Development Application Handbook

The Development Application Handbook is the official document that states the procedures and requirements for the submittal and review of the subdivision and development of land in the City of Sugar Land and its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) as authorized in the Development Code of the City of Sugar Land.

All checklists and submittal schedules for development can be found in the Development Application Handbook.

Pre-Development Meetings
To provide applicants an opportunity to present their project to city staff, who then provides feedback to applicants on the project to clarify submittal expectations and specific code requirements.

Section 1: Introduction

  • Purpose of Development Application Handbook
  • Overview of Development Process, Pre-Development Meetings and Submittal Procedures
  • Flow Chart: Development Process- Commercial
  • Flow Chart: Development Process- Residential

Section 2: Zoning

Section 3: Planned Development Districts

  • Planned Development District Information
  • Flow Chart: Planned Development District

Section 4: General Land Plans

  • General Land Plan Information
  • Flow Chart: General Land Plan Process
  • General Land Plan Checklist

Section 5: Plats

  • Plat Information
  • Flow Chart: Plat Process for Planning & Zoning
  • Flow Chart: Administrative Plat Process
  • Planning & Zoning Commission Plat Submittal Schedule
  • Preliminary Plat Checklist
  • Final Plat Checklist
  • Official Master Notes List for Final Plats in the ETJ & City Limits of Sugar Land
  • Plat Recordation Checklist

Section 6: Site Plans

  • Site Plan Package Information
  • Flow Chart: Site Plan Process
  • Site Plan Package Application Commercial & Multi-family Residential
  • Site Plan Package Checklist

Section 7: Public Infrastructure

  • Public Infrastructure Construction Plans Information
  • Public Infrastructure Construction Plans Application
  • Public Infrastructure Construction Plans Checklist

Section 8: Building Permits

  • Building Permits Information

Section 9: Variance and Special Exceptions

  • Special Exception Information
  • Special Exception Submittal Schedule
  • Variance Information
  1. Citizen Self Service

    Citizen Self Service - HiRes
    The city of Sugar Land has moved the permits, license, and plan submittal processes to online intake only. You are now 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