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Design Review Committee
Julie Smith
Community Development Director

Jason Botcher
Fire Marshal

Ron Sellman
Public Works Director

200 S. Rusk
Gainesville, TX  76240

Ph: (940) 668-4799 Julie Smith
Ph: (940) 668-7777 Jason Botcher
Ph: (940) 668-4540 Ron Sellman

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The City of Gainesville has a Design Review Committee (DRC) whose purpose is to review new commercial projects.

The DRC  is  composed of the Community Development Director, Building Inspector, Planning and Permit Technician, Fire Marshal, Director of Public Works, Public Works Inspector, Police Department's Support Services Captain, Director of General Services, and any other relevant staff required to review your project.

The following issues may be addressed at DRC meetings:

  1. Civil Plans (including site plans, drainage, utilities, and floodplain)
  2. Architectural Plans (including occupancy type, masonry requirements, energy code requirements, and ADA requirements)
  3. Mechanical Plans
  4. Electrical Plans
  5. Plumbing Plans
  6. Structural Plans 
  7. Platting Process (if necessary)

DRC meetings are scheduled on the first and third Wednesdays of each month between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Meetings are held in the Community Development and Public Works Building’s conference room located at 104 West Hird. Applicants are encouraged to attend the DRC review of their project. In order to attend, a complete application and plans submittal must be received by the Community Development Department no later than noon on the Wednesday prior to the applicant's DRC meeting.

City Staff will provide a Pre-DRC meeting to answer preliminary questions concerning large construction projects. Pre-DRC meetings occur at the same time and place as DRC meetings. In order to attend a Pre-DRC , applicants must submit a proposed site plan to the Community Development Department no later than noon on the Wednesday prior to the applicant's Pre-DRC meeting.

To schedule a DRC or Pre-DRC meeting, please contact Claire Barnes at or 940-668-4799.