The Development Services Department includes planning services, code enforcement, geographic information systems, building permitting and inspections, and development engineering functions for the City of Victoria.
Through the application of appropriate procedures and codes, the department promotes the safety, livability, and economic vitality of the City of Victoria.
One-Stop Development Center
The department serves as a one-stop development center to better serve our customers and facilitate the development process. The Development Services Department combines into one agency those functions necessary to review, approve, and monitor development applications.
- Development & Permitting Center
- Planning Services
- Code Enforcement
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Development Center is the customer service hub of the department. It manages all phases of the development review process, including the approval of subdivision plats and site plans and the issuance of building permits.
The Development Center Staff is responsible for coordinating building plan reviews, issuing building permits, conducting building inspections, floodplain management and other engineering issues related to development.
The Planning Services Division houses several planning areas that impact the future growth and development of Victoria. These include:
- Downtown and Historic Preservation
- The Capital Improvements Program
This division is responsible for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities, including affordable housing programs.
Code Enforcement is tasked with enforcing city codes and ordinances relating to:
- Dangerous buildings
- High grass and weeds
- Junk motor vehicles
- Sign violations
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division promotes the use of GIS and its technologies.
The GIS Division develops, maintains, and operates a Geographic Information System that provides city staff and the public geographic data and mapping services.
This spatial data assists policy makers in constructing better informed decisions.
The Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an agency created by federal law to provide local input for urban transportation planning and the allocation of federal transportation funds.