Boards and Commissions

The Round Rock City Council creates Boards and Commissions for various issues. The Council reviews the Boards and Commissions each year and creates and dissolves them as needed.

City of Round Rock Boards and Commissions

Planning and Zoning Commission/CIAC
Historic Preservation Commission
Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC) Ad Hoc Member (must live in Round Rock ETJ)
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Transportation and Economic Development Corporation  (Type B Corp)
Ethics Review Commission
Building Standards Commission/Fire Code Board of Appeals

Board and Commission terms are two (2) years and terms are staggered on each board or commission. No member of a board or commission may serve more than 8 consecutive years on any one board or commission.  Appointments for expiring terms are done at the second City Council meeting in August of each year and new members begin attending meetings with the first meeting that occurs after September 1st each year.

Appointments are also done as needed when vacancies occur. Vacancies are created when someone moves out of the city limits of Round Rock, misses 3 consecutive meetings, or resigns for any reason before their term is up.

Current board and commission members and their term lengths and expirations are available on Round Rock Replay as are the agendas and minutes from current and past meetings.

All applicants must meet residency requirements (meaning they live and have lived inside the city limits for the last 12 consecutive months) and be registered voters in the City of Round Rock.

To verify if your address is inside the city limits of Round Rock, please visit our CityView website.
To verify that you are a registered voter in the City of Round Rock, please visit the Williamson County Elections website or the Travis County Elections website.

Interested parties need to complete a board and commission application (the application is a fillable PDF) and submit it to the City Clerk (by email) in order to be considered for appointment. Applications for the August annual appointments will not be accepted prior to July 1st. Please contact the City Clerk by email or by phone at 512-218-5404 with questions or to obtain the application if you are unable to download it from the link above.

Below are descriptions of each board or commission and their duties with links to their websites (if applicable).

Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Nine-member commission that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • No member may serve more than a total of 8 years.
  • Act as an advisory body to the Council.
  • Recommends to the Council for its action an official zoning map and amendments to the map.
  • Studies plat and plans of proposed subdivisions and ensures that all plats and plans conform to the City subdivision and development ordinance.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations regarding the zoning ordinance, applications for original, rezoning, Planned Unit Development and Historic Overlay District designations
  • Performs such other functions as may be duly delegated to them from time to time by the City Council.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

  • Nine-member board that requires five regular members and two alternate members that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • No member may serve more than a total of 8 years.
  • Hears and decides an appeal that alleges error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official regarding the zoning ordinance.
  • Hears and decides special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance.
  • Authorizes, in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the zoning ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, so the spirit of the zoning ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done.

Historic Preservation Commission

  • Seven-member commission that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • No member may serve more than a total of 8 years.
  • Members should have knowledge or demonstrated interest in preservation related fields such as architecture, history, archaeology, planning, urban or community design and knowledge and interest in historic preservation.
  • Renders decisions on applications for Certificates of Appropriateness.
  • Recommends designation of specified areas of the City as Historic Districts or Landmarks.
  • Reviews applications and makes recommendations for action to the City Council regarding partial tax exemptions for historic sites.
  • Under the certified local government (CLG) agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, administers the requirement of the CLG programs as promulgated by the National Park Service.

Transportation and Economic Development Corporation (Type B) Board of Directors

  • Seven-member board that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • Three of the directors must not be City employees, officers of the City or member of the City Council and must be residents of the City of Round Rock.
  • Promotes economic development within the City.
  • Develops, reviews, and updates the City’s Transportation Capital Improvement Program to ensure the plan meets the community’s transportation needs.
  • Reports to the City Council each year no later than March 1.
  • The President, Vice-President, and Secretary of the board are appointed by the Mayor from among the Board members and approved by the City Council.  Each serves a term of one year.

Building Standards Commission/Fire Code Board of Appeals

  • Five-member commission that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • No member may serve more than a total of 8 years.
  • Members can live in the City or in the City’s ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction).
  • Members should have experience or expertise in the building trade.
  • Hears and determines cases concerning alleged violations of ordinances.
  • Hears appeals and renders decisions upon rulings and refusals of ruling by the Building Official concerning requests for a modification or a variation from the provisions of the building regulations chapter that have been made.
  • Hears appeals whenever the Building Official rejects or refuses to approve the mode or manner of work proposed to be followed or materials to be used in the proposed construction, or when it is claimed that the provisions of the Code do not apply; or that any equally good or more desirable form of installation can be employed in any specific case, or when it is claimed that the true intent and meaning of the Code or regulations have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted.
  • Addresses and determines whether or not conditions exist which render a building or structure unsafe under the provisions of the Code.
  • Determines if the building or structure should be demolished in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

Ethics Review Commission

  • Seven-member board that serve staggered two-year terms.
  • No member may serve more than a total of 8 years.
  • Meets as needed concerning possible violations of the Ethics Ordinance, but also at least once each year to review the Ethics Ordinance and make recommendations, if any, to the Council for amendments.
  • Renders advisory opinions on potential conflicts of interest or violation at the request of an individual, a city official, employee, board or commission member.
  • Considers possible violations of the Ethics Ordinance by complaint or on its own initiative.

Charter Review Commission

  • Seven-member board that meets every four years to review the City Charter and if necessary recommend changes to the City Council.
  • Members are appointed by the City Council and applications are NOT accepted for this commission.
  • New members are appointed before the commission convenes every four years.
  • The Commission meets as many as needed in reviewing the Charter for up to a maximum of 6 months.
  • Any recommendations made by the commission must be approved by the City Council and then taken to voters for final approval before any can take affect.