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Bias Profiling, by legislative definition, is any law enforcement initiated action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity (Article 3.05, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure). This law strictly prohibits any form of racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.
Our policy and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures prohibits racial profiling and any complaints of bias profiling will be thoroughly investigated. Any person who believes they were stopped and/or searched solely because of race, ethnicity, or national origin may contact our Internal Affairs Office to file a complaint.
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Please allow 15 business days from time site plan application is accepted for review for any comments or permit to be issued.
Please allow 15 business days from time building application is accepted for review for any comments or permit to be issue.
A New Commercial Building Permit Application can be submitted only after the Site Plan Application has been submitted and the first set of comments have been issued.
Please allow 15 business days from time building application is accepted for review for any comments or permit to be issued.
Please allow 10 to 15 business days from time building application is accepted for review for any comments or permit to be issued.
Permit approval will take approximately 10-15 business days.
Permit approval will take approximately 10-15 business days .
Most permits are based on the valuation of the project. We require you to determine valuation by the Building Valuation Table (PDF) provided by the International Code Council.
After the building valuation is determined, please see the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) to determine permit costs. If you would like assistance in the calculation of the permit, you can email the Building Department.
No permits needed unless you are trying to do something outside of these parameters: (35’ in most cases, MF, SF-R, B-2, LI/I allows for up to 45’) 10.410.5 Exempt Signs - National, state, local and decorative non-commercial flags, each no more than 50 sq. ft. in area, flown for their intended purpose under generally accepted flag protocol, on a flagpole or building mounted staff no taller than the maximum permitted building height in the underlying zoning district, and not acting as a form of advertising.
What if I want to add lights? Yes, an inspection only permit will be required. Click here for permit Inspection only permit PDF
The maps are being updated because the majority of the maps are based on analyses that were performed over 25 years ago. Watershed conditions such as land use and topography have changed, and there has been significant added development. Furthermore, analysis tools and historical data collection have improved over time and will increase map accuracy.
Flood hazard mapping is an important part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), as it is the basis of NFIP regulations and flood insurance requirements. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains and updates data through Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and risk assessments.
In many cases, mapped drainage boundaries have not changed, although these maps pertaining to the City of Hutto may incorporate additional properties, or show previously included properties as no longer affected by previous boundaries. At this time, 86 additional properties in Hutto are now in the floodplain due to map changes, and a handful of properties have been removed from the floodplain.
Citizens who have questions about their property, should contact Hutto floodplain coordinator at 512-759-4023.
There is no set timeline. Flood zone designations may be revised when new and more accurate information becomes available because of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded restudy or because the community makes the information available to FEMA. Several factors influence the frequency with which flood maps may be updated, such as the extent of new development and the completion of flood-control projects.
There are no comprehensive updates foreseen in the next 10 years.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a partial update in 2010. In 2012, the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) initiated a flood protection plan that included watershed modeling. Communities within the watershed desired to use the modeling as the basis for a comprehensive mapping update. The WCID then partnered with FEMA and the Texas Water Development Board to complete the process.
The updated maps encompass the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) boundary, which includes much of southwest Williamson County. There are a few floodplains immediately north and east of this watershed boundary that will also be revised because these existing floodplains are within a Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Map panel already being revised with this watershed study.
In general, revised flood levels will be higher, more properties are likely to be in the updated floodplain. On the other hand, development modifications along with improved topographical data and mapping techniques will show some properties or structures to be removed from the floodplain. When new maps are issued, your risk may have changed along with your flood insurance requirements. Property owners are encouraged to review the updated maps and discuss implications with their insurance agent. If you've been mapped into a high-risk area, you will be required to purchase flood insurance if your mortgage is through a federally regulated or insured lender. It is possible to save money through a process known as grandfathering provided by the National Flood Insurance Program.
If your property is mapped out of a high-risk area, your flood insurance costs will likely decrease.
We anticipate that the Physical Map Revision (PMR) process will be completed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the summer of 2018, and the applicable Flood Insurance Rate Maps will become effective 6 months later (early 2019). To ensure those affected by the Physical Map Revision have the opportunity to provide input, FEMA has procedures that include a community comment and appeal period that is primarily to receive input regarding technical concerns with the study. We expect the public comment and appeal period to run from mid-February through mid-May 2018.
If your house or other insurable structure is currently not in the floodplain, but it will be with this update, you should seriously consider purchasing flood insurance. If you have a mortgage, your lender will probably require that you have flood insurance. You may qualify for the NFIP grandfathering provisions if you purchase flood insurance before the revised maps become effective. These provisions could initially save you money on premiums, but would likely not be available if you wait to purchase flood insurance until after the new maps become effective.
If your house or other structure is currently within a floodplain, but it will be shown outside the floodplain with this update, you would be eligible for a reduced insurance premium once the maps become effective or you may consider dropping flood insurance. Keep in mind that floodplain boundaries are not perfect, and storms larger than the mapped 1% annual chance (100-year) floodplain do occur. Additionally, many people outside of mapped floodplains experience flooding of their homes due to unique local conditions. Therefore, having flood insurance may still be a smart decision for your circumstances.
If your property is currently not in the floodplain, but a portion of your land will be with this update, you just need to be aware of this fact and plan responsibly for any improvements to your property. Typical flood insurance is only available for structures, not undeveloped land. You must be mindful of floodplains and not intentionally alter flood patterns without due consideration and proper approvals.
If your home or other insurable structure is within or near the boundary of a floodplain, a current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Elevation Certificate may be necessary to properly rate the structure for insurance. The Elevation Certificate is also used to verify that the structure is or is not in the floodplain, based on comparing the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) with pertinent structure elevations. Who should I talk to if I have questions?
Property owners or other persons who wish to follow the progress of the Physical Map Revision should consult their community's Floodplain Administrator. This is the local official who keeps all of the community's flood hazard maps and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report, and who corresponds with FEMA at various stages of the revision process.
For specific questions about flood insurance and premium rates, your insurance agent could best answer any details. Another good source of information is FEMA's Floodsmart website, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange at 877-336-2627.
We will educate the public through our usual channels, including newsletters, the City web site, and social media.
Hutto citizens who have a question about their property, should contact Hutto floodplain coordinator at 512-759-4023.
Please see the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website for more information on floodplains and floodplain management.
Please note that all new construction (buildings, accessory buildings, fences, other structures) visible from the public street requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) prior to permits being issued. A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is issued by the Historic Preservation Commission based on the proposed structure's compatibility with the historic district.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is also required for exterior modifications and additions to contributing structures. Review external modifications frequently asked questions for more information.
All new visible construction within Old Town requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) from the Historic Preservation Commission. New construction is subject to the architectural guidelines in the Old Town Master Plan and the standards of the SmartCode. Fences are considered new construction and therefore require a Certificate of Appropriateness, with the exception of certain fence types in the OT-3 district. Exterior changes to contributing structures, including new doors, window shutters, awnings, and railings, also require HPC approval.
Paint colors should be chosen from the approved list of Historically Appropriate Paint Colors (PDF). This list is provided by Benjamin Moore, but other brands may be used provided they match the approved list.
All applications and fees can be found on the planning applications page. Please contact the Planning Division with any questions, or when you are ready to submit. Meetings occur monthly, and complete applications are due no later than one week prior to the meeting. Projects are subject to both the SmartCode and the Architectural Design Standards.
It is imperative that new construction matches approved plans precisely. Any desired changes or modifications to the approved plans require Historic Preservation Commission re-review prior to the change being made. Any changes made without an amended Certificate of Appropriateness are considered violations of City code. Structures that do not match the approved plans will not pass final inspections and therefore no Certificate of Occupancy shall be granted.
If unforeseen circumstances require that your approved plans be modified in any way, contact Planning staff immediately to be placed on an upcoming agenda. Do not proceed without an amended Certificate of Appropriateness.
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The Hutto Home Safe program assists individuals who may have trouble communicating as a result of:
The Police Department makes the commitment to use the program and gather and maintain individual enrollment records. The information is entered into a computer database which can be accessed at the police station. If the officers find someone who can not communicate, they can search the database by physical description. The system also works in reverse, if a person is reported missing their picture and a description is immediately available to officers
If you see a crew flushing a hydrant or the fire department on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed.
If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water is clear it's okay to use. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, there may be slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, it does not affect the taste or water quality.
Avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. Hot water tanks can hold discolored water for some time after the cold water runs clear. If pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.
When a hydrant is opened, there will be temporary incidences of discolored water while fine sediment particles are flushed out. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water. Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify water is clear, run your cold-water tap for a few minutes.
Yes, computers workstations are available at the library.
Access to the computer workstations is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority to computers will be given to patrons who are using the computers for educational or work related reasons versus recreational activities.
Yes, Hutto Public Library welcomes donations that are clean, dry, and mold-free. Donations will be evaluated by library staff. If they meet the library guidelines, donations could be added to the collection or donated to the Friends of the Hutto Public Library for their ongoing and bi-annual book sales. Otherwise, they will be recycled/disposed as appropriate.
Visit our Donate and Get Involved page for more information.
Yes, a fax machine is located at the library, however we are not offering Fax Service at this time.
A building permit is needed for the following construction:
Please contact your Homeowners Association for additional requirements and/or deed restrictions that may apply to your project even if a city permit is not required.
If you do not have a Home Owners Association, please see your deed restrictions which are usually located in your closing documents. You can also contact the Williamson County Clerk for a copy of your property's deed restrictions.
The Permits and Inspections Division of the Development Services Department performs the review of all residential and commercial site plan and building plan applications. They issue residential and commercial construction related permits and perform on-site inspections. Our team of building inspectors visit all construction sites within the City to ensure compliance with building, energy, mechanical, environmental, drainage, erosion control, plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, and housing/zoning standards leading up to the final certificate of occupancy.
To find a specific application, please visit the permit applications page.
Security Systems have come a long way! Today, there are many options to choose from that allow you to monitor your home, or business, even by cell phone while you are away!
While securing your home or business, if your alarm is located inside of the Hutto city limits you are required to purchase an alarm permit, or register, each system you own and operate. This is required by City Ordinance regardless of whether or not your security system is monitored. View the complete ordinance to review alarm permit information in detail.
Please complete the Alarm Permit Application and submit to the Hutto Police Department with payment.
If you have a Hutto address but are outside of the city limits, you will need to purchase an alarm permit with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. Visit the Williamson County website for more information.
Residential alarm permit fees are $25 annually. Business alarm permit fees are $50 annually.
Permit fees should be paid to the Hutto Police Department.
If you are interested in a mobile food vendor permit, please contact Development Services.
A city issued permit is required for door-to-door soliciting within the city limits of Hutto. Please visit Vendor Permit Information page for specific requirements and application information.
Yes, just as citizens charged with a criminal offense have the right to appeal the court's decision, police officers also have the right to appeal administrative actions taken against them. The City of Hutto has established procedures for officers to follow in their appeals process, just as the Police Department has established procedures for insuring that complaints by citizens against officers are thoroughly and honestly investigated.
When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Hutto Police Department, the complaint goes to the Internal Affairs Division. Their duty is to review and thoroughly investigate your complaint. The Internal Affairs office is open from 8 am to 5 pm each weekday. If the Internal Affairs Division is not open, you may lodge your complaint with any supervisory officer of the Police Department and your complaint will be forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division. If more information is needed, please review state law and departmental complaint information.
When the investigation of a complaint reveals that the charges are true and should be sustained against a police employee, the Chief of Police notifies the employee and the Chief may take one of the following actions, depending on the nature of the violation:
Police employees must be afforded certain rights the same as with all citizens, and complaints must be supported by sufficient evidence.
If there is not sufficient evidence to sustain the complaints, the officer is notified and continues on duty. If he/she was removed from duty during the investigation he/she will be paid for that time.
If you are not satisfied with the results of the investigation by the Internal Affairs Division, you may appeal to the Chief of Police or the City Manager:
For Animal Control services, please call 512-759-5985 or call the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter directly at 512-943-3322.
Please turn in to law enforcement agency in the city where the property was found, within Hutto lost property submissions are accepted by the Hutto Police Department.
Yes, a city issued permit is required for door-to-door soliciting within the city limits of Hutto.
Please visit the Vendor Permit Information page for more information.
By sponsoring one of the many Downtown Hutto events, you can support fellow Hutto residents and local business while encouraging others to come out and join in the fun of the Sunset Block Party Bash, Red, Whites, and Brews, Spring-a-Palooza, and the Downtown Holiday Fair, as well as other family-friendly events throughout the year.
Some Downtown events have additional sponsorship levels, such as entertainment and cuisine sponsorships.
For more information on sponsoring future events email Growing Hutto.
Sponsorship typically means a person or entity provides the City with financial support for an activity, City program or City facility, typically in exchange for the City providing more than nominal recognition of that financial support. This overt recognition distinguishes a sponsorship from a donation. Financial assistance provided by a sponsor may consist of cash and/or in-kind contributions.
For more information on sponsoring future events email Growing Hutto.
There are varying levels and types of sponsorship across different City of Hutto departments and activities. For example, a family or business might sponsor and name a study room in the new public library. A local business might sponsor a Hutto Parks and Recreation sports league or team, and would be recognized on t-shirts and event signage relating to that team or league. Sponsorship levels are discussed more in detail on each page.
Sponsorship recognition will vary depending on the level of sponsorship.
The City has both legal and procedural obligations to sponsors. All revenue, products, donations, sponsorships, and services received from donors and sponsors by the City of Hutto, shall be recorded and maintained.
A record of all sponsorships and donations including name, type, contact name if a company, amount, and disposition of sponsorship shall be kept up-to-date and accurate by both the receiving department and the Finance Department according to the City's Donation, Grant, Sponsorship and Fundraising Policy.
Donations or sponsorships paid for with a monetary contribution will not be paid to staff in cash unless approved, in advance, by the Department Director and receipt of cash is properly documented.
There are varying levels and types of sponsorship across different City of Hutto departments and activities. For example, a family or business might sponsor and name a study room in the new public library. A local business might sponsor a Hutto Parks and Recreation sports league or team, and would be recognized on t-shirts and event signage relating to that team or league. Sponsorship levels are discussed more in detail on the Sponsor Parks and Recreation page.
Sponsorship recognition will vary depending on the level of sponsorship. Sponsorship levels are discussed more in detail on the Sponsor Parks and Recreation page.
View the what do you get for a sponsorship page for more detailed pricing information.
The City has both legal and procedural obligations to sponsors. All revenue, products, donations, sponsorships, and services received from donors and sponsors by the City of Hutto, shall be recorded and maintained. A record of all sponsorships and donations including name, type, contact name if a company, amount, and disposition of sponsorship shall be kept up-to-date and accurate by both the receiving department and the Finance Department according to the City's Donation, Grant, Sponsorship and Fundraising Policy.
Beyond the great feeling of contributing to your community, you'll receive special recognition when you sponsor an area or item in the Public Library.
The Friends of the Hutto Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that supports the city-funded library but is not part of the government. They have an independent board of directors, with a member of the library staff serving as an ex-officio member.
Sponsorship levels are available in increments to fit any budget and help to enhance library services, reduce the costs the City incurs, and benefits your family and community as a whole. Through the Friends of the Hutto Public Library, your sponsorship is eligible for a program tax deduction.
File an assumed name (DBA) certificate with the County Clerk in the county/counties where the business is located and/or will conduct business.
Nancy E RisterWilliamson County ClerkP.O. Box 18Georgetown, TX 78627
All new construction and most remodeling projects require a permit in Hutto particularly when building safety may be affected. The City enforces State and City codes and ordinances to ensure buildings are safe and meet zoning requirements, and it monitors construction through the inspection process.
If you are a New Business or Relocating a Business you must first obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (PDF).
More information may be found on the Permit Applications page.
A Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) is required before any of the following: