Driveway/Sidewalk

A permit is required any time you want to add to your existing driveway, change or alter the approach. The approach is the portion of the driveway located at the street that crosses the utility easement, usually the first 10 feet of your driveway.

Commercial Driveways:

Commercial Driveway Alterations or Approaches may required a site plan amendment. Please contact: planning@georgetown.org for more info regarding Commercial Driveway Approaches.

Residential Driveways:

Please apply online for a driveway permit at www.mygovernmentonline.org with the following information merged into a single PDF file:

  • A plot plan complete with all structures, building lines, and public utility (PUE) and drainage easements (DE) shown
  • An indication on the plot plan of what the proposed changes or additions are
  • A drawing or “detail” of steel reinforcement
  • A copy of the Approach Construction Requirements can be obtained in the Inspection Services Department.

Once the application and all required documentation is accepted, the City Engineer will review the proposed driveway. Please allow up to ten business days for review.

Required Inspections:

The following inspections must be performed:

  1. Pre-pour Inspection – This inspection must be done before concrete is poured at the site, to ensure all Approach Construction Requirements are met.
  2. Final Inspection – This inspection verifies that the project has been completed properly.

All driveways must comply with the City of Georgetown Subdivision Regulations with regard to the number and location of curb cuts on various street designations and the location of drives within building setback areas. In some instances driveways may not be allowed as proposed.

Related Links:

Construction Standards

Unified Development Code

Code of Ordinances

Planning Department

 

 

Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair Submittal Requirements:

  • Foundation plans stamped by a engineer.

Foundation Permit Process:

  • Submit application online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Upload stamped foundation plans
  • Pay fee once application is approved and you receive notification to pay
  • Complete foundation repair
  • Request Foundation Repair inspection online before 3:00pm for next business day in most cases
  • Engineers inspection report must be onsite for building inspection

 

Roof

A permit is required for a new roof within the  City Limits of Georgetown. A  new roof covering shall not be installed without first removing existing roof coverings when any of the following conditions occur:

  • When the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable as a base for additional roofing
  • When the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay or cement tile . When the existing roof has two or more layers of any type of roofing
  • In some cases, the roof framing and supporting of loading may need to be examined prior to re-roofing
  • When the roof is completed call for final inspection.

Please apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org

The cost is $41.00

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at permits@georgetown.org

 

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

Water Softener

PERMIT PROCESS

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Select Water Softener in drop down box when applying
  • Pay Permit Fee of $31.00
  • Application submittal process is complete, project # is assigned.
  • Notification of approval will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org .
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day.

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

  1. Water Softener Plumbing Final Inspection – Must have a 1” visible air gap at drain line and Insulated water lines. Vacuum breaker on hose bib.

Approved permits are valid for six (6) months from date of issuance. If no inspection activity has taken place within the six (6) months, application and renewal fees for resubmittal is required. In order to close permit, all inspections must be completed. Permits are not required to be posted at project address. Inspector must have access to property at time of requested inspection. If no access, re-inspection fee may apply

Water Heater

PERMIT PROCESS

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org.
  • Select Water Heater in drop down box when applying.
  • Pay Permit Fee of $41.00.
  • Application submittal process is complete, project # is assigned.
  • Notification of approval will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org .
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day.

Required Inspections

  • Location Access and Working Space: Shall be installed in accordance with Section M1305 and shall be located and connected to provide access for observation, maintenance, servicing and replacement. Working space: 30 inches x 30 inches.
  • 18 inch stand: Required when water heater is installed in a garage. Water heaters listed as flammable vapor resistant and for installation without elevation and electric water heaters are not required to be elevated in the garage.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Pan Required for installation above 1st floor. Corrosive resistant ¾ inch drain line required to discharge at a visible location: exterior above grade, floor sink, mop sink. T&P line may NOT drain to Pan.
  • Shutoff Valve: A shutoff valve is required on the cold water supply and is readily accessible. Dielectric unions not required for hot and cold lines.
  • Pipe Insulation: Pipe insulation is required on first 5 feet of hot and cold water pipe and to within 6 inches of draft hood.
  • Temperature & Pressure (T&P) Relief: A temperature and pressure relief valve is required. ¾ inch minimum drain line must run with fall to approved locations: Exterior of building and located between 6 and 24 inches above finished grade, floor sink, or mop sink.
  • Combustion Air (Gas Water Heaters Only): Where located in a confined space (less than 50 cubic feet of area for each 1000 BTU input rating of water heater) a high and low combustion air opening must be provided within 12 inches of the top and bottom of the enclosure.
  • Vent (Gas Water Heaters Only – Ref. footnote for G2428.2.3 of IRC): A double wall (type B) vent must be provided with a min. 1 inch to combustibles. Min. 5 feet vertical required between vent collar and vent cap. Vent may have offsets of up to 45 degrees and one offset of up to 60 degrees. Vent must terminate in a listed vent cap. Vent stack minimum 5 feet.
  • Vent Connector (Gas Water Heaters Only): Single wall vent connector allowed to connect water heater to its vent. Vent connector must be exposed and cannot run into or through concealed construction. Minimum 6 inch clearance to combustibles. Min. pitch ¼ inch per foot.
  • Gas Connector (Gas Water Heaters Only): Accessible and approved valve with maximum 3 feet of flex connector. Connector and valve must not be concealed.
  • Tank-less Water Heaters: Follow manufacturer installation instructions & comply with Int’l Fuel Gas Code for gas line size & vent. A gas load calculation shall be provided on the jobsite when calling the first inspection

Approved permits are valid for six (6) months from date of issuance. If no inspection activity has taken place within the six (6) months, application and renewal fees for resubmittal is required. In order to close permit, all inspections must be completed. Permits are not required to be posted at project address. Inspector must have access to property at time of requested inspection. If no access, re-inspection fee may apply.

Solar Tube / Attic Fan

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Dollar Value of solar tube/attic fan and placement location.

PERMIT PROCESS

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Select Solar tube in drop down box when applying. If you are installing an electric attic fan, please have your electrician apply for an electrical permit or for homeowners, a homeowners exemption form is to be filled our prior to the issuance of the electrical permit.
  • Pay Permit Fee of $41.00
  • Application submittal process is complete, project # is assigned.
  • Notification of approval will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org .
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day.

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

1. Solar Tube/Attic Fan Inspection – Look at roof, to make sure shingles have been overlapped correctly. Look in attic to ensure that no truss was cut by installation. No visible water intrusion/leak, visible ceiling installation

Approved permits are valid for six (6) months from date of issuance. If no inspection activity has taken place within the six (6) months, application and renewal fees for resubmittal is required. In order to close permit, all inspections must be completed. Permits are not required to be posted at project address. Inspector must have access to property at time of requested inspection. If no access, re-inspection fee may apply.

Swimming Pool / Spa

A permit is required for installation of in-ground, or prefabricated swimming pools, spas or hot tubs, in either commercial or residential use.

You can apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org


 Required Documentation:


Swimming Pool Process:

  1. Submit application along with required documentation as listed above online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  2. Pay fee of $65.00 once application is accepted and you receive notification
  3. Allow ten business days for review
  4. Permit is approved
  5. Electrician requests electrical permit under main permit#/Plumber requests plumbing permit under main permit#
  6. Layout Inspection
  7. Pool Steel and Plumbing Rough
  8. Deck Bond and Deck Steel
  9. Swimming Pool Final

Are there any special requirements?

Impervious Cover

  • 50% of the square footage of the water surface area of a residential swimming pool shall be counted as a pervious surface.  This does not include the apron of the pool, surrounding patio, or decking, all of which will count towards the impervious cover.
  • Impervious cover limitations are established on the approved recorded plat. In the event, the recorded plat does not establish the impervious cover limitations the maximum impervious cover allowed shall be determined in accordance with the Unified Development Code Chapter 11.
  • Click Here for link to Williamson County Clerk Public Records Search for subdivision plats.

Barrier Requirements per Appendix G of the 2012 International Residential Building Code

  • A fence, wall or barrier is required that completely surrounds the swimming pool, tract, or lot. Barrier requirements are intended to provide against potential drowning and near drowning by restricting access to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.
  • All doors with direct access to the pool shall be equipped with an alarm which produces an audible alarm when the door is opened.

Additional Information:  

Is a pool permit required in the ETJ or County? 

No. A swimming pool permit is only required inside the City Limits of Georgetown

How do I know if the address is inside or outside the City Limits of Georgetown?

Visit our interactive maps page to figure out if the address is inside the City Limits of Georgetown

What is an official property survey? 

A property survey is a drawn record of the boundaries, orientation and easements associated with a lot of land.

What does an official property survey look like?

Click here for an example of a property survey

Where can I locate a copy of my property survey?

A survey is typically provided when you purchase a home and you should have been given a copy at your closing. Check with your closing documents and see if there is a copy in the paperwork and you already have it. If not contact the title company or your realtor. They should be able to either pull it from their files, or get it from the survey company for you.

Does the City of Georgetown have a copy of my survey?

The City does not maintain property surveys, but you may be able to get one through the title company, bank, or the survey company.

Does the Williamson County Clerk have a copy of my survey? 

No, the Williamson County Clerk’s office does not have copies of your property survey.

What is a plat?

A plat is the official map of an addition or subdivision, showing the number and dimensions of lots, public rights-of-way, and easements. The plat must be filed with the County Clerk after the City has approved it.

What is the difference between a plat and a property survey?

plat usually shows the dimensions of the property before the improvements are made. A plat will often cover more than one lot or parcel of land. For example, a developer will have a plat of an entire subdivision drawn; A survey usually only shows one lot.

Does the Williamson County Clerk have copies of subdivision plats? 

Yes, the Williamson County Clerk’s office does keep copies of the subdivision plats.

How do I search online for a copy of a subdivision plat? 

Please click here for directions to search for a subdivision plat

Does the Williamson County Appraisal District have a copy of my property survey? 

No, the Williamson County Appraisal District does not have copies of property surveys.

What is Impervious Cover? 

Per Chapter 16 of the Unified Development Code: Impervious Cover – Any hard-surfaced, man-made area that does not readily absorb or retain water, including, but not limited to, building roofs, parking and driveway areas, pavement, graveled areas, sidewalks, and paved recreation areas. Impervious Cover is subject to the determination of the Development Engineer. Includes and may be referred to as the term “Impervious Surface”.

Why is there Impervious Cover limitations? 

Per Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Code : Impervious cover limitations are adopted to minimize negative flooding effects from stormwater runoff and to control, minimize, and abate water pollution resulting from urban runoff of rainwater or other non-point specific sources, pursuant to Texas Water Code § 26.177

Where can I find more information on Impervious Cover Limitations?

 For more information on Impervious Cover Limitations, please visit Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Code.

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

Photovoltaic Systems

A Photovoltaic Permit is required for any Photovoltaic Installation within the city limits of Georgetown or any where the City of Georgetown is the electrical provider.

The total cost of the permit is $286.00

Please click here to review the Photovoltaic Installation Program package and permitting information.

You may apply online at www.mygovernementonline.org for a Photovoltaic Permit.

For any questions, please email us at permits@georgetown.org