Development Assistance Center

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The Development Assistance Center is a starting point for development in the City of Rosenberg. Below you will find several tools to aid in beginning the development process.

*ATTENTION: As of February 18, 2020 and per Ordinance 2020-09, all new residential or non-residential structures must have a minimum slab elevation of twenty-four (24) inches above the lowest top curb elevation within or adjacent to the property, or in the absence of a curb, the highest natural ground along the perimeter of the building foundation or twelve (12) inches above the down gradient roadway or any down gradient drainage restraint, whichever is higher*

The Unified Development Code (UDC) combines all development-related regulations into one document.  The UDC is a priority that was first identified in the Rosenberg 2035 Comprehensive Plan in 2015.  Its primary purposes are easing navigation, interpretation, and implementation of City regulations for customers and staff alike.

(Click the image to view the UDC)

The City of Rosenberg currently has no Zoning, and has not adopted a Zoning map. For a generic No Zoning Letter, click here.



Pre-development Meetings

Pre-development Meeting Dates 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 (tentative)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 (tentative)
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Pre-development Information Form: Please fill out this application when requesting a pre-development meeting. The information provided will aid staff in more effectively preparing for the meeting.

Pre-development meetings have two (2) available timeslots – 9:00 am and 9:30 am. The meetings last thirty (30) minutes. It is advised that you bring any available documents, plans, drawings, etc. to the meeting, and provide any information regarding your proposed development ahead of time.

These dates are when all necessary staff are likely to be available to assist with the project. Requests for other times are dependent on staff and the City Engineer’s availability and are preferred to be requested one (1) week in advance so that multiple schedules can be coordinated.

Please contact the Planning Administrator to schedule a pre-development meeting at 832-595-3500, or at iknox@rosenbergtx.gov

Please click the image to the left to access a step by
step flow chart for the development process – starting
with platting (if necessary) and ending with obtaining
a Certificate of Occupancy. The image to the right will
provide a flow chart for Buildings with Fire Suppression.

Below you will find a Development Reference that will allow you to quickly identify requirements needed by the City of Rosenberg for platting and other processes handled by Planning.



This document is intended to be a reference guide for the City of Rosenberg and its development processes.

Predevelopment meetings are available and are strongly recommended.


All parties involved in the submittal of plats and building plans shall follow these procedures.


A. Predevelopment Meeting

The purpose of a predevelopment meeting is to prepare the developer for their interaction with the City. These meetings offer the chance to ask any questions, as well as receive feedback from City departments that have a direct hand in the reviewing and permitting of the different phases of the process.


1. Platting

All properties shall be platted unless exempt by law, prior to development.

Land Plan:
The purpose of a land plan is to allow the Planning Commission to review the proposed major thoroughfare and collector street patterns, land use, environmental issues, conformance to the comprehensive master plan, the property’s relationship to adjoining subdivisions or properties, as well as such additional developmental or infrastructure review as deemed necessary by the city.

A land plan consisting of a general plan, master plan, and/or concept plan may not be required if the preliminary plat(s) contain sufficient information to provide for the proper coordination of development.

Preliminary Plat:
A preliminary plat should show all designated land uses, lots or reserves, on the face of the plat in accordance with the approved land plan and all approved comprehensive, water, sewer, and thoroughfare plans. It shall be prepared by a licensed professional engineer, a licensed professional land surveyor, or a land planner. Preliminary plans for a water distribution system, a sewerage collection system, and an on-site and off-site drainage system shall be included on the preliminary plat.

Final Plat:
After the approval of a preliminary plat, a final plat must be submitted for Planning Commission review and recommendation that is in general conformance with the preliminary plat and shall incorporate all conditions, changes, directions and additions recommended by the commission. City Council will take final action on the plat.

Short Form Final Plat:
A short form final plat (combination of preliminary and final plat) may be allowed at the applicants request as long as the final plat meets all of the conditions and requirements as outlined under the Texas Local Government Code, as amended as well as the following:

1) No more than four (4) lots, tracts or reserves are included;
2) The area to be platted lies within an existing public street circulation system already approved by the city council;
3) The plat does not proposed to vacate public street rights-of-way or easements;
4) The plat does not propose creation or extension of public rights-of-way;
5) The proposed development does not require any significant drainage improvements and, if contained wholly or partially within the one hundred-year flood plain, conforms to Federal Emergency Management Agency flood plain management rules;
6) The proposed development is consistent with the thoroughfare plan and creates no significant traffic congestion on the existing public street system.

The short form plat shall meet all of the requirements for a final plat. Evidence that the proposed subdivision is adequately served by all existing utilities, including gas, water, sewer, electricity, etc., and is acknowledged as acceptable by the city engineer and public works director at the time the short form final plat is submitted. If it is a replat, a public hearing is held in accordance with the requirements of law for replats before final approval of the final plat.

Click here for plat applications.

Click here for the Chapter 4 of the Unified Development Code – Article II.



The Planning Commission meets at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers in City Hall on the third Wednesday of each month. The City Council meets at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

All plat and variance applications must first be considered by the Planning Commission. City Council has the ultimate decision on final plats and variance requests. A public hearing before the Commission must be held for replats.


1. Land Plans and Plats

An example of the graphic requirements for a Land Plan can be seen below. Click the respective links for platting and plat graphic requirements for land plans and plats.

a. Land Plan Requirements

b. Preliminary Plat Requirements

c. Final Plat Requirements

d. Short Form Final Plat Requirements


1. Plats

To review what the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office requires for filing, click here.


Click here to access form for dedications and certifications to be utilized on the final plat of subdivisions or resubdivisions:


A. CenterPoint Energy (Electric and Gas)

Samantha Richards
(713) 207-6362

*Applicant will email a copy of the plat to lrow@centerpointenergy.com for the purpose of providing a no objection letter.

B. AT&T (Phone)

Mike Broussard
(281) 341-4312

*Applicant will provide AT&T with a copy of the plat for review by sending the plat to Mike Broussard’s email for the purpose of providing a no objection letter.

        C. Comcast (Cable)

Chris Grey

*Applicant will provide Comcast with a copy of the plat for review by sending the plat to Chris Grey’s email for the purpose of providing a no objection letter.


B. Fort Bend County Tax Office
1317 Eugene Heimann Circle
Richmond, TX 77469-3623


A variance is a deviation from the Subdivision Ordinance or Interim Corridor Standards that allows for flexibility when a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.

Pursuant to Sec. 4-7 of the Rosenberg Unified Development Code, the applicant has the responsibility of proving that compliance with the Ordinance will create undue hardship*, and the following conditions must be present for consideration:

1. There are special circumstances affecting the land involved such that the strict application of the provisions of this ordinance would deprive the applicant of the reasonable use of this land.

2. The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to the public safety or welfare or injurious to other property in the area.

3. The granting of the variance will not have the effect of preventing the orderly subdivision of other lands in the area in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.

4. A more appropriate design solution exists which is not currently allowed in this ordinance.

* Economic hardship (financial impact) to the subdivider, standing alone, shall not be deemed to constitute undue hardship.

The purpose of a special exception shall be to authorize a modification of standards applicable to development within the city, which is consistent with the overall intent of the Code, but that requires additional review to determine whether the development with the modifications is compatible with adjoining properties and the character of the neighborhood in which the development is proposed. In granting a special exception under this article, the Planning Commission may impose such criteria and conditions as necessary to protect adjacent property owners.

Click here for applications for variances and special exceptions.


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