Code Enforcement

  • Ordinances to Keep Our Community

    Safe and Beautiful

  • The City of Shallowater has determined that an enforcement structure is necessary to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City of Shallowater.  This list of ordinances have been compiled as a resource for the citizens of Shallowater.  Ultimately, we hope to make a step toward a cleaner, safer, and healthier city for ourselves and families. Note: This is not a complete list of ordinances, if you have a question about a specific ordinance please contact City Hall.  

  • Rubbish, Trash, & Weeds:

  • Persons, firms, corporations, occupants, supervisors, etc. will be responsible for any rubbish, brush, unsightly or unsanitary matter, weeds, unsightly plants, grass etc. from accumulating or being present upon any lot, tract or parcel of land. Weeds that are above 12 inches are violation of Shallowater City Code.  (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6, Section 2B)

  • Junk Vehicles:

  • Persons, firms, corporations, occupants, supervisors, etc. will be held responsible for tending to or disposal of "junked vehicles."  Junked vehicles includes unlawful registration and inspection certificates, is dismantled, wrecked, inoperable for an specified amount of time, is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the public, reduces the value of property, invites vandalism, creates a fire hazard, etc. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Section 2)

  • Curfew for Minors:

  • No minor shall remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. of the same morning.  Separate offenses exist for parents and owners or operators of establishments, who knowingly permit any minor to remain in or upon these public places or establishments.  Public places include: any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, wharf, dock, public building, or vacant lot. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Section 3)

  • Noise:

  • It is unlawful for any person to create any unreasonable, loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise in the city.  The enforcement of this violation may be contingent upon detriments to life, health, and comfort. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Section 4)

  • Discharging Firearms:

  • It is unlawful to fire or discharge within the city limits any gun, pistol, BB gun, pellet gun, or other firearm of any description. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Section 5)

  • Fireworks:

  • No person shall cast, throw, exhibit or have in his possession with intent to give away, sell, or offer for sale within the city limits, any squibs, rockets, grenades, guns, revolvers, pistols, caps, cartridges, or other combustible fire works of any kind. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5, Section 3)

  • Storage/Obstruction in and of Alleys:

  • It is unlawful to obstruct in any manner or fashion the free passage in any alley within the city. In addition, it is unlawful for the owner or occupant of any property within the city to place, store, maintain, deposit any items of whatever type or nature in the alleys located within the city. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 12, Section 6)

  • Fire Burning Outdoors:

  • It is unlawful for any reason to knowingly ignite and burn any trash, debris or other combustible materials upon any premises within the City of Shallowater in such a manner that endangers any property or building. Outdoor burning is authorized with a written grant of authority from the office of Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, it is authorized for the purpose of training firefighting personnel, and for the purpose of noncommercial preparation of food. There are other specific exemptions when permission is granted by the Fire Chief. (Shallowater Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5, Section 6)

  • Methods for Notification:

    • In person;
    • By U.S. Mail;
    • By Publication at least twice within ten (10) days;
    • By posting notice on or near a building near the property to which the violation relates;
    • By posting notice on a placard attached to a stake driven into the ground on the property to which the violation relates, if the property contains no buildings.


The City of Shallowater attempts to provide timely and correct information on this website. However, official records are accessible by contacting City Hall and should be consulted for any legal or official matters. Again, the City of Shallowater has provided this information as a convenient tool for our residents, therefore we are not liable for any content nor do we endorse any linked websites.


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