Commercial Irrigation Ordinance

Commercial Property Irrigation System Inspections

Round Rock City Council approved an ordinance amendment to Chapter 8, Sec 8-10 of the City’s Zoning and Development Code. This ordinance requires that all non-single family residential properties with automatic irrigation systems have their irrigation systems inspected every three years by a licensed Irrigation Inspector.

This pertains to all* property types: commercial, multifamily (apartments), industrial, homeowner associations and any other property that is not a single-family home or duplex.

(*There are some exemptions, detailed below.)

This rule will go into effect January 2023, on a rotating schedule by zip code (see box on right), with the inspection due by October 1 of each year.

The intent of the ordinance amendment is to reduce water wasted from inefficient or malfunctioning irrigation systems. This means identifying and fixing problems such as leaks, high water pressure, non-working weather sensors and broken components.

Inspection Due Zip Code
Oct 1, 2023 78664
Oct 1, 2024 78665 / 78728
Oct 1, 2025 78681
Oct 1, 2026 78664
Oct 1, 2027 78665 / 78728
Oct 1, 2028 78681

If any of the following situations apply to your property, you are exempt from the required inspection. Fill out the EXEMPTION FORM and return to the Water Conservation Program before October 1st. 

  • Your property does not have an automatic landscape irrigation system.
  • Your property has an irrigation system that is not used and has no plans to be used. 
  • A new property with an irrigation system that is used and received its CO (certificate of occupancy) within the three years before the inspection is due, is exempt from the inspection for the first year.
    • Example: You are in the 78665 zip code, the inspection is due in 2024, but you received your CO in 2021.  This is within the three year window, so you are exempt in 2024, but would need an inspection in 2027 and every three years moving forward.
  1.  Test your irrigation system to make sure that it does not have any critical problems.
    • Critical problems include pipe leaks, broken emitters, spray landing in a street or parking lot, runoff (50ft. +), ponding (1/4” +), misting or a non-working rain/freeze sensor.
    • Make sure your irrigation system has a backflow preventer installed.
    • If problems are observed, contact a Licensed Irrigator (LI) to make necessary repairs.
      • Per State Law, you must hold a license from TCEQ to work on, or repair, irrigation systems in Texas, or be the property owner.
  1.  Contact a Licensed Irrigation Inspector from the list of current inspectors. The property’s inspection must be conducted between April 1 and September 30 of your assigned year (see box above).
  1.  Provide the Property Information Form to the inspector with the Account information completed. This provides the inspector valuable information to best schedule the checkup.
  1.  If your property is unable to pass the inspection prior to October 1, you choose to leave the irrigation system turned off, or you choose to permanently disable the irrigation system, you must submit a Compliance Form. The Compliance Plan must contain information on how the property will  bring the  irrigation system into compliance.  Some example actions include:
    • Turning off the entire irrigation system until it can be brought into compliance. This scenario does not require submitting a map or Irrigation Inspectors Form
    • Repairing portions of the system and turning off others, so the whole system complies. This will require the submittal of the following items: a compliance form, a map showing which areas have been turned off; and a completed Irrigation Inspectors Form.
    • Permanently disabling or turning off the irrigation system. This scenario would provide an Exemption Form.

Please be advised that only those portions of the irrigation system which have passed the inspection may operate. Returning irrigation stations to operation will require reinspection of those specific zones by an Irrigation Inspector.

  1.  After achieving a passing inspection, properties should be maintained so that they comply with the City’s Water Waste Ordinance (Sec 44-6).

The following problems will result in a property failing the inspection and being prohibited from operating its irrigation system:

  • Leak – a break or other water containment failure in the irrigation main line, lateral line, or station valve. A mainline leak will fail the entire irrigation system. A lateral line or station valve leak will fail the associated station.
  • Broken Head – a missing, cracked, or punctured sprinkler head, sprinkler body, swing joint, or drip line often resulting in significant loss of water.
  • Absent or non-functioning Rain/Freeze Sensor – must be present and active at each controller.
  • Spray Landing in Street or Parking Lot (overspray) – a misaligned or inappropriately sized sprinkler head resulting in a spray pattern shooting outside of the landscaped area and falling onto a street or a parking lot.
  • Runoff / Ponding – in a street or parking lot, water originating from the irrigation system traveling a distance of 50 feet or more, or creating a puddle with a depth measuring ¼” or more.
  • High pressure / Misting – a sprinkler head operating above its recommended pressure limit resulting in excessive atomization of the spray pattern often resulting in the presence of a mist or fog effect.
    • During an inspection: if misting is present during the visual inspection, the inspector will measure the dynamic outlet pressure of the sprinkler head. Pressure ceilings for different emitter types are below:
      • Spray Nozzles: 40 psi
      • MP or Multi-stream Rotators: 50 psi
      • Rotors: 60 psi

Pressure measurements above these ceilings result in failure of that irrigation station.

The problems are noted solely to inform owners of potential efficiency improvements they could make:

  • Not Hydrozoned – irrigation stations are not segregated into zones based upon plant material water requirements or sun exposure.
  • Clogged Nozzle – uniformity of spray pattern is impaired or prevented due to build-up of debris.
  • Obstructed Head – spray pattern is interrupted or blocked by an object such as vegetation or other physical object.
  • Low Pressure – water pressure at sprinkler head is not adequate to maintain full throw of spray.
  • Low Head – a sprinkler head that has sunk into the ground or does not rise high enough to spray over the vegetation.
  • Poor Coverage – sprinkler spray pattern does not supply water evenly over the entire landscape.
  • Stuck Head – sprinkler head either does not pop-up, rotate, or fails to go down after operation.
  • Tilted Head – sprinkler head is not vertically aligned at ninety degrees from grade.
  • Mixed Sprinkler Technologies – use of multiple sprinkler technologies (sprays with rotors) in a single irrigation station.

Licensed Irrigation Inspectors

The following individuals are TCEQ Licensed Irrigation Inspectors in our Central Texas area and can be contacted to schedule the irrigation inspection for your property. 

Note: This is not be an all-inclusive list of everyone Licensed in the State or region. It is meant to provide assistance. 

Licensed Inspector Company Email Phone
Alec Rose - alec.rose1@gmail.com -
Bradley Weyant Safewater Backflow and Irrigation brad@safewateratx.com 512-605-9790
Brandon Cardwell Cardwell Inspections cardwellinspections@gmail.com 512-844-2382
Brian Dunn All Pro Irrigation Inspections allproirrigationtx@gmail.com 512-876-0344
David Scoby Living Water Irrigation Inspections irrinspection@outlook.com 512-653-7539
Dillon Osrag - dillon@absoluteenvironmental.net -
Eddie Mazurek - emazu5@gmail.com 512-965-2137
Eric Warnke All-Star Inspections eric@all-startexas.com 512-296-6263
James Fotinos - texasstarirrigationinspections@gmail.com -
Marley Wynn Warnke All-Star Inspections marley@all-startexas.com 512-296-6263
Matt Proctor Absolute Commercial & Environmental Services, Inc matt@absoluteenvironmental.net 512-560-1099
Mac Newton Absolute Commercial & Environmental Services, Inc mac@absoluteenvironmental.net 512-450-8600
Michael Williams - austinirrigationsolutions@gmail.com -
Robert Biafore, Jr. Accuracy Inspection Services accuracyinspections@gmail.com 512-293-8583
Ronald Luzzo WaterWise Inspections waterwiseinspections@gmail.com 512-924-2400
Licensed Inspector Contact
Alec Rose Email
Bradley Weyant
Safewater Backflow and Irrigation
Email
Phone
Brandon Cardwell
Cardwell Inspections
Email
Phone
Brian Dunn
All Pro Irrigation Inspections
Email
Phone
David Scoby
Living Water Irrigation Inspections
Email
Phone
Dillon Osrag Email
Eddie Mazurek Email
Phone
Eric Warnke
All-Star Inspections
Email
Phone
James Fotinos Email
Marley Wynn Warnke
All-Star Inspections
Email
Phone
Matt Proctor
Absolute Commercial & Environmental Services, Inc
Email
Phone
Mac Newton
Absolute Commercial & Environmental Services, Inc
Email
Phone
Michael Williams Email
Robert Biafore, Jr.
Accuracy Inspection Services
Email
Phone
Ronald Luzzo
WaterWise Inspections
Email
Phone

Submit Forms & Questions to:

Water Conservation

3400 Sunrise Road
Round Rock, Texas 78665
Phone: 512-671-2872
Fax: 512-255-6911
Email: jwoods@roundrocktexas.gov

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