All-American City of Pharr

Planning & Zoning

Conditional Use Permits for Home Occupations:

For residents who desire to operate a home occupation.

1 Meeting with the City’s Planner a must.  Determination will be made whether the selected home occupation is allowed.  Applicant is advised of the guidelines and requirements concerning the operation of the business, the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Commissioners.  Filing Fee:  $150.00 (cash, check, money order) [nonrefundable]
2 Applicant must make the location available for inspection(s) to be carried out by the City of Pharr Code Compliance Officer, Fire Department, Police Department, Health Officer, and any other department as determined by the need of the authorized home occupation.
3 Approval will allow the applicant to have their Conditional Use Permit issued only if all requirements called for by the different City Departments have been met.
4 Initial 6-Month inactivity/noncompliance of the conditions will cause the Conditional Use Permit to be void.  Re-application procedures will then be needed.
5 Conditional Use Permits are renewable every year at a cost of $50.00 and yearly inspections must be carried out.

Conditional Use Permits for on-premise Alcoholic Beverage Consumption:

For businesses desiring to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption.

1 Same as #1-#4 above.  Filing Fee:  $350.00 [nonrefundable]
2 Registration with the City of Pharr Administrative Department required.
3 Yearly renewal cost is $200.00 and requires City Commission approval.

Conditional Use Permits for B.Y.O.B Venue or Event:

1 Meeting with the City’s Planner a must.  Review of the request will be carried out and determination made whether to proceed.  Applicant is advised of the City’s guidelines and requirements, the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Planning and Zoning Commission.
2 Filing fee: $700.00 (nonrefundable).  Annual renewal fee: $700.00
3 Applicant must make the location available for inspection(s) to be carried out by the City of Pharr Code Compliance Officer, Fire Department, Police Department, and/or Health Officer.

Conditional Use Permits for Life-of-the-Use (L-O-U):

For applicants wanting to install a telecommunication/cellular tower.
For applicants wanting to co-locate wireless equipment onto an existing
Telecommunication / cellular tower.
For applicants seeking permits for other Life-of-the-Use situations (i.e., oversized storage Unit, establishment of a church)

1 Meeting with the City’s Planner a must.  Determination will be made whether the situation qualifies for L-O-U.  Applicant is advised of the guidelines and requirements concerning the operation of the business, the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Commissioners.
2 Filing fee for Cellular Tower/co-locators: $1,000.00 (nonrefundable)Filing for other L-O-U situations: $250.00 (nonrefundable)
3 Approval will allow the applicant to apply for the required permit(s) to commence any construction/improvements on the said property

Change of Zone:

For changing property from the established zone to a different type of zone.

1 Meeting with the City’s Planner a must.  Determination will be made whether the desired zone change will meet the need being sought and whether such change is allowed.  Applicant is informed as to the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Commissioners.  Filing Fee:  depends on the size of the tract of land and whether the tract is residential or commercial (cash, check, money order) [nonrefundable].
2 Approval will allow the applicant to apply for the required permit(s) to commence any construction/improvements on the said property or to proceed with the subdivision process.

Variance/Special Exception Request:

For requesting variance/special exception from the established City of Pharr planning ordinances.

1 Meeting with the City’s Planner a must.  Determination will be made whether the desired variance is needed.  Applicant is informed as to the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Board of Adjustment.  Applicant must be present at meeting(s).  Filing Fee:  $150.00 (cash, check, money order) [nonrefundable]

Appeals to the Building and Standards Commission:

For requesting appeals from the established City of Pharr Dangerous Buildings Ordinance

1 Meeting with the Director of Planning and Zoning is a must.  Determination will be made whether the request merits action. Applicant is informed as to the time, date, place of the meeting(s) before the Building and Standards Commission.  Applicant must be present at said meeting(s).  Filing Fee:  $150.00 (cash, check, money order) [nonrefundable]