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 Platting Process and the Shot-Clock Calendar

  • Electronic Submittal Only. The City of Arlington is no longer accepting hard copy submittals.  Plats shall be submitted only through ArlingtonPermits.com.  Submittals received through ArlingtonPermits.com are subject to compliance with all completeness requirements, the latest standards for public infrastructure, and are subject to all plat-related fees.
  • Completeness Review and Confirmation. To properly manage the statutory shot-clock, plat applications shall be filed during the Submittal Week as shown on the Shot-Clock Calendar.  The application will not be reviewed for completeness until the following week during a Completeness Review period. If an application is filed at any time other than a designated Submittal Week, the application shall not be reviewed for completeness until the next Completeness Review period as shown on the Shot-Clock Calendar.  The applicant will receive a confirmation email verifying completeness.  IMPORTANT NOTICE: UNTIL THE APPLICANT RECEIVES A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, THE PLAT SHALL NOT BE DEEMED COMPLETE AND THE 30-DAY SHOT-CLOCK SHALL NOT COMMENCE. Any applicant who does not receive a confirmation email within three days after the close of the Completeness Review period should contact the planner in charge of platting at 817-459-6670.
  • Incomplete Submittals. Applicants will be notified by email in the event of an incomplete submittal. Incomplete submittals shall not be processed.
  • No Combination plats.  Combination Plats are no longer accepted.  Preliminary plats and final plats must be submitted and processed separately.
  • Plat-Related Documents. All plat-related documents reflected on the Plat Application Required Documents Checklist must be submitted through ArlingtonPermits.com.
  • Planning Commission Approval Required. By law, 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. Amending plats and minor plats may be approved administratively if there are no conditions or deficiencies.
    • Approval:  The Plat meets all the requirements of the Unified Development Code, applicable statues, form for recording, and other rules and regulations of the City.
    • Approval with Conditions: The Plat has deficiencies in substance or form that the City, in its sole discretion, determines that it can be fully corrected or revised without requiring additional review for compliance, without necessitating additional comments for revision, or without substantive modifications to previously reviewed plat-related plans.
    • Disapproval: The Plat does not meet requirements of the Unified Development Code, applicable statues, form for recording, or other Rules and Regulations of the City.
    • Denial: The Plat has previously been disapproved, and the 212.0093 response fails to correct the deficiencies enumerated in the City's written Statement of Reasons for disapproval.
  • Note on Approved with Conditions".  A Plat that is Approved with Conditions is not approved until the City determines that the plat has been corrected or revised to adequately address each and every condition in the Written Statement of Reason for Conditional Approval. Until that time, the City of Arlington shall not accept any submittal pertaining to the development of the property to be platted, including but not limited to a site plan, public infrastructure plans or a final plat. Nor shall the City issue, grant, or release any permit, approval, or work of any kind that would authorize early site work such as tree removal or grading.
  • PAM Required. The applicant must schedule and attend a mandatory Pre-Application Meeting prior to submitting a plat. Appointments are now being accepted for PAM according to the PAM Calendar. Please contact the planner in charge of platting at 817-459-6670. The PAM fee of $200 will be paid online at ArlingtonPermits.com. Until further notice, all Pre-Application meetings will be held through teleconference or videoconference.
  •  Contents of Final Plats. Final plat submittals shall include site plans and public improvement plans. Final plats also include a $1000 fee for the review of public infrastructure plans.
  •  Plat Agenda. A Plat agenda together with staff comments will be released one week prior to the applicable Planning Commission meeting.
  •  Extensions of the Shot-Clock. 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, or the shot-clock extension.  NOTE: The Planning Commission calendar will not allow for granting a full 30-day extension. Unless the Planning Commission directs otherwise, the extension will be granted for the longest period possible, but in no case longer than 28 days. Approval of a one-time shot-clock extension does NOT alter the Shot-Clock Calendar. Download the shot-clock extension request form.
  •  Section 212.0093 Responses. By law, an applicant shall provide a written response to each reason shown on the City's Written Statement of Reasons for Disapproval. Responses shall be filed ONLY during the Written Response Filing period as shown on the Shot-Clock Calendar. Applicant responses are not subject to a completeness review. The 15-day shot-clock commences upon receipt. IMPORTANT NOTICE: A 212.0093 RESPONSE FILED AT ANY TIME OTHER THAN DURING THE WRITTEN RESPONSE FILING PERIOD AS SHOWN ON THE SHOT-CLOCK CALENDAR IS HEREBY REJECTED WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE TO THE APPLICANT AND SHALL NOT BE PROCESSED.
  •  Plat Denial. If a plat is denied at the conclusion of the 15-day shot-clock, it must be resubmitted as a New Application.
  •  Calendar Subject to Change. The Shot-Clock Calendar is established in December of each year. The calendar does not guarantee that the Planning Commission will meet on a particular date. The Commission may, in accordance with law, amend or modify the Shot-Clock Calendar according to the needs of the City and in the interest of processing plats and plat-related plans to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community at large.

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

Pat Process Chart

Plat Pre-Application Meeting Request
Plat Application 

2020 PAM Calendar
2020 Shot-Clock Calendar

Staff has included the links above with the modified applications and Shot-Clock Calendar for use at this time.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the planner in charge of platting 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.