Impervious Cover FAQ

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

Is there a variance to Impervious Cover Limitations?

Only in unique circumstances.

Impervious cover limitations may be established when a property is subdivided (Subdivision Plat). In this case, a restriction is added to the Plat detailing the maximum impervious cover for the subdivision and per lot. If your Plat identifies the maximum impervious cover allowed, a variance may not be granted.

If no impervious cover limitation is established by the Plat, a variance may be requested only for non-residential property over 5 acres.

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.

What surfaces are approved for driveways, parking, or carports? 

Paved Surface. An area surfaced with single or multiple-course surface treatment, asphalt, concrete, pervious concrete, or grasscrete pavement constructed on a base course or similar all-weather surface. Does not include gravel, grass, stones, decomposed granite, or similar unpaved materials. Also does not include existing concrete strip driveways allowed for residential parking areas called “Approved Surfaces” in Section 10.16.010 of the City Code.

Can I use Pavers? 

To go over the platted impervious cover we can allow permeable pavers to meet both the city code requirements and the TCEQ requirements.

In order to process the request we will need you to provide the following:

  • Provide an Engineered Design Water Quality ( Per TCEQ Rules) RG – 34
  • Your engineer will need to confirm the runoff coefficients of the pavers and how it affects the drainage criteria and assumptions, this will need to be signed and sealed. Any increased drainage will need to be detained for the 2, 10, 25,100 yr storms. This will need to be in a drainage easement. May need to get the runoff coefficient from the manufacturer.
  • There existing TCEQ WPAP will need to be amended or redone to account for the additional BMP(Best Management Practices) (Pavers)
  • TCEQ WPAP will need to be recorded and the city provided with a copy of the recordation Receipt
  • A Maintenance Agreement following the guidelines in TCEQ RG 348 and the manufacturer guidelines will need to be recorded and go with the property
  • A Private Water Quality Easement will need to be recorded and a copy provided to the city
  • Detention Easement (If needed)
  • Potential 3rd party Inspection to test the infiltration rate.
  • Roof Runoff needs to be directed away from the pavers.
  • Letter of Completion submitted to TCEQ after installation by the engineer.

Impervious Cover Worksheet

Click here for Impervious Cover Worksheet

 For more information on Impervious Cover Limitations

Please Visit Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Code

 

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
  • Click here for the Approach Construction Requirements.

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

Adopted Building Code 

Driveway Approach Standards 

Construction Standards

Impervious Cover Information 

Unified Development Code

Code of Ordinances

Planning Department

Building Permits and Inspections Fee Schedule

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

 

 

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

Quick Links:

Adopted Building Codes 

 

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:  Current time to process 7 business days due to volume of permit applications being submitted.
  • 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.
  • If you need to check status of a permit, please email permits@Georgetown.org  with the application number and address. Please allow 7 business days for processing due to high volume of applications being submitted. – Updated 7.6.2020

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.

Does the City require a Solicitors Permit? 

Yes. Solicitors Permits are issued by the Police Department. Please  click here to contact the Police Department.

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

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.

Process:

Create an account at www.mygovernmentonline.org.

Apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org for a Temporary Use Permit.

Items to include with application:

After Temporary Use Permit is accepted for review, Inspection Services will send notification to pay application fee of $110.00. Please allow up to 14 business days for review.

Applications must be submitted online at www.mygovernmentonline.org .

Other information:

Door to Door Sales/ Solicitors Permit

Unified Development Code Section 3.11 Temporary Use 

MyGovernmentonline.org Directions

Special Event Permitting Information

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 
  • 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

Quick Links

Interactive Maps

Water Heater

Permit Process:

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.

Water Heater Sizing:

Water Heater Sizing is typically sized by a Licensed Plumber or Design Professional  (Licensed by the State of Texas)

For general info on sizing, please see manufactures specs of water heater or visit energy.gov for info regarding water heater sizing.

Click link below to be directed to energy.gov water heater sizing:

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/water-heating/sizing-new-water-heater

Things to consider when sizing:

  • Size of Home
  • Number of Fixture Units
  • Location of Water Heater

Thermal Expansion Tank Info:

What is a Thermal Expansion Tank?

Thermal Expansion Tank:  A means of controlling increased pressure caused by thermal expansion.

When is a Thermal Expansion Tank required?

Any residential water system considered a closed loop system shall have a Thermal Expansion Tank provided.

What is a closed loop system?

Any water system that has a backflow prevention device, check valve, and/or pressure-reducing valve

Quick Links

Adopted Code

Interactive Maps

 

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 
  • 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.

Quick Links

Interactive Maps

Swimming Pool / Spa

A permit is required for installation of in-ground, or prefabricated swimming pools that are greater than 24 inches deep, spas or hot tubs, in either commercial or residential use.

Current Adopted Code: 2015 Swim Pool and Spa

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 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.

Adopted Code: 2015 Swim and Spa 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

Is a Permit required for an above the ground pool? 

Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep do not require a permit.

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

Is there a variance to Impervious Cover Limitations?

Only in unique circumstances.

Impervious cover limitations may be established when a property is subdivided (Subdivision Plat). In this case, a restriction is added to the Plat detailing the maximum impervious cover for the subdivision and per lot. If your Plat identifies the maximum impervious cover allowed, a variance may not be granted.

If no impervious cover limitation is established by the Plat, a variance may be requested only for non-residential property over 5 acres.

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.
Is my address in the city limits? 
Visit out interactive maps page by clicking here

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