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Q: Do I need a certificate of appropriateness when conducting site development on a historically significant property?
Q: Do I need a permit for a special event, block party or parade?
Q: Do I need a site development permit in the ETJ?
Q: Do I need to be a Round Rock resident to use City services?
Q: Do I need to post my building permit?
Q: Do you have a list of Home Owners Associations in Round Rock?
Q: Does listening to audiobooks count?
Q: Does my community really need red light cameras? I’ve heard that extending yellow signal timing can be sufficient.
Q: Does photo enforcement put police officers out of a job?
Q: Does Round Rock have a curfew for minors?
Q: Does Round Rock have a food pantry?
Q: Does Round Rock have a tree ordinance?
Q: Does Round Rock have activities for seniors?
Q: Does Round Rock have crisis center?
Q: Does Round Rock provide bus service?
Q: Does the City of Round Rock have a public access channel?
Q: Does the City of Round Rock require a business license?
Q: Does the City of Round Rock require an email address to apply for a job opening?
Q: Does the City offer swimming lessons?
Q: Does the Library have any study rooms?
Q: How can I become a firefighter?
Q: How can I compliment a Police Officer or Police Employee?
Q: How can I find a street that’s so new it isn’t on commercial maps?
Q: How can I find out about city development and growth information?
Q: How can I get a restraining order?
 
Do I need a certificate of appropriateness when conducting site development on a historically significant property?

Yes, a certificate of appropriateness is to be submitted to Joelle Jordan in the Planning Department. 

Do I need a permit for a special event, block party or parade?
Yes, you do need a permit for a special event, block party or parade. See the permits page for more information.
Do I need a site development permit in the ETJ?
No.
Do I need to be a Round Rock resident to use City services?
Many properties with Round Rock postal addresses are actually outside the city limits. Residents of these areas may not be eligible for some city services (brush recycling and mulch), or may be required to pay an additional fee (library and recreation facilities), because they are not paying property taxes to the city for these services.

If you are not sure whether you live inside or outside the city limits, look up your address on Round Rock City View, check your property tax bill to see if you are paying city property taxes, or call the Planning Department (512-218-5428).
Do I need to post my building permit?
Yes.
Do you have a list of Home Owners Associations in Round Rock?
Home Owners Associations are not required to register with the City. However, Administration maintains a list of HOA’s that have provided their information voluntarily. Please contact 218-5401.
Does listening to audiobooks count?
Yes.
Does my community really need red light cameras? I’ve heard that extending yellow signal timing can be sufficient.

The use of adequate yellow signal timing reduces red light running-related injuries and collisions, but longer yellow timing used together with red light cameras provides a more significant decrease in incidents of red light running. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a field study to evaluate the effects on red light running by first lengthening yellow signal timing, followed by the introduction of red light cameras. Results showed that yellow timing changes reduced red light violations by an average 36 percent. The addition of red light camera enforcement reduced red light violations by an additional 96 percent beyond levels achieved by longer yellow signal timing alone. At the intersection with the greatest incidence of red light running – 251 per 10,000 vehicles – yellow light extensions reduced red light running to 198 incidents per 10,000 vehicles. Once red light cameras were installed, incidents of red light running dropped to an astounding two per 10,000 vehicles.*

*Source: Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, Status Report, Vol. 42, No. 1 January 27, 2007; Retting, Richard A., Ferguson, Susan A., Farmer, Charles M., Reducing Red Light Running Through Longer Yellow Signal Timing and Red Light Camera Enforcement: Results of a Field Investigation, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, January 2007.

Does photo enforcement put police officers out of a job?

To the contrary. Much like a radar gun used by an officer, photo enforcement is merely a tool that frees up some of the officers’ limited time to ensure they are able to focus on more crucial, high-level police work for the enhanced safety and security in the community. Photo enforcement helps ensure limited resources are maximized.

Does Round Rock have a curfew for minors?
Yes, Round Rock has a daytime and nighttime curfew for minors under 17. The daytime curfew is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session. The evening curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m. Monday – Friday, and 1 to 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Williamson County has a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Does Round Rock have a food pantry?
Contact the Round Rock Serving Center to find out about donation opportunities. It is located at 1801 North IH 35. The phone number is 512-244-2431.
Does Round Rock have a tree ordinance?
Round Rock's tree ordinance was revised in 2005. More details.
Does Round Rock have activities for seniors?
Yes, the Allen R. Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities has many programs for seniors.
Does Round Rock have crisis center?
Williamson Country Crisis Center provides assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault.

211 Commerce Blvd., #103,
Round Rock, TX 78664
Office: 512-255-1212
Crisis Hotline: 1-800-460-SAFE (7233)
Does Round Rock provide bus service?

The City of Round Rock currently has Demand Response Bus Service, which is provided by Star Shuttle.  For more information please visit the Demand Response Bus Service webpage.

 

 

Does the City of Round Rock have a public access channel?
No, the City of Round Rock shares a cable access channel on Time Warner Cable Channel 10 with the Round Rock Independent School District but it is not a public access channel. The City controls the programming from noon to midnight. It is used only for government related information and events.
Does the City of Round Rock require a business license?
No, the City of Round Rock does not require a business license. Individuals should contact the Planning Department to make sure their business is in the correct zoning district and the Building Inspection Division if they are going into an existing building.

For state and county business licenses, contact the State Comptrollers Office (1-800-252-1381) and the County Court House for DBA (doing business as) (512-930-4300).
Does the City of Round Rock require an email address to apply for a job opening?

Yes, an email address is required to apply for any City position. Notifications are sent out via email at different points of the recruitment process. If you do not have a personal email address, there are several Internet providers from which you can obtain one for free. Yahoo, Google and Hotmail are a few examples.

Does the City offer swimming lessons?
The Parks and Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for children and adults year round.
Does the Library have any study rooms?

There are many study carrels on the second floor and it is quieter there.

The library has five small private study rooms that can accommodate up to 2 people and one larger group study room that holds groups of 3-6 people.

They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are guaranteed for one hour.

How can I become a firefighter?
For information about employment with the Round Rock Fire Department, check out Employment under the Fire Department on the City’s web site or call (512) 218-6631. Also, check out the Human Resources Department.
How can I compliment a Police Officer or Police Employee?
You may contact the Round Rock Police Department’s Internal Affairs Office by calling (512) 218-5528.
How can I find a street that’s so new it isn’t on commercial maps?
Round Rock City View is an Interactive Mapping System (IMS) that makes city geographic information available through any internet browser. This information is continually updated, and streets can be located with the Find (binoculars icon) or Locate Address (envelope icon) functions.
How can I find out about city development and growth information?
When a developer brings a proposal before the Planning & Zoning Commission or the City Council, the meeting and agenda are advertised in the Round Rock Leader and on the City's web site (check Upcoming Meetings). These meetings are open to the public, and usually encourage public input regarding the project. Meetings are also broadcast live on cable channel 10.
How can I get a restraining order?
Restraining orders are considered civil matters, you will need to contact an attorney or a legal aid office.
 


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