Platting of property in Texas is required under Section 212 of the Texas Local Government Code. Platting is required to ensure there is adequate provision for streets, parks, alleys, easements, rights-of-way, and public improvements necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the public. In addition, platting is a means of describing, for public record, the location of lots. A plat must be approved by the City and recorded with the Galveston County Clerk’s Office. A legal lot, or one that has been platted, can be described as a lot out of a particular subdivision (for example, Lots 1, 2, 3, Block 1, City of Hitchcock Subdivision). An acreage tract, a portion of an acreage tract, or a portion of a lot are not considered legal lots for the purposes of development within the City of Hitchcock. If your property cannot be described as a legal lot, you must plat or replat before you can receive your building permit.
When is platting required?
Platting of property must take place before the property is divided into two or more parts to sell, rent, lease, or divide ownership at anytime in the future. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the property is legally platted prior to selling, renting, or leasing it to another party.