Garage Conversion

You will apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org . (An account will need to be created. Once created, you will receive a call from 1-866-957-3764 to activate the account)

You will select Residential Remodel application and answer all questions. Then you will upload the following requirements in one PDF file:

  • Official survey indicating building lines, placement of structures, flatwork, driveway, public utility easements and drainage easements.
  • Site Plan shall be provided to show the location of the existing house and garage, along with showing where the required off-street new parking stalls are to be located. (Residential homes are required to provide two off street parking stalls behind the set back)
  • Architectural scale drawing of the remodel which shows the following:
  • Floor plan which indicates:
    • Dimensions & identification of all rooms & spaces
    • Location, size and types of all windows & doors
    • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors locations
  • Roof framing plans indicating all beams, rafters, trusses & columns (if applicable)
  • Floor framing plans indicating all joists, beams & columns (if applicable)
  • Floor insulation: If the existing concrete slab serving as the garage floor does not provide adequate insulation for a heated space.
  • Typical exterior & interior wall sections
  • Exterior elevations showing the front, right, left & rear of structure
  • Architectural drawing of any stairs, railings, interior walls, fireplaces, rock walls & retaining walls
  • Electrical riser diagram, load calculations & panel location
  • Plumbing riser diagram, and plumbing fixtures listed
  • HVAC diagram and calculations
  • 2015 International Energy Code Compliance report for attic insulation, wall insulation, windows, and exterior doors. Compliance can be shown by using the REScheck form that is available at energycodes.gov
  • A clear distinction between existing construction, alterations to existing, and new work. Separate ‘existing’ and ‘proposed’ within the plans will make the distinction easier to review

Residential Plan Review:

Residential Plan Review is ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days from the time your application is accepted. Once the permit is issued you will receive notification via email from no-reply@scpdc.org and the amount of the permit.

Additional Permits may be required (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing):

All applicable trades will obtain their permit under the main permit of the project once it has been issued.

*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.

Inspections:

Inspections are conducted Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm.

All inspections must be requested online at www.mygovernmentonline.org  before 3:00pm for next business days in most cases. We do not accept inspection requests via telephone.

Inspectors are available for any questions you may have Monday thru Friday 3:30pm to 4:30pm or you can email them at any time.

Residential Certificate of Occupancy:

The City of Georgetown does not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for residential homes. 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.

General Permitting Questions:

For any questions, please contact permits@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2550

How to use My Government Online:

For instructions on how to use www.mygovernmentonline.org,  click here

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

New Residential Construction

The City of Georgetown has the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), 2014 National Electrical Code, and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) adopted. The City does have amendments to the IRC and the IECC listed in the Code of Ordinances.

New Residential Construction projects such as a New Residential Home, Accessory Dwelling Unit, or Additions must be submitted online at www.mygovernmentonline.org. along with required documents listed below.

Submittal Requirements – Upload 1 PDF w/Full set of plans to include the following:

  • Apply online at mygovernmentonline.org
  • Complete and Accurate Address
  • Plot plan /Official Survey of the lot  (must indicate the location of the building on the lot with set back dimensions, all easements affecting the lot, proposed parking and drainage details
  • Site Plan & Details ( to include tree surveys, landscape plan, & impervious cover calculations)
  • Engineered and Stamped Foundation Plan & Details
  • Floor Plan & Details
  • Wall Construction Plan or Cross Section & Details
  • Fire Rated Eave Detail if Eaves encroach into 5’ side building setback line
  • Roof Plan & Details or Truss Specifications
  • Other Pertinent Structural Details
  • Elevations
  • Electrical Plan & Details to include: Electrical Service Load Analysis, Location of all Electrical Distribution, Power, Lighting, &Equipment, GFCI receptacles, and any Electrical Notes.
  • Smoke detectors & CO Detectors
  • Plumbing Plan & Details  to include: Plumbing Layout, Water Meter Size and Water Service Line Size, Water Heater Size and Type (gas/electric), Type of materials to be used.
  • Mechanical Plan & Details to include: HVAC Locations, Indicate Gas or Electric, Type and Size of Unit, System Distribution.
  • Masonry Calculations (if applicable)
  • ResCheck Form ( 2015 Energy Conservation Code)

Important Links:

Fee schedule

Code of Ordinances related to Building and Construction

Unified Development Code

Chapter 6  of the Unified Development Code – Residential Dimensional and Design Standards

Chapter 6 of the Unified Development Code – Residential Single Family District

Chapter 8 of the Unified Development Code – Residential Fences

Chapter 9 of the Unified Development Code – Off Street Parking Requirements

Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Code  – Impervious Cover Requirements

Chapter 12 of the Unified Development Code – Driveway and Sidewalk Requirements

Electrical Code Ordinance

Tree & Landscaping

International Building Code

Mygovernmentonline.org

Energy Code Compliance aka RES Check

Residential Plan Review:

Residential Plan Review is ten (10) business days to (14) business days from the time your application is accepted. Once the permit is issued you will receive notification via email from no-reply@scpdc.org and the amount of the permit.

Inspections:

Inspections are conducted Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm.

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

Inspectors are available for any questions you may have Monday thru Friday 3:30pm to 4:30pm or you can email them at any time.

Residential Certificate of Occupancy:

The City of Georgetown does not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for residential homes. 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.

General Permitting Questions:

For any questions, please contact permits@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2550

How to use My Government Online:

For instructions on how to use www.mygovernmentonline.org,  click here

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

 

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

Patios / Decks / Flatwork

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed Residential Miscellaneous Application.
  • Official Site Survey indicating the property lines and proposed patio, deck & flatwork location with dimensions and construction drawings to include footing details if raised masonry (12” footing required for seat walls, etc…).
  • Please show impervious Cover Calculations on survey site plan and/or impervious cover calculation worksheet
  • Sun City Modification Approval Letter (only for Sun City)

PERMIT PROCESS

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org.
  • Select Deck, arbor, patio, patio cover in drop down box when applying.
  • Pay Permit Fee of $41.00. If over 144 sq ft, + $50.00 + .05 per sq ft (of total sq ft) and $6.00 tech fee.
  • Application submittal process is complete, project # is assigned. Payment must be made in order to initiate plan review process.
  • Allow ten (10) business days for plan review.
  • Notification will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org .
  • Pay balance (if applicable).
  • Start construction.
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

  1. Foundation /Pre-pour Inspection – Proper dowel rods and spacing, proper mesh or steel installed, proper width and slope, expansion material and spacing
  2. Set Back Inspection-Locate and Expose the Property Iron Pins and install a string line to form an outline of where patio is to be constructed/placed on property. If existing property pins cannot be located, the property boundary must be established by measurement from existing benchmarks or by placement of new property marks through a registered survey.**
  3. Building Final Inspection – Property Iron Pins shall be left exposed for final inspection.

**The Owner/Contractor is responsible to properly locate the property lines; locate pins on survey, and assuring that the work is completed in compliance with applicable codes and ordinances. *Engineer stamped plans may be required if deck height is over 6’.

*If electrical or plumbing is part of project, additional permitting and inspections may apply.

Patio Cover

Required Inspections:

  1.  Foundation /Prepour Inspection – Proper dowel rods and spacing, proper mesh or steel installed, proper width and slope, expansion material and spacing
  2.  Set Back Inspection-Locate and Expose the Property Iron Pins and install a string line to form an outline of where patio is to be constructed/placed on property. If existing property pins cannot be located, the property boundary must be established by measurement from existing benchmarks or by placement of new property marks through a registered survey.**
  3.  Building Final Inspection – Property Iron Pins shall be left exposed for final inspection.

*If electrical is part of project, additional permitting and inspections may apply.

**The Owner/Contractor is responsible to properly locate the property lines; locate pins on survey, and assuring that the work is completed in compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

Submittal Requirements

  • Completed Residential Miscellaneous Application.
  • Official Site Survey indicating the property lines and proposed Patio Cover, Pergola, Arbor location with dimensions and construction drawings.
  • Sun City Modification Approval Letter (only for Sun City)

Permit Process

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org.
  • Select Deck, Arbor, Patio, Patio Cover in drop down box when applying.
  • Pay Permit Fee of $41.00.
  • Application submittal process is complete, project # is assigned. Payment must be made in order to initiate plan review process.
  • Allow ten (10) business days for plan review.
  • Notification will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org .
  • Start construction.
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day

Residential Remodels & Additions

Planning to add an addition to your home? Before you begin, you will need to acquire permits and submit plans.

Listed below, are the types of permits required to add an addition to a residential home, depending on the complexity of the project:

  • Residential Building Permit for construction of architectural and structural elements (if applicable)
  • Electrical Permit for all electrical installations
  • Plumbing Permit for all installations of plumbing and gas piping systems.
  • Mechanical Permit for the installations, alterations or extensions of new duct work; or the addition or extension of a mechanical heating or cooling system.

Permit Process:

Application Submittal

Complete an online residential remodel application online at www.mygovernmentonline.org with the following required construction documents in PDF format :

  • An official survey, scaled plat with Impervious Cover Calculations or Impervious Cover Calculations Worksheet  (for additions)
  • A site plan indicating location of addition. Must include dimensions, impervious cover calculation, setback lines, drainage easements, and Public Utility Easements.
  • Engineered Stamped Foundation Plan (for additions or foundation repair)
  • Architectural scale drawing of the new structure which shows the following:
    • Floor plan which indicates:
      • Dimensions & identification of all rooms & spaces
      • Location, size and types of all windows & doors
      • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors locations
    • Roof framing plans indicating all beams, rafters, trusses & columns
    • Floor framing plans indicating all joists, beams & columns
    • If trusses are being used, truss package shall be submitted
    • Typical exterior & interior wall sections
    • Exterior elevations showing the front, right, left & rear of structure
    • Architectural drawing of any stairs, railings, interior walls, fireplaces, rock walls & retaining walls
    • Electrical riser diagram, load calculations & panel location
    • Plumbing riser diagram, and plumbing fixtures listed
    • HVAC diagram and calculations
    • 2015 International Energy Code Compliance report. Compliance can be shown by using the REScheck form that is available at www.energycodes.gov
    • A clear distinction between existing construction, alterations to existing, and new work. Separate ‘existing’ and ‘proposed’ within the plans will make the distinction easier to review

Plan Review

Residential Plan Review is ten (10) business days to (14) business days from the time your application is accepted. Once the permit is issued you will receive notification via email from no-reply@scpdc.org and the amount of the permit.

Permit Approval

Once the permit is issued you will receive notification via email from no-reply@scpdc.org and the amount of the permit. The Trades (if applicable to the project) will obtain Trade Permits  under the projects main permit number.

After all fees are paid and all applicable trades (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) have obtained permits, then construction may begin and inspections can be requested.

Inspections

All inspections must be requested online at www.mygovernmentonline.org before 3:00PM for the next business day in most cases.  (Required inspections will be listed in the project/permit files under the requirements tab)

Fees

The cost for permits varies depending upon each project.

For an overview of permit fees, see: Construction Fee Schedule

Important Links

Fee schedule

Code of Ordinances related to Building and Construction

Unified Development Code

Chapter 6  of the Unified Development Code – Residential Dimensional and Design Standards

Chapter 6 of the Unified Development Code – Residential Single Family District

Chapter 8 of the Unified Development Code – Residential Fences

Chapter 9 of the Unified Development Code – Off Street Parking Requirements

Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Code  – Impervious Cover Requirements

Chapter 12 of the Unified Development Code – Driveway and Sidewalk Requirements

Electrical Code Ordinance

Tree & Landscaping

International Building Code

Mygovernmentonline.org

Energy Code Compliance aka RES Check

Additional Information

Any permit expires 6 months after the last approved inspected activity on the site.

General Questions

For questions,please contact (512) 930-2550 or email permits@georgetown.org

Irrigation Systems

An Irrigation Permit is required before you install any lawn irrigation system which you permanently connect to the City’s water supply.

A lawn sprinkler permit is not required when making repairs to the piping of an existing lawn irrigation system unless the back-flow prevention device is being replaced.

A backflow prevention device must be inspected and approved upon installation of the system and prior to its use.

After the system has been completed an inspection by a State certified back flow prevention tester must be conducted and a cross connection test report form must be completed. This form must be returned to the Inspection Services Department within 72 hours of test completion.

Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org  for a lawn sprinkler permit, select  irrigation application  and upload the stamped irrigation plan.

After the irrigation system is installed and backflow device is tested, please request the backflow inspection at www.mygovernmentonline.org and have a copy of the backflow report in the meter box for the inspector to pick up.

For questions, please contact  email permits@georgetown.org