Georgetown Planning Department

Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the interactive maps located?
Visit the City of Georgetown’s interactive maps for more information.
How do I obtain copies of plans, records, plats and additional information?
Please submit an open records request for copies of plans, plats, project information, and any other record request. You can also contact for additional information.
When do Boards and Commissions meet?
For more information regarding City appointed Boards and Commissions, please visit our Boards and Commissions page. Please visit the Public Meetings calendar to view posted agendas for upcoming meetings.
Where can I view the minutes of previous City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings?
Visit our Agenda and Minutes page for City Council Minutes and Boards and Commission Minutes.
Is there a non-profit organization that accepts the donation of a vacant lot, or a vacant, rundown home that is still salvageable, and turns it around for people who need affordable housing?
Please call Georgetown Habitat for Humanity at (512)863-4344 for more information.

Application & Review Process

I want to submit an application. What do I do?
Please schedule a pre-application meeting if you have any questions regarding your proposed project. Pre-Application meetings between applicants and City staff are optional and highly encouraged. These meetings take place prior to application submittals, where staff will explain the application process, note relevant codes and ordinances applicable to the proposed project and answer any questions.

Once you have determined the type of application you will submit, please review the relevant application checklists, forms and fees to ensure you have a successful and complete submittal.

All development applications are accepted and reviewed online through MyGovernmentOnline.

What is a Shot Clock Waiver?
A Shot Clock Waiver is requested to waive the deadlines for action by the City of Georgetown in Local Government Code 212.009, 212.0091, 212.0095. Waiving shot clock deadlines allow your submittal to be staff review and comment only. As a result of this waiver, final approval of this
application will require approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission only once all comments have been addressed/cleared. To learn more, please visit the following link: Shot Clock Waivers
How do I make a payment?
Intake staff will send an invoice through MyGovernmentOnline to the owner and applicant listed in the application. Please make payments online by credit card or in-person by check.
When will my project go to P&Z?
New subdivision-related applications that are deemed complete at submittal will be presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission within 30 days after the application is filed.

Resubmittals are presented to the P&Z within 15 days from the resubmittal date.

What is the status of my project?
You can view and track the status of your project through your Customer Portal online through MyGovernmentOnline.
How do I know if you received my application/submittal?
City staff receive electronic notifications when applicants submit new applications/resubmit documents for their project. Please make sure you click ‘Submit’ when working on a project to ensure staff receive your application. Staff will not receive your application or resubmittal if ‘Submit’ is not clicked.
What projects are reviewed by P&Z?
The Planning and Zoning Commission is the final approval body for:

  • Construction Plans
  • Driveway Access Permits
  • Floodplain, stormwater and water quality (spring and stream buffers) variances
  • Heritage Tree Removal/Pruning
  • Site Development Plans
  • Stormwater Permits
  • Subdivision plats
  • Subdivision variance
  • Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA)

The Planning and Zoning Commission is the recommending body to City Council for:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Development Agreements
  • Rezoning (Zoning Map Amendment includes Planned Unit Development)
  • Special Use Permits
  • UDC Text Amendments
  • 2030 Plan Elements
How will I receive staff comments regarding my project?
All staff comments and updates are provided electronically through your Customer Portal online through MyGovernmentOnline.

  • Subdivision-related application comments are sent the Friday before the P&Z meeting date
  • Most new land use and zoning-related application comments are sent within 20 business days. 2nd round comments are sent within 15 business days. 3rd round comments are sent within 10 business days. Subsequent rounds (if needed) comments are sent within 10 working days.
  • Planned Unit Developments, Special Use Permits, and Mixed Use Rezoning comments for new applications are sent within 25 business days. 2nd round comments are sent within 20 business days. 3rd round comments are sent within 15 business days. Subsequent rounds (if needed) comments are sent within 10 working days.
Can I submit different applications related to the same project at the same time?
Yes, you can submit different applications related to the same development within each application group listed below. Approval consideration of the different applications shall occur in the sequence as listed.

Policy Applications

  • Annexation (Voluntary)
  • Development Agreement
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Zoning
  • Preliminary Plat
    • Exception: a preliminary plat shall not be submitted until final approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning request.

Development Applications

  • Construction Plans
  • Final Plat
  • Certificate of Appropriateness
  • Site Development Plan
I am interested in development in Georgetown. How do I get started and what is the process?

Please contact us to speak with a planner to address any questions regarding your project, either in-person, by phone at (512)930-3575 or by email at We look forward to speaking with you!

Who reviews and makes the final decision on applications?
This table summarizes the decision-making authority of each review body for the City.
What application types does the City review for projects within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)?
The City reviews applications related to subdivision and sign provisions of the UDC to the City’s ETJ.
How long will the review process take?
New applications go through a Completeness Review that is complete within 4 days of the submittal dates. If an application is deemed complete, the application moves to the technical review (1st review), which may take anywhere from 4 – 5 weeks depending on the application type. The approval process is subject to the completeness of an application, whether additional rounds of reviews are needed, and the applicant’s response to staff comments. Please take a look at our review process for additional information.

Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) & City Limits

What is the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)?
The Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) is a designated buffer area located just outside of the city limits. Each municipality is afforded an ETJ by the Texas Local Government Code as a method of defining potential growth and future service boundaries. An ETJ boundary cannot overlap with another municipality’s ETJ
What is the extent of an ETJ?
The extent of an ETJ is dependent on the population size of the municipality. A municipality’s population only incorporates those within the City Limits and does not include the residents within the ETJ. An ETJ can extend as little as one-half mile (less than 5,000 inhabitants) or as much as 5 miles (100,000 inhabitants or more). To see the extent of the ETJ for the City of Georgetown, please visit Georgetown City Limits.
Am I in the ETJ?
You can search an address or property on our City Limits map to determine if it is located in the City Limits or ETJ.
What does it mean if I am in the City Limits?
The city has zoning authority and the ability to set property taxes and extend voting privileges to property owners according to State statutes within the city limits.
How do I bring my property into the City Limits?
Annexation is the process by which a city extends its municipal services, regulations, voting privileges and taxing authority to new territory. Cities annex territory to provide urbanizing areas with efficient municipal services and to exercise regulatory authority necessary to protect public health and safety. Through annexation, cities ensure that residents and businesses outside their corporate limits who benefit from access to the city’s facilities and services share in the tax burden, governing and administration of those programs.

Annexation and the imposition of land use controls are also excellent growth management tools to implement the comprehensive plan. An ordinance approved by the City Council is required to make an annexation effective.

Annexation requests are reviewed by staff. You will need to submit an Annexation (voluntary) application. For additional information please read Section 3.25 – Annexation (Voluntary) of the Unified Development Code (UDC).

What can I build in the ETJ, and what is my zoning in the ETJ?
There is NO ZONING in the ETJ. The City’s zoning authority does not extend to its ETJ. The City DOES regulate and review the subdivision of land, stormwater, utility evaluation, driveway and sign permits. For more information regarding Utility Connections, Stormwater, Driveway, Water Meter Tap/Wastewater Tap information, please contact the Engineering Department at
What services are provided in the ETJ?
  • County Sheriff and Law Enforcement
  • Fire and Emergency Services through their applicable districts
  • County Road Maintenance and Service
What services will no longer be provided for property owners who petition to disannex their property from the ETJ?
Once a property is disannexed from the ETJ, the City would no longer bill for their garbage service. Property owners of disannexed property would need to contract directly with Texas Disposal Systems (or the service provider of their choice that services the subject area) for solid waste services.
What is the process for submitting a petition to disannex from the ETJ?
  1. Submit the items that are required by 88(R) SB 2038 – Enrolled version – Bill Text ( to the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall – 808 Martin Luther King Jr St. Georgetown, TX 78626 in both paper and flash drive (USB) format.
  2. The request will be processed in accordance with state law.
  3. For questions regarding how to submit a petition through the City of Georgetown, please reach out to the City Secretary’s Office at 512-930-3651, or
Once property is release from the ETJ, what regulations will apply for the disannexed property?
  • Property located in unincorporated areas of the County will be required to comply with all Williamson County regulations, including subdivision regulations.
  • Current Williamson County subdivision regulations can be found here.
  • In addition, release from the ETJ will not remove property from an Emergency Services District.
    • For ESD 8, property will be subject to the ESD’s currently adopted fire code which can be found here.
  • Property located within the City of Georgetown’s Water CCN will be subject to water service regulations, including adopted water impact fees and rates.
  • Finally, State regulations enforced by the TCEQ and other agencies will continue to apply and may require certain notices to neighbors and public entities.

Historic Preservation

How do I know if my project requires COA?
  1. Check the priority level of your property by using the Interactive Historic Properties map above. Historic structures are labeled as either Low, Medium, or High priority. The priority levels are determined by the level of historic or architectural significance of a building or site.
  2. Reference the COA Applicability table in Section 3.13 of the UDC. Projects are categorized by the scope of work being done (additions, removal of architectural features, etc.) on the lefthand column.
  3. Find the scope(s) of work being done. Reference the second column in the middle to see what priority levels require review for that type of work. Note: a building designated with any priority level within the historic districts is considered to be a “contributing” structure.
  4. Reference the righthand column to determine the review authority. A COA is required if either HARC or the HPO are listed in the righthand column. If HARC is listed as the approval authority, the project may only be approved by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission at a public hearing. If the HPO, then the COA may be reviewed and issued administratively. If the column lists “NR” that means no review of a COA is required.
Can I speak with staff about my project prior to submitting a COA?
Yes. For larger or more complex projects (such as new infill construction, significant additions, or remodels) we recommend scheduling a pre-application meeting in advance of submitting your application. Staff will be able to provide general feedback and direction on the project.

For smaller projects or miscellaneous questions, you can contact the Historic Planning office at

How do I submit my COA application?
Applications must be submitted through the MyGovernmentOnline permit portal. See the MGO FAQ page for guides on submitting an application, checking review status, paying fees, and submitting revised documentation.
What information do I need to submit with my application?
Reference the COA application checklist Submittal Documents section. The checklist provides the list of required documents that must be submitted with your application as well as detailed information on what should be included within each document.
Do I need to hire an outside professional to get approval?
Not necessarily, it generally depends on the scope of work. As long as it is not required by law and sufficient documentation can be provided for staff’s review, you may not have to hire a professional designer for your COA application. For significant projects, the application may benefit from benefit from guidance provided by a professional with an architectural or historic preservation background.
What is the review process and how long does it typically take?
Review the Planning Department’s Development Manual for guidance on the development application review process including application submittal dates, technical review timelines and final action procedures.
Are there any financial incentives available for historic preservation?
The City Council adopted a Historic Tax Exemption Program on September 26, 2023. For more information on whether your project may be eligible for the exemption, please visit the Historic Tax Exemption page.
Who can I contact with questions?
512-930-3581 or

Land Use and Zoning

What is my property zoned?
You can determine the zoning of a property by searching an address in our Zoning Map.
How can I change the zoning on my property?
Rezoning requests are reviewed by staff for compliance with the 2030 Land Use Plan and the Future Land Use Map. You will need to submit a Zoning Map Amendment – Rezoning application. All rezoning requests must go before the Planning and Zoning Commission for a recommendation and the City Council for final approval. For additional information please read Section 3.06 – Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) of the Unified Development Code (UDC).
What are the uses allowed in each zoning district?
How can I obtain a zoning verification letter/plate certification letter?
You will need to submit an online application for a Letter of Regulatory Compliance through MyGovernmentOnline (MGO). Please visit our Development Manual page for our fee schedule and application checklists.

If you have any questions that is not answered here, please email us at or call 512-930-3575.

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