Zoning Ordinance Update Adopted by the Duncanville City Council

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 is beginning 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  • to update and correct outdated regulations,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 with updating the Zoning Ordinance is removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment.

For more information please visit www.duncanville.com or contact Skye Thibodeaux, City Planner at 972-707-3871.

About Us

The Planning Division of the Public Works Department 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 process involves any combination of the following processes:

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

City Planning News


Here are the most commonly asked question about site develop-ment 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.

Plat vs Survey

“Plat” and “Survey” are two terms that are often used interchangeably in real estate. However, there are differences between the two. Listed below are the differences and similarities between plats and surveys.

What Plat and Survey have in common?

  1. Both a depiction of a tract of land
  2. They can both show a very small tract or a very large tract
  3. Each can show the dimensions of the property
  4. They both show the location of the property (county, land lot, district, abutting streets etc.)

What is different with Plat and Survey?

  1. A survey will show any dwellings, buildings or improvements (driveways, fences, pools) located on the property; A plat usually shows the dimensions of the property before the improvements are made.
  2. A plat will often cover more than one lot or parcel of land. For example, a developer will have a plat of an entire subdivision drawn; A survey usually only shows one lot or a limited number of lots.
  3. Plats are often drawn in order to be recorded at the courthouse for public use; surveys are usually only for the personal use of the owner of the property.

If you have any questions please contact staff at (972) 780-5015 and we would be happy to assist you with your project.

How do I plat or replat my property in Duncanville?

Plat and replats are approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Detailed instructions, fees, and a copy of the application form can be obtained by viewing the Application for Preliminary and Final Plat or Application for a Replat. The applicant will need to provide background data for the plat and engineered plans, if required, along with the application, application fee, and plat drawings.

For approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission, submit a minimum of six black line copies of the plat, or replat, and one mylar, all with original signatures, prior to the meeting. After approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the chairman will sign the plat or replat. All copies are then returned to the applicant for filing at Dallas County.

After filing, the applicant should return four prints and the mylar to the city with the recording information.

If you have any questions please contact staff at (972) 780-5015 and we would be happy to assist you with your project.

How do I build a project in Duncanville?

A detailed outline of the requirements to build a commercial or residential project in Duncanville can be obtained by viewing: How to Build a Commercial Project in Duncanville or How to Build a Residential Project in Duncanville.

If you have any questions please contact staff at (972) 780-5015 and we would be happy 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.

Q: When are Planning and Zoning Commission meetings?

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

The application for a zoning change, fees and a detailed explanation of the zoning process can be reviewed on the Application for a Change in Zoning Classification.

If you have any questions, please contact staff at (972) 780-5015 and we would be happy to assist you with your project.

Planning and Zoning Commission Agendas

Agendas for each meeting are posted at City Hall. Agendas can also be found on the City Planning and Zoning Commission webpage.

Planning & Zoning Documents

Zoning Map

Zoning Map


Subdivisions Map


Benchmarks (GPS Control Network)

Monuments have been set throughout the City at designated key areas. All fieldwork and post processing was performed by The Wallace Group. PDF file (3MB).