The purpose of zoning land in the City of New Braunfels is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. Zoning districts and regulations are established to maintain land use compatibility, provide fire separation, prevent overcrowding of land, ensure adequate light and air, as well as guarantee sufficient transportation, utilities, parks and other public facilities to accommodate growth.
Use this interactive map to check the zoning designation for property located within the New Braunfels city limits.
Use this Zoning Application to request a zoning change. Applications must include a metes and bounds description (lot and block if platted), proper fee based on acreage (as seen on the application), and a site plan or map of the property.
See the entire Zoning Ordinance as it appears in the New Braunfels Municipal Code.
To change the base zoning of a property from one zoning district to another, you will need to submit an application request. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Department in advance to review your request and answer any potential questions you may have or schedule a Predevelopment meeting to answer more in-depth questions across departments.
Special Use Permits
Special Use Permits, or SUP's, are granted to allow compatible development that may be suitable only in certain locations or under certain circumstances. It does not change the base zoning; it allows a particular use that would not normally be permitted in that zoning district. To find out more about requesting a Special Use overlay, required documentation for the application, and the submittal process, please review the Special Use Process and Guide.
Types of SUPs
Type 1 SUPs address use of the land only. Construction within a Type 1 SUP will meet all of the development standards of the zoning ordinance.
Type 2 SUPs are considered based on a specific site plan and may approve deviations to zoning ordinance standards such as parking, landscaping, building height, etc.
The process for granting a Special Use (SUP) Overlay is the same as for a base zoning change. The Planning Commission holds a public hearing and makes a recommendation to City Council. It then takes two readings of the ordinance at City Council to approve the request.
For more specifics on the process of obtaining a Special Use (SUP) Overlay for your property and the associated deadlines, please refer to the Special Use (SUP) Overlay Zoning Change Guide & Process.
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit
Access Management Board of Adjustment Variances
Variances to the standards of Chapter 114 - Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, may be granted by the Access Management Board of Adjustment (AMBA) if it is found that:
Apply Here: AMBA Variance Application
Under certain circumstances, the Zoning Board of Adjustment may grant Special Exceptions for the following:
Contact the Planning Department (830-221-4050) for further information
|Interpretation Description||Code Section Impacted||Date Signed|
|Downtown Parking Exemption||144-5.1-1(b)||08/12/2023|
|Solms Landing and Short Term Rental||144-5.17||07/19/2023|
|Duplex Lot width, Depth and Size||3.3 & 3.4||05/03/2023|
|APD and Short Term Rentals||5.17||03/30/2023|
|Parking Space Requirements for Convenience Stores with Fuel Sales||5.1-3||03/08/2023|
|Vehicle Storage Facility use within the C-3, M-1, M-2, MU-B, C-1B Districts||3.3-9, 3.3-11, 3.3-12, 3.4-11, 3.4-13, 3.4-18, 3.4-19, 4.2||03/06/2023|
|Micro-Distillery Use in C-4Ar66||Ord. No. 2006-82||02/25/2022|
|Mixed-Use Buildings as Non-Residential Use||1.4, 3.3, 3.4||03/10/2021|
|Discount Retail Stores Parking Requirement||4.1-2, 4.2, and 5.1-3||12/30/2020|
|Hemp Testing Lab Land Use Determination||4.1-2, 4.2||05/07/2020|
|Residential Driveway Construction Materials||5.1-1||02/13/2019|