Project timing for business and industry is critical and must be anticipated and monitored in order for the best outcome. The city of Decatur is mindful of this need and provides a timing summation for most any type of project. Once a project has been decided it is best to contact the city development services department to come in to discuss the specifics of your project to make sure your and the city's needs are met.
Process Timeline

Voluntary Annexations


Can take up to 60 days to process. Petitions go before Planning and Zoning and City Council.

Involuntary/Unilateral Annexations


Can take up to 90 days to process. Cases go before both Planning and Zoning and City Council.

Zoning/Land Use (Straight Zoning/Pd/Sup/Comprehensive Plan Amendment)


Applications take 60-90 days to process. Applications go before both Planning and Zoning and City Council.

Subdivision Applications (Preliminary/Final/Development/Replats)


Can take 60-90 days. Applications go before both Planning and Zoning and City Council.

Subdivision Applications - Amended Plats/Minor Plats


Can take up to 30 days to process. Administrative approval only.

Residential Permits


Generally take 3-5 working days to review. Issue date/timing depends on completeness of submittal and if one or more re-submittals are required. Should not be more than 30 days. May require variance to Planning and Zoning/City Council and/or ZBA as required.

Multi-Family & Non-Residential Permits


Generally take 14 working days to review. Issue date/timing depends on completeness of submittal and if one or more re-submittals are required. Should not take more than 60 days. May require variance to Planning and Zoning/City Council and/or ZBA as required.

Notice


Processes can occur simultaneously, so that the total time for all is 60-90 days.

Contact Information

Dedra Ragland – Director of Planning
(940) 627-0252

Area Information

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  1. Decatur is a thriving Texas community with a rich history and competitive location near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro. Its regional health system, flourishing downtown, community-oriented lifestyle, strong retail base, and prime location are strengths that are propelling Decatur's economic growth.

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