Development Services

About the Department

The Development Services Department of the City of Horseshoe Bay is here to serve you for all of your building construction, inspections, and land development needs. We can help you navigate through the various rules and regulations that are designed to guide our community’s growth and development in an orderly manner, protect the health & safety of our residents and the character of our City.

Our goal is to help you to help us maintain Horseshoe Bay as a world class resort and retirement community. Whatever your project needs may be you should use the resources and staff that are available to you in the City’s Development Services Department. Call 830-598-9959 for assistance.

Digital Plan Submissions are Encouraged

While the City works to maintain customer and staff safety from the spread of Coronavirus, please submit plans for review in a scanned or digital format as often as possible.  You may send your Building Permit Application and plans to Christina Reinhardt and Jessica Noaker (both) at and  Feel free to call 830-598-9959 or email us with any questions.

New DS Lobby Hours to take Effect Beginning June 15, 2020

The Development Services lobby is now open to the public.  City Hall is also open to the public.  Lobby hours are currently 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., however; beginning June 15, lobby hours will change to 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with requests for next business day inspections due by 3:30 p.m.


When do I need a permit?

The most common Code Compliance infraction is failure to obtain a permit before beginning a project.  Our department works with you throughout the permit process to help you understand the reasons permits are required, and help you file the proper paperwork to obtain your permit.  The basic rule of thumb is that if your project will add, alter, repair, remove, modify, or replace electrical, HVAC, plumbing, structural elements, weather barriers (roof, siding, windows), or accessory structures (pool, fence, boat house, etc.) then you must obtain a permit from the Development Services Department.  Our department prides ourselves in fast, efficient turnaround of permit plan reviews and inspections.  If we could educate our residents about one single item, it would be to be sure to plan for obtaining your permit with as much effort as you plan and pick colors, materials, and your contractor.  Often times, your contractor can be retained to file the permits for you.

Does my contractor need to register with the City? 

Currently, the City only requires contractors for new residential construction to register with the City.  To do so, the contractor must fill out, sign, and submit the document titled Building Contractor Registration Application (pdf) to the Development Services Department with a $100 application fee.