Development Services

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 the link below.

Contact Development Services Department if you have any questions. 830-598-9959

Tree Trimming Protection Ordinance

Street Closures Scheduled for Horseshoe Bay West (click for PDF)


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 & 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 830-598-9959 for assistance.

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Do I need a permit for that?

Check here for info blurbs that relate to when a permit is needed.

Plumbing Permits

2015 IRC lists what activities are exempt from permit requirements. 

Exempt from permit (PLUMBING) IRC R105.2:

  1. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
  2. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

Repairs (General) IRC R105.2.2:

Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lams or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.


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.

3. How do I register as a contractor? 
Submit the application 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 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