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Posted on: August 28, 2019

City Council Approves Revisions to City Building Regulations

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City Council unanimously voted to approve revisions to Chapter 24 of the City of Lakeway’s Code of Ordinances (Code) at this past Monday’s Special City Council Meeting (August 26, 2019). This chapter of the Code focuses largely on building regulations as it relates mainly to residential structures. The revisions were initiated due to a new state law. 

During the 2019/2020 session of the Texas Legislature, HB 2439 was passed by legislators. The new law prohibits or limits the city’s regulation authority over the use or installation of a building product or material of a residential or commercial building. While the revisions are a requirement, the City of Lakeway also made changes that will simplify the rules and promote consistency throughout all of the city’s Code of Ordinances.

Some changes you may notice as a result of the revisions:

  • An owner may make minor improvements/repairs on any structure without a permit provided there is no structural, electrical, mechanical or plumbing system alteration.
  • Work requiring a permit includes, but is not limited to: New Construction; Additions such as screened-in porches, sunrooms, basement finish-outs, carports or garage conversions, swimming pools, boat docks, patios, deck enclosures; Alterations such as new siding or siding replacement, driveway replacement, flatwork, retaining walls, framing modifications; HVAC addition; Decks exceeding 200 square feet in area, attached to the main home and constructed more than 30 inches above the natural grade; New fence, fence extensions or fence replacement that alters the placement or design of the fence; Roof replacement or alteration that changes the design, material or slope of roof.
  • Simplified and reduced regulation of gazebos, playhouses, playscapes, trampolines and permanently installed recreational equipment.
  • All permits shall expire eighteen (18) months after issuance. Extensions may be requested from the Code official for up to an additional (6) months. Additional extensions for residential permits may be requested from the City Building Commission (CBC). Additional extensions for commercial and multifamily permits may be requested from City Council. All of the above may be subject to public notice requirements.  
  • Certificate of Occupancy inspections will be performed by city staff rather than CBC.
  • Permitted hours for construction are set hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Yard lights on residential lots are no longer required.
  • Landscaping now consistent with Chapter 28 standards.
  • Artificial turf may be approved by the Code official or authorized designee provided it is not visible from the Right of Way (ROW) or the property is zoned (GUI) for government, utility and institutional use.

These are just some of the revisions to Chapter 24. Click here for the full version of the revisions, which are also available on our website, If you have any further questions, or would like to offer feedback, click here or contact the Building and Development Service Department at 512-314-7540.   

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