Development Services

Important Notice - Intake Procedure Changes

Beginning January 1, 2021, Denton County Development Services will implement a new procedure for the intake of development and culvert permits.

  1. Permits may be submitted in person to the Morse Street Facility, via mail, or via email to No permit fees are due at time of submittal.  
  2. The permit application packet will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete submittals (i.e. missing required documents, missing information on the application, illegible writing on the application) will be rejected and you will be required to resubmit a complete package. All checks attached to an incomplete submittal will be destroyed and any payment submitted online associated with an incomplete submittal will be voided.  

After the permit package has been deemed administratively complete, you will be contacted via email with the fee(s) associated with your application. This email will contain a tracking number that must be placed on all checks, or in the Receipt field on the Certified Payments portal if paying with a credit card. Failure to include this tracking number will result in your check being destroyed or online payment being voided. Once payment is received your permit will be placed in the queue for processing.

Public Notice

Development Services is currently closed to in-person public contact. We are not accepting paper submittals and ask that any questions, plats or permits, be submitted electronically to:

You may also call 940-349-2990. If there is no answer, please leave a message.   We will be keeping track of voicemail and email messages and forwarding them to the appropriate personnel.

The Development Services Department is responsible for the management of various land-use programs within the unincorporated areas of Denton County. This includes:

  • The federally mandated National Flood Insurance Program including:
    • Permitting
    • Program compliance
    • Water quality and quantity
    • The Denton County Subdivision Rules and Regulations and developers’ compliance with County regulations
    • The Lake Ray Roberts Land Use Ordinance enforcement and its zoning cases


  1. Mail your payment attached to the permit to ATTN: Development Services at 3900 Morse Street, 2nd floor, Denton, TX 76208
  2. Bring your payment attached to the permit to 3900 Morse Street, 2nd floor, Denton, TX 76208 (Call 940-349-2990 when you arrive - we're on the Emergency Services Entrance side of the building.)

As soon as your payment is received, your submittal package will be forwarded to a planner for review. If you have any questions, please call us at 940-349-2990 or email

Development Permit Questions

Please email all Development Permit questions or concerns to Development Permits.