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Gas Well Inspections

The City of Denton is located atop the eastern edge of the Barnett Shale. As a result, numerous gas wells have been drilled within our city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. The Gas Well Inspections Division provides a comprehensive plan designed to protect the health, safety, environment, and general welfare of the public, with well inspection.

Our goal is to assure that the orderly and practical development of mineral resources is compatible with the quiet enjoyment of affected surface estates.

Gas Well Hotline

If you have a question, concern, or complaint about a natural gas well, call (940) 349-8GAS (8427) to reach a live operator. During business hours, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the call will be directed to the Gas Wells Division. After-hours calls will be directed to the non-emergency police desk.

For more information on the legislative process or bill filings, contact Lindsey Baker, Intergovernmental Relations/Public Information Officer at (940) 349-8234 or Lindsey.Baker@cityofdenton.com.

Fire Permits

All permits must be submitted in person or by mail to 215 W. Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201. 

  • Gas and Oil Well Permit: An operational permit is required to operate gas and oil wells in the incorporated city limits. (link to permit application)
  • Temporary Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank: A construction permit is required to install, construct, or use an above ground fuel storage tank for a period of less than 90 days.
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids Operational Permit: An operational permit is required to operate or use a flammable or combustible liquids tank system.
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids Construction Permit: A construction permit is required for the installation of flammable or combustible liquids tank system.

Development within City limits

A Gas Well Development Site Plan is the initial approval authorizing wells to be drilled at one Drilling and Production Site within the City of Denton’s Corporate Limits, that sets the boundaries used for setback measurement and contains all information required in the Denton Development Code 35.22

To begin the Gas Well Development Site Plan process, login to eTrakit, under Projects click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your drawings and other supporting documents as described in the Gas Well Development Site Plan checklist.

Once the Gas Well Development Site Plan is approved, then you’re ready to apply for a Gas Well Permit. A Gas Well Permit is a written license that is granted by the City of Denton pursuant to Subchapter 35.5.10.5, authorizing Drilling and Production Activities. Login to eTrakit, under Permits click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your supporting documents.

Multiple processes may be required, depending on the location and existing conditions that pertain to a subject drilling and production site. New site typically require either a Gas Well Development Site Plan or a Gas Well Development Plat. In addition, wells located within the city limits require a gas well permit and applicable Fire Department permits. Additional steps that may be required include a Specific Use Permit (SUP), Watershed Protection Permit (WPP), Fence Permit, Tree Mitigation, or Clearing and Grading Permit.

Gas Well Inspection Steps

Development within the City of Denton Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

An approved Gas Well Development Plat and applicable County permits are needed for gas well development within the City of Denton ETJ.

A Gas Well Development Plat is the initial approval authorizing wells to be drilled at one Drilling and Production Site within the City of Denton’s ETJ, that sets the boundaries used for setback measurement and contains all information required in the Denton Development Code 35.22

To begin the Gas Well Development Site Plan process, login to eTrakit, under Projects click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your drawings and other supporting documents as described in the Gas Well Development Site Plan checklist.

More oil & gas wells information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I register a complaint or contact an inspector?
    Please contact the Gas Well Inspections Division at 940-349-8372 for general inquiries and concerns related to provisions of the City's Ordinance. For other concerns, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting and inspections, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has jurisdiction over environmental concerns. Please contact the RRC at www.rrc.state.tx.us or 512-463-7288. TCEQ created a Barnett Shale webpage (http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/barnettshale/bshale-main)and accepts environmental complaints by calling 1-888-777-3186 or online at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/compliance/complaints/index.html.
  • How many wells are located in Denton?
    The Gas Well Inspections (GWI) Division currently maintains active records for 277 wells within Denton’s corporate city limits (COD), and active records for 225 wells within the Division I area of its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). In addition to active records, the GWI Division also counts a number of records identified as inactive. The GWI Division performed field investigations and research of Railroad Commission (RRC) records to identify historic wells with expired or cancelled RRC permits, dry holes, and plugged wells. The GWI Division identified 80 inactive records for wells formerly located within the COD and 33 inactive records for ETJ wells.
  • Who inspects the wells?
    The Gas Well Inspection Division inspects each Drilling and Productions Site and every well within Denton's jurisdiction. The City issues permits for wells within the COD. In addition, the COD wells are inspected in accordance with the applicable provision of the Denton Development Code. Wells located in the Division I ETJ area require a Gas Well Development Plat and are inspected for plat compliance. The Gas Well Inspections Division performs a series of six planned inspections during the drilling stage: 1) pre-drill, 2) drilling, 3) fracturing, 4) completion, 5) first sales, and 6) final inspection. This Division also performs site inspections in response to phone calls, emails, and various customer contacts. Each well is also inspected twice annually under the annual inspection program. In addition to municipal oversight, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting, inspections, and production in accordance with applicable state rules and regulations.
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