, we help to establish safe and attractive residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Development Review Process

The Development Review process creates an effective and organizational plan to reduce costs to the business community (time), provide better quality reviews, and improve customer service for documenting and measuring performance.

The Development Review Committee (DRC) reviews any zoning change, plat, site plan, or other development applications to provide input and ensure proper implementation of Duncanville's Comprehensive Plan. The committee is comprised of staff from the following departments:

  • Planning
  • Building Inspections
  • Engineering
  • Fire
  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Utilities
  • Parks and Recreation

The development review process involves any combination of the following processes:

  • Zoning
  • Platting
  • Permitting & inspection (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, signage, construction, foundation, etc.)
  • Storm water management
  • Water and wastewater installation and inspecting
  • Roadway improvement and inspecting
  • Special district reviews (historic)
  • Variances
  • Tree removal permits

If you have any questions regarding zoning, please contact staff at (972) 780-5057 or (972) 707-3878  or email [email protected] . To request a pre-development meeting, please complete a Project Assessment Form and email tp [email protected]

Zoning Related Applications & Forms


Here are the most commonly asked question about site development and the development process in the City of Duncanville. Although these questions are generic and cannot cover every project or answer all of your questions, they should direct you to the correct department. The City of Duncanville encourages you to meet with planning staff and schedule a pre-development meeting to assist you with your project.

Planning & Zoning Commission

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote commerce and neighborhood preservation through orderly review, study, and consideration of zoning issues relative to state and local laws; consider zoning requests and make recommendations to the City Council; and review all zoning categories and allowed uses, making recommendations as needed. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall act as an Advisory Board to the City Council on planning and zoning matters.

Learn About the Commission

When are Planning and Zoning Commission meetings?

The Commission meets the second Monday of each month. Agendas for each meeting are posted at City Hall and on the city website. Meetings are open to the public. 



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