Roof/ReRoofing Permits

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 request final inspection online at www.mygovernmentonline.org for final inspection.

References are located in the 2015 International Residential Building Code Chapter 9 Roof Assemblies

PROCESS:

  1. Contractors must register with the City of Georgetown by completing Contractor Registration. Click here to register 
  2. Contractor must create an account at www.mygovernmentonline.org 
  3. Apply online for a re-roof permit at  www.mygovernmentonline.org. All permits are required to be applied for online at ww.mygovernmetonline.org
  4. Once application is accepted and processed, a notification is sent to the applicant to pay online at www.mygovernmentonline.org. The cost of the permit is $45.00
  5. Install Roof and request roof final inspection online at www.mygovernmentonline.org 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Process Time:  24-72 hours to process depending on volume of permits being received.
  • Address Checker: Click here to use the interactive maps tool
  • Contractors are required to Register: Click Here to Register
  • Cost of permit is $45.00
  • All permits are required to be submitted electronically

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  

FAQ:

Are ice barriers required?  No

Is drip edge required? Yes, per section R905.2.8.5 of 2015 IRC

Are metal roofs allowed? As long as they are installed per 2015 IRC ***

Are Roofing Company Signs allowed to be placed in the yard?

One 2×2 sign is allowed to be place in the front yard during construction. The sign must be located on private property and out of the Right of Way. A rule of thumb: At least ten feet from curb. Sign must be removed immediately after construction.

Is an address inside the city limits? Click here to go to address checker tool 

Can you please tell me what underlayment requirements you are enforcing in roof valleys (i.e… rolled 3’ wide or ice and water shield material )in Georgetown for re-roofing? Also are you enforcing starter row shingles on eave and rake like drip or just eave?

City of Georgetown has adopted the 2015 IRC and all installations must be in accordance with manufactures instructions.  All roof installations must be to the 2015 IRC.

Per Section R905.2.5.2 : Valley linings shall be installed in accordance with the manufactures instructions. See code for the following types permitted.

Per section R905.2.8.5 Drip Edge shall be provided at eaves and rake edge of shingle roofs.

***If your address is in the Old Town Overlay or Downtown Overlay, you may need a Certificate of Appropriateness if you are changing materials.***

How long does it take to get a Re-Roofing Permit?

Due to a influx of re-roofing permit requests, re-roofing permits may take up to seven business days  or longer to process. If you have not received notification that your roof permit has been processed after seven business days, please email permits@georgetown with the application number and address.

CONTACT INFO: 

General Questions: Email: permits@georgetown.org 

Permits under review or Issued Permits:
Email: planreview@georgetown.org
Please include the permit/project number and the address

Building Inspections:
Email the assigned inspector 

Mygovernmentonline.org 
Contact mygovernmentonline.org support

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.

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

Helpful Links:

Adopted Building Codes

Additional information needed specific to your project?

Click here to submit an inquiry specific to your project

General Permitting Questions:

For any questions, please contact permits@georgetown.org

New Residential Construction

The City of Georgetown has the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), 2017 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

Adopted Building Codes 

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

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

 

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

Adopted Code

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

Interactive Maps

How long is a permit valid?

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

Additional information needed specific to your project?

Click here to submit an inquiry specific to your project

General Permitting Questions:

For any questions, please contact 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.

After the system has been installed and completed. A state certified back flow prevention tester must test the back flow device and a cross connection test report form must be completed. This form must be uploaded to vepollc.com within 72 hours of test completion and the back flow test inspection requested via www.mygovernmentonline.org .

Click here for Backflow Prevention Testing Info

Where to apply:

Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org for a lawn sprinkler permit, select  irrigation application  and upload the stamped irrigation plan, as built plans if the irrigation system includes a new water service/water meter.

Directions for www.mygovernmentonline.org

Water Meter Needed: Additional requirements may required if installing a new water tap.

Fee Schedule: Click here for fee schedule 

Contractors: All contractor must be registered. Click here to register.  

As a homeowner can 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

For additional questions, please contact  permits@georgetown.org

 

Accessory Building (Storage Building/Garage/Carport)

Per Chapter 6, section 6.06 of the Unified Development Code, a permit is required for an Accessory Building (Storage Building, Garages, & Carports) withing the City Limits of Georgetown. The following requirements must be met except as specified:

  • Accessory structures and buildings shall meet the dimensional standards of the base zoning district, except as specified in this Section of the UDC.
  • The accessory structure shall only be located on a lot with a principal structure, unless two adjacent lots have common ownership, in which case the structures may be located on different lots. In such instance, the accessory structure shall be located in the rear yard as determined by the lot with the principal structure on it.
  • The square footage of an accessory structure shall not exceed 25% of the square footage of the principal structure. For the purposes of this calculation, the square footage of a garage shall not be considered part of the principal structure.
  •  Accessory structures measuring 8 feet or less in height are allowed in the setbacks in the rear yard up to 3) feet from the property line, but may not extend into any P.U.E. Properties in the Old Town Overlay District must follow the procedures outlined in Section 4.09.040, Special Exception for Setback Modification and the approval process pursuant to Section 3.15.
  • Garages and carports, whether attached or detached from the principal structure, shall be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the public street from which the associated driveway takes access or a minimum of 10 feet when taking access from a public alley.
  • No more than 30% of the rear yard may be covered with accessory buildings or structures. All impervious cover requirements in Section 11.02 shall be met.
  • Accessory dwelling units located in accessory structures in the AG, RE, RL, and RS Districts are allowed subject to the limitations provided for in Section 5.02.020.B or within a Housing Diversity Development without limitations (as detailed in Section 6.07.020).
  • Per Code of Ordinances  Sec. 15.03.110. – Section 401.1.2  All foundations shall be designed and constructed in accordance with engineering practices and within the scope of this code. Upon completion of the foundation construction or concrete application an engineer’s certification shall be required for inspection purposes. The certification shall contain no opinions or disclaimers and shall provide that the foundation was inspected and meets the engineered design, live and dead loading, and soil condition per requirements of the 2012 International Residential Building Code.” Exception: This shall not apply to accessory structures less than 200 square feet and are considered as portable on skids.

How to apply for an Accessory Building Permit

Submittal Requirements for Storage Building/Garage/Carport:

  • Completed application online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Official Site Survey indicating the property lines and proposed accessory building location with dimensions. Please include Impervious cover calculations 
  • Foundation Plans –If Accessory building is over 200 sq ft, an Engineered Foundation Plan  must be provided per City Ord# 15.03.110 Sec 401.1.2. If the accessory building is portable on skids, a notarized letter from the homeowner stating the storage building will be used for storage purposes only and will not be occupied may be accepted along with manufactured installation specs.
  • Construction drawings to include framing, dimensions, type of foundation, or indicate portable on skids***.

***For Storage Buildings Portable on over 200 sq ft  Only – a Notarized Letter from the Homeowner with the address and storage building size listed. The letter must also state the storage building will  be used for storage purposes only and will not be occupied. This letter will be accepted in lieu of an engineered foundation plan.

 

Permit Process:

  • Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org
  • Select Accessory Building in drop down box when applying
  • Upload supporting construction documents
  • Application accepted for review
  • Project # is assigned.  The cost of the permit is $50.00 plus $.40 per sq ft
  • Payment must be made in order to initiate plan review process
  • Allow ten (10) business days for review
  • Notification will be sent via e-mail from noreply@scpdc.org
  • Pay balance (if applicable)
  • Request required inspections – All inspections must be requested at www.mygovernmentonline.org by 3:00pm for the next business day

Required Inspections:

  • Set Back Inspection-Locate and Expose the Property Iron Pins and install a string line to form an outline of where accessory building 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.**
  • Building Final Inspection – Property Iron Pins shall be left exposed for final inspection.

Please Note:

**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. ***If a permanent foundation is proposed, pre-pour inspections will apply. ****If electrical or plumbing is part of project, additional permitting and inspections apply.

 


Common Questions:

 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?

To determine if the City of Georgetown does have a copy of your property survey, an open records request will have to be completed. The City of Georgetown has adopted the Texas State Library & Archives Commission retention schedule.

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?

Impervious Cover FAQ 

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

I live in the Old Town Overlay/Downtown Overlay, are there additional requirements?

If you live in the Old Town Overlay/Downtown Overlay a Certificate of Appropriateness may apply. For more info, please click here

MyGovernmentonline.org Instructions

Please click here for instructions to apply online

Additional information needed specific to your project?

Click here to submit an inquiry specific to your project

General Permitting Questions:

For any questions, please contact 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.

Click here for directions to apply for a Trade Permit under a Main Project 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