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
Civil Service Commission *(3 year term – appointed by the City Manager)

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 first City Council meeting in August of each year and new members take seats on the board or commission and 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 three consecutive meetings, or resigns for any reason before their term is up.  Current board and commission members and their term lengths and expiration dates 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.

Any interested party must complete the required board and commission application; and applications are only accepted during the annual application window or when there are vacancies to be filled.

Applications for annual appointments are currently being accepted 

Applications for all 2020 annual board and commission appointments will be accepted starting June 1 and will be accepted until 5 PM on July 1. Appointments will be done at the City Council’s August 13th meeting, and newly appointed members begin their term on September 1st.  [Current sitting board and commission members with expiring terms must re-apply in order to be considered]. 

Please contact the City Clerk by email or by phone at 512-218-5404 with any questions.


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.
  • Acts 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

  • Seven-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 a member of the City Council and must be residents of the City of Round Rock.
  • Promotes economic development within the City.
  • Approves economic development agreements that use Type B funds.
  • 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 recommends 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.

Civil Service Commission

  • Three-member board that serves 3 year terms.
  • Members are appointed by the City Manager and simply confirmed by the City Council.
  • This commission is established and mandated by Ch. 143 of the Texas Local Government Code because the Round Rock Fire Department is Civil Service.
  • They meet on an as needed basis.
  • The Commission investigates and reports on all matters relating to the enforcement of Ch. 143, adopts rules that prescribe cause for removal or suspension of firefighters, in addition to other rules under Ch. 143.
  • They also determine if the Chapter and rules are being followed by firefighters and hear appeals by firefighters on discipline actions.
  • The Commission is also responsible for entrance and promotional exams and determine what questions will be included on exams as well as posting promotion lists.