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Subdivision Platting


Axcess Consulting utilizes its many years of experience and expertise to provide our clients with exceptional subdivision platting services. Platting property is part of the development process. Any property that has not been previously platted or platted property where the use will change or be further subdivided will require a replat. Most cities and counties have a subdivision ordinance (sometimes part of a comprehensive development code), which provides detailed platting regulations and procedures. While this service page will concentrate mostly on the City of Houston’s jargon when it comes to platting, we stay current with not just the City of Houston and Harris County, but also with various other jurisdictions around Harris County.


Below is a list of other jurisdictions that we work with:

·        City of Houston

·        Harris County

·        Fort Bend County

·        Brazoria County

·        Galveston County

·        Wharton County

·        Pearland

·        Stafford

·        Missouri City

·        City of Bunker Hill


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What is a Plat

A Plat is a map that is drawn to scale of a town or a section of land that has been subdivided into lots showing the location and boundaries of individual parcels with the streets, alleys, easements, and rights of use over the land of another. The platting process allows the governing authorities to: a) Ensure that all lots comply with local regulations. b) Ensuring compliance with a land use plan established to control the development of a city and c) Ensuring that all property has access to public infrastructure such as roads.
Every governing body, such as the planning commissions of cities and counties, will require various other pieces of information to appear on the Plat. These may include:
• Easements benefiting or encumbering a property.
• Possible encroachments across the boundary or easement.
• Building Lines
• Flood zones that may impact the property.
• Legal descriptions of the adjoining properties.
• Original copy printed and signed on Mylar.
• Special notes regarding restrictions or other requirements for the property.
• Signed by the surveyor, property owner(s), lien holder(s), city planner, city engineer and county engineer
• Filed with the county
In Houston the rules for Platting are governed by the Code of Ordinances Chapter 42 – SUBDIVISIONS, DEVELOPMENTS AND PLATTING.
The rules for Plats by the State of Texas are found here: http:/http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/LG/htm/LG.212.htm/www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/LG/htm/LG.212.htm

Platting Process

A plat provides for the subdivision of land that can be legally defined (i.e. Lot 5, block 12 of the Texans Fans subdivision). Subdivision plats are required to show how land will be subdivided. The plat must reflect adequate streets and right-of-way for the project. In the City of Houston the plat is checked to assure it abides by all development rules as established by Chapter 42, the City’s land development ordinance. By law, the Planning Commission is required to approve plats that meet the requirements of Chapter 42 such as:

·         Undeveloped land must be platted before development occurs.

·         If land is platted, it can be replatted to further subdivide the existing subdivision plat or change the use of the property (i.e. from single-family to multi-family). Typically, a replat will make changes to the layout of: lots, reserves, building setback lines and easements.

The process begins at the city level.  The City of Houston illustrates the beginning of their process as follows:

Houston Platting Process



This type of plat is one that does not have to go before the planning commision for approval. This plat gets administrative approval and is for fixing scriblers errors or for removing lot lines on a pre-existing subdivision plat

This type of plat can be used if it meets the four criteria below or is an amending plat:

  1. Creates no more than four lots each fronting on an existing street
  2. Does not require or propose the creation of any new street;
  3. Does not require or propose the dedication of any pursuant to chapter 212 easement for public water, wastewater collection or storm sewer lines;
  4. Is not a replat

This type of plat can be used if it does not:

  1. Does not require or propose the creation of any new street;
  2. Does not require or propose the dedication of any pursuant to chapter 212 easement for public water, wastewater collection or storm sewer lines;
  3. Is not a replat requiring notification of adjacent owners pursuant to chapter 212;

This type of plat is required when the property propsed to be platted as already been previously platted. For example, if you would like to create two lots from one lot it would require a replat.

This type of plat is required for subdivisions that require or propose the creation of any new street or the dedication of any easement for public water, wastewater collection or storm sewer lines. A class III plat is also required for a vacating plat. These plats require two filings, a preliminary and a final submittal before they can be recorded at the county clerk’s office.

Public notification is required if you are replatting property that has ever been restricted to single family residential or if requesting a variance. If a plat requires public notification it will be filed as a class III plat therfore requiring two seperate filings long with the proper notification to the public as outlined in Chapter 42 of the City of Houston code of ordinances.

Any time a subdivision plat or replat is requesting any variance from Chapter 42 of the City of Houston code of ordinances, a Class III plat filing with public notification will be required along with a statement of facts addressing a detailed explanation of the hardship that justifies the granting of said variance.

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