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Q: Is it possible to obtain a site permit before recordation of the plat?
Q: Is Municipal Court open during lunch hours?
Q: Is my tree hazardous?
Q: Is red light running really a problem?
Q: Is the Municipal Court the small claims court?
Q: Is there a filing fee to run for City Council?
Q: Is there a landfill in Round Rock?
Q: Is there a law for barking dogs?
Q: Is there a leash law for cats?
Q: Is there a leash law for dogs?
Q: Is there a park in my community?
Q: Is there an option for smaller trash and recycling containers?
Q: Is there an Ordinance regarding the number of garage sales allowed per year?
Q: Is there assistance available for first-time homebuyers in Round Rock?
Q: Isn’t conventional police enforcement sufficient?
Q: Isn’t it more dangerous for cars to slam on their brakes if they fear running a red light rather than to simply keep driving?
Q: Isn’t photo enforcement just a thinly-veiled attempt by the government to generate revenue?
Q: May I mail in my court payment to Municipal Court?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Are there any Federal, State or Local loans or grants available?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Can I lease my house?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Can I renovate my home?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Do I get a tax exemption?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Do I have to open my house to the public?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. How do I apply for a tax exemption?
Q: My home is in a historic overlay district. Is my storage shed (or any other free standing buildings) affected?
 
Is it possible to obtain a site permit before recordation of the plat?
No, the plat must be recorded prior to approval of a site development permit.
Is Municipal Court open during lunch hours?
Court offices remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on council approved holidays.
Is red light running really a problem?

Red light running is one of the major causes of collisions, deaths and injuries at signalized intersections in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 20 percent of drivers do not obey intersection signals. Crashes caused by red light running result in more than 800 fatalities and 165,000 injuries each year, according to the NHTSA. The economic impact of red light running on society is estimated to be $14 billion annually. Other motorists and pedestrians account for nearly half the deaths caused by red light  running crashes.

Is the Municipal Court the small claims court?
Municipal Courts only have jurisdiction in criminal cases, not small claims. Contact your Williamson County Justice of the Peace.
Is there a filing fee to run for City Council?
Yes. Candidates for City Council shall pay a filing fee of $50 or submit a petition in lieu of the filing fee (25 signatures needed).
Is there a landfill in Round Rock?

No. However, the Williamson County Landfill is located at 600 Landfill Road, Hutto, TX 78634 (near the intersection of CR128 and FM1660).  You may contact the landfill at (512) 846-2756 or visit their web site at http://williamsoncountylandfill.wm.com/index.jsp .

Is there a law for barking dogs?

Yes.

A barking dog which disturbs someone either during the day or at night can be considered a nuisance. We recommend that dogs be brought in at night and if it is discovered that they are barking during the day (usually when the owner is at work) the dog may need to wear a bark preventative collar. If the dog continuously disturbs people around it, the owner can be issued a citation.

Is there a leash law for cats?
The City of Round Rock has a nuisance law pertaining to cats. Once a cat leaves its yard it can be considered a nuisance and be impounded. 
Is there a leash law for dogs?
Yes. The City of Round Rock has a leash law which states that dogs are to be contained in a fenced yard, tied out, or on a leash at all times. This prevents them from endangering themselves, other animals or the public.
Is there a park in my community?
The City of Round Rock is approaching 2,000 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland.  Please take a look at our Parks and Other Facilities Page to locate a park in your community.  The parks are listed by park type with both park facilities and athletic facilities. 
Is there an option for smaller trash and recycling containers?

All residents are encouraged to use the standardized 96-gallon carts.

If an elderly or disabled customer cannot safely move their cart to the curb, Round Rock Refuse will assist by collecting the garbage and recycling carts at a location that's more convenient to the customer - for example, the front or side of the house, or backyard.  If the elderly or disabled customer would prefer a smaller container, they may request a 30-gallon trash container and/or an 18-gallon recycling bin.

If you would like to make this request please contact Round Rock Refuse at 512-255-4980.

The City of Round Rock will also determine on a case-by-case basis if it is necessary to provide a smaller container to the customer.

Is there an Ordinance regarding the number of garage sales allowed per year?
Yes. Per Ordinance number 11.424 (d) of the Code Book, one garage sale or other similar activity is allowed every 6 months.
Is there assistance available for first-time homebuyers in Round Rock?

The City of Round Rock no longer offers down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers. The Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP) was discontinued in 2007.

Habitat for Humanity is a private, religious organization that helps low-income families purchase a home; contact the Round Rock Chapter for more information at 512-863-4344.

Isn’t conventional police enforcement sufficient?

Traditional traffic law enforcement is intensive and high-risk. Police departments rely exclusively on the presence of officers to observe violations and cite offenders, which is limiting. Officers cannot be everywhere. When officers observe a violation, it is not always possible to safely stop the violator because the officer may have to speed or run a red light to do so. This can endanger motorists and pedestrians as well as police officers, and traffic stops in high-traffic areas can increase congestion. Communities lack the resources necessary to allow police to patrol intersections as often as would be needed to ticket all motorists who run red lights and thereby make a significant impact on red light running. Red light cameras are designed to identify traffic law violators without depending on the presence of police officers, allowing communities to focus on other enforcement needs.

Isn’t it more dangerous for cars to slam on their brakes if they fear running a red light rather than to simply keep driving?

While drivers who fear a ticket for red light running can cause a rear-end collision by applying their brakes too quickly, these types of accidents are far less dangerous than the typical right-angle collision caused by red light running.

Isn’t photo enforcement just a thinly-veiled attempt by the government to generate revenue?

It’s a fact.  Photo enforcement programs are completely violator funded and do not cost law-abiding citizens anything. It is important to note, though, that revenues do not equal profits. Photo enforcement systems are a costly endeavor, from the cost of the equipment, installation, operation, maintenance and program oversight. These funds go back into the operating expenses of the service, provide additional revenue for the city and often provide funding for specific safety programs.

May I mail in my court payment to Municipal Court?
You may mail in a money order or cashier's check for payment of your fines. Make the money order payable to Round Rock Municipal Court. Clearly indicate your name, mailing address including city, state and zip and the case or citation number on the payment. Include your copy of the citation with the payment. 

Download a plea form (PDF) (Spanish form). A payment received through the mail without a plea or other indicator will be recorded as a plea of no contest.
We must receive your payment by your appearance date noted on the citation to avoid the issuance of an arrest warrant. You may also pay your payment in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m or online.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Are there any Federal, State or Local loans or grants available?
Financial assistance for historic renovation comes in the form of the 75 percent property tax abatement from the City of Round Rock. Your Planning and Community Development Department will keep you keep you posted.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Can I lease my house?
Yes. Any previous legal use of the property is still permitted.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Can I renovate my home?
Yes, ordinary repair or maintenance not involving structural changes in historic architectural value, style, or general design, color, or appearance is exempt from the historic preservation review. Any change of the architectural integrity or color of a structure must be approved and follow a quick review schedule of the Historic Preservation Commission.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Do I get a tax exemption?
Yes, as a homeowner in a historic overlay zone, you are automatically eligible to apply for a 75 percent tax exemption on Round Rock taxes. The break is an incentive for property owners to fix up and maintain the exterior of their structures.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Do I have to open my house to the public?
No.
My home is in a historic overlay district. How do I apply for a tax exemption?
An application must be completed and filed with the Williamson County Tax Appraisal District each year the property owner requests a property tax exemption. Applications take five minutes to complete and may be obtained from the Round Rock Planning Department in City Hall or the Williamson County Tax Appraisal District. Ordinary maintenance and upkeep must occur in order to earn the tax abatement. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will verify annually that the exterior of your structure is in good condition prior to approval by the City Council.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Is my storage shed (or any other free standing buildings) affected?
No, it is not mandated to change any permanent existing buildings to fit historic standards. However, new additions and renovations are required by the HPC to be compatible.
 


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