The Development Services Department contains the planning, code enforcement, geographic information systems, building inspection, and development engineering functions for the City of Victoria. 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. Through the application of appropriate procedures and codes, the department promotes the safety, livability and economic vitality of the City of Victoria.
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. Staff is responsible for building plan review, 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 transportation, annexation, downtown and historic preservation, and the Capital Improvements Program. This division is responsible for the City’s community development activities, including affordable housing programs.
Code Enforcement is tasked with enforcing city ordinances relating to high grass and weeds, junk motor vehicles, sign violations, trash and dangerous buildings.
The GIS Division promotes the use of Geographic Information Systems (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 (VMPO) is an agency created by federal law to provide local input for urban transportation planning and the allocation of federal transportation funds.