What is the extraterritorial jurisdiction "ETJ" and why was it created?

The extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is an “unincorporated area that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries” of a city. TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 42.021. The ETJ, a concept created by the Texas Legislature in 1963, is said to be established in order “to promote and protect the general health, safety, and welfare of persons residing in and adjacent to” cities, a sort of buffer zone outside of a city’s corporate limits. Id. § 42.001. 

The Town of Argyle Subdivision Ordinance applies to the subdivision of land within the town limits and the ETJ.  

The following are examples of state laws that authorize cities to regulate in the ETJ:  

• Health & Safety Code § 713.009 – Cemeteries 

• Local Government Code Chapter 43 – Annexation  

• Local Government Code § 212.003(a) – Subdivision and Platting Regulations  

• Local Government Code §§ 216.003, 216.902 – Signs  

• Local Government Code § 217.042 – Nuisances within 5,000 feet (home rule city only) 

• Local Government Code § 341.903 – Policing City-Owned Property (home rule city only) 

• Local Government Code § 552.001 – Utility System  

• Water Code § 26.177 – Pollution Control and Abatement 

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