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Over the past 50 years, the City of Boerne has utilized general obligation (GO) bonds to restore, replace, and expand infrastructure and capital assets across the city. GO Bonds are a debt obligation issued by local governments to fund public purpose capital improvements, such as roads and public facilities. GO bonds are secured by and payable from the City’s pledge of ad valorem tax levied on all taxable property within the City. GO Bonds are proposed and voted on in citywide elections.
Since 1972, the City of Boerne City Council has sent four Bond Elections to the voters for their approval. Below is a brief timeline and background on those elections.
September 1972 – The Boerne City Council voted to seek voter approval of the issuance of $1.07 million for utility improvements and extensions. There were three proposals on the ballot, and all three were approved by voters.
Prop 1: $1,025,000 for waterworks improvements and extensions. For = 201, Against = 21
Prop 2: $28,000 for sewer improvements and extensions. For = 205, Against = 16
Prop 3: $17,000 for natural gas improvements and extensions. For = 200, Against = 20
April 1987 – The Boerne City Council voted to seek voter approval of the issuance of $3 million for street improvements, fire station facilities and library facilities. There were four proposals on the ballot, and two were approved by voters.
Prop 1: $2,000,000 for street improvements. The project included Esser Road, Oak Park, W. Highland, W. Hosack, Advogt, Frey, Hickman, Kronkosky, Schweppe, Becker, Stahl, James, Theissen, Plant, Live Oak, Frederick, Schleicher, North, Johns Road, Phil Wilson, Dailey, Roeder. For = 360, Against, 287
Prop 2: $625,000 for fire station facilities. For = 342, Against = 301
Prop 3: $300,000 for street improvements for West Theissen Street Crossing. For = 165, Against = 469
Prop 4: $75,000 for library facilities. For = 242, Against = 395
November 2001 – The Boerne City Council voted to seek voter approval of the issuance of $3.625 million for street and drainage improvements and to purchase and equip a new fire truck.
Prop 1: $2,740,000 to construct street and drainage improvements and purchase land (widen and realign Esser Road at River Road). For = 87, Against = 77
Prop 2: $525,000 to purchase and equip a new firetruck. For = 84, Against = 80
May 2007 – The Boerne City Council voted to seek voter approval of the issuance of $21.47 million public safety upgrades, a new library, green space/land acquisition, trail/sidewalk improvements.
Prop 1: $10,250,000 for public safety projects including a new Police Department Headquarter, Municipal Court, Expansion and remodel of Fire Station No. 1. For = 866, Against = 418
Prop 2: $5,000,000 for a new municipal library. For = 860, Against = 446
Prop 3: $830,000 to construct new sidewalks. For = 863, Against = 419
Prop 4: $1,990,000 for municipal trails and pedestrian paths. For = 745, Against = 556
Prop 5: $3,400,000 for parks improvements and purchase land for future park space. For = 813, Against = 493
Voters approved raising the tax rate by six cents, however, due to the increase in property values within the City limits, the collections were higher than expected and the tax rate was ultimately increased just two cents. All projects from the 2007 Quality of Life Bond have been completed.
The City of Boerne has an entire website for information related to the Bond Election -- boerne-tx.gov/bond2022
Homeowners who are 65 or older will not see a tax increase if voters approve the 2022 Quality of Life Bond.
Questions and comments about potential 2022 Boerne Quality of Life Bond can be directed to [email protected]
If the bond goes to the ballot and passes in November 2022, the City will develop a project bid schedule. The first bonds would likely be issued in early 2023 to allow the projects to start as soon as possible.
If voters approve the propositions, no tax rate increases would be considered until the City's Fiscal Year 2023-24 budget process which is finalized in September 2023. At that time, the City would determine if an increase in the tax rate would be required to fund the issued debt. Over the life of the $36 Million in general obligation bond debt, there is a potential for a tax rate increase of up to 6 cents per $100 in assessed property value. The City works diligently to balance property tax rates with needs for other services, such as police, fire, transportation, and more.
Residents are the drivers of the development of this bond. Over the past five years the City has solicited resident’s feedback during our 2018 Master Plan creation, Community Transportation Committee, and with our first-ever Citizen Survey in 2021. Most responders said they want to see the City focus on investing in roads and intersections, green space, and managing and improving mobility. Read the full Citizen Survey here.
A general obligation bond (GO bond) is a common financial tool used by governments that is secured by and payable from a pledge of ad valorem tax levied on all taxable property within the City to repay bondholders over the life of the bonds.
Generally, banks or bond underwriters provide a governmental entity funds up front for capital projects to allow for the construction of large projects the entity wouldn’t otherwise be able to fund in one fiscal year. The governmental entity then repays those funds, including interest, over time.
In Texas cities like Boerne, GO bonds are typically sold in a competitive sale to ensure the lowest interest rate. Interest on the bonds is tax exempt to the bondholders because the City of Boerne is a government entity and the projects are public projects.
The City currently funds projects several ways, including through our general fund, enterprise funds, sales taxes, sale of bonds, development impact fees, and cost sharing with federal and state funding sources.
The City works to maximize the annual capital improvement budget each year, but like most cities our size, our infrastructure needs are greater than what annual funding can support. GO bonds offer the City a cost-effective financial tool to address a large number of both deferred maintenance and new infrastructure projects over the course of several years. By matching a project’s funding to the number of years the facility, park, or roadway will be in service, every generation of taxpayer who uses that asset will help pay for it.
If the bond is approved, we will not know who will buy the GO bonds until they are sold in the market. Boerne typically sells bonds competitively but will choose a negotiated sale or private placement if it is in the best interest of the City of Boerne and our taxpayers.
The timeline varies based on the project. Federal tax law does not allow the City to sell bonds that exceed the useful life of the project being financed. So, if a road is expected to last 20 years, the bond cannot exceed 20 years.
What we have available right now is not the final design, but simply meant to highlight the many features that are planned for the park. Those many features were identified by residents in the citizen survey and the 2017 Parks Master Plan. In working with the group that helped design the proposed plans for Northside the No. 1 goal was to maintain all healthy native trees. So, where the roadway goes down on the left side of the park, all those parking spots and the drive itself were designed and placed to go around the trees. Same goes for the dog park, the trees will be incorporated into the space. While some of the features will likely move around a bit if the park is developed the No. 1 goal of maintaining all healthy native trees will remain. Lastly, while not shown in the drawings yet, the end result will also mean more trees will be planted across the park increasing the overall tree count.
If you find a pet, call the shelter at (830) 249-2456 to have the staff pick up the animal or take the animal to 330 South Esser Road. Delay in reporting a found animal prevents its fast return to the rightful owner.
If the dog is barking during normal business hours, you may call the Boerne Animal Care Services at (830) 249-2456 to make a report and an Animal Control Officer will come and observe the dog barking. After hours, you may call the Boerne Police Department at (830) 249-8645 to make a report and a police officer will come and observe the dog barking. if barking is heard, an officer will contact the dog owner and notify them of the issue. If no correction is made and several confirmed barking reports are made, the dog owner may receive a citation for barking dog.
If you have lost a pet, contact Animal Care Services as soon as possible at (830) 249-2456 or visit the shelter at 330 South Esser Road. The shelter maintains a daily log for lost and found animals.
Yes. Cats and dogs, even inside only, are required to have a current rabies vaccination and an annual city license. Learn how to legally license your pet with ACS. Dogs and cats may not cause a public nuisance.
Yes, you are allowed to use a live trap to trap nuisance wildlife or cats on your property. You can request Animal Care Services set traps for you free of charge by calling the shelter at (830) 249-2456. We set Monday - Thursday and pick up traps on Friday. Residents may also purchase their own live traps and can either bring the trapped animal to the animal shelter at 330 South Esser Rd. or call ACS to pickup at the location. Residents may set traps Sunday night through Thursday and have ACS pick up trapped animals Monday - Friday. We ask residents not trap during weekends or holidays.
Make a "sand box" for your cats to use inside your yard. Attempt to keep your cats indoors at night when cats like to be more active. Have your cat microchipped to help identify the pet if it is taken to the Animal Shelter. Try alternative methods such as deterrent spays, use various plants in beds that cats dislike, and use resources available on the internet to deter unwanted cats.
Discuss with cat owner results of cats being allowed to roam into others yards i.e.: defecating/spraying in other yards, damaging cars or furniture, and fighting with other pets. Then always contact Animal Care Services for suggestions and alternative methods to trapping pets.
Visit the Pet Vaccination Locations page on the Animal Care Services website to list of locations in Boerne.
Cities annex to gain more control over land use and development in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City and to ensure that residents and businesses outside of the City's corporate limits who benefit from access to the City's facilities or services share the tax burden associated with constructing and maintaining those facilities and services.
A Home Rule City may do what is authorized by its charter and not specifically prohibited by the Texas Constitution or State or Federal law. City Charter Section II. Boundaries states: additional territory may be annexed into the City in any manner and by procedure that may be provided by law, in addition to the following methods: annexation by ordinance, annexation by petition, and annexation by election.
Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) is defined as "the unincorporated area that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the municipality. The geographical extent of any city's ETJ is contingent upon the number of inhabitants of the city. For the City of Boerne, the geographical extent is one mile.
A Non-annexation agreement offers the property owner the option to continue current use of land for agricultural, wildlife, or timber management. Upon City discretion, non-annexation agreements can also be offered to non-agricultural, timber, or wildlife properties. The non-annexation agreement would allow the property to continue to be in the ETJ and delay annexation until the property is developed or the use is changed. Properties identified for non-annexation agreement offers will receive an option for non-annexation for 10 years (with no change in current use of the property) with the option to renew the non-annexation agreement for up to 45 years maximum.
Call the Planning and Community Development Department at (830) 248-1501.
If you are a residential customer, your deposit will be credited to your utility account after your 12th month of of continuous utility service with no more than one late payment. If you have a commercial account, your deposit(s) will be refunded after your 36th months of continuous utility service with no more than two late payments. For more information, contact Utility Customer Service at (830) 249-9511 option 1.
The Billing Department will be glad to assist you with understanding your bill. Call (830) 249-9511, select option 1 and then option 3.
All meters are read on a monthly basis. There may be unusual situations that will require us to estimate your meter occasionally. Some examples of these situations would be a locked gate, combo or key change on a lock, or an aggressive dog. We will always attempt to contact you before estimating a meter.
The Utilities Customer Service office accepts applications for service. Their office is in City Hall at: 447 North Main Street, Boerne, TX 78006
In addition, Customer Service accepts applications via email at [email protected] and via Fax: 1-830-249-2580.
They may be contacted at (830) 249-9511.
Electric, water, reclaimed water, gas, sewer, and trash services are provided to our customers. Customers receive one bill with all services included.
Contact the Utility Customer Service & Billing Department at (830) 249-9511. We will help you with any questions that you may have.
If you are still with our utility service, we can continue to draft your bill at your new location. You can let Utility Customer Service & Billing know that you would still like to have the bill drafted at your new location or you can contact the Customer Service & Billing Department at (830) 249-9511 option 1. If you move out of our service area, the draft automatically ceases with your final bill.
Residential and Commercial customers who have utility accounts can sign up for Automatic Draft. Submit your application for Bank Draft or Credit Card Draft to the Utilities Billing office and they will do the rest. The ACH Draft Application can be faxed to (830) 248-1120 or mailed to:402 E. Blanco Rd.Boerne, TX 78006
To learn about utility availabilities in your area, please contact Utilities Administrative Supervisor Andrea Snouffer at [email protected] or by phone at 830-249-9511 (option 1).
To learn about the hardness of the water at your residence or business, please contact Utilities Regulatory Administrator Crystal Barrera at [email protected] or by phone at 830-249-9511 (option 1).
For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night. Normally, when looking at the sun, you can only see the photosphere, the bright surface.
However, extending about 5,000 km above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the greyish corona. People in the path of a total solar eclipse can also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can briefly remove their eclipse glasses, during the few moments when the moon is completely blocking the sun.
The total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT. The path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The eclipse will enter Canada in Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton. The eclipse will exit continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NDT.
Cool things are afoot before and after totality. Although the big payoff is the exact lineup of the sun, the moon, and your location, keep your eyes open during the partial phases that lead up to and follow it. As you view the beginning through a safe solar filter, the universe will set your mind at ease when you see the moon take the first notch out of the sun’s disk. Around the three-quarters mark, you’ll start to notice that shadows are getting sharper. The reason is that the sun’s disk is shrinking, literally approaching a point, and a smaller light source produces better-defined shadows. At about 85 percent coverage, someone you’re with will see Venus 34 degrees west-northwest of the sun. If any trees live at your site, you may see their leaves act like pinhole cameras as hundreds of crescent suns appear in their shadows.
During totality, take just a few seconds to tear your eyes away from the sky and scan the horizon. You’ll see sunset colors all around you because, in effect, those locations are where sunset (or sunrise) are happening.
Cardboard “eclipse” glasses with lenses of optical Mylar cost about $2. This will allow people to safely look directly at the sun. It filters out most of the light, all of the dangerous infrared and ultraviolet radiation, which tans our skin. Buy one well in advance, and you can look at the sun anytime. Be sure you are purchasing legitimate ISO-certified glasses to ensure proper eye protection for direct observation of he sun. Using sun glasses or non-ISO certified glasses can lead to eye injury.
Except during totality, we never look at the sun. But what if you’ve forgotten a filter? You can still watch by making a pinhole camera. It can be as simple as two pieces of paper with a tiny hole in one of them. Try to make the hole as round as you can, perhaps with a pin or a sharp pencil. Line up the two pieces with the sun so the one with the hole is closest to it. The pinhole will produce a tiny image, which you’ll want to have land on the other piece of paper. Moving the two pieces farther apart will enlarge the sun’s image but will also lessen its brightness. Also, a number 14 welder’s glass is another way to safely observe the sun anytime.
Yes, take care of business beforehand. This tip, above and beyond any other on this list, could be the most important one for you. If you wait until a few minutes before totality to start searching for a bathroom, you will likely find a long line. Make a preemptive strike 45 minutes prior.
Bring a chair, blanket, food, and light entertainment while you wait. In all likelihood, you’ll be at your viewing site several hours before the eclipse starts. And while it is April, it is April in Texas and it can get toasty during that time of year. Bring an umbrella or chairs so you can comfortably enjoy the time you will be waiting. And if you see someone who has forgotten sunscreen, be a peach and share. Unless you set up next to a convenience store, consider bringing something to eat and drink. Also, be considerate of those around you. If you bring some music while you wait, that is OK, but please, no music during those precious moments before, during, and after totality.
With the population of our community expected to double quite literally in one day, traffic will be insane! So, you can hop in the car the moment totality is over and just sit in traffic, or you can stick around where you are for a bit. There’s no better time to get together with family and friends and just chat. This will allow a lot of that traffic to get out of the way.
Backflow is the reverse flow of water, causing non-potable water to flow into the public water supply. Backflow can occur when changes in water pressure create a suction effect, forcing non-potable water into the City’s drinking water supply. For example, when a main water line breaks, the water pressure in the pipe is drastically reduced. The reduced pressure causes a suction effect and any substance in the pipe on the customer’s side is then drawn up into the system, contaminating the City’s water supply.
Potable water is safe for consumption. This water has been properly treated so that it is safe for drinking, bathing, and cooking.
Non-potable water is NOT safe for consumption. This is water that either did not go through the same treatment process as potable water or it has been properly treated but has since become contaminated. Many factors can make potable water become non-potable, such as exposure to chemicals, gases, pollution, infective agents, or any other contaminant.
Backflow prevention assemblies or an air gap can be used to prevent backflow into potable water systems.
Without these barriers, water that is no longer safe for consumption, such as water from pools, irrigation systems, restaurants, and medical facilities, could travel into the City’s water supply and contaminate the drinking water.
Typically, backflow prevention assemblies are required for plumbing system connections that contain chemicals or industrial fluids, irrigation systems, fertilizers, or auxiliary water sources (including reclaimed water).
If you received a notice, you will need to:
The backflow tester will need to:
If you had your assembly tested and it did not pass, you will have 30 days to have the assembly repaired and retested.
The City of Boerne requires all Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers (BPATs) to register with the City before testing any backflow assemblies within the City. Per City of Boerne Ordinance No. 2022-22, BPATs must register annually, provide proof of TCEQ certification, provide proof that testing equipment is able to maintain a calibration of plus or minus 0.2 psid accuracy, and pay an annual, non-refundable tester registration fee of $50.
Upon registration and verification of license and gauge calibration, and test for accuracy reports, the tester will be added to the approved list of Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers.
Testers must submit test reports directly to the City of Boerne located at 447 N. Main St., Boerne, TX, 78006.
Any person who resides in Boerne and surrounding areas may request a ceremonial document.
We ask that you submit your request via the request form found on the city’s website. Click here to complete the form.
Email [email protected] if you have any questions.
We ask that all requests be made three weeks in advance of the date the document is needed. Once a request is received, staff will confirm receipt and follow up with any additional questions related to your request.
Yes. We do encourage you to send any proposed wording. However, please note that we reserve the right to edit your proposed text to fit our editorial and formatting standards. It is highly unlikely that we will use a draft verbatim.
Your request will go through an internal review and approval process.
Yes. You may request the mayor present your requested Proclamation or Certificates of Commendation. If the mayor is unable to attend, you are encouraged to reach out to the council member for your district. Click here to see a list of councilmembers.
No. City of Boerne staff will not contact the media to attend your event. As a courtesy, we can take photos and send them to media outlets if your event is during normal City of Boerne working hours and staff is available. However, the City of Boerne cannot guarantee the publication of the photos by the media. Sharing of a ceremonial document or presentation event on a city-maintained social media account will be handled on an individual basis at the sole discretion of the city’s communications office.
Yes. You may request a copy of photos taken by city of Boerne staff from your event.
Yes. However, if you intend to use the mayor’s name or image in any other manner, please contact the City of Boerne communications office first at (830) 249-9511 or email the communications team to obtain approval prior to doing so.
Yes. After you have received a completion notification, you may pick up your document between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will mail the document only on request.
You or a designated person may pick up your ceremonial document in person at the following location:
Boerne City Hall
447 N. Main, 3rd floor reception
Boerne, Texas 78006
We retain full editorial control of all documents that leave our office. With the exception of grammatical, spelling or statistical errors, we will not make any changes to a document after it is picked up.
Yes, be sure to contact Code Enforcement for the necessary information dependent on the structure you are building.
Prefabricated swimming pools that are less that 24 inches (610 mm) deep do not need a permit. All others do need a permit.
Yes, a permit application is required, along with a site plan indicating where the placement of the pool will be installed. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information, or or visit the Fee Ordinance page for the associated fees.
Yes, all additions must be permitted. Please contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional details.
Yes, banners are permitted 5 times a year for a period of 30 days. A 20-day waiting period must occur before each permit. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information, or or visit the Fee Ordinance page for the associated fees.
You may need to obtain a permit. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for the necessary information dependent on what and where you are placing the material.
The City of Boerne does not permit the distribution of flyers or other written information door-to-door.
Yes, a permit application is required along with a site plan indicating where the fence will be placed. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information, or or visit the Fee Ordinance page for the associated fees.
No, a permit is not required for a garage sale. However, signs for a garage sale have restrictions. Please contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information.
In general a permit is not required for painting or replacing siding, provided your property is not within the Historic District. Please contact the Planning Department at (830) 248 1501 for additional information.
Yes, a permit from Permitting and Code Compliance is required to pour concrete. However, If you are concreting only the driveway approach near the street or curb area, you are required to obtain a Right-of-Way permit. Please be advised that concrete pours cannot be earlier than 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday.
A permit is required if you are replacing over 50% of your roof. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information, or or visit the Fee Ordinance page for the associated fees.
The City of Boerne requires anyone going door to door selling to obtain a Peddler’s Permit. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information.
No permit is required by the City. Please be aware that baked goods and other products may be subject to Health Inspections. Contact the Kendall County Health Inspections Department for additional information at (830) 249-9343, Ext. 214.
Yes, a permit is required and the system must be tested for backflow. An application must be completed before an inspection is conducted. Contact Permitting and Code Compliance for additional information, or or visit the Fee Ordinance page for the associated fees.
No permit is required. Playground equipment is not the same as playhouses.
City ordinance prohibit the sale or distribution of puppies, kittens, dogs or cats within the city limits from public places. Please contact Animal Control for additional information at (830) 249-2456.
This is prohibited by the Fire Safety Code. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Boerne Fire Department at (830) 249-3644.
A pre-pour foundation inspection is required before concrete is pour. A form survey from a licensed surveyor mist be submitted to Permitting and Code Compliance prior to scheduling a pre-pour inspection.
The City of Fair Oaks Ranch is responsible for inspections and permitting within the City of Fair Oaks Ranch.
Contractors must be registered to perform work within the city limits. Click here to learn more.
Yes, a no-charge permit will be issued.
The Boerne Fire Department has multiple apparatuses available. We have two swift water rescue boats, four brush trucks, two command units, four engine trucks, three rescue/tender trucks, one ladder truck and a utility task vehicle.
The Fire Marshal can be contacted by calling 830-248-1512 or 830-249-3644 . You can also reach the Fire Marshal by emailing [email protected].
The City of Boerne adopted the 2021 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) and the 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC).
View Boerne Local Code Amendments 2021
No. Burning trash, brush or other rubbish is not allowed in the city. Ground cooking fires, Theatrical Performance Fires and Ceremonial Fires require the responsible person to obtain a fire permit from the Fire Marshal's Office prior to igniting these types of fires. Outside fires placed in chimineas, small fire pits, and outdoor fire places are allowed in one and two family dwellings only. It is recommended all outdoor fires in one and two family dwellings maintain no less than 15' of clearance from structures and other combustible materials. A person commits a violation if they ignite a fire on any balcony of any multi-family dwelling unit. If you have any questions please contact the Fire Marshal's office at (830) 248-1512 or call (830) 249-3644. You can email the Fire Marshal at [email protected]
The Fire Marshal's Office is located at fire station number 1 on 726 N. Main St., Boerne, Texas 78006. This is also the mailing address for the Fire Marshal's Office.
Business fire safety inspections are conducted on annual and semi-annual basis and are either scheduled by appointment or they are unannounced. Fire Inspectors partner with business owners and property managers to ensure the building is safe to occupy and is compliant with current fire code. We check exit lights, emergency lighting, fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire protection systems, and fire extinguishers. Fire inspectors also check for emergency egress exits and life safety concerns. Each occupancy receives a thorough fire inspection report with all discrepancies noted at the time of inspection. Fire Inspectors discuss the findings with the occupant and answer any questions regarding the inspection. Follow-up fire inspections are scheduled to allow ample time to resolve all non-compliant findings. There is no charge for fire safety inspections. For more information, contact the Fire Marshal at 830-248-1512 or 830-249-3644. You can send an email to [email protected].
Yes! Please contact the Boerne Fire Marshal's office at (830) 249-3644 for information on fire safety classes. There is no charge for this service.
No. We do not charge for inspections since it is a service that is vital to the protection of our citizens. If anyone solicits a fee for a fire inspection from a resident or business, please contact the Boerne Fire Marshal's Office (830-249-3644) or the Boerne Police Department at (830) 249-8645.
No. The possession and use of fireworks is prohibited within the City of Boerne. This ordinance is enforced within the City of Boerne's incorporated areas, including Boerne City Lake and all city parks. Please leave fireworks use to the professionals and consider attending a local fireworks show. If you have additional questions, contact the Fire Marshal's Office at (830) 248-1512 or the Boerne Police Department at (830) 249-8645. You can email the Fire Marshal at [email protected]
YES! Fire extinguisher training is offered to local business owners and residents at no charge. We have a limited supply of fire extinguisher trainers that we may use during the class. You may be required to provide fire extinguishers for training should our supply of trainers become depleted. Please contact the Fire Marshal's Office to schedule a class.
Call 830-249-3644 or by email - [email protected].
YES! We have a limited supply of smoke alarms made available to us through the American Red Cross. If your smoke alarm is in disrepair or is more than 10 years old, contact us to schedule an appointment to conduct a site visit to asses your needs. We offer this service to the residents of Boerne at no charge.
Contact us at (830) 249-3644 or by email at [email protected]
YES. Mobile food vendors are required to secure a fire inspection for their truck or trailer prior to operating anywhere in Kendall County including the City of Boerne. Contact the Kendall County Deputy Fire Marshal to arrange a fire inspection for your operation. (830) - 249-3721. City of Boerne Fire Inspectors will request proof of inspection on the day of the event when the mobile food vendor is open for business. All required fire extinguishers must be operational and have current inspection tags attached to the extinguisher. Operators must make sure all LPG gas fittings are tightened by wrench and do not leak gas. Gasoline powered generators used as part of the mobile food vendor's operation may not be refueled on-site. For additional information, contact the Boerne Fire Marshal's Office at (830) 248-1512 or by email at [email protected]
No, the Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) is a planning tool such that if current landowners sell to developers the City can require an orderly roadway network to be provided with the development.
It is a formal planning document. They are used by other municipalities, counties, and other local governments to provide for efficient and appropriate thoroughfare system IF parcels of land are developed.
Texas State law allows cities to create comprehensive plans for land use and transportation per Local Government Code, Title 7, Chapter 213. Boerne has had a thoroughfare plan in place since 1974. Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Kerrville, and San Antonio also have similar plans for their respective communities.
The City has been planning for an orderly roadway network since 1974. The current proposed 2023 update is a minor update to the existing 2019 thoroughfare plan which has been updated several times previously. Current revisions incorporate recommendations from the Kendall County, Boerne, Fair Oaks Transportation Committee and coordinate roadways shown on Kendall County’s 2022 adopted major thoroughfare plan.
The lines shown on the MTP are not exact locations, but rather general locations for future connectivity and classification of roadway(s). If the landowner sells their property to developers, then the developers will determine the final alignment of the roadway during the development process, which will require compliance with City’s rules for geological assessment [UDC chapter 8.9] and endangered species compliance [UDC chapter 8.8].
The City does not plan to build these roads. If a parcel is sold to a developer, the roadways would be built with the development at their expense.
The City has no plans to acquire any land for road or trail construction and has not since the first thoroughfare plan was created in 1974. The purpose of the map is a planning tool IF current land owners sell their property to developers.
Please read the information pamphlet given to you along with your citation. This pamphlet will explain most of your options. If you still have questions, additional information is available on the municipal court webpage. If you wish to speak to court staff, please wait at least three business days as the police department must first file the charge with the court. Our phone number is 830-248-1504.
JUVENILES - All defendants 16 years or younger are required to appear before the judge with a parent or legal guardian. The court will notify you of your arraignment date by mail to the address listed on the citation. Disregard the appearance date on your citation.
MINORS - All defendants age 17-20 charged with alcohol/tobacco/drug paraphernalia/theft or disorderly conduct offenses must also appear before the judge. If you are under the age of 18, you must appear with a parent or legal guardian. The court will notify you of your arraignment date by mail to the address listed on the citation. Disregard the appearance date on your citation.
If you wish to plead not guilty, check whether you want a trial by judge or by jury on the pamphlet provided to you with the citation and submit it to the court on or before your scheduled appearance date. You will then be scheduled for a mandatory pretrial hearing and will be notified of this hearing date by mail.
You have the right to have a jury trial by six persons of this community. You may waive this option and have the case heard by the municipal judge. The judge or jury will determine guilt or innocence based on the merits of each individual case. If you do not wish to have a trial you will need to enter a plea of “no contest” or “guilty."
The court clerks at the window can explain all the options available to you. They cannot give you legal advice. If you would like to discuss any circumstances related to the citation they can set you for a court docket to speak with the prosecutor. You may request this in person by fax or by mail.
Your initial appearance is required to be made no later than the date assigned on your citation. Your initial appearance is to answer to the charge and to enter a plea. You may do this in person, by fax, or by mail. You cannot enter an appearance by phone.
Juveniles and Minors (under 21) may require a mandatory appearance before the judge and will be mailed an arraignment notice. Refer to the special instructions for juveniles and minors listed on the court pamphlet.
A plea of guilty may be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident when you were cited. They can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you plead guilty to the traffic charge. A plea of no contest may not be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
There are two options to try and keep the offense off your driving record. The first one is to request the Driver's Safety Course. The second one is to request Deferred Disposition (probation). These two options are covered in more detail in the pamphlet the officer gave you with the citation and on the municipal court webpage.
Many offenses may be paid without making an appearance in person. You may pay the total amount due online on the city website by selecting Online Payments, by calling 830-248-1504 to pay by credit card, or by mailing a check or money order to: Boerne Municipal Court, 124 Old San Antonio Rd., Boerne, TX 78006. Payment in full online or by phone constitutes a plea of "no contest" and will result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record.
Upon entering a plea of no contest or guilty the court can grant a 30-day extension to pay. This option is available on the pamphlet provided to you with the citation. If you fail to pay the full amount within 30 days, the court is required by law to impose a time payment fee of $25 per violation. Requesting an extension to pay will result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record. In some cases the court may grant an extension beyond the initial 30 days.
No. Texas State Law requires that you enter a plea on your own behalf. The only exception is an attorney may enter a plea for you.
No. You are not required to have an attorney represent you. You may hire an attorney if you desire, but it is not required. Most defendants in municipal court do not use an attorney.
No. All requests must be timely submitted in person or in writing by mail or fax to 830-331-9465.
No. You must contact the Justice of the Peace court listed on your citation.
You may pay with cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).
A Request For Qualifications(RFQ) was issued and Randall Scott along with 9 other firms responded to the request. Out of 10 that responded, 4 were chosen based on staff rankings, for a face to face interview to present their qualifications.On August 25, 2015, the City Council then made the decision to work with Randall Scott. (RESOLUTION NO. 2015-R77)The firm of Randall Scott Architects out of Dallas, was chosen because in responding to the RFQ his firm had the best qualifications in addressing city halls. The firm has designed and built over 20 City Halls throughout the state.
If you are a non-resident (DO NOT pay a city utility or city property tax) then you are subject to the parking fee.
Driver License and a City of Boerne utility bill or property tax statement showing you paid a City of Boerne property Tax
All Texas Department of Wildlife rules apply. Please refer to TPWD website.
We do allow boats with combustion engines on the lake but you MAY NOT start the engine even when trailering your boat. ONLY ELECTRIC MOTORS are allowed to run on the Lake.
The City of Boerne does not have a dog park. Kendall Country Parks does have a dog park located at
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve, 716 FM 289 Comfort, TX 78013
Swim lessons open on May 1st. The beginner classes fill fast. You may go online and register or you may call our office (830-248-1635) and register over the phone with a credit card. You are always welcome to come by the office (1017 Adler St) to register.
We have the forms to purchase advertisement and announcements under the Volunteer/Donate page.
Please visit Boerne Market Days website.
The Zoning Map is located on our webpage. Each district is a different color and is identified in the legend.
Article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance explains each zoning district, uses, setbacks, etc.
Submittal for a sign in the Historic District is a joint effort between the Code Enforcement office and the Planning office. First, see the Code Enforcement office for the permit request and then submit to the Planning office the required information for approval by the Historic Landmark Commission.
Yes. The Boerne Police Department offers fingerprinting services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - noon. For more information please, contact (830) 249-8645.
You must file an Open Records Request to obtain a copy of a police report. Click here to file the request.
The Boerne Police Department enjoys hearing positive feedback from our citizens who come in contact with our officers. We also take complaints on our officers or staff very seriously. If a citizens wishes to commend or complain on an officer, they can submit a Commendation/Complaint Form at the link below. Commendations and Complaints are sent to the sergeants and up the chain of command all the way to the Chief of Police.
An Open Request form must be completed prior to obtaining copies of videos, 911 audio recordings, and other documents not considered public record.
Click here to submit an Open Records request online.
One of the services available to the citizens of Boerne is the House Watch Program. When leaving for vacation or when going out of town, you can request a house watch of your residence. As workload allows, patrol officers will drive by and check the security of your residence.
We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Records may only be picked up Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may contact us by calling (830) 249-8645.
The Boerne Police Department utilizes a radar trailer that is set out at various locations within the city. The trailer is used to make drivers aware of their speed and to collect data to show what times traffic is the heaviest and what times traffic is the fastest. Complete the Traffic Enforcement Request form If you are interested in having the radar trailer or speed-monitoring officers set up on your street or in your neighborhood to monitor traffic issues. Email Sergeant James Gonzales for questions regarding the radar trailer.
The local driver's license renewal office is located at:1415 E. Blanco Rd. Ste. 2Boerne, TX 78006
Contact the office by phone at (830) 249-6335.
By combining our codes, every property owner and developer will be able to find all development regulations in one document. Additionally, the City can assure consistency to minimize confusion and contradiction between different ordinances, align development regulations with the Master Plan, and provide a more efficient development process.
The City of Boerne contracted Mosaic Planning and Development Services, Inc, as the project consultant to draft the new UDC. After two town hall meetings with the community and meetings with City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, input was gathered to create the document. A UDC Steering Committee was formed which met monthly to review and provide feedback on draft sections of the code. Additionally, the public was invited to provide comments through the UDC project website, various public meetings and hearings at Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, and through an online survey.
The UDC will replace ordinances related to zoning, historic preservation, site design, subdivisions and platting, infrastructure design (streets, drainage, and access control), environmental design (floodplain, watershed protection, tree preservation, and steep slopes), parkland dedication, and signage.
For most residential districts, the zoning change is simply a name change. Additionally, in the current code, there are a range of different lot types allowed for each residential district. In the proposed code, the setbacks have become uniform and are according to the smallest allowed lot type currently allowed. For example, if your home is on a large lot located in a district that allows for smaller lots, under the current code your home would need sometimes twice as much setback as your neighbor who has a smaller lot. In the new code, both homes are now treated equally regardless of the lot size when they are in the same residential zone. Also, townhomes will now have their own zoning category.
In the current code, most of the commercial property in the City is zoned B-2 Highway Commercial. Highway commercial zoning is not compatible in neighborhoods and on all of our commercial corridors. The desire was to protect neighborhoods from intense commercial uses while also planning for a vibrant business community. The proposed commercial districts now offer a wider range of commercial categories designed to be more compatible with the goals of our community as identified in the Boerne Master Plan.
No. You may continue the use until such time as the use is no longer active (vacant) for a year or more. If the use ceases to exist for a year or more, then the next use does need to be conforming with the new allowed Uses.
An overlay district is a regulatory tool that creates a special zoning district placed over an existing base zoning. For instance, our downtown area is in a Historic Overlay District. While we will have an underlying zoning of C-3, the overlay will define special provisions, like additional uses or height restrictions that are in addition to what is defined in the base zoning of C-3. We currently have five active overlay districts in the city. The UDC will define seven overlay districts; Scenic Interstate, Entrance Corridor, River Road, Historic, Heritage, Downtown and SoBo.
In the State of Texas, cities cannot impose zoning regulations outside of the City limits. The City can impose certain restrictions allowed by the state in the area known as the City’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). For properties located in the City’s ETJ, rules applying to subdivisions, platting, stormwater, infrastructure, and signage apply.
No. The only reason you would need to bring your building into conformance with the new standards is if you build an addition that is more than 50% of the value of the current structure. Then you must bring the structure into conformance with the new standards. Otherwise, building may remain as it is. No updates are required.
For more information and a schedule of upcoming public hearings, please visit the UDC website at https://www.ci.boerne.tx.us/1837/Unified-Development-Code-UDC. Should you have any questions or comments, please email [email protected], or you may call 830-248-1501.
Si necesita información en español, escribe [email protected] o llamar por teléfono a 830-248-1630.
In short, we don’t. The drought restrictions in Boerne are comparable with other water providers in the area when reviewing various levels of restrictions. The difference is that the drought has been exceptionally severe in Kendall County, as documented by the US Drought Monitor and other areas may not have needed to implement further drought restrictions. As long as our customers continue to do their part to conserve, then we will continue to meet the demand with our current resources.
Water waste is also considered a violation of the City ordinance. Water waste includes:
Report a water violation online.
Boerne Utilities reviews short- and long-term weather forecasts constantly. Over the last three years we have been in a pattern that typically allows for our area to experience warmer and drier weather.
Over the spring, several areas around Texas and even the Texas Hill Country received very beneficial rainfalls; however, our area has remained in the most significant drought stage (exceptional) since 2022.
As we have seen during the summer months, it has been very dry and hot and the forecast looks to continue to near-term. Looking ahead to the fall, the NWS is also predicting our weather pattern will favor rainfall amounts that are above average.
The rains that fall are always welcome, but where it falls can impact our drought factors. If the rain falls over Boerne, in many instances our residents respond appropriately and we see less demand (i.e. rain sensors should turn off irrigation, homeowners decide not to water grass). If the rain falls northwest of the City, our streams and creeks respond, as does Boerne City Lake. Ultimately, we need both to see significant improvement in the drought status.
Only about 25 percent of our water comes from the ground, well water. The other three quarters comes from lakes – Boerne City Lake and Canyon Lake through GBRA (Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority). Our GBRA water is basically the water we serve for living purposes, such as laundry, washing dishes, and bathing. It comes on a constant flow basis all year long; it’s the water we use all through the winter and through the summer. Our summertime peak water production, which is primarily irrigation of lawns and landscaping, comes from a combination of Boerne City Lake water and well water.
In times of drought or in curtailment from the Cow Creek Water Conservation District there is just less water available from wells. So, we ask our customers to conserve because we are not as able to achieve peak production.
When the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District implements their Stage 4 restrictions, it reduces Boerne Utilities’ allowable groundwater well pumping by 40 percent. So, the record demand for water consumption by our customers has coincided with this required decrease in production. On average, Boerne Utilities customers utilize less groundwater than residents on private wells.
Our maximum water availability from Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and planned treatment plant improvements at Boerne City Lake will allow us to serve in excess of 40,000 people. However, Boerne Utilities is not currently taking our maximum allocation of GBRA water due to the high cost of that treated water supply and having a service population of just over half that number. The amount of water we request from GBRA is delivered on a constant flow basis and can only ratchet upward. Thus, we cannot request more in drought conditions and reduce that allocation when rains occur.
It’s about availability, not depressurizing the system, making sure that we keep enough in storage. At the end of the day, there is an operational component that plays a big factor during times of water restrictions. In the name of rate control, we buy what we think we will need prudently for the summertime to both meet our everyday consumption, as well as our peak. When necessary, in unusual times, we ask our customers to conserve. That’s done not just because we are short of water, but because it’s a temporary shortage based on weather, and we are trying to control costs and therefore rates.
The wintertime average consumption is around 2 million gallons per day for our population. In the summertime, historically, we see a peak in the middle of the summer that is somewhere between 2.5 and 3 times that amount, and it ramps up and it ramps down.
We have seen a reduction overall. Ten years ago, our per capita usage was around 165 gallons per person per day. It’s come down to 140, 130 gallons per person per day, except in really dry years when we see more water usage through the summer and all year long, and that makes the average go up. A big factor in our conservation is our reclaimed water availability. A lot of the new houses that are being built have reclaimed water as their sole irrigation source for sprinkler systems. So, we’re saving 13 percent of our water overall just by serving reclaimed water.