What is it?

Since 2010, the Scenic City Certification Program has certified 14 Greater Houston cities that implemented high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. With 75 certified cities total, the Scenic City Certification Program provides a proven, highly-regarded tool to Texas cities for assessment, evaluation and recognition of infrastructure standards.

Any Texas city may apply to the Scenic City Certification Program for an objective, points-based review of existing municipal infrastructure ordinances. Every application receives a score sheet evaluation; cities that score at the upper level and demonstrate a landscaping/tree planting program, on-premise sign regulations and prohibition of new billboards may earn Certified Scenic City status.

To view a full list of certified cities, visit: sceniccitycertification.org/scenic-city-list/

Benefits of participation include:

  • provides expert third-party evaluation of existing standards
  • facilitates internal review and analysis of development plans
  • serves as a platform to educate citizens on the impact of local regulations
  • fosters community character and civic pride
  • enhances economic development efforts

2010-2018 Houston Area Certified Cities

West University Place (Re-Certified)
SILVER

Seabrook (Re-Certified)
RECOGNIZED

Missouri City
PLATINUM

Pearland
GOLD

Sealy
GOLD

Sugar Land
GOLD

El Campo
SILVER

Houston
SILVER

Friendswood
BRONZE

Nassau Bay
BRONZE

Testimonials

“For our city staff and partners, applying to the Scenic City Certification Program was not only a recognition opportunity, but an opportunity for evaluation and continued growth.”

– City of Denton

“The Scenic City program is an indispensable diagnostic tool for Texas cities interested in smart growth and development. Missouri City was eager to engage in the evaluation process.”

– City of Missouri City

PLATINUM

Bee Cave
Cedar Park
Fairview
Flower Mound
Frisco

McKinney
Missouri City
N. Richland Hills
Plano

Richardson
Roanoke
Rockwall
Southlake

GOLD

Belton
Benbrook
Buda
Cedar Hill
Cedar Park
Cibolo
Cuero
Denton

Dripping Springs
Fort Worth
Georgetown
Heath
Horseshoe Bay
Hutto
Keller
Lakeway
Lancaster
Mansfield

Mesquite
Pearland
Pflugerville
Sealy
South Padre Island
Sugar Land
Westlake

SILVER

Bulverde
College Station
Colleyville
Corinth
El Campo

Granbury
Grapevine
Houston
Irving
Little Elm
McAllen

Nolanville
Pharr
Prosper
Waxahachie
West University Place

BRONZE

Bastrop
Beaumont
Bedford
Duncanville

Friendswood
La Vernia
Leon Valley
Manor

Marble Falls
Nassau Bay
Richmond
Webster

RECOGNIZED

Double Oak
Kennedale
Lucas
Magnolia

Nacogdoches
Pilot Point
Seabrook

Shavano Park
Taylor
West Lake Hills