Codes and Ordinances


Zoning & Development Handbook

The Zoning & Development Handbook is provided to assist the public with the City’s various zoning and development processes. The goal of the Zoning & Development Handbook is to consolidate all information needed to begin development into one central document.

Rowlett Development Code and Form-Based Code

The City of Rowlett is governed by two individual development codes:

Depending on the location, either the RDC or FBC will apply as the development regulations for a property. Please contact a staff member or review the Code of Ordinances for the most recent rules and regulations.

At their November, 05 2020 meeting, the City Council approved an ordinance amending the Form-Based Code of the City of Rowlett and the North Shore Framework Plans to require a special use permit for defined multi-family dwelling buildings.

Recode Rowlett

We are currently working on development code rewrite, Recode Rowlett, with an anticipated adoption of 2024. For more information, please visit


Zoning Map

The zoning districts are shown on the official zoning map. Zoning district abbreviations depict the category of use allowed (i.e. SF for single-family, C for commercial, MU for mixed use, etc.). In the residential zoning districts, the set of numbers represents the minimum lot size in thousands of square feet. (For example, i.e. SF-20 would indicate a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet).