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.
Horseshoe Bay's Partners in Support of all Property Owners
- The City Government
- Property Owner POA's
- Architectural Control Committees/ACC
- The Resort as Declarant
Each of the partners in support of the City of Horseshoe Bay quality of life represent one of the 4 entities that have authority, operations and effects on property owners in the City. Each of the partners – the Declarant, the Property Owners’ Associations (POAs--plural), the City Government, and the Architectural Control Committees (ACCs--plural) - are a separate and independent entity with their own distinct areas of responsibility. None of these entities overlap with each other, but together form the foundation for all the private and public functions support. All four entities cooperate and work together for a common goal – a safe, vibrant, well managed, lifestyle-resort-retirement Hill Country community.
Who Does What? To learn more about each role of the 4 partners, click here to read a helpful publication.
When do I need a permit?
When it comes to knowing when you should contact the City to obtain a permit, the basic rules of thumb are 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.
If we could educate our residents about one single item, it would be that you should be sure to plan for obtaining your permit with as much effort as you plan, pick colors, materials, and the contractor for your project. The most common Code Compliance infraction is failure to obtain a permit before beginning a project. Work started before the permit is obtained could lead to costly Stop Work Orders, fines, and lost time.
Development Services Technicians work with you throughout the permit process to help you understand the reasons that permits are required, and help you file the proper paperwork to obtain your permit. Our department prides itself in fast, efficient turnaround of permit plan reviews and inspections. Often times, your contractor can also be contracted to file the permits for you. For any other questions regarding permit requirements, contact Development Services at 830-598-9959.
Does my contractor need to register with the City?
Yes. As of July 22, 2020 - City Council adopted an Ordinance that requires all contractors doing work in the City of Horseshoe Bay to register with the City through the Development Services Department. This includes general commercial, general residential, home improvement, and manufactured home contractors. Also, sub-contractors such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and irrigation contractors will need to register and show proof of valid State licenses. Contractors can submit a Contractor Registration Application or a Sub-Contractor Registration Application with the application fee of $100 to register as a contractor to do business in the City of Horseshoe Bay.