Development Services

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.  This will also help to expedite your plan review due to the Development Services Lobby being closed to the public.  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.

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Tree Trimming Protection Ordinance Adopted by City Council

City Council adopted an amendment to Chapter 8 Offenses and Nuisances, by adding Article 8.09 Tree Trimming Protection.  The Ordinance details restrictions on pruning or cutting of oak trees, oak firewood, dead wood as a nuisance, and more.  See the entire Ordinance by clicking Tree Trimming Protection Ordinance (PDF)

Contact Development Services if you have any questions at 830-598-9970.

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, and protect the health, safety, and character of our City.

Mission Statement

"The Mission of the Development Services Department is to provide outstanding customer service while helping our property owners and residents, and the development community maintain and enhance the community's quality of life by assisting them in understanding the process and application requirements for development and building construction which comply with applicable codes and regulations."

City Staff Assistance is Available

We can help you obtain information and forms, answer questions and accept and process your applications. We can also assist you with completing any required building permit, variance or rezoning application, as well as schedule inspections, or agenda items for City Council or Planning and Zoning Commission actions, and respond to City Code violation complaints.

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 830-598-9970 for assistance.


1. When do I need a permit?

A building permit is required for any new residential or commercial construction, as well as work that involves a weather barrier (roof, siding), structural component, plumbing, HVAC, or electrical change(s). Any accessory structure, such as a fence, pool, boathouse, or project that falls under the requirements of the currently adopted I-Codes must also be permitted. Call Development Services if you aren't sure if you need a permit. 830-598-9959

Please note that permits from your Subdivision's Architectural Controls Committee (ACC) may still be required.

2. How much is the permit? 

See page 2 of the Building Permit Application for the Fee Schedule (PDF).

3. How do I register as a contractor? 

Submit the application (PDF) and required materials to the City of Horseshoe Bay Development Services Department with $100 application fee.

4. How long are building permits valid for? 

See page 5, number 6 of the Building Permit Application for time limits (PDF) on permits.

5. What building codes does the City follow? 

  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2014 International Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 National Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Fuel and Gas Code