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?
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.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Is the inside of my house regulated?
No. The interior design, interior renovation, and use of a designated structure are not affected.
My home is in a historic overlay district. What can't I do to my house? What will I have to do?
Historic Preservation Commission approval is not required for normal repair, replacement, or repainting the exterior the same color. Exterior changes including demolition, changes in color, or remodeling of any building or structures must obtain approval from HPC, which meets once a month.
My home is in a historic overlay district. What if I want to demolish my house?
All property owners in the City desiring to demolish an entire, or part, of a structure must obtain a permit from the Building Inspector for this intention. Historic properties must first obtain approval from HPC, who may delay demolition up to 120 days while further review and options are evaluated.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will I get a plaque?
No, plaques will not be provided by the City of Round Rock at this time. Any structures which receive further recognition from State or Federal levels are eligible for state and/or Federal plaques.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will I have to alter the building to comply with the American Disabilities Act?
No. Residential structures do not have to apply. Only commercial uses in all commercially zoned areas must comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will I still be able to sell my house?
Yes, a historic structure which is kept in good condition often commands a higher price in the real estate market. Many people will pay a premium for the prestige of owning an older historic home. Local real estate agents estimate that historic homes may receive $5,000 more than comparable houses.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will it hurt my property value?
No. The value of a designated historic structure usually increases in value. The designation can spur re-investment and often increases property values in an entire neighborhood.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will my pets be affected?
No, restrictions on animals within the City limits are not changed due to historic overlay zoning.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will my yard be affected?
Yes. While the landscaping of a lot is not part of the historic designation, the addition of any architectural structures to the landscaping, such as fences and lamps, are included. However, any existing permanent architectural features are not required to fit historic standards.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will the designation cause my taxes to increase?
No. While the value of the property may increase, the owner is eligible to apply for a 75 percent reduction of Round Rock city taxes.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will this change my current zoning?
No. All historic properties will keep their current zoning and are still subject to relevant ordinances. The purpose of the designation is to preserve historic and architectural structures; not to control activity within the structure or on the property.
My home is in a historic overlay district. Will this prohibit public improvements from occurring?
No, maintenance and improvements of public facilities (streets, sidewalks, street lights, utilities, etc.) are not affected adversely by the designation.
My kids read a lot. Is there anything special for them?
In addition to rewarding readers for developing a regular reading habit, we are adding a program that rewards kids who demonstrate that habit and who want to count minutes for even more prizes.
The 40-day prize package, which becomes available July 10, includes an invitation to register for a minute-counting program so kids can earn raffle tickets for prizes.
Redflex Traffic Systems is an Australian company. How do you respond to those who contend that the government is sending profits overseas?
Should I assume that Municipal Court knows that I received more than one violation on my ticket?
The court handles each offense that you have been charged with individually. If you were charged with more that one violation, the law requires you to respond to each one individually. If you do not dispose of each one individually, you may have a warrant issued for your arrest on the one that was not resolved. The court is not responsible for telling you how many charges you have outstanding.
The City of Round Rock requires uses an online job application. I don't have a computer at home. Where can I apply for positions?
What are deed restrictions, and how can I find out if my property carries any?
Deed restrictions are agreements about the use or maintenance of properties that property owners agree to. Because deed restrictions are private agreements, they can be more restrictive than municipal property codes (for example, they can prohibit basketball hoops and RV’s, or specify a standard of yard maintenance). The city cannot enforce deed restrictions; they are enforced by the Home Owners Association or other property owners in the subdivision through fines, property liens and/or civil action. Deed restrictions also transfer to future owners with the land title.
Deed restrictions are recorded at the County, and should be revealed in the title search when purchasing a property. If you have questions about a property, contact the Williamson County Clerk
at 512-943-1515. For properties in Travis County, contact the Travis County Clerk
What are red light cameras and how do they work?
Red light cameras help communities enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights. A red light camera system is connected to the traffic signal and to sensors that monitor traffic flow at the crosswalk or stop line. The system continuously monitors the traffic signal 24/7, and the camera itself is triggered by any vehicle entering the intersection above a pre-established minimum speed and following a specified time after the signal has turned red. A second photograph typically shows the red light violator in the intersection. Cameras record the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal and vehicle speed. Tickets are sent by mail to owners of the violating vehicles, following a review by trained police officers of the photographic evidence.
What are the 2014 Summer Reading themes?
- Birth to age 12 – “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
- Teens 12-17 – “Spark a Reaction”
What are the animal shelter hours?
What are the holidays for garbage pick-up?
The City of Round Rock contracts with Round Rock Refuse to provide garbage and recycling pick-up. Holidays are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day and the schedule depends on what day they occur. Call 255-4980 with questions.