For more detailed information on the development process - including annexation, zoning, subdivision, and site development - refer to the Development Services Guide.

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Zoning FAQs

1. What is my property zoned?  

2. I am planning to open a new business in town. What are the parking requirements?

3. What are the building setbacks on my lot?

9. How do I change the zoning on my property?
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Zoning


1. What is my property zoned? 
To find the zoning for your property, refer to the Zoning Map. The maps show the zoning use district assigned to each parcel in the City. Planning staff are also available for questions regarding individual parcels. For more information, call 512-401-5000.

2. I am planning to open a new business in town. What are the parking requirements?
For information on parking requirements, refer to Sec. 14.05.005 (j) (2).  Also, contact engineering staff at 512-401-5000.

3. What are the building setbacks on my lot? 
When inside the City, building setbacks are controlled by the zoning ordinance. When outside the City, building setbacks are controlled by the subdivision plat that includes your lot. For more information, refer to Article 11.03 Height, Setback, and Lot Requirements for All Districts.


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Subdivision FAQs

1. Who approves my subdivision application?

2. Who prepares a subdivision plat?

3. What areas are included within the subdivision jurisdiction of the City?

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Subdivision

1. Who approves my subdivision application?
When the subdivision is within the city limits of Cedar Park, the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission approves the subdivision. If the subdivision is within the ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction) of the City of Cedar Park, both the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission and the county Commissioner's Court approves the subdivision plat. Most of the Cedar Park ETJ is within Williamson County. The far western part of the ETJ is within Travis County.

2. Who prepares a subdivision plat?
The owner of the property to be subdivided is required to hire a surveyor to prepare the plat.

3. What areas are included within the subdivision jurisdiction of the City of Cedar Park?
Areas within the Cedar Park city limits and ETJ are within the subdivision jurisdiction of the City of Cedar Park. . For more information, refer to the City Limits/Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Map

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Addressing FAQs

1. How do I get an address?

2. What is a legal lot and tract?

3. Why can't I get an address before the plat is recorded?

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Addressing

1. How do I get an address?
Addresses are assigned by the Planning Division after a subdivision plat has been recorded. The property must be a legal lot or legal tract before any address can be assigned.

2. What is a legal lot and legal tract?
A legal lot is a parcel of land which has been subdivided with a subdivision plat approved by the governmental agency within whose jurisdiction the subdivision falls. A legal tract is a parcel of land created by a metes and bounds survey and recorded in the county deed records prior to the date when a subdivision ordinance became effective for that parcel. For instance, if a parcel was deeded by metes and bounds on Jan. 4, 1972, and the first subdivision ordinance for that area was not adopted until Dec. 9, 1974, the parcel is a legal tract by virtue of the fact that it was created prior to the first applicable subdivision ordinance for that area. A term that is frequently used is that the parcel is "grandfathered" from the subdivision ordinance.

Some common grandfather dates for local governmental jurisdictions are as follows:
     City of Cedar Park - Dec. 9, 1974
     Williamson County - Feb. 21, 1985
     Travis County - Sept. 1, 1983
     Austin ETJ released to Cedar Park - May 12, 1977 or Nov. 15, 1984 (depending on location)

Grandfather dates can be affected by the date a parcel of land was annexed into the ETJ of the City. It is necessary to consult the City or County in whose jurisdiction the parcel falls to determine the appropriate grandfather date. If the parcel is a legal lot or legal tract, the owner may apply for construction permits. If the parcel is not a legal lot or legal tract, the owner may not apply for construction permits until a subdivision plat is approved and recorded for the parcel.

3. Why can't I get an address before the plat is recorded?
It is not a legal lot/tract.

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Miscellaneous FAQs

1. When does the Planning and Zoning Commission meet?

2. When does the City Council meet?

3. When will my property be annexed?

4. What is the current and projected population of Cedar Park?

5. How can I get the dimensions of a lot?

6. What is the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ)?

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Miscellaneous

1. When does the Planning and Zoning Commission meet?
The Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) meetings are held at the Cedar Park City Complex - Council Chambers (450 Cypress Creek Road, Building Four) on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 P.M.  During the months of November and December, the meeting schedule may vary depending on the holidays.  The City Calendar provides the dates for scheduled meetings. 

2. When does the City Council meet?
The City Council meetings are held at the Cedar Park City Complex - Council Chambers (450 Cypress Creek Road, Building Four) on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. During the months of November and December, the meeting schedule may vary depending on the holidays. Check out the current Council Agenda and the City Council calendar.

3. When will my property be annexed?
Resolution 99-025 was approved by City Council on December 16, 1999 and applies to involuntary annexations. Each year the City reviews land located in its ETJ and prepares an annexation plan. If the land is located in a MUD (Municipal Utility District), the City evaluates whether or not it will be feasible for its taxpayers to assume the MUD's debt.

4 What is the current and projected population of Cedar Park?
Refer to the Population Forecast & Estimates chart.

5. How can I get the dimensions of a lot?
Subdivision plats with lot dimensions can be found at the County Clerk's Records web page: Williamson County - Official Public Records (https://deed.wilco.org/) or Travis County - Recording - Locate a Document (http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk) .

6. What is the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ)?
The extra-territorial jurisdiction is the area surrounding the city where the city has authority to review subdivisions for compliance with the subdivision ordinance of the city and authority to issue building permits to assure compliance with the building code. This authority helps to ensure that growth surrounding the city will be consistent with the standards of the city which helps to ensure orderly and compatible growth. There is no zoning in the ETJ. Land included in the Cedar Park ETJ can only be annexed by the City of Cedar Park.

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Building Inspections

1. How long does it take to get a building permit?

2. How long is my building permit good for?

3. Do I need to post my permit?

4. Can you as a homeowner act as your own general contactor?

5. What do I do if my building permit expires?

6. How do I get a building permit?

7. Where is the Building Inspection Division located?

8. How do I schedule a building inspection?

9. How do I know if my building inspection has passed?

10. Where can I find the City Ordinances & Building Codes?
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1. How long does it take to get a building permit?
The time it takes to get a building permit depends on the type of permit. Generally residential permits are issued in 5-7 business days. Commercial projects take a little more time. The typical time frame is 10 business days for the initial review and 10 business days for a re-review.

2. How long is my building permit good for?
Permit applications along with issued permits will expire if a permit has not been issued or if work has not been started within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is started.

The Building Official reserves the right to extend a permit for periods not more than 180 days for each request. An extension request must be made in writing and justifiable cause must be demonstrated.

3. Do I need to post my permit?
No, keep it for your records.

4. Can you as a homeowner act as your own general contactor?
In many cases yes, you must show proof of the Homestead Exemption on file with the County http://search.wcad.org/appraisal/publicaccess/ and complete a Homestead Affidavit.

5. What do I do if my building permit expires?
Another application and permitting fee will need to be submitted to the Building Inspection Division. If there are changes to the original scope of work, then a new set of drawings will also need to be submitted and an additional plan review will be performed.

6. How do I get a building permit?
Apply online through www.mygovernmentonline.org and attach all supporting documentation as PDF’s to the submittal for review.

7. Where is the Building Inspection Division located?
Our office is located at the Cedar Park City Complex (450 Cypress Creek Road, Building Two) . Once you enter the building, the Building Inspection Division is on the right.

8. How do I schedule a building inspection? 
Once your building permit is issued you will be able to schedule inspection through www.mygovernmentonline.org Inspections scheduled after 6:30 AM will be listed on the following business days schedule (we do NOT guarantee same day inspections). If the inspection does not get completed the day it is scheduled, it will automatically roll to the next business day.

If the permit was issued for a gas leak repair or emergency electrical service repair, the Building Inspection Division will dispatch an inspector once we are notified that the work has been completed. 

9. How do I know if my building inspection has passed? 
The inspector performing the inspection will leave a copy of the inspection tag on the job site and notifications should be sent to either your email address or a call to the number listed on your My Permit Now account with the results.

You can also log in to your My Permit Now account to see the inspection results. 

10. Where can I find the City Ordinances & Building Code? 
The City Code of Ordinances is available on-line at: http://z2.franklinlegal.net/franklin/Z2Browser2.html?showset=cedarparkset&collection=cedarpark&documentid=18#982

The Building Inspection Division has printed copies of the International Building Codes for the public to view or you can view them online at http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/icod/index.htm

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Code Compliance FAQ

1. How can I find out about city codes?

2. What are the common complaints that the code compliance officers investigate?

3. How can I make a complaint?

4. How will I find out what happens to my complaint?

5. How long should it take for the code compliance officers to investigate my complaint?

6. What if I want to stay anonymous?

7. How can I get my restrictive covenants (deed restrictions) enforced by the City?

8. What can I do if I disagree with a city code?

9. How do the code compliance officers attempt to enforce the codes?

10. If the city abates a problem on my property, do I have to pay anything?

11. Can the city come onto my property and abate a hazard without my permission?

12. How much can I be fined for failing to abate a nuisance or hazard or violating some city code?

13. Can the code compliance officers file the same complaint on me more than once?

14. Can the code compliance officers enter my property without my permission?

15. Do the code compliance officers perform any other functions?

16. Do the code compliance officers have the authority to act outside of the city limits?
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1. How can I find out about city codes?
The codes are available online on the City’s web site front page and at the Cedar Park Public Library.

2. What are the common complaints that the code compliance officers investigate?
Overgrown lots, junk vehicles and other hazardous conditions.

3. How can I make a complaint?
You can come to City Hall Offices, Building Two and speak to a code compliance officer or file a written complaint; call 512-401-5208; file a complaint via e-mail to the code compliance; or via mail to 450 Cypress Creek Road, Building Two, Cedar Park, TX 78613 Attn: Code/Environmental Compliance.

4. How will I find out what happens to my complaint?
The code compliance officers will contact a complaintant after investigating the complaint. Usually the code compliance officers will call you, so try to give a daytime phone number.

5. How long should it take for the code compliance officers to investigate my complaint?
The code compliance officers will try to perform an initial investigation within 48 hours, excluding weekends, of receiving your complaint. Complaints are prioritized with issues dealing with the health and safety of our community getting first priority.

6. What if I want to stay anonymous?
You may choose to stay anonymous, however, the code compliance officers will not be able to inform you of any actions taken or planned. Often citizens complain about a situation, which is not a city code violation, but have failed to give the code compliance officers a way to advise them of such. The code compliance officers do not discuss the name of a complainant with a violator when a complaint is observed.

7. How can I get my restrictive covenants (deed restrictions) enforced by the City?
The city cannot enforce deed restrictions unless they mirror city codes. Restrictive covenants are a contract between the homeowners in a specific area and the developer. The city is not a party to that contract. If you want your restrictive covenants enforced, first try your homeowners association. If one does not exist or they will not enforce the restrictions, any party to the contract has the right to go to the Justice of the Peace’s office and file a “Suit for Specific Performance.” The complainant must pay a filing fee and a fee for the Constable to serve the defendant. The complainant may request that these fees be part of any judgment against the defendant.

8. What can I do if I disagree with a city code?
If you feel that a code needs to be changed, contact members of the City Council or City Staff. If they feel that a code needs to be changed or to be removed, they can have the Planning and Zoning Commission review the specific code for possible modifications.

9. How do the code compliance officers attempt to enforce the codes?
When the code compliance officers go to investigate a complaint and find that the complaint is valid, they first attempt to make personal contact with the property owner. If no one is home, they will leave a door hanger notifying the owner/occupant of the violation, giving a time frame in which to remediate the problem and making themselves available for questions. In the case of vacant property, a phone call is attempted before a letter notifying the owner of the violation is sent. After the initial period indicated on the door hanger, the code compliance officers will inspect the property again. If the problem has not been rectified but some effort has been made to improve the situation, the officers will extend the time. If no efforts have been made, they will then send formal notices of violation to the property owners. If no efforts to fix the problem are then made, the officers can file charges in municipal court and in some instances can use city funds to abate the problem.

10. If the city abates a problem on my property, do I have to pay anything?
Usually when the city is forced to abate a nuisance or problem on private property, a bill will be sent to the property owner. If payment has not been received, or a payment plan has not been authorized, a lien can be filed on the property.

11. Can the city come onto my property and abate a hazard without my permission?
Yes, under certain circumstances they can. If the hazard creates an immediate fire or safety problem, the problem can be abated and a bill sent with no other notice. If you have been notified to abate the hazard or other violation and you chose not to do so, the notice includes notice that the city can enter and abate the problem after a certain time has elapsed.

12. How much can I be fined for failing to abate a nuisance or hazard or violating some city code?
That depends upon the violation. The minimum fine a judge can assess is $1.00 per violation. The maximum can be up to $500.00 for most violations but can go up to $2,000.00 for a health and safety violation.

13. Can the code compliance officers file the same complaint on me more than once?
In most instances, each new day that the violation exists is a new violation, therefore, you can be filed upon every day that a violation is not abated or fixed.

14. Can the code compliance officers enter my property without my permission?
That depends upon the purpose of the visit and the location of the violation. The curb area of a yard is open to all unless posted. In some instances, the city codes give the code compliance officers authority to enter your property to examine for certain violations. In some instances a search warrant is required.

15. Do the code compliance officers perform any other functions?
Yes. The senior code compliance officer is charged with the investigation of environmental crimes. The usual investigation involves illegal dumping of solid waste but can include hazardous wastes and materials. They also perform courtesy safety inspections when power is turned on at a house or business. At that time they look for safety problems such as improperly secured pools, hazardous conditions or chemicals.

16. Do the code compliance officers have the authority to act outside of the city limits?
Yes, but their authority is limited to the enforcement of building and signage issues.

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