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The ETJ is the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Midland. This is an area in Midland County outside of the city limits of the City of Midland in which certain regulations and ordinances of the City apply. In Midland County, the ETJ extends five miles from the city limits. For an explanation of City regulations and ordinances that apply in the ETJ please call the City of Midland Planning and Zoning department at 432-688-7400. The County requires the developer obtain a letter from the City in the instance they choose not to enforce their rules regarding any platting matter within the ETJ.
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Septic permits can be obtained through the City and County Health Department for any and all septic system. Details and specific information may be obtained through the Health Department at 432-681-7613.
All permits pertaining to drive ways in the County can be obtained through the Midland County Road and Bridge Department at 432-688-4155.
Pipeline permits can be obtained through the Midland County Road and Bridge Department at 432-688-4155. To obtain a pipeline easement contact the County Commissioner in that precinct.
Midland County does require addresses.The Midland Emergency Communication District issues all addresses for Midland County. They can be contacted at 432-684-9911.
Although, Midland County does not have any specific planning and zoning requirements, the County requests that building and installations follow the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) life safety code 101 or greater. Midland County does not maintain alleyways or have mandatory restrictions; however, other restrictions may apply, such as, retention ponds, minimum acreage for septics, etc.
Midland County follows the rules and regulations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. They can be reached at 432-570-1359 or online.
Please contact the Midland County Road and Bridge Department for more information at 432-688-4155.
A blue colored street sign indicates the street as a Midland County road and is maintained by Midland County. A green colored street sign indicates the street as a City road and is maintained by the City of Midland. A brown colored street sign indicates the street is a private road maintained by the private owner or a public road that is not part of the Midland County road system. Midland County does not maintain public roads that are not part of the Midland County road system. FM and State Highways are maintained by Texas Department of Transportation. These roads are maintained (repaired) by the corresponding municipalities; except for private roads. Contact Road and Bridge at 432-688-4155 for more information.
Texas law requires a land owner to prepare a plat of their land and obtain approval of the plat from either the City or the County in certain situations. When land lies within the ETJ, the subdivision and platting regulations of the City of Midland apply. Please contact the City of Midland Planning and Zoning department at 432-688-7400 for information on the City’s subdivision and platting regulations. When land lies within the boundaries of Midland County and outside of the ETJ, Midland County’s subdivision regulations determine whether you must plat your land. In general, a plat is required whenever land is divided into two or more parts for the purposes of laying out a subdivision, lots, or streets, or alleys.
There are certain exceptions to the platting requirement. For example, in some circumstances platting may not be required if the land is divided for agricultural use or for sale to a family member, or if all of the resulting lots are 10 acres or larger and there are no streets, alleys, or parks for the use of the public or the lot owners.
If a subdivision plat is required, the plat must meet all requirements of Midland County, must be filed with the Midland County Clerk and must be approved by the Commissioners Court. For a copy of Midland County’s subdivision regulations please call 432-688-4310. Texas laws regarding subdivisions can be found at Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 232.