Platting Information

HB3167, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, amended Chapter 212 of the Texas Local Government code and requires new shot clock procedures for processing all plats and plat-related plans.  The new legislation took effect on September 1, 2019, and affects all plats and plat-related plans filed after that date.

The Planning and Development Services Department has revised long-standing plat procedures to comply with HB3167.  The changes are intended to maintain Arlington’s proactive, customer-friendly approach and ensure that all projects meet the City’s standards for quality development.  The City Council adopted enabling amendments to the Unified Development Code in Ordinance No. 19-053 on October 15, 2019. The amendments, new fees, and other changes to the platting process are presented here. 

Please note that the new procedures apply to all plats filed after September 1, unless the plat pertains to an active project that vested under Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code prior to that date, in which case the plat shall be processed according to the procedural rules in effect at the time the project vested.  If an applicant with a vested project wishes to take advantage of the new shot-clock procedures pursuant to LGC Section 245.002(d), the applicant shall file
written notification with the Planning Manager on or before the date a new plat is filed.  All plats, regardless of vesting status, must comply with all completeness requirements, the latest standards for public infrastructure, and are subject to all plat-related fees.

Highlights of the New Platting Process

  • Plats and plat-related plans shall be submitted in hardcopy form only. Until further notice, submittals through is suspended. 
  • Combination plats will no longer be accepted.  Preliminary plats and final plats must be submitted and processed separately.
  • The Planning Commission must approve, approve with conditions, or disapprove all plats – preliminary, final, and replats – as well as any site plans or engineering plans associated with those plats. 
  • The applicant must schedule and attend a mandatory Pre-Application Meeting prior to submitting a plat.  
  • To properly manage the shot-clock, plats shall be submitted only during designated periods.  See Highlights of the Submittal Calendar, below.  Incomplete submittals will not be processed and are not subject to a shot-clock.
  • Final plat submittals shall include site plans and public improvement plans. Final plats will include a $1,000 fee for the review of public infrastructure plans.
  • A plat action agenda and staff comments will be released one week prior to the applicable Planning Commission meeting.
  • The applicant may request, in writing, a one-time extension of the 30-day shot-clock not to exceed an additional 30 days.  The Planning Commission may approve, modify or deny the shot-clock extension.  Download the shot-clock extension request form.
  • If a plat is denied at the conclusion of the 15-day shot-clock, it must be resubmitted as a New Application.

For more information on the platting process, see Frequently Asked Questions (under development)

Pat Process Chart

Plat Pre-Application Meeting Request
Plat Application 

Highlights of the Plat Submittal and Processing Calendar

  • Appointments are now being accepted for the mandatory Pre-Application Meeting according to the schedule listed below.  Please contact staff at 817-459-6670.  After October 1, 2019, the Pre-Application Meeting fee of $200 will be paid at the One-Start Center when the applicant arrives for the scheduled meeting.
  • Plats and applicant responses (LGC 212.0093) shall be submitted according to a Plat Submittal and Processing Calendar established in December of each year.
  • Applications are subject to completeness review in the week following submittal.  Applicants will be notified only in the event of an incomplete submittal.  Incomplete submittals will not be processed.
  • The 30-day shot-clock commences when the application is determined to be complete.
  • Applicant responses pursuant to LGC 212.0093 are not subject to a completeness review.  The 15-day shot clock commences upon receipt.
  • Planning Commission approval of a one-time shot-clock extension does NOT alter the Plat Submittal and Processing Calendar.  In most cases, the applicant will have at best two weeks to revise their submittal before it is rescheduled for action by the Commission.

2020 PAM Calendar
2020 Shot-Clock Calendar

Staff has included the links above with the modified applications and Plat Submittal and Processing Calendar for use at this time.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact staff at 817-459-6670. This website will be updated periodically to reflect best practices and provide the development community with practical tips for working within the new procedures brought about by HB3167.