Department of Development

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Vision:  Planning the future of Ellis County by preserving our heritage, promoting quality growth and development, and protecting our natural resources for present and future generations.

stopPrior to purchasing property, building any new structures, expansion/remodel, splitting/selling property, or installing a septic system, please contact us.


Due to the ongoing public health concerns associated with COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s safety, beginning MARCH 20, 2020 AT 10:00 AM and until further notice, the Department of Development will be limiting in-person transactions to APPOINTMENT ONLY WITH ONLY ONE (1) PERSON PER APPOINTMENT during our normal hours of operation. Please allow up to a few hours turnaround between making an appointment and coming to the office.  This will allow us to prepare for your visit. If you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come in and make alternative arrangements to do business with this department. 

Please call ahead to 972-825-5200 or email us at to schedule an appointment to drop off applications and permits only.  Any request for any pre-application meeting requests will be scheduled as usual and be held via conference call or video conference with information to follow up in an email.

With the current situation, everything is subject to change, but we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.    


Ellis County Department of Development


DirectorDirector:                                         Alberto Mares, AICP, DR, CPM

EmailDepartment Email:  Email

Map LocationOffice Location: 109 S. Jackson St.; Waxahachie, TX 75165  (office entrance located on Clift St.)  Google Maps

ClockOffice Hours: Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

PhoneMain Department Phone Number: 972-825-5200


Twitter:  @EllisCountyDoD