Portable Toilets Ordinance

The City of Horseshoe Bay has adopted a new Portable Toilets Ordinance which lists requirements for the use, enclosure, placement, and removal of portable toilets on all residential and commercial construction sites in Horseshoe Bay.  

In general, the NEW requirements of the ordinance are:

All portable toilets, when installed, must be concealed entirely on the three sides facing the street.  The cover must be of either a chain link material in an earth tone color or can be made of the same materials for the walls and roof to match the home.  However, the architectural control committee for the subdivision may still require more restrictive cover than stated above, in which case only the approved cover will be allowed.  Below are some examples of approved covers.

Also,  the Ordinance now states that the portable toilet may be located close to, but not adjacent to the street.  And, any violations of the Ordinance will result in a deduction from the deposit in the amount of $15.00 per day of non-compliance.

Please note there are more requirements in the Ordinance that can be found in full at the bottom of this page (below the pictures).


Portable Toilet Enclosure Escondido (1) Shows the street facing side with stone, masonry, and a tile
Portable Toilet Enclosure Escondido (3) Shows the entrance door
New Screen Enclosure (2) Shows the street facing side with chain link fence with an inter twined mes
New Screen Enclosure (1)  Shows the street facing side with chain link fence with an inter twined me

Chapter 3 Building Regulations, Article 3.03 Building Permits, Section 3.03.014 Construction Conduct and Deposit, Subsection (b) Deposit Deductions, Forfeiture, and Penalties, Subsection (3) Deductions and Penalties, Subsection (I):

(I)     Portable toilets.

(i)     Portable toilets are required for all new residential and commercial construction, for any new accessory structure construction where access to on-site facilities is not available and for any remodel work that will take longer than ninety (90) days and where the existing restroom facilities are being remodeled.

(ii)     All portable toilets may be located close to, but shall not be adjacent to, the street. A violation of this section shall result in a deduction from the deposit of $15.00 each day there is a violation

(iii)     Absence of restroom facilities for the construction workers at any time work on the project is ongoing is a violation of this section and shall result in a deduction from the deposit of $15.00 each day there is a violation.

(iv)     All portable toilets when installed must be concealed entirely on the three sides facing the street consisting of: (1) chain link material in an earth tone color, eight feet (8') high, attached to the ground and having a 95% privacy rating, as shown in exhibit A [to Ordinance 15-10-20C]; or (2) the cover can be made of the same materials – stucco and/or stone for the wall(s), and tile or standing seam metal for the roof – as those of the house under construction or currently existing. However, in any case where the cover is required to be more restrictive than items (1) or (2) above as approved by the architectural control committee for the subdivision in which the property is located, it shall be as shown on their approved plan. The cover must be properly maintained and in good appearance at all times. A violation of this section shall result in a deduction from the deposit of $15.00 each day there is a violation.

(v)     Any portable toilet located on a construction site that has a stop work order or has an expired building permit must be removed within 48 hours. If the portable toilet is not removed within five (5) days, a citation to municipal court will be issued in accordance with section 3.03.007(b), with a maximum fine of $500.00, and each day the violation continues constitutes a separate offense.

(Ordinance 06-04-18D, ex. A, sec. VI(b), adopted 4/18/06; Ordinance 08-08-19D, sec. II(b)&(d), adopted 8/19/08; Ordinance 08-09-16B, sec. II, adopted 9/16/08; Ordinance 15-06-16B, sec. II(a), adopted 6/16/15; Ordinance 15-07-14C, sec. II(a)&(b), adopted 7/14/15; Ordinance 15-10-20C adopted 10/20/15)