Georgetown Energy Services/Electric Engineering – Construction Information

An Electrical Load Analysis is required to be submitted with all building permit applications for construction.

Electrical Load Analysis Forms:

Electrical Load Analysis for Commercial/Industrial/New Tenant

Electrical Load Analysis for Multi-Family 

To contact Electric Engineering,  please click here

For questions regarding work in the Right of Way, please click here 

Related Links:

Georgetown Utility Systems

Commercial Building Permit Submittal Information

Interactive Maps

Temporary Use Permit

A Temporary Use is a unique short-term use that will be discontinued after a specified time. Such uses include, but are not limited to, special events, construction buildings, seasonal businesses (such as Christmas Tree Lots), etc. Prior to the establishment of a temporary use within the City Limits, a Temporary Use Permit must be obtained.

The purpose of a Temporary Use Permit, which is an administrative permit issued by the City’s Building Official, is to ensure compatibility of the temporary use with surrounding properties. Areas to be reviewed as part of the permit process include traffic circulation, parking, public conveniences, signs and any other special operating characteristics. This permit will specify the use, establish a period of time for which the use is approved, and any special conditions attached to the approval.

Temporary Use Application

For questions regarding the Temporary Use Application, please email permits@georgetown.org

Fences

A Fence Permit is required to erect a new fence on a property located within our City limits, with the exception of agricultural uses, as well as pet or livestock, garden, or similar fencing provided the fence is in a property that has a perimeter fence. Required permits must be obtained prior to initiating any work.

For minor alterations to an existing fence, such as replacements of pickets, panels, posts or other materials, a permit is only required if the changes exceed one third (1/3) of the facing of the existing fence. Any vertical or linear addition or the relocation of an existing fence requires a new permit. Please note that all fences must be kept in good repair and in a safe and attractive condition, consistent with the design established with the Fence Permit.

If you are not sure if a fence permit is required, you can contact the  (512) 930-2550 or via email at permits@georgetown.org for further assistance.

Below is a list of questions to assist you in obtaining a Fence Permit:

Q:  Where do I apply for a fence permit?

A:  A completed Fence Permit Application with all required supporting documents and fee must be submitted online at www.mygovernmentonline.org

Q:  How much does a fence permit cost?

A:  The current fee to apply for a fence permit is $31.00. Please note that this fee may be subject to change.

Q:  What do I need to bring in order to apply for a permit?

  1. Please click here to read about the fence permit procedure
  2. A copy of the survey of the property identifying the location, height and material of the proposed fence.
  3. Application fee of $31.00. Please note that the fee may be subject to change.

Q:  Must a fence be designed by an engineer?

A:  Masonry, stone, rock and brick walls that are eight (8) feet or taller and pre-engineered walls/products require fence details signed and sealed by an engineer. Please note that retaining walls that are over three (3) feet in height must be designed by an Engineer.

      For all fences, plans and details must be legible, include all pertinent information (i.e. height, length, material, etc.), and preferably drawn to a 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch scale.

Q:  How much time does it take to process a fence permit?

A:  Currently, the City strives to process all fence permits within  10 business days from receipt of a complete application. This time may be extended if a License to Encroach is required for the proposed fence. To help expedite your review, please ensure that all required documents and plans are submitted with the permit application in compliance with local codes and this Customer Bulletin.

Q:  Will the fence be inspected once complete?

A:  Yes. All new fences, to include replacement of existing fences, will be inspected after permit is issued. Inspections may be scheduled online at www.mygovernmentonline.org. For a quick walk through of how to use MyGovernmentOnline, click here.

Q:  Are there limitations to the type of materials that may be used to construct a fence?

A:  Fences may be made of wood, stone, rock, concrete block, masonry brick, brick, decorative wrought iron, chain link, welded wire, or other similar material. Prohibited materials include plywood, paper, plastic, fiberglass panels, chicken wire, fabric, or sheet, roll or corrugated metals. The finished “face” side of the fence (opposite the structural supports) must face all public streets and public parkland.

However, please note there are additional fence requirements for certain types of uses. These standards are detailed in Section 8.07 of the UDC. In addition:

  1. Fences within the front yard must be 50% opened (i.e. wrought iron or picket fence).
  2. For -residential uses, barbed wire fences are not allowed on lots of less than 2 acres.
  3. For apartment complexes, only wrought iron or similar material is allowed in the front and side setbacks when abutting a local or collector street; wood fences may be allowed within the setbacks that abut another property.
  4. Swimming pools require a fence/barrier surrounding the pool with a self-latching gate in accordance with the 2000 International Residential Code (“IRC”). Please refer to Appendix G of the IRC for swimming pool standards.

All fences must be constructed to perpetually maintain structural integrity against natural forces such as wind, rain and temperature variations. Fences constructed of chain link, welded wire, picket or similar materials shall require a minimum of two (2) support rails spaced at least one half (½) of the total height of the fence apart.

In addition, we highly encourage you to check with your Home Owner’s Association for additional restrictions or requirements that may be applicable to you.

Q:  Are there height limitations for building a fence?

A:  In accordance with Section 8.07 of the UDC, fences may be built to the heights shown in the table below. Fence height is to be measured from the ground level on the higher side of the fence or wall.

  Single-family, two-family and townhome Apartment Complex Non-residential
Front Yard 4 ft max; 50% opened 6 ft max 4 ft max; 50% opened
Side Setback 6 ft max; however,4 ft max if abutting a local or collector street;5 ft max if abutting an alley 8 ft max; however,6 ft max if abutting a local or collector street 8 ft max; however,4 ft max if abutting a local or collector street
Rear Setback 6 ft max; however,5 ft max if abutting an alley10-ft setback required if abutting a local or collector street 8 ft max 8 ft max

Please note that certain uses have specific or additional standards. These standards are detailed in Section 8.07 of the UDC. In addition, fences in the side and rear setbacks of single-family, two-family and townhome residential uses may be increased to 8 feet in height under certain circumstances as specified in Section 8.07.040(B)(4) of the UDC and the Residential Fence UDC Interpretation dated June 21, 2013 (https://udc.georgetown.org, Chapter 8). For industrial and utility uses, barbed wire may be used above any conventional 6-foot fence provided the total height does not exceed 8 feet.

For additional information, please contact the Inspections and Permitting Department at (512) 930-2550 or via email at permits@georgetown.org, or the Planning Department at (512) 930-3575 or via email at planning@georgetown.org

Q:  Are there exceptions to the materials or height limitations?

A:  Alternative fence materials, location and height may be considered by the Planning Director through the City’s Administrative Exception process. Section 8.07.080 of the UDC details the justifiable reasons for requesting an exception. For further information on the fence alternative options and Administrative Exception process, please contact the Planning Department at (512) 930-3575 or via email at planning@georgetown.org.

Please note that Administrative Exceptions must be approved prior to applying for a fence permit. In this event, a copy of the approved Administrative Exception must be included with the fence permit application.

Q:  How do I know which side is the front of my property?

A:  For corner or multi-frontage lot, the front is determined by the shortest street frontage of the lot. Where the lot is relatively square or unusually shaped, a request may be made to the Planning Director for a determination. For further questions, please contact the Planning Department at (512) 930-3575 or via email at planning@georgetown.org.


Q:  My fence will be built on a corner lot. Does this make a difference?

A:  In accordance with the “Sight Triangle” requirements in Section 12.03.050 of the UDC, no fence or wall more than 25% solid or more than 3 feet tall shall be located within 25 feet of the right-of-way at the intersection of two streets or within 8 feet of the intersection of a street and an alley.

Q:  There is an easement on my property. Can I build my fence over or across the easement?

A:  Walls or other fencing proposed to be located near a public utility easement, or buried or above-ground utility equipment that are made up of masonry or a similar product and containing a poured foundation shall require review by the Development Engineer prior to approval. A License to Encroach pursuant to Section 3.21 may also be required.

For non-residential uses, fences within a required setback adjacent to a public right-of-way may not be located in a public or landscape easement.

Fences may not be located within a drainage easement or floodway area. Fences proposed within the 100 year Flood Plain will require approval of a Flood Plain Development Permit.

For additional information, please contact the Inspections and Permitting Department at (512) 930-2550 or via email at permits@georgetown.org.

Q:  May I remove a tree that will interfere with the construction of the fence?

A:  Residential subdivisions that were platted prior to February 13, 2007, may remove trees without obtaining further approval from the City.

Residential subdivisions platted after February 13, 2007, and all other properties may not be clear-cut or selectively cleared, or have a Protected or Heritage Tree removed, without first obtaining the necessary approvals from the City.  To read more about heritage trees, please visit https://udc.georgetown.org/unified-development-code/, chapter 7.

Q:  May I place a sign on the fence?

A:  All messages or advertising on fences or walls are considered signage and thus are not allowed on fences unless permitted in accordance with Chapter 10, Sign Standards, of the UDC.

Q:  Are there any other permits required for a fence?

A:  Fences on properties located in the Downtown Overlay District, or on two-family, multi-family and commercial properties in the Old Town Overlay District, approval of a Certificate of Design Compliance (“CDC”) by the Historical Architectural Review Committee (“HARC”) is required. When applicable, a copy of the approved CDC must be included with the fence permit application packet. For additional information on the CDC application process, please contact the Planning Department at (512) 930-3575 or via email at planning@georgetown.org.

      Walls or other fencing proposed to be located near a public utility easement or buried or above-ground utility equipment that are made up of masonry or a similar product and containing a poured foundation may require a License to Encroach pursuant to Section 3.21. For additional information, please contact the Inspections and Permitting Department at (512) 930-2550

Q:  May I build a temporary fence?

A:  Temporary fences are permitted subject to the issuance of a Fence Permit. However, temporary fences for a site with an active Building Permit, Storm water Permit, or part of a roadway construction project are allowed without a Fence Permit. This type of temporary fence must be removed at the expiration of such Permit or the conclusion of construction, whichever occurs first.

Q:  May I build an electric fence?

A:  Electric fences are allowed subject to the following:

1.   Electric fences must be placed within a minimum of 10 feet from any public rights-of-way or sidewalk;

2.   Electric fences must be placed a minimum of two (2) feet from all private property lines.

3.   A “Warning: Electric Fence in Operation” sign at least 12 inches x 12 inches in size must be posted at intervals of not more than 50 feet apart and located not more than 1 foot away from the fence.

Q:  Are there additional reviews required for a fence?

A:  All fencing that will cause a diversion of water runoff or otherwise prevent the natural flow of storm water shall require review by the Development Engineer prior to approval.

      Walls or other fencing proposed to be located near a public utility easement, or buried or above-ground utility equipment that are made up of masonry or a similar product and containing a poured foundation shall require review by the Development Engineer prior to approval. Additionally, a License to Encroach pursuant to Section 3.21 of the UDC may be required.

Fences proposed within the 100 year Flood Plain require the review and approval of a Flood Plain Development Permit.

For additional information, please contact the Inspections and Permitting Department at (512) 930-2550 or via email at permits@georgetown.org.

Q:  Are there any other requirements for a fence?

A:  All fences and fencing locations shall be in compliance with the requirements of the adopted Building Code, Fire Code, or any other health and safety provision adopted by the City of Georgetown. In the event that a Building Code or Fire Code requirement supersedes any provision of the UDC or would make such provision unworkable, those codes shall govern.

Additionally, Chapter 5 of the UDC contains provisions for fencing materials, heights, and locations associated with particular uses that are allowed with additional requirements in certain zoning districts. Below are references to each such provision with the corresponding section number:

A.  Day Care – UDC Section 5.030.020.B

B.   Bed and Breakfast – UDC Section 5.04.020.A and B

C.  Offices in the RS District – UDC Section 5.04.020.J

D.  Self-storage – UDC Section 5.04.020.P

E.   Fuel sales – UDC Section 5.04.020.S

F.   Intermediate Utility Services – UDC Section 5.05.020.B

G.  Outdoor Storage, Limited – UDC Section 5.09.030.B

H.  Outdoor Storage, General – UDC Section 5.09.030.C

For additional information, please contact the Inspections and Permitting Department at (512) 930-2550 or via email at permits@georgetown.org

Trade Permits

Permitting Info:

Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org  for the following Trade Permits:

  • Electrical Only*
  • Plumbing Only* **
  • Mechanical Only*

*For any electrical, plumbing, or mechanical trade permits, you must be a registered contractor. If you are the homeowner and plan do to the work yourself, then a Homeowners Exempt Form must be submitted along with your permit application.

**Plumbing, Electrical, and/or Mechanical Permits requested as part of new construction project must be requested under the main permit number for that particular new construction project.  Please contact general contractor for permit number.

Once the permit is issued, you will receive notification to pay from no-reply@scpdc.org.


Requesting Inspections:

All inspections must be requested online through your www.mygovernmentonline.org account by 3:00 PM for next business days in most cases.

Inspections will be conducted Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM 11:30 AM for the following types of permits (or any inspections that require the homeowner to be present):

  • Water Heater
  • Mechanical Change Out
  • Solar Tubes/Attic Fans
  • Water Softener

For all other questions, please email permits@georgetown.org

Sign Permits & Standards

The City of Georgetown regulates the permitting, design, location, construction, erection, modification, use, maintenance, and removal of signs within the City of Georgetown and its Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). A sign may only be erected, placed, established, painted, created, or maintained in conformance with the requirements of the ordinances.

Applications:

Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org for any of the following permits:

Sign and Banner Permit Application

Builder way finding signage

Permit Fee:

Sign Permit $81.00 each

Rules & Regulations:

Chapter 10 Sign Standards of Unified Development Code

Unified Development Code

HARC/ Downtown Overlay / Old Town Overlay:

Historic & Downtown Sign Standards and Information

Downtown way finding & signage master-plan

For questions regarding HARC/Downtown Overlay/ Old Town Overlay signs,  please email:  historic@Georgetown.Org

Plan Review:

The plan review for a permanent sign is fourteen (14) business days from the time your permit application is accepted and payment is made.

The plan review for a Temporary Banner is up to three business days from the time your permit application is accepted.

Once your permit is approved, you will receive notification via email from no-reply@scpdc.org

Sign Violations/Complaints:

For concerns or complaints about a possible sign violation contact the Code Enforcement Team at (512) 930-3606 or  to email please click here.

General Sign Questions:

For general sign questions, please email Sign Permits

Inspections:

All inspections must be requested before 3:00p.m. online at www.mygovernmentonline.org for the next business day in most cases. We do not accept inspection request via telephone.

My Government Online:

Click Here for a  copy of the User Manual

My Government Online Tech Support – (866) 957-3764

Certificate of Occupancy

All businesses in the City of Georgetown require a valid Certificate of Occupancy Permit  prior to occupying the business space or opening to the general public. This applies to all stand-alone buildings as well as leasable tenant space in multi-tenant buildings. In addition, a Certificate of Occupancy is not transferable. Anytime the business owner, business address or business name changes, a new Certificate of Occupancy is required.

If any construction is planned such as demolishing, adding or moving walls, window or doors a building permit will be required.

If adding or moving and  electric, plumbing,  or HVAC a building permit will be required.

If a change of use is planned, a building permit will be required. For example, if the previous use of the space was an office and the new use of the space will be for a restaurant then building permits will be required before a certificate of occupancy can be applied for.

Please contact our office for more information regarding building permits by emailing permits@georgetown.org  or click here.


Certificate of Occupancy Permit Process:

  • Complete the Certificate of Occupancy and submit it online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Pay permit fee of $136.00 when you receive notification from no-reply@scpdc.org
  • Allow up to seven business days for zoning verification review.
  • Once zoning  is approved, we will contact you to schedule the required fire and building inspections. If we do not contact you within seven business days, please email us at permits@georgetown.org  with project number and address. Please be advised that water and electric must be on.  If the electric power is not currently on, then you will need a thirty (30) temporary power inspection first, before fire and building inspections can be completed.
  • After you pass the Fire and Building Inspections, we will email the Certificate of Occupancy.
  • If you fail any of the required inspections, you have ten days to correct items and reschedule your inspection. If inspections are not resolved, power and /or water may be disconnected.

For New Commercial Construction (Ground Up/ Shell Buildings),Commercial Remodels, or Additions Click here for forms or contact our office for Certificate of Occupancy Process at permits@georgetown.org.

If you are located in the ETJ and are connected to Georgetown Utilities then you will need a Commercial Service Application .


Residential Certificate of Occupancy:

The City of Georgetown does not issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The building final inspection serves as the Certificate of Occupancy. If you are the permit holder, you may print the building final report from your www.mygovernmentonline.org account.


 

Fire Hydrant Meter Application:

The purpose of a fire hydrant water meter is to provide water temporarily during ongoing construction projects and when tapping water lines into our main line.

To apply for a fire hydrant, click here to access the connect application.

Completed forms can be submitted to the Customer Care office, located in the Georgetown Municipal Complex at 300 Industrial Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or by fax 512-930-3534 or email customercare@georgetown.org.

 


If you have any questions regarding Commercial Service Applications, please email customercare@georgetown.org.

If you have any questions regarding Certificate of Occupancy Applications, please email permits@georgetown.org

Contractor Registration

Who needs to be registered?

The following contractors need to be registered with the City of Georgetown:

  • General Contractor – no fee
  • Plumbing Contractor – no fee
  • Electrical Contractor includes master -no fee
  • Master Electrician Only -no fee
  • Journeyman Electrician -no fee
  • Mechanical Contractor – no fee
  • Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm – no fee
  • Sign Contractor- no fee
  • Electrical Sign Contractor -no fee
  • Journeyman Sign Contractor -no fee
  • Building Maintenance Electrician – no fee
  • Apprentice Electrician – no fee
  • Hood System Installer -no fee
  • Swimming Pool Contractor – no fee
  • Water Softener Contractor – no fee

How to register:

To register with the City of Georgetown, please complete the Contractor Registration Form and email it along with a copy of your drivers license and copy of your trade license if applicable to permits@georgetown.org

*Once you complete the registration form, you must create a www.mygovernment.org account. See below

How to apply for a permit:

After you complete the contractor registration form and email it to permits@georgetown.org, you must create an account at www.mygovernmentonline.org . This system allows contractors to apply for a permit, request inspections, print, and pay for permits online.

For technical support creating your account, please contact 1-866-957-6734

As the homeowner can I pull my own permits?

A Homestead Exemption permit may be issued to non-licensed individuals to perform plumbing, electrical and mechanical work within the dwelling premises that they own and occupy. Before beginning any work, the unlicensed person must first sign an affidavit stating that the applicant owns and occupies the structure and is responsible for conducting the work to code specifications, provide proof of ownership from Williamson County Appraisal District and pay all required permit fees. Homeowner exemptions do not apply to rental or commercial properties.

Homeowners Exempt Certificate