The Development Services Department is responsible for all planning, development and permitting activities in Corpus Christi. The department brings together building services, civil engineering, planning and zoning, permit applications, major projects and records in a way that customers can access information, start new projects, and get projects approved.
The City's Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool that provides map and database information for mapping and analysis purposes.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Nueces County are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.
Historic Preservation aims to identify historic places, spaces, and other types of cultural heritage that are important to the community and worthy of protecting for future generations.
Information Bulletins created by Development Services are intended to provide updated information and clear explanations for changing requirements and processes.
There are several methods of scheduling an inspection. You can use the Dynamic Portal or contact the Development Services office.
If you are using a browser that is not supported, ArcGIS StoryMaps work on the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
The City prohibits work or activities that in any way obstruct a street, sidewalk or other similar public place except those operating according to a valid Public Right-of-Way Blockage Permit.
The City’s Unified Development Code (UDC) allows short-term rentals (STRs) with restrictions in single-family residential districts citywide but not in single-family residential districts within the Padre/Mustang Island Area Development Plan area. Learn more about STRs here.
Learn about requirements, permits, fees, zoning, and forms necessary to ensure your residential or commercial building project complies with the law.
Find information about building codes, ordinances, design criteria, reports and other useful information. Development Services Department will provide you with the detailed information you need.
Al Raymond, Director of Development Services
Al Raymond was appointed Director of Development Services by the City Manager on September 16, 2019. Al has over 36 years of experience in architecture, engineering and development services. The first part of his professional career was spent in the private sector working with several architecture firms, including HKS in Dallas; several engineering firms, such as Raba-Kistner in San Antonio; and, two hotel development organizations (Marriott Corporation and La Quinta Inns & Suites).
Al began his public sector career in January 2000 and worked for several public organizations and municipalities including the City of San Antonio as the Plan Review & Inspections Manager; The Port Authority of San Antonio; and, at the former Kelly Air Force Base as the Vice President of Architecture & Engineering. Al worked on the West Coast for several years in the City of Vista, CA and Tacoma, WA. Most recently he served as Deputy Assistant Director of Development Services for the City of Houston. Al graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture. He is a registered Architect in Texas.