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Horseshoe Bay

#1 Community Drive  

PO Box 7765, Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657



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An approved building permit is required before any construction is allowed on a project, unless specifically exempted by the Building Permit Ordinance. Under certain circumstances, approval may be granted for grading and cutting and filling, and for utility infrastructure, separately from the Building Permit, to facilitate project development.  The City has adopted the 2006 International Building Code and the 2006 International Residential Code, which all plans are reviewed under. 

The applicant shall file a completed and signed application as provided by the Development Services Department, with the appropriate fee.  A Building Permit is valid for a period of 18 months, after which a 12 month extension may be granted.  Any change in general contractor for a building will require a new permit.  The fee for a building permit includes an additional 100% of the fee as a deposit, which will be refunded after issuance of a certificate of Occupancy, only if no re-inspections or violations of building codes occur.


1. A plat of the property has been approved by either Llano or Burnet counties prior to September 20, 2005, or by the City after this date.

2. Three sets of plans have been approved by the applicable Subdivision Architectural Control Committee or designated person indicating the plans comply with the restrictive covenants for the Subdivision where the site is located.

3. For any project containing 10,000 square feet or more of impervious cover, approval must be obtained from the Lower Colorado River Authority prior to application to the City.

4. Permit from the Llano or Burnet County Natural Resource Office must be obtained for any property where City sewer is not available and a septic system will be used.


Applications will be accepted at the Development Services Department at Horseshoe Bay City Hall, #1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay, Texas.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the Applicant


The application and plans will be reviewed by Development Services and the City’s Building Inspector. Any retail, commercial or Club Facility project will be reviewed by an outside consultant and by the City Council for final approval, and any residential project with over 10,000 square feet of covered area will be reviewed by the City Council for final approval. The applicant will supply the following:

1. Three sets of plans approved by the appropriate Subdivision Architectural Control Committee or person so designated indicating the plans comply with the restrictive covenants for the Subdivision where the project is located.

2. The plans must include a site plan showing all four exterior elevations, and type and color of roof, masonry, siding and trim.

3. The plans must show the location, nature and extent of work proposed and be in sufficient detail to show that all work will conform to the applicable Building Codes.

4. The name, address and daytime telephone number for the site owner and for the General Contractor, who must be a Licensed Contractor, and any other Licensed Contractor(s) who will be working on the project. Only Licensed Contractors may be employed by an Applicant to provide construction services on any project.

5. An Application for a Building Permit shall not be approved until all of the required submissions set out above  are provided or waived, in writing, by the City and all required fees have been paid.

On commercial or Club Facility projects in excess of 6,000 square feet or a part of a multi-building commercial development and/or a multi-family project for more than four families or more than two stories, the City shall obtain an engineering consultant to review the construction plans, and also conduct inspection activities, with all costs to be paid for by the developer.

Before beginning construction, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ascertain that the project conforms to property setback restrictions. It is also the responsibility of the permit holder to tie in driveways to the existing hard surface of the street accessing the property.


The City uses the services of a consulting Building Inspector. The inspector is an independent contractor and the City has no liability or other responsibility for any inspection required herein or for other actions of the Building Inspector.

City employees shall have access to all building sites for the purpose of making periodic inspections of construction progress and conducting inspections pertaining to water and sewage utility issues.

Inspection of building progress shall occur periodically as described on the Building Permit to insure construction on a project is consistent with any plans submitted in conjunction with an Application and with the Building Codes. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to insure that the project receives inspection at each required stage.  Any inspections that are not called in will automatically deduct the deposit amount from the Building Permit fee, and any occupancy of a building prior to approval of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) shall result in a fine, and possible eviction from the property until all required work that is health and safety-related is completed, and a CO is approved. 





Development Services Manager - Eric Winter, ext. 270

Development Services Technician - Bobbi Baird, ext. 272


Development Services, #1 Community Drive,  Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657
Monday - Friday  - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Phone: (830) 598-8741 Fax:  (830) 598-

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