Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges & taxing authority to new territory. By expanding the territory subject to city ordinances, regulations and codes, annexation improves the city’s economic base and enables Austin to manage growth & development. In accordance with the City’s annexation policies described in the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, the City should annex areas in order to:
Apply zoning and development standards, including environmental protection
Create efficiencies in service delivery, particularly for public safety services
Maximize the return on the City’s investment in infrastructure and business incentives
Protect and expand the tax base
Provide municipal services beyond those available in rural areas
Municipal annexations must follow the procedures outlined by the Texas Local Government Code. Annexation laws and procedures were changed significantly effective December 1, 2017. Please call staff for more information.
The Shady Hollow Municipal Utility District is planned for future full purpose annexation under an approved Strategic Partnership Agreement.
None at this time.
You may find more information about a property, including annexation history, using the City's Jurisdictions Web Map.
City Policy Regarding Adjustment of ETJ Boundaries
The extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is the unincorporated land within 5 miles of Austin’s full purpose city limit not within the city limits or ETJ of another city. Austin’s ETJ currently extends into 4 counties including Williamson, Travis, Hays, and Bastrop. From time to time, two cities may agree to adjust their ETJ boundaries to achieve more logical boundaries. A City Council making a request for an ETJ adjustment should direct it to the Mayor with copies to the City Manager and appropriate Planning and Zoning Department staff. All adjustments are evaluated according to the City’s ETJ Policy in order to ensure that they will not negatively impact Austin’s interests.
City Policy Regarding Special Districts
Water districts are created to finance infrastructure for water, sewer, roads, drainage, and water quality as well as to maintain parks. Types of water districts include Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) and Water Control and Improvement Districts (WCIDs). Developers who wish to create new water districts in the City's ETJ must request City consent before creation and meet the criteria described in the City's MUD Policy. Application forms can be found here.
Public Improvement Districts
A Public Improvement District (PID) is a tool that can be used to meet community needs by funding supplemental or enhanced public improvements or services that would not otherwise be constructed or provided in a timely manner. Property owners who wish to create new PIDs in the City's ETJ must request City consent before creation and meet the criteria described in the City's PID Policy.