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City Data

City Government

Terrell was incorporated in 1875 and now operates under a home rule charter with a city manager form of government. The present city government complex was constructed in 1978 and contains most city departments including the police and fire departments. The city has a Planning and Zoning Board and a Comprehensive Urban Development Plan that provides growth direction.

2017 Detailed Community Profile PDF


2017 Tax Rate per $100:
Taxing Unit  Assessed Value
City 0.724200
Special Districts0.235670
Total Effective Rate per $1003.142700

Sales Tax:

Economic Development0.5%


Terrell is the largest city in Kaufman County. 
The population growth of the area is as follows:

  • Median age: 34.3 years
  • Population within 20 mile radius: 86,969
  • More data for Terrell and Kaufman County

Local Economy

The City of Terrell has a diversified economic base.

  • General commerce
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Retail and wholesale trade activity
  • Distribution
  • Commuters
  • Services
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Mental health services
  • Ranching & agriculture


The Terrell climate is considered moderate.

  • Coldest Month: January (33 degrees F average)
  • Hottest Month: July (96 degrees F average)
  • Annual Average: 64.5 degrees F
  • Wettest Month: May (4.47 inches rainfall)
  • Driest Month: January (1.80 inches rainfall)
  • Annual Average: 40.8 inches rainfall
  • Average Number of days between killing frosts: 249



Public Transportation: 

Star Transit


Terrell is located on U.S. 80 and I-20.  Both roads provide four lane interstate access to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as points east.  State Highway 34 runs north and south from the city. Numerous farm-to-market roads connect Terrell to I-30 to the north and U.S. 175 to the south.

Terrell's excellent transportation system allows easy access to the Metroplex, affording our citizens the amenities of Dallas while enjoying the small town atmosphere in which to live and raise a family.


The Union-Pacific Railroad provides freight service six times per week to terminal points of Dallas and Mineola and all points in Texas and the U.S.


Terrell Municipal Airport offers the following facilities for private aircraft:  5,500 feet hard surfaced, lighted runway, hanger space, radio facilities, major repairs, and fuel. In 2014 it was General Aviation Airport of the year.

DFW Airport is a short 55 minute drive via major interstates.  DFW is the third largest and busiest international airport in the U.S.

Dallas Love Field is located 45 minutes from Terrell and offers daily flights for passengers, as well as freight delivery.

Airport Brochure


Terrell is served by Greyhound, Continental Trailways bus line (passenger and freight service) and the Texas Bus Line (passenger service).

Motor Freight

Terrell has excellent motor freight services provided by Central Freight Lines, Tex Pack Parcel, United Parcel Service, Continental Trailways, Fedex and Mistletoe Express.


Terrell Tribune


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Building Permits:

Each applicant for building permit which proposes to expand an existing structure or construct a new building should be accompanied by a site plan which provides the information listed below.

The detail required in a site plan will vary, to some extent, with the size of the site and the proposed improvements.  For example, elevation data for a single-family lot within a recently developed subdivision and for finished floor; whereas, an industrial or commercial site, covering several acres and adjacent to a major drainage way, may need to provide a detailed drainage plan so that the safety of the improvements and personnel on the site can be assured.

With the understanding that the detail from one site plan to the next may vary, this is the basic information which should be provided:

1. A drawing (plat) of the property boundaries showing existing, on-site improvements and their relation to the tract's property lines;

2. An outline of the proposed improvements, distinguishable  from existing improvements, with dimensions to adjacent property lines;

3. Where new water and/or sewer services are planned, the location and size of existing (if any) and proposed service connections**

4. Ground, street and floor elevation data adequate to determine that proposed improvements are not likely to be subject to flood damage; and

5. The location, width and type of construction of existing (if any) and proposed driveways - plus the distance to the adjacent street intersection, on corner properties, or existing driveways on adjoining parcels.

**  In order for the customer to be assured of adequate service and correct tapping cost figures, he or she should be encouraged to provide as much information as possible concerning any special or atypical water service demands and/or wastewater discharge requirements.

The Engineering Dept. will provide copies of plats and other boundary information, when available, to builders and/or owners on request.  But it will be up to the builder or owner to plot existing and proposed improvements thereon.

It may be necessary for the builder or owner to coordinate with the Director of Utilities on the location of exiting services.  IT IS RECOMMENDED that they coordinate any PROPOSED connections.

 The collection of field elevation data may be performed by the builder or surveyor on sites which are not affected by the 100-year floodplain.  Such data may be based upon an assumed elevation datum but should provide the following as a minimum:  (1)  Ground elevation at each property corner with intermediate ground elevations along all property lines greater than 100 feet in length (i.e., elevation points should not be more than 100 feet apart);  (2) top of curb elevations at the points where projected side property lines would intersect the curb, or ditch flowline and street centerline elevations at similar locations;  (3) proposed finished floor elevations; and (4) an elevation reference to a fixed object on the site (fire hydrant operating nut, manhole cover, etc.)  If a site is traversed by a drainage swale or channel, ground elevation data adequate to define the drainage way should also be provided.

Field elevation data for sites adjacent to major drainage ways, especially those within the regulatory floodplain, should be collected by a registered surveyor - since a drainage study and/or elevation certificate may be required.

In either case, the site plan should indicate (1) how runoff from adjacent properties will be conveyed across the site in question, if applicable; and (2) how on-site drainage will be conveyed to off-site.  For small lots, this may be accomplished by the use of flow direction arrows.  For larger sites, existing and proposed grading (topography) may be called for.

For additional information regarding building permits, please contact the City of Terrell at 201 E. Nash St. 972-551-6600 (The Developers Corner)