Frequently Asked Questions
For a new dwelling, if there has never been a water tap the permit will be obtained at City Hall but all fees are paid at the Water Department.
Yes, you do need a permit to move inside or outside city limits, but the fees are different. You can download the application here. If you are moving it inside city limits, we will need pictures of the house/trailer. If you are moving outside of city limits, we don’t need any pictures, just the application to be submitted.
A zoning district is a classification of land in the city limits which divides property into specific types of uses. Zoning regulates the type of development that can occur in an area. Zoning also sets other standards for development in a particular zoning district. City Council determines the zoning designation of a property. For example, in the City there are zones that are reserved for residential, commercial, and industrial development.
Each abbreviation refers to a specific zoning district which is regulated by an individual article or chapter contained in the Zoning Ordinance. The City of Donna is divided into five (5) districts as follows:
District R-1: Single-Family Residential District
District R-2: Multi-Family Residential District
District B-1: Local Business District
District B-2: General Business District
District M-H: Mobile Home District
For the regulations and restrictions for each district, see the Zoning Ordinance.
A property owner may request a zone change through the Planning Department. There are a set of criteria that must be met in order for a zone change to occur. Zone change requests are presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and to the City Council. A non-refundable filing fee of $300.00 must be paid at the time the application for zone change is filed. If you would like more information, please call the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917.
A landowner may apply to have his or her property subdivided. This requires getting a surveyor and completing all other requirements. Please see application (below) for the requirements. The non-refundable fee for an application for subdivision plat approval is $625.00, plus $25.00 per acre. Subdivision plat approvals are presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. If you are interested in subdividing your property please contact the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917 for more information.
The County Assessor’s office has the most up-to-date information. Please call the Hidalgo County Appraisal District at (956) 381-8466 or visit their website www.hidalgoad.org.
Setbacks are distances from the property line in which a structure may not be located. Setbacks vary by the zoning designation of the property and are defined in the City of Donna Zoning Ordinance. The required setback may be different for a primary use structure versus an accessory use structure such as a shed. The Zoning Ordinance may be found here. For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917.
Easements are designated areas on your land that are set aside for the use of others for a specific purpose, usually for a type of public utility. This means the easement holder has the right to access the property for a specific purpose such as maintenance of an electrical, water, or sanitary sewer line. Permanent structures of any nature are not allowed in easements. Fences are allowed in most types of easements with an easement encroachment agreement with the owner stating that a portion of fence may be removed if necessary. Fences are not allowed in drainage easements. For more information, please call the Planning Department at (956) 464-6917.
At the public hearing, the staff planner will summarize the project and key issues, then the applicant speaks on the matter. As a project applicant this is your opportunity to present your case to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. After the applicant speaks, anyone else in the audience can speak and then the applicant has the opportunity for rebuttal. The hearing is then closed. The decision making body then discusses the issue and makes their decision.
State law and/or City regulations require property owners that are located within 200 feet from a proposed development to be notified. Please call the Planning Department for more information on the proposal if you have any questions. Everyone is invited to attend all Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and City Council Public Meetings to offer any relevant public input. More information can be found here.