Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)
The Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) is a designated buffer area located just outside of the City limits. Each municipality is afforded an ETJ by the Texas Local Government Code 42.021 as a method of defining potential growth and future service boundaries. An ETJ boundary cannot overlap with another municipality's ETJ, and property owners cannot elect which boundary they want to be part of, unless mutually agreed upon by the municipalities.
Click here to view our ETJ Map.
- What is the Extent of an ETJ?
The extent of an ETJ is dependent on the population size of the municipality. A municipality's population only incorporates those within the City Limits and does not include the residents within the ETJ. An ETJ can extend as little as one half mile (less than 5,000 inhabitants) or as much as 5 miles (100,000 inhabitants or more). The City of Cleburne has a 2-mile ETJ (25,000 to 49,000 inhabitants). As of December 2022, the City of Cleburne encompasses 36.113 square miles and has 100.211 square miles in the ETJ.
- What Is Regulated in the City of Cleburne ETJ?
- Land division is regulated through the Subdivision process, including platting authority as a result of an inter-local agreement with Johnson County.
- The City may abate any public nuisance in the ETJ if it is a danger to the public health. Such nuisances typically consist of dumping, noxious odors, and junk vehicles.
- What Is Not Regulated in the City of Cleburne ETJ?
- Zoning or land use
- City Ordinances
- Non-City Owned Public Utilities (Johnson County Special Utility Districts)
- Special Districts including Municipal Utility Districts and Municipal Management Districts like; Silo Mills and Wright Farms
- Sanitation Services
- What Services Are Provided in the ETJ?
- Law Enforcement provided by the Johnson County Sheriff
- Fire and Emergency Services through their applicable districts
- Johnson County Road Maintenance and Service
- What Water/Wastewater Utility Services Are Provided in the ETJ?
Water can be served by the service provider for the location, as determined by the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity boundaries (CCN) for the utility provider or water wells. Providers that provide service in the City of Cleburne ETJ include the City of Cleburne, Bethesda Water Supply Corporation, Undine Texas, Parker Water Supply Corporation and the Johnson County Special Utility District (JCSUD). Additional information on the CCN for a location can be found here.
- Contact the City of Cleburne at (817) 556-0946 for more information on Water Services for the City of Cleburne.
The Public Utility Commission (PUC) is the agency that regulates water utilities in the State of Texas. The City of Cleburne has no control over the operations of an authorized utility within the City of Cleburne’s ETJ.
More information about the respective utility providers can be found on their websites:
- Johnson County Special Utility District (JCSUD)
- Parker WSC
- Bethesda Water Supply Corporation Bethesda Water Supply Corporation
- What Water & Sewer Service Provider do I have? Public Utility Commission (PUC) CCN Viewer here.
Water Wells are often used when infrastructure is not available. Information on Water Wells in the City of Cleburne’s ETJ can be found here on Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) website.
Sanitary Sewer Services may be provided by the City of Cleburne if infrastructure is available. Contact the City of Cleburne at (817) 556-0946 for more information of Sanitary Sewer Services.