How to Plat Property

Submitting a Plat

A plat must be submitted by a registered professional land surveyor or licensed state land surveyor authorized to practice in Texas. When a site is subject to platting, it is recommended that the developer contract with a land surveyor familiar with Amarillo's platting and subdivision ordinance and the City's plat review process.

Planning Department

The surveyor will prepare a plat and submit it to the Planning Department for processing. For land that has never been platted before or land to be replatted, plans prepared by a Texas licensed professional engineer for water, wastewater, drainage, and paving plans are required to be approved by the City Engineering Department and Utilities Division prior to plat approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Forwarding the Plat

Once a plat is submitted to the Planning Department, copies of it are forwarded to other City departments and local utility companies for review to assure that all necessary easements, right-of-way, and improvements are provided.

The Planning Department mails public notices to specified surrounding property owners when the property being replatted is residential or is limited to residential use. 

Planning & Zoning Commission

The plat is then submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration and, when approved, the plat is filed of record at the County in which the property is located. The time period involved for plat review is approximately 21 to 28 days if the plat is in order and any necessary engineering plans are promptly submitted.