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Upon choosing a pet that you are interested in adopting at the Adoption Center, you must fill out an adoption application. The completed application will be reviewed by an Animal Services Officer and once the application is approved, the adoption process is completed and the animal is ready to go to it's new home.
Choosing the correct pet is very important, and should be given the utmost consideration. Things to consider are the size of the pet and if you have the space to accommodate it, the activity level of the pet that you desire, can you afford the vet bills if it becomes sick or injured, the temperament of the breed of pet you desire, how much time will the pet be left alone, and the reason for getting a pet.
Check local municipal ordinances and HOA restrictions for your area, research the type of pet you want to adopt, make sure the area where the pet will be kept is secure, purchase the necessary supplies to care for the pet (food/water bowls, food, bedding, toys, collars, leashes, etc.), and locate a veterinarian that you will take the pet to for annual checkups and medical treatment.
Upon choosing a pet that you are interested in adopting at the Adoption Center, you must fill out an adoption application. The completed application will be reviewed by an Animal Services Officer and once the application is approved, the adoption process is completed and the animal can go to its new home. Your new pet will have received a veterinary exam, Rabies vaccination, DAPP-L (dogs), Bordetella (dogs), FVRCPC (cats) , spay or neuter, heartworm check (dogs), Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS test (cats), microchip, and city license (if living in the city limits of Schertz).
Follow laws, statutes, and ordinances governing animal care, make sure your pet gets plenty of socialization and play time, get them annual vaccinations and exams, and make sure pet licensing is kept up-to-date.
As per the Animal Services Adoption Contract, Schertz Animal Services does not accept pets under an owner surrender basis.
Should you find yourself unable or unwilling to continue to maintain ownership of your pet, you will need to find a suitable home or alternate placement with a reputable rescue agency or foster group for the animal. It's important that each adopter understand that if you need to re-home your pet, that you do so responsibly. You should also assist the new owner in transferring the registered microchip information.
Volunteers perform many duties around the shelter including washing dishes, washing laundry, cleaning kennels, sweeping/mopping floors, cleaning windows, cleaning animal waste from yards, socializing cats, exercising dogs, and many other tasks that help keep the shelter running smoothly.
Come by the Animal Adoption Center to fill out an application and sign up for a shift. An orientation will be given on the first day of volunteering.
All volunteers ages 10-14 years must have an adult with them, ages 15-17 must have a parent contact number, and all volunteers must sign up at the Animal Adoption Center for the time slots that they wish to work.
When a pet is brought in, it is scanned for a microchip and checked for identification tags. If an ID is available, attempts are made to contact the owner. If the pet is not claimed after 5 days, it becomes the property of the City of Schertz and is started through the process of testing for the possibility of being adopted. If there is no ID present, the pet becomes the property of the City of Schertz after 3 days and it begins the process of testing for the possibility of being adopted.
To reclaim a pet that is brought into the shelter, one must provide proof of Rabies vaccination and pay impoundment and boarding fees. Impoundment fees are $30 for altered pets and $45 for unaltered pets for the first offense. Boarding fees are $15 a day for each day that the pet has been in our care.
As soon as a pet is vaccinated for Rabies, the Rabies certificate should be brought to Schertz Animal Services to obtain a city license. Licenses are $5 for altered pets and $10 for unaltered pets.
Found pets should be brought to the shelter to be checked for microchips and to be cared for until the owner can be found. If the pet cannot be brought in to the shelter, the shelter should be called to pick the pet up. If the person wants to hold onto the dog until the owner is found, the shelter should be contacted and given the pet's description and where it was found, in case the owner calls the shelter looking for their pet.
Send a picture, along with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you if a pet matching that description comes into the shelter.
Stray hold is the amount of time a found pet is held at the shelter while the shelter searches for its owner. After the appropriate stray hold period, the pet becomes the property of the City.
This is part of the City’s Pavement Preservation Program. Pavement Preservation is a comprehensive effort that makes repairs and applies a new driving surface to a street at regular, periodic intervals instead of allowing a street to completely fail, or fall apart before any work is performed on it. A pavement preservation program actually saves money over the long term. It is much more costly to completely reconstruct a street. It is multiple times more expensive than what a pavement preservation treatment costs. In order for a pavement preservation treatment to work properly (lasting its full expected service life), it must be applied to a street that is in good condition.
A chip seal basically “glues” a layer of small diameter rocks, or chips, onto the surface of the street. This process is a pavement preservation technique that provides a new surface to the street. Please see the City’s Youtube Channel for a video explaining the chip seal process.
With a chip seal, once the rocks, or chips are placed on the surface, it can be driven on. Because it is a fresh application, some care must be taken. Please drive slowly – at or below the 20 mph speed limit on residential streets. Also, please avoid sudden stops, sudden accelerations, and sharp turning while sitting still. Any movement forward or backward, even very slow movement, while turning the wheels is recommended to help protect the fresh surface.
When a chip seal is first applied there are excess rocks, or chips, on the surface. These excess chips are necessary to help protect the oil layer until the oil cures. After the oil cures, usually just a few days, the contractor will come back into the area and sweep off the excess chips. This will smooth out the new surface and remove the appearance and feel of a “gravel road.”
All members of the Alumni must attend and complete the Schertz Police Departments Citizens Police Academy. Upon completion of the Citizens Police Academy you will be eligible to join the SCPAAA.
The Schertz Police Department, Citizens Police Academy is an 8-week course, available to interested residents and/or business members in the Schertz community. The program is designed to give awareness and information about the role of law enforcement, and to increase the rapport between citizens and Police Officers. The Citizens Police Academy does not give the students any Police Officer certifications or qualifications. The Citizens Police Academy is for educational purposes only.
The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. Some of the topics in the academy include: department command structure, operations, simulated firearms training, use of force, laws, city ordinances, traffic stops, criminal investigations, and communications. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in role-playing scenarios during class.
Persons interested in the Schertz Citizens Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age, and complete the application process. A background check is done on all applicants, at no charge. There is no fee for the class, and it will be limited to 30 students.
The classes will be held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The dates will be posted on the Citizens Police Academy page
Return all completed applications (PDF) to:Schertz Police DepartmentSpecial Projects Division1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone 210-619-1264Fax 210-619-1220
No, there is no cost involved to attend the Citizens Police Academy. Membership in the Schertz Citizens Police Academy Alumni is not mandatory. If a person attends the Citizens Police Academy they do not have to participate in the SCPAAA.
We assist the Schertz Police Department with various events and projects such as Blue Santa, July 4th Jubilee, Festival of Angels, Schertz Fest, Wilenchiks Walk for Life, Doggie Dash, Trunk or Treat, National Night Out, and the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers just to name a few.
At year’s end we sponsor a dinner for the entire Schertz Police Department including non-sworn personnel and at that occasion we announce and recognize the Police officers that have excelled in the line of duty.
View some photographs from the 2014 Christmas Dinner.
Code enforcement officers patrol neighborhoods and commercial properties looking for code violations. They also respond to reports of code violations made by residents. Code enforcement tracks each violation to its completion.
A violation letter informs property owners of a code violation and the time allotted to correct the violation. If the violation is corrected, the officer will re-check and no other action is necessary. If the violation is not corrected, the officer may attempt to contact the owner by leaving a door hanger or schedule abatement and/or leave a citation at the property.
Please remember that a notice does not mean your home looks bad. Homes can receive notices for violations such as overhanging trees or trash cans not put away. These situations can pose safety hazards and therefore are enforceable, regardless of the condition of the home and yard.
Code enforcement officers noticed a code violation on your property. The officer stopped by to contact someone on the property, but no one was there, so a door hanger was left specifying the violations witnessed. Please correct the violation or contact the code enforcement officer. Typically, this is your second notice before a citation is issued.
Contact the Code Enforcement Officer immediately. Do not wait until the due date. Code Officers are willing to make reasonable accommodations. If this is your first offense, a "reasonable" time frame may be longer unless you have committed the same violation in the last year.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer immediately. The officer will be glad to meet with you and to explain why the notice was issued.
Abatement is when the city hires someone to fix the code violation and bills you. In some cases, the city will abate the nuisance themselves.
Abatement is when the city hires someone to fix the code violation for you. This usually occurs after a violation letter has been issued and the violation was not corrected. A lien may then be filed on the property. Please contact Code Enforcement.
Abatements are only done if the violation is not corrected and the code officer has not been contacted by the due date written on the violation letter. If the notice is ignored, abatements can be done as soon as the first day after the due date. Vacant property is more likely to be abated.
If you receive a citation, you will need to set up a court date and correct the violation within 14 days of the date on the citation. If the violation is not corrected, a second citation may be issued.
A vehicle that has expired or no license plates, is wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or is not currently registered, is an illegal vehicle. Illegal vehicles cannot be parked on city streets or parked on your property within the public’s view. Illegal vehicles must be stored in an enclosed building or must be screened off and parked on an approved surface.
Front, back, and side yards must be landscaped and maintained. Landscaping can include living or non-living ground cover such as grass, rock, mulch, bushes, trees, flowers, etc. Grass shall be maintained less than 8 inches high.
Items that are not designed or intended for outside use cannot be stored outside a home or building. Storing items outside such as car parts, unused construction material, boxes, newspapers, household trash, appliances, indoor furniture, wood, tree cuttings, tires, chemicals, carpet, mattresses, etc. is not allowed.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
If you are experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and can help make the decision whether you should get tested for coronavirus. Please visit the San Antonio Metro Health Department webpage here for information on testing guidelines and criteria.
The City of Schertz will be setting vaccine appointments using a waitlist method. Anyone in the qualified 1A or 1B population wishing to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment needs to sign up on the City of Schertz Vaccine Waitlist.
Once you have signed up for the Schertz City Vaccine Waitlist you should receive a confirmation email letting you know which waitlist group you are registered in. Be sure to check your junk mail if you do not receive it immediately.
When the City receives doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine and if the city is serving your waitlist group, you will receive a notification to register for an appointment via email, or phone if no email is provided.
The Waitlist group that we are currently serving will be published on the Schertz.com/COVIDvaccine webpage. Be sure to check that page often to monitor where the City is on the waitlist and to review updates or changes.
Yes. You will need to make an appointment. Appointments are available based on the quantity of vaccine received. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
How can you schedule a ride?You can submit your reservation request online by filling in the Book Your Ride electronic form or you can book your ride by phone in three easy steps!
Step No. 1Residents can call the ART reservation line at 1-866-889-7433, option 1. On the phone call, an agent will get your information, pick-up and drop-off locations, along with your appointment time and approximate return time. Vaccine appointments last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Rides are first-come, first-served so make sure to call as soon as you know your appointment time. This service is FREE for vaccinations, so be sure to mention that when making your reservation.
Step No. 2Be ready to meet the ART driver at the agreed pickup location. ART drivers will wait for 10 minutes after arrival. This service is a curb-to-curb service, so the driver will arrive at the curb for pickup from the home. Additional assistance can be provided to those that need help getting to the vehicle, however, drivers cannot pass through the threshold of the home.
Step No. 3Once you arrive at the vaccine clinic, the driver can assist with getting you safely out of the vehicle and to the doors of the location. After you have completed your appointment, you can call the reservation line again (1-866-889-7433, option 1) to inform them that you are ready to go. You will be given an approximate ETA for your pickup at that time.
*Rides are available for those in the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson.
You need to bring an ID and wear a face mask.
For second dose appointments, make sure you bring your 1st Dose Vaccination Record Card.
Vaccine Clinics are held at the Schertz Civic Center located at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. 5.
The estimated time from start to finish is about 30-40 minutes, but it can vary based on many factors. After receiving a dose, you will need to be observed for at least 15 minutes to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the vaccine.
No proof is required. We are relying on the honor system and hoping people will be respectful of the process.
The state leaves the door open by saying that the list provided is not comprehensive. If you have questions about whether you should take the vaccine, ask your primary care doctor.
It will take a while to finish vaccinating all of Phase 1 a and Phase 1b. We are not certain when the vaccine will become available for all others. At this time though we anticipate it will be late spring or early summer.
Our suggestion would be to contact your healthcare provider for guidance on the vaccine.
Visit the DSHS Vaccination Provider website to find other vaccine opportunities. Please contact providers in advance to confirm vaccination location and hours, that they have the vaccine on hand, and that you are eligible for vaccination at that site.
Yes. If you are unable to get an appointment at a city vaccination clinic, we encourage you to continue to seek out other opportunities to get vaccinated.
Yes, but you will need to complete one sign up per person.
You will schedule your second dose during your appointment for your first dose.
No, the registration is not transferrable.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate a reschedule. If you can not make it to your appointment it will be given to someone else on the waiting list.
At this time, we do not know when we will receive more vaccines. We will keep everyone updated by sharing all updates on social media and on Schertz.com.
Due to social distancing requirements, please arrive at your scheduled appointment time. This helps us limit the number of people inside at any given time to only those who need to be there. If you arrive early, you will need to wait in your car until your appointment time.
Unless you require assistance of any kind, we ask that you come to your appointment alone. This will help us keep the number of people in the building to a minimum.
Children are not allowed into vaccine clinic sites unless they are 18+ and have an appointment to receive a vaccine due to having one of the chronic conditions listed on the DSHS website for 1B.
Yes, there will be Spanish speakers available on site.
Short-sleeve shirts are best since the injections will be in your arm; please bring a sweater or jacket as rooms may be cool while you are waiting.
Vaccines will be administered by either an RN, LVN or higher certified medical provider OR a Paramedic or higher certified First Responder.
Yes, the Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing masks, washing your hands and staying away from large gatherings even after receiving the vaccine.
You will be contacted the same day (via email), to let you know if you made the first 30 applicants, or on the waiting list.
$275 dollars of the deposit is non-refundable before the first night of class.
After paying the deposit, the remaining balance ($550) will need to be paid by the beginning of the first night of class.
Cash, personal check, money order, debit cards, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Payments can also be accepted online through your personalized link sent via email.
After your application has been accepted begin to gather your shot record (measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, tetanus (TB/PPD), along with a criminal history check. Complete the fingerprinting process, for the background check, at the scheduled location. Both shot records and a cleared background check will need to be turned in before beginning clinical rotations.
Log into "Identogo.com." Type in the Service Code 11FT12. Fill out the information and find the location that best applies to your schedule and location.
Yes, besides attending the regular scheduled classes, you will need to ride on the ambulance for 40 hours and spend 24 hours in the hospital emergency department. More will be explained during the first class.
We accept cash, check, money orders, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
No, we do not charge any fees to use a credit card.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Yes, we accept payment plans. Minimum payment of $25.00 per month.
No, we do not charge interest or late fees. We do charge a 30% collection fee on the outstanding balance in the event the account goes unpaid and has been sent to a collection agency.
Yes, the insurance request form needs to be filled out, signed, dated, and returned to us so we can file a claim to your insurance.
Each insurance policy varies. In the event you have a balance, contact us to set up a payment plan.
Yes, we have a Charity Care Policy. Effective October 1, 2019, if a patient does not have the ability to pay for the ambulance services, the City of Schertz EMS Department can make the determination if the patient is a charity care patient. Please contact our office for more information.
This is not insurance; however, it works much like insurance. This plan simply allows you to know if you ever need EMS services, the out-of-pocket costs for that service will be greatly reduced.
Yes, a membership card will be provided as soon as your membership is processed. This card is for your records and will not be needed to take advantage of the benefits of this plan. All of your membership information will be entered in our billing software, so if you are transported, we will know immediately that you are a member and your benefits will be credited to your account. You will NOT need to show your membership card for the services to be covered.
The membership fee is for the calendar year and is non-refundable.
NO. Our membership plan is designed with an unlimited open enrollment period. This means you can join at any time. All membership will begin on January 1 of the current calendar year or at one-minute past the midnight on the day following when your membership is received, whichever is later. After our initial enrollment period is completed on February 28, the membership fee will be prorated throughout the remainder of the calendar year on a month to month basis. ALL Passport to Care memberships expire at 11:59 PM on December 31.
No, the membership plan does not cover you until one-minute past midnight the day after your payment is received.
Any member of your family living in your house that you claim as a dependent on your IRS taxes.
NO, by Texas Law Medicaid recipients are not eligible to join an ambulance membership plan or receive the benefits of an ambulance plan.
At this time, only 911 transports by Schertz EMS are covered.
Our plan is to reimburse the mutual aid agency for the copay or 50% reduction so that you, our member, will still enjoy the benefits of this plan.
Our plan does not cover helicopter transport however, Schertz EMS works diligently to ensure that we only use these resources as an absolute necessary.
Yes! Please click here to register online.
Contact Schertz EMS
See Fire Marshal Office page
Fire pits are permitted when used at least 10 feet from any structures and is a contained fire pit (must have a screen to control flying embers). Fire pits are not allowed to be used on porches or balconies in apartments and duplexes. No burning of trash is allowed.
City codes reference
Section 308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.
1. One- and two- family dwellings.
Section 308.5 Fire Hazard Prohibited. In Group R, Division 1 & 2 occupancies, a person shall not construct, erect, install, maintain or use any incinerator or barbecue pit or so burn any combustible material as to constitute or occasion a fire hazard by the use or burning thereof or as to endanger the life or property of any person thereof.
The use or burning of any such devices under the following conditions shall constitute a fire hazard and is strictly prohibited:
1. Within 10 linear feet of any combustible surface, including but not limited to decks, porches, balconies, walls, or verandas.
2. Beneath any balcony, porch, roof overhang, deck, or veranda.
The following are general requirements for residential sheds or accessory buildings. For a full list of all requirements please review Unified Development Code Sec.21.8.2 Accessory Buildings, Uses and Structures.
Residential Shed and Accessory Structure Flyer
Click here for info on emergency notifications
Fire extinguishers still under pressure can be disposed of at the City sponsored fall and spring clean up event or by contacting a fire extinguisher company for drop off. Extinguishers that have no pressure or have been discharged can be put into your everyday trash can.
Inspection and recharge
For inspection and/or recharge contact an authorized fire extinguisher company for assistance
Your Schertz firefighters are always ready to respond! Our firefighters work 48 hour shifts and they spend a lot of time together. We encourage our firefighters to spend time together sharing a meal as a way to build camaraderie. The fire crews put their own money together into a food fund when making a trip to the grocery store to purchase food for the shift. They go as a group to the store so that then can quickly respond to any incident that comes in at a moments notice.
The City of Schertz utility account is set up for each property where water/sewage service and/or solid waste management fees apply.
When purchasing a property, you may be faced with having many utility accounts. If your property has gas service, you will have an account and bill with your gas service supplier. Similarly, the electricity service provider to your property will bill you separately for that service.
Visit our website for more information about the City of Schertz Utility Bill.
The City of Schertz offers a number of ways for its citizens to become actively involved in local government. Schertz residents may apply to serve on one of many boards and commissions.
Visit our website for more information about applying for boards & commissions.
Schertz is proud of its water! Since March of 2003, the City has received its water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. Unlike other cities in the area that rely on the Edwards Aquifer, Schertz customers have high quality water with limited use restrictions.
Schertz encourages good stewardship of our water resource and promotes a year-round water conservation plan. The rules are simple to follow:
You can get a sticker at the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex located at 1400 Schertz Parkway at City Hall or the Administration Building #2.
Visit the Utility Billing Page to learn more about recyclable materials.
Go to the Utility Billing Account Services page for directions on how to open or close a utility account.
If you are in need of a service reconnection you may contact the after hour’s number at (210) 619-1100. There is a $50 reconnection fee. Please provide your account number or street address.
Meter Tech After Hours Availability:
Monday through Friday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Weekends and Holidays 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Bulk Pickup is only for residential customers with an active account. To set up a Bulk Pickup please call the Business Office at: (210) 619-1100. In addition, we will need a detailed list of items you will be placing out.
Schertz allows twelve bulk pickups in a calendar year free for residential customers
Our street sweepers clean about 163 miles of street each month in the City ofSchertz. In order to maintain all of the roadways, the City asks that residents donot dump, push, sweep, or blow yard waste- including leaves, tree limbs, orbrush- into City streets or right of ways.
Learn more about how to sign up for the ANSI accredited food handler training.
Payment of fines are accepted in person, by mail or online. Anyone under the age of 17 must appear in person and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The City of Schertz Municipal Court accepts cash, credit/debit card, money orders or cashiers checks. No personal or company checks accepted.
All contractors performing work for which a permit is required in the City of Schertz shall be registered with the City. Certain types of contractors are required to be licensed by the State of Texas.
View Contractor Registration Information
Park Pavilions are available in various Schertz city parks. Learn more and reserve a pavilion online.
View adoptable animals or visit the Schertz Animal Adoption Center located at 800 Community Circle, Schertz, Texas 78154
If you see a stray animal, please call us first. We ask that you not pick it up, take it to yourhome, or bring it to the shelter; we will dispatch an Animal Services Officers to come to get it.
If you have lost your pet, please watch our Facebook page where we post all new incoming animals to the shelter. If we have your animal, please call us to make an appointment to come to pick it up. As always, we encourage everyone to microchip their animals. This helps us identify and return lost pets to their owners very quickly.
Schertz Animal Services holds stray animals for a minimum of at least 72 hours to allow ownersa chance to find their lost pets. If the animal is not claimed in that time period, it becomes theproperty of Schertz Animal Services and may be made available for adoption any time after thestray hold period.
If you’d like to report a dead animal you can:
The Schertz Police Department is urging community members to file online reports or request a police report or other related records using online services. Utilizing these online services will increase efficiencies within the department while enhancing services to community members of Schertz.
Learn more and file an online report.
Yes, please contact the Police Department at (210) 619-1200 or visit at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building # 6.
Visit the Police Permits page to learn more about how to get a Solicitor’s permit.
Fill out the Open Records Request form.
Yes, contact EMS at (210) 619-1400
Learn more about Passport to Care and how to register on the Schertz EMS page.
Contact the EMS billing office at (210) 619-1450 or pay online on the EMS page under Billing Department.
Pickrell Park closes at 11:00 PM each evening.
Zoning establishes the types of land uses permitted on a specific tract of land. Zoning also helps regulate the size, intensity, and height of development.
The City of Schertz offers a downloadable version of the Current Zoning Map on the Maps/ GIS Department page. Click here to go to the Maps/ GIS Department page.
To find more information about a current development / construction project within the City of Schertz, please visit the What’s Developing In Schertz webpage. This interactive webpage and map displays new residential subdivisions and new commercial sites currently under construction. If you are unable to locate the development in question on the What’s Developing in Schertz webpage, or if you would like additional information please contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 210-619-1780 or email@example.com
A Planned Development District (“PDD”) is a unique zoning district created for a given geographic region to allow for development standards that are modified from the standards of the City’s conventional zoning districts. The purpose of the PDD is to promote and encourage innovative development that is sensitive to surrounding land uses and to the natural environment. Each PDD adopts modified development standards that are unique to the given PDD, thus the City’s Unified Development Code does not include the modified development standards of the different PDDs that exist in the City of Schertz. A separate PDD development standards document is approved by the City Council and is adopted by Ordinance. Development within the PDD area has to comply with both the development standards that are specified in the PDD development standards document and the City’s Unified Development Code.
Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, also known as ETJ, is the unincorporated area that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the City of Schertz and not already in the incorporated area or ETJ of another City. The ETJ functions as a means of future growth for the City of Schertz.
Annexation is the legal act of incorporating an area / property into the domain of the City, often thought of as becoming part of the City. The Annexation process can be found in UDC Article 4 – Procedures and Applications, Section 21.4.8 Annexation.
The City’s Unified Development Code, also referred to as the “UDC” is a regulatory document that is adopted by the City that includes development-related rules and regulations. It includes zoning requirements, subdivision regulations, design and development standards, and permit application review procedures for proposed development within the City corporate limits and ETJ.
The City of Schertz’s UDC is Part III of the City’s Municipal Code. It can be accessed online by clicking here.
The City of Schertz’s Comprehensive Land Plan is a policy document that serves as a guide for decisions relating to the physical, social, and economic growth of the City. The Comprehensive Land Plan includes goals, policies, and identifies issues in the following development related categories: Land Use, Transportation, Public Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Community Enhancement, and Growth Capacity.
Comprehensive Land Plan consists of multiple parts including:
The City’s Unified Development Code is intended to implement the policies and objectives of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. City staff uses the Comprehensive Land Use Plan as a guiding document when evaluating development applications that involve rezone requests.
Please click here to access the City’s Comprehensive Land Plan.
Developing a commercial lot is a multi-step process. Initially, ensuring that the property is zoned appropriately to permit the proposed / desired use is important. If the property is not already zoned appropriate, then a rezone will be needed. The next step is to determine if the land has been platted. The property may already be platted, or may require a final, replat, or amending plat. The Commercial Site Plan is the next phase. The final step is applying / submitting all necessary permits, this includes Clearing and Grading and Building permits.
A Plat is the official map of an addition or subdivision of land, showing the number and dimensions of lots, public right-of-way, and easements. The plat must be filed with the County Clerk after City Staff has reviewed and the Planning & Zoning Commission has approved.
A site plan is a development plan, drawn to scale, showing uses and structures proposed for a subject property. A site plan often includes proposed lot lay out, landscaping, proposed building footprint, streets, driveways, parking spaces, fire lanes, utilities, and easements. The Site Plan process allows for City staff to review the proposed site for conformance / compliance with the City’s Unified Development Code, UDC, and other development standards, codes, and ordinances.
Please click here to access the City’s Development Manual to review the Site Plan Application which gives more specifics on what will be reviewed by the City.
A Specific Use Permit is required for uses that are listed under a given zoning district with an “S” in the column of the zoning district in Table 21.5.8 Permitted Uses. A Specific Use Permit grants the property owner approval of a particular use with unique or varying operating characteristics, or unusual site development features, for a specific site. Approval of a Specific Use Permit is at the discretion of the City Council and the approval is subject to terms and conditions set forth in the City’s Unified Development Code (“UDC”). The approval may require modifications in the proposed use and may also include conditions as deemed necessary to address potential adverse effects of the proposed use.
The City’s UDC includes Specific Use Permit processing requirements that City staff implements through the Development Manual, which includes application forms and checklists. Please click here to access the City’s Development Manual.
The City has fees that are adopted for each permit application type. A copy of the City’s fee schedule can be accessed by clicking here.
The Board of Adjustment is a five member approving body that is appointed by the City Council. The City of Schertz Board of Adjustment exercises all powers and duties as prescribed by State law, the City Charter, the Code of Ordinances, and the City’s Unified Development Code (UDC).
The Board performs the following duties:
Additional duties related to nonconforming uses, as specified by the UDC, are also carried out by the Board of Adjustment.
Agendas, minutes, and a list of Board members can be accessed online by clicking here.
The Planning and Zoning Commission exercises all powers and duties as granted by State Law, the City Charter, the Code of Ordinances, and the Unified Development Code (UDC) to initiate, undertake, and decide any matters pertaining to the regulations of the use and development of land.
The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews and considers master plans and plats and makes recommendations to City Council on comprehensive plan amendments, UDC amendments, specific use permits, and zoning requests.
Yes! The Schertz Police Department does offer a program in which every effort will be made to periodically check your residence in your absence. To request this service, download a House Check Request form (PDF). The form should be completed and submitted in person to the Schertz Police Department during normal business hours.
Yes! Schertz Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) classes are offered periodically throughout the year. The CPA is an 8-week course offered to interested residents and/or business members in the Schertz community. The program is designed to give awareness and information about the role of law enforcement and to increase the rapport between citizens and Police Officers. The Citizen's Police Academy does not give the students any Police Officer Certifications or Qualifications. The Citizen's Police Academy is for educational purposes only. View more information about the CPA, or download a class application (PDF).
Law enforcement officers (i.e. Police Officers, Deputy Sheriffs, Constables, etc) within the State of Texas are considered "PEACE OFFICERS". All Texas Peace Officers are required to obtain and maintain a commission through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or TCOLE, pronounced "TEE-COAL", for short. TCOLE requires individuals to complete the following to obtain a commission:
If you have had or currently have a Peace Officer commission (or its equivalent) issued from another State or the Federal government, you may be eligible to attend a "Texas Supplemental Peace Officer Course" in lieu of the basic peace officer course. For further information, you should contact the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), or an area training academy for specific qualifications.
No. Currently, the Schertz Police Department provides instruction and in-service training only to persons who hold a current Peace Officer Commission. However, we have just enacted a new program for civilians to have the opportunity to be sponsored through the police academy by the Police Department. For individuals that are not certified Texas Peace Officers, they will go through the same testing process as the Certified applicants. After passing the required steps following the written test, and physical agility test, a conditional job offer is given. Once hired by the Department, the applicant will then complete a TCOLE certified basic peace officer course. After the successful completion of the police academy, the officer will start the field training program.
Another option for individuals seeking enrollment into a Basic Peace Officer Course are encouraged to research and attend one of several local or area training academies. A benefit to attending a regional or area training academy is that individuals attending these academies do not necessarily have to be currently employed with an agency in order to be accepted into the program. Frequently, these individuals first attend the Basic Peace Officer Course and pass the State required license examination on their own before seeking employment with any of the various law enforcement agencies within the State of Texas. The following is a list of the major local training academies in the Schertz area:
In order to become a police officer for the City of Schertz, you must meet the minimum qualifications for employment as a Texas Peace Officer. The process begins with the completion and submission of a City of Schertz employment application. From there, your application will be forwarded to the Schertz Police Department for review. When appropriate, you may be scheduled for the following:
When applying for employment as a Schertz Police Officer, the applicant must:
The following items are considered disqualifications for police service within the Schertz Police Department:
Employment with the City of Schertz includes the following benefits:
Police Applicants must visit the City of Schertz Employment Opportunities page, locate the open job posting and click "Apply".
Questions regarding Schertz Police Department can be directed to:
Detective Hillory Halbardier or Detective Gregg FlowersSchertz Police Department1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone: 210-619-1242, 210-619-1262
Hiring processes are scheduled when positions become available. When a hiring process is planned, you can check the Schertz Police Department website or local newspapers for announcement information.
After successful completion of the written test (A score of 70 or higher), applicants will move immediately to the obstacle course and PT Test.
An applicant will negotiate various obstacles and verbal commands while attempting to detain a suspect. This course will include running, crawling, jumping and climbing. There will also be requirements of being able to safely and effectively apply restraints to a potential suspect. This is a timed event.
An applicant will be required to move a 160 pound training aid a specified distance. This task must be completed in the allotted time.
PT Test consists of:
Applicants will have sufficient time between the written test and the PT test to change into PT clothing.
If you suspect you have been a victim of crime or have witnessed a crime or suspicious incident, you should contact the Schertz Police Department immediately. If the incident does not appear to be serious in nature, it is recommended that you call the Schertz Police Department non-emergency line at 210-619-1200. However, when in doubt or if the situation appears to be an issue where an immediate police, fire, or EMS response is warranted, citizens should dial 911. Actual Schertz dispatchers will immediately answer and direct any necessary services to assist you.
When reporting incidents, you should obtain as much descriptive information as possible. Obviously, you should never put yourself in a position where your personal safety is in jeopardy. However any information you can obtain can be extremely helpful to law enforcement. The following information are a few items that can prove to be useful:
To obtain additional information on how to become a Texas Peace officer or obtain employment with the Schertz Police Department, visit the SZPD Employment page.
The Schertz Police Department is committed to providing professional services. If you feel that an officer or member of the Schertz Police Department has acted unprofessionally or has committed other acts of misconduct, you can do one of two things:
Although not always necessary, it is requested that you leave your name and contact phone number so that a Department Supervisor will be able to speak to you personally about the incident and pass along any facts regarding the incident.
If you believe that an officer has acted above and beyond the call of duty and believe the officer should be recognized for exemplary performance, the same methods as submitting a complaint are also excellent means to ensure that officers receives the recognition they deserve. All too often, the fact that officers are people too is forgotten. Like all people, officers also enjoy being recognized for the things they do right.
The acronym "SZPD" is short for the SchertZ Police Department. For several years now, the Schertz Police Department has partnered with the San Antonio Police Department in the use and operation of mobile data terminals that offer law enforcement only access to needed criminal, license, or registration information. These terminals are the computers or laptops you frequently see inside police vehicles. In order to differentiate the Schertz Police Department from other departments within the system that begin with "S", the Schertz Police Department was given the identifier of "SZPD". The Schertz Police Department has come to accept this moniker and believes it signifies the pride and uniqueness of the Department and its personnel.
It is important to understand the inherent risk posed to both officer and citizen when an officer is performing a traffic stop. Factors such as location, traffic volume, and time of day all play a significant role. If you believe that you are being signaled to stop by the police, you should immediately pull the right shoulder or as far to the right as possible and stop. Texas Transportation Code 545.156 states:
"An operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
By adhering to this law, the overall safety of the stop can be significantly increased. The Schertz Police Department recommends that you acknowledge the officer's intent to stop. This can be done by simply reducing speed, signaling your intent to pull over, or activating your emergency flashers. Next, you should calmly and safely begin changing lanes to the right until you are able to stop in a safe location. Upon stopping, it is recommended that you turn on any interior lights if applicable and wait inside the vehicle for the officer to approach you. It is not recommended that you exit the vehicle and walk back to meet the officer. This may put you a significant risk to oncoming traffic, especially on the highway.
Generally speaking, it is not recommended that you stop on the left-hand shoulder. Although it is understood that certain circumstances may leave a motorist no other option, such as an immediate break down of the vehicle to which it is unfeasible to safely pull over to the right or to avoid an imminent crash, motorist should be aware that responding emergency vehicles generally pass on the left and that during heavy traffic may use the left-hand shoulder to safely and quickly pass.
As stated previously, state law requires you to pull to the right and stop. Pulling over to the left is considered a violation of that statute. However more importantly, traffic stops are a leading cause of officer injuries and fatalities. When you are stopped by the police and you stop on the left, this places you and the officer at a tremendous risk should another motorist crash into either one of your vehicles. Especially for the officer who may be standing outside your vehicle with no protection offered from the mass of a police vehicle or safety belt.
If you are issued a citation and you feel that the officer was incorrect in his reasoning, you should discuss your disagreement with the Schertz Municipal Court. It is not recommended that motorists argue or attempt to dissuade the officer from issuing the citation. Officers do not issue citations if they believe there is any doubt that you have committed a violation. Also, all traffic stops by the Schertz Police Department are recorded using on-board police vehicle video camera systems and may be subpoenaed by either the defense or prosecution in Court.
The City of Schertz does not maintain a Vendor Bid List. Any company is eligible to submit quotes on pending procurements based on the requirements outlined in the procurement document.
To open a new account you must complete our Application and Agreement for City Water and Republic Services. The following information is required on the application:
A minimum deposit of $125 inside the city limits and $150 outside the city limits is required for residential accounts. The deposit can be waived for residential accounts if the following criteria apply:
The deposit may be refunded after two years if the customer maintains a good payment history. Commercial account deposits can only be refunded at account termination. They are not eligible to be refunded while the account is still active.
Schertz City Hall
1400 Schertz Parkway Bldg. 1 , Schertz, TX 78154
Yes, per the city’s ordinance, a minimum deposit of $125 inside the city limits and $150 outside the city limits is required for residential accounts. This fee is returned to residents as a credit on their account after 2 years of excellent payment history. If a customer decides to leave the residence prior to 2 years, the deposit is credited towards the final bill, any remaining balance will be returned to the resident in the form of a check
Also, per city’s ordinance, all commercial accounts are charged $100 or 2 ½ times the estimated monthly billing.
A customer who has established a good credit rating with city, (two years or longer continuous residence with deposit refunded for excellent payment), may have one additional service without additional deposit.
To disconnect your service, fill out the Disconnection of Utility Services Form.
No, someone is not required to be present in order for services to be connected or restored. However, the customer may have someone there if they choose.
Possibly. One of the most common leaks at a residence is in a toilet or irrigation system. You can contact the city and a meter technician will come by to check the meter. If it is determined that a leak is on the customers side, it is the responsibility of the customer to contact a plumber.
Yes, our night drop box is on the right side of building 1, City Hall. The dropbox is checked first thing in the morning, Monday-Friday, and periodically throughout the day. We ask that customers do not leave cash payments please.
Yes, with valid proof of repair. The city offers a discounted rate on water. For more information please see the Water Utilities Page.
Sewer services are not metered like water services. Since sewer is not metered, the city uses the average water consumption at your home during the sewer averaging months. The sewer averaging begins October 24th and ends March 6th (actual days may vary). Your sewer rate is calculated each April and will apply for one calendar year.
This could affect your sewer rate. Please report any pool fillings or repaired water leaks to Utility Billing at (210) 619-1100.
Pay online here. There is NO convenience fee to pay online.
Customers may request an extension of time to pay their account for good cause. A customer is granted 2 extensions per calendar year. No account will be extended for a period which exceeds ten days after turn off date. There will be a $5.00 charge for each extension granted after the two allowed. Customers may come in to City Hall or call our business office (210) 619-1100 to process extension request.
If your trash was not serviced on your designated day, contact Utility Billing and we will be pleased to assist you.