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What is MLS and MBL?

Minimum Lot Sizes and Minimum Building Lines are optional rules available to neighborhoods in the City of Houston. The Planning and Development Department administers these ordinance options. Minimum lot sizes are requirements that prevent the change, or subdivision of properties, to smaller residential lot sizes. Setback lines are distance requirements for building anything on private property, such as a house. These lines are measured from the edge of private property; typically along the front, or street side, of a residence. These rules, or ordinance requirements, are optional rules described in one part of the City's subdivision ordinance, called Chapter 42. Neighborhoods with private deed restrictions are eligible to apply if lot sizes or building lines are not described by those existing restrictions.

Click here to go to information about options for protecting your community, through MLS and MBL. If you have further questions about the program, please contact the Planning and Development Department at 832-393-6600, and speak with Planners David Welch or Abraham Zorrilla.