Development Planning

The Development Planning Program is responsible for administrating development review for applications such as subdivision plats, site plans, general plans, rezoning and conditional use permit cases, variances, special exceptions, and appeals. The dominant guide for the Program is the City of Sugar Land Development Code.

Development Planning responsibilities include:

  1. Land-use implementation
  2. Zoning regulation
  3. Subdivision regulation
  4. Enhancing the development process through effective utilization of ordinances related to current and future land-use issues
  1. Citizen Self Service

    Citizen Self Service - HiRes
    The city of Sugar Land is moving permits, license, and plan submittal processes to online intake only. You will be able to apply and pay for a permit, request an inspection and more - online and available to you 24/7/365.

    Access the portal at
    More information on CSS including user guides are available at

Specific applications are reviewed such as general plans, subdivision plats and site plan packages for development projects within both the corporate limits and the city of Sugar Land's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) development.

In addition, rezoning proposals, conditional use permits and zoning variances are reviewed, coordinated by the staff, and processed through to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and City Council as required. The staff reviews cases for ordinance compliance and communicates all technical requirements of the City's ordinances to developers and residents. Staff will be glad to answer questions regarding development processes.