Subdivision platting is the process of creating or combining lots out of an existing tract of land. A plat is an official, surveyed document that creates lots for residential and commercial developments and makes a lot considered “legal.” No permits may be issued on land that is not a legal lot. The purpose of the subdivision process is for the City to determine that the document meets proper legal recordation requirements, compliance with the Unified Development Code (UDC) lot and block standards, traffic and environmental impacts studies, dedication of street right-of-way and public improvements, and other City requirements. Only after final plat and recordation can a lot move forward to the Site Plan, Building Permit, and Certificate of Occupancy processes.
When is a Plat Required?
A plat is required for the division or development of land either in the City Limits or in the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Parcels that are being subdivided but remain over 5 acres do not need to process a plat with the City of Georgetown, that being one of the exemptions detailed in Chapter 3.08.020 of the UDC. However, a plat may be required even if you are not dividing land. Depending on the lot configuration and whether or not your lot is considered “legal” will determine if you need a plat and what type of plat may be required.
What types of Plats are there?
There are four types of plats processed by the City of Georgetown, as listed below:
- Amending Plat – amends an existing plat for minor changes
- Minor Plat – 4 or fewer lots with no utilities required
- Preliminary Plat – most common, creation of new lots with utilities, streets. Requires subdivision Construction Plans and a Final Plat following approval.
- Final Plat – final subdivision document for recording purposes. Follows a Preliminary Plat and subdivision Construction Plans.
The City also has a process for a combined Preliminary/Final Plat, which is for special circumstances that meet the provisions of Section 3.08.050 in the UDC, and also for a Re-plat, or Resubdivision, which is a reconfiguration of all or a portion of the lots in a previously-approved plat. The UDC also allows for Plat Waivers, which may be requested of the Planning Zoning Commission in order to waive certain code provisions due to justified hardships.
What do I need for a Plat Application?
Prior to making an application, a Pre-Application Conference is required. Please see the front desk or call 930-3575 to set up an appointment. Other requirements for an application include:
- Fee: Varies, as shown below. See the Development Fee Schedule for exact fees*.udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
- Other fees may apply depending on the plat. Additional studies and fees may apply*
- Master Application Form
- And any other information required by the particular Plat Checklist*
* See the Development Manual for detailed information required by the checklist and development fee schedule – online at udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
What is the Approval Process?
A Plat shall be approved if it meets the approval criteria provided for in Section 3.08 of the UDC. Only Re-plats for residential subdivisions are required to have a public hearing, per State law. A Plat Waiver must be justified to the Planning and Zoning Commission, per Section 3.22.
- Timeline and Approval Authority, by application:
- Amending Plat 30 days Administrative
- Minor Plat 30 days Administrative
- Preliminary Plat 45 days Planning and Zoning Commission
- Final Plat 30 days Administrative
- Combined Plat 45 days Planning and Zoning Commission
- Plat Waiver 45 days Planning and Zoning Commission