Planning & Development Division

About Us

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

  • Current Planning - Abandonments, Licenses to Use (LTUs), Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), replats, subdivisions, zoning district and/or Land Development Regulation (LDR) amendments, variance requests and Specific Use Permits (SUPs).
  • Zoning - Classification of 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) - 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 - Promotion of the community's vision for sustainable preservation by guiding appropriate stewardship of historic resources and compatible redevelopment in locally-designated historic districts.  
  • Boards & Commissions - Staffing of the Landmark Commission, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
  • Concessions, Vending, Parking, etc. - Food, shaved ice, frozen novelties, beach rentals, coin-operated machines, peddler vending, as well as pawnbrokers, junk and secondhand dealers, hotel/motel, rooming house/bed and breakfast, and temporary parking lot permits.

Pre-Development Meetings

Pre-development meetings take place every other Friday at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00AM by appointment. At the meeting, you will be provided general information regarding the City of Galveston’s development process, contact information, applicable codes, applications, and fees. The staff members present will review the project and provide preliminary comments. To schedule a meeting, please fill out the meeting request form and contact Karen White at (409) 797-3608 or