Georgetown Historic Planning

Historic District Design Guidelines

The purpose of the Historic District Design Guidelines is to provide guidance for improvements to properties within the Historic Overlay Districts (primarily the Downtown and Old Town Districts) in Georgetown, Texas. The Guidelines are for property owners planning exterior alterations, additions to or the rehabilitation of existing buildings. They also apply to the design of new buildings.  While the Guidelines provide direction for specific design issues, some basic principles of preservation form the foundation for them.  The following preservation principles apply in Georgetown:

  1. Respect the historic design character of the building.
  2. Seek uses that are compatible with the historic character of the building.
  3. Protect and maintain significant features and stylistic elements.
  4. Preserve key, character-defining features of the property.
  5. Repair deteriorated historic features, and replace only those elements that cannot be repaired.
  6. New construction should respect the scale of neighboring structures.

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View the Historic Design Guidelines Document in Sections:

For questions about the Historic District Guidelines or how they might apply to your project, please contact the Downtown & Historic Planner at or call (512) 930-3581.

City Council adopted the current Design Guidelines at the July 27, 2021, meeting with Ordinance 2021-53. The previous Downtown & Old Town Design Guidelines, which were in effect from August 14, 2012 to July 27, 2021, are linked below for reference.

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