A rural “subdivision” is ANY DIVISION of land in Gillespie County outside the city limits of
Fredericksburg. Most land subdivisions will require plat approval by the county commissioners. The
County established these regulations to improve the health and well being of the citizens of the county.
They are put into place to help eliminate issues such as delayed response times for emergency vehicles,
adequate well-maintained roads, adequate sewer and water sources, etc. A brief outline of the county
subdivision regulations follows below:
I. Some subdivisions are EXEMPT FROM THE APPROVAL PROCESS IF they do NOT
lay out streets, alleys, squares, parks, or other parts of land intended to be dedicated
to the public, AND,
a. The land is to be used primarily of agricultural use; OR,
b. The tract of land is divided into 4 or fewer parts AND the parts are sold or given to related
c. The lots are MORE than 10 acres in size; OR,
d. ALL of the lots are sold to veterans; OR,
e. And a couple of other exceptions;
f. Additionally, a plat is NOT required if:
g. The land is situated in a floodplain and sold to an adjoining landowner; OR,
h. The land is inherited property that does NOT apply to boundary line changes of 2 legally platted
i. The division of land is by sale with an adjoining owner and the smaller of the 2 parcels is at least
3 acres and the AVERAGE SIZE of the resulting tracts is at least 4 acres.
j. The smaller tract is surveyed out SOLELY for the purpose of obtaining financing of that part of
the property; OR,
k. The parent tract is divided into no more than 5 smaller tracts EACH of which exceeds 20 acres
which meet the minimum road frontage requirements.
II. TRACT SIZE STANDARDS
a. 4 acre avg min sizes when water wells are needed
b. 3 ac min sizes where individual water wells are planned
c. 2 ac min sizes where lots are served by a community or public water system.
d. 1 ac min. size where lots are served by a community water system AND a community sewage
a. Adjoining roads fronting an existing county road shall have at least 60’ ROW
b. The DEVELOPER is responsible for all costs of the road improvements including construction.
c. All roads shall be Public, Private paved, or Private unpaved.
d. Access to permitted roads – tracts shall have minimum direct frontage onto at least one
permitted road such as:
Primary Rd – 200’
Secondary Rd – 200’
Cul de sac (turning circle) 100’
e. Specific details on road construction requirements.
f. Acceptance of Roads for County Maintenance – county approval is delayed for minimum 1 yr.
IV. WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS
a. Each tract must have a predetermined legal means of sewage waste treatment and disposal.
Currently for new tracts the well and septic must be 150’ apart and 75’ from the property lines.
b. Utility lines shall be coordinated in advance of construction.
c. Concrete Monuments – at least 1 concrete monument containing benchmark elevations is
required when a detailed floodplain study has been required as part of the platting process.
d. Drainage – The DEVELOPER of all subdivisions where the average lot size is less than 10
acres shall prepare a storm drainage plan. (retention/detention ponds, drainage channels)
V. FIRE SAFETY
a. Special pipe connections must be installed on water stg tanks for firefighting equipment to
b. Surface water facilities must be evaluated for installation of a “dry hydrant” for firefighting
VI. PLAT PROCEDURES – PLATS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO Wayne Wells
and the county commissioner representing the precinct where the subject property
VII. WATER AVAILABILITY – DEVELOPER must prove up sufficient quantity
and quality of water is available to supply the tracts for the platted area.
VIII. PERFORMANCE BOND REQUIREMENTS – DEVELOPER MUST PUT UP A
SECURITY BOND FOR COMPLETION OF THE SUBDIVISION AND FOR 30%
OF COST TO MAINTAIN RDS.
The best recommendation we have whenever you need to divide a property in Gillespie County is to
contact your county commissioner for your precinct and to contact Mr. Wayne Wells, the county
engineer. A dialogue with them can save you time and money. They are capable of spelling out what
you need to do in order to comply with county subdivision regulations.
We have been involved with various subdivisions of property, especially where the landowner wants to
divide off a small tract and sell it, and we would be happy to provide assistance if you have any
In Gillespie County, there are not many small acreage parcels outside of a formal subdivision still
available. If you are looking for a rural tract without many restrictions, we can help you locate the
right property. If you are thinking you may want to subdivide and/or sell your property, we can help
with that as well. We are familiar not only with the county regulations, but we know surveyors,
engineers, and others associated with the process. Let us know and we would be happy to work with you.