Planning & Development

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Planning & Development Department is: "To provide the City of Brownwood with a proactive approach to enhance development and growth within the City by partnering with citizens and developers to meet common goals while ensuring code compliance, affording due process to citizens and developers using the Code procedures with a goal of a clean and prosperous City."


Responsibilities of this department include:

  • Checks zoning and variance requests
  • Code compliance
  • Exercises general inspection supervision over all public and private construction work
  • 911 Addressing
  • Floodplain management
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Management and Oversight for Engineering Support
  • Issues all permits required by the City
    • Building
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing
    • Signs
    • Vendors
    • Alcohol
  • Provides staff assistance for boards and commissions
    • Planning & Zoning  Board
    • Zoning Board of Adjustment
    • Building and Standards Commission
    • Unified Board of Appeals
    • Historical Building Review Committee


The department has 16 employees:  

  • 1 Director
  • 1 Assistant Director / GIS Coordinator
  • 1 Project Manager/Engineering Tech V
  • 1 Chief Building Official/Permit Tech
  • 2 Combination Building Inspectors (Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)
  • 2 Code Compliance Officers
  • 1 Building Official/Code Compliance 
  • 2 Administrative Assistants
  • 3 Property Maintenance Staff
  • 2 Facility Maintenance Staff
  • (Seasonal) Laborers


This department has 3 goals:

  • To ensure community compliance with all codes in accordance with City Ordinances and standard specifications
  • To provide adequate engineering and inspection services for the City of Brownwood
  • To provide timely and accurate information in regards to citizen requests to the commissions to which the department gives staff assistance


The department strives to meet the following objectives:

  • Continue a proactive approach to code compliance.
  • Continue to provide adequate staff support and training to related boards.
  • Increase public awareness of purpose of permits and inspections.

Planning & Development Staff

Tim Murray - Director of Planning & Development

Gary Hurtado - Assistant Director of Planning & Development/GIS Coordinator

Travis Pierce - Project Manager/Engineering Tech V

Code violations in the City of Brownwood can be reported by calling 325-646-5775, or by filling out this form.