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Mont Belvieu Animal Shelter accepts owner surrenders from Mont Belvieu residents. Owner surrenders are only accepted if there is available kennel space at the shelter.
Yes. We accept strays that are found within the Mont Belvieu city limits.
Yes! We welcome anyone to adopt a pet from our shelter.
Our adoption fee is $10 for any type of pet. We accept adoption fees in the form of cash (exact change), check, or debit/credit card.
We accept youth volunteers currently enrolled at Barber's Hill High School as well as adult volunteers age 18+ (not currently enrolled at BHHS). Volunteers under the age of 18 that are enrolled at another school besides BHHS are not currently accepted as volunteers.
We are not accepting individuals that need to complete community service hours at this time.
There are several different activities you can perform as a volunteer at the shelter. All volunteers will begin their volunteering journey in the areas of kennel cleaning and animal exercise/socialization, and can move on to other areas with experience and training. Some other options include but are not limited to grooming, assisting with offsite adoption events, and animal transportation.
Adult volunteer hours are Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 am-12:00 pm, as well as some Saturdays for offsite adoption events (times will vary). Barber's Hill High School volunteer hours are Saturdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
The Texas Department of State Health Services ("TXDSHS"), under Texas Food Establishment Rules ("TFER") §228.33, requires that all food employees, except for the certified food manager, shall successfully complete an accredited food handler training course, within 60 days of employment.
Under TFER §228.2(56) food employee is an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact surfaces.
The following are exempt from food handler training requirement:
The following are exempt from food handler training as long as they are supervised by a person who has had either food handler training or is a Certified Food Manager:
An accredited food handler education or training program may be taken at any program listed on the Food Establishments Group website at: Texas Health and Human Service
A food handler education or training program approved by TXDSHS or by the American National Standards Institute ("ANSI").
Yes, accredited training providers may offer training on the internet. All internet training providers, along with traditional classroom training providers, Texas Health and Human Services .
A food handler card or certificate issued by an accredited program will vary in size and color. However, all food handler cards or certificates issued are required to have the food handler program name, address and either a TXDSHS Accreditation License Number or ANSI listed on the card or certificate
Food Handler Cards or certificates issued by an accredited program shall be recognized statewide by regulatory authorities as the valid proof of successful completion of an accredited food handler education or training program under Texas Health and Safety Code §438.046. Food Handler Cards or certificates issued outside the state of Texas receive reciprocity if the education or training program is an ANSI accredited.
All accredited food handler programs are required to meet the training requirements for bare hand contact of ready-to-eat foods as defined in TFER §228.38(c).
All food handlers who contact ready-to-eat food must receive training in the risks associated with this procedure including proper handwashing as specified under TFER §228.38(b), and when to wash their hands as specified under TFER §228.38(d). The specific requirements are addressed in the Texas Food Establishment Rules, §228.65, "Preventing contamination by employees."
Food handler card or certificate is valid up to the expiration date listed on the card or certificate. If the card or certificate does not bare an expiration date, then the card or certificate is valid for two (2) years from date of issuance. For more information, please see Texas Health and Human Service.
The food establishment shall maintain on premises a certificate of completion of the food handler training course for each food employee under TFER §228.33 relating to Certified Food Protection Manager and Food Handler Requirements. The format of this documentation can be hard copy or electronic, but must be onsite, accessible and available upon request by a regulatory authority.
Candidates who have taken an accredited Food Handler Training or Education Program must contact the training provider for instructions on how to obtain a replacement food handler card.
No. Our instructors usually pick up on the new faces to class and can tell if you’re unsure of the moves. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to the instructor and let them know you’re a newcomer. After a few classes, the moves will come second nature to you.
Yes, as long as the are kids 12 years old or older. All children must accompanied with an adult and remain under direct supervision of a parent at all times.
Child Watch is available for kids ages 18 months to 12 years old. Child Watch is open during peak hours. Click for hours of operation. (Texas law says we cannot care for children under 18 months nor change diapers.)
Usually an hour long. BODYPUMP goes for an hour & 15 minutes. 30 minute classes are labeled.
Yes. Our group exercise classes are included in the cost of membership. Any nonmembers may pay the daily drop-in fee of $12 - $18 to become a member for a day.
Register for the lessons on our website:
REMEMBER to complete a Participation Waiver.
There are now 4 ways to turn in the forms:
Once a group/class reaches capacity, the registration will close, and we will not accept any new participants into group lessons.
Once the registration office processes your registration, the lesson coordinator will contact you to schedule the lessons. It generally takes 3-4 business days after the forms are received to hear back from the coordinator. We cannot schedule your lessons until your registration has been processed.
The instructors have experience teaching lessons and are trained by our Swim Lesson Director. If you have a preference for a specific instructor or would prefer a male or female instructor, please indicate your preference on the registration form.
The Front Desk will take payment if not purchased online. Please allow adequate time for this check-in process. From there you can go down to the locker rooms and the pool. Please note that lessons will start and end promptly, so plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early so that you have time to change into your swim suit and arrive on the pool deck. You will sign in at the table located on the shallow end of the pool, then head to our seating area and an instructor will come to take the children to the class when it is time to start.
We don’t offer make up lessons for Group Lessons unless we cancel the lesson. We will try to notify you within an hour of your lessons start time if we will have to cancel. We will notify you of the make-up date for that class (generally Friday of that week).
Parents of group lesson participants are welcome to wait on the deep end of the pool deck during the lessons.
You may also wait in the hallway near the pool area, the seating area in the lobby, or in the Pointe Grill if it’s open. If you decide to watch from the deck, please do not address your child during the lesson. It is disruptive to the instructor and will distract your child’s attention away from the lesson. Please be aware the parents are not permitted to swim during the lesson unless they are members of the facility and the pool is open. We do recommend that parents are out of sight during lessons so that your child can bond with the instructor and focus all of their attention on the lesson.
We will change the hour time to a half hour private lesson.
We recommend a swimsuit, a set of goggles, a swim cap, and a towel.
Each level has specific sets skills that need to be met before advancing. See "Skills Taught" under the class you’re interested in for more information regarding skill sets and level appropriateness.
Each participant will receive a progress report at the end of each session that will indicate what level the instructor feels he or she is ready for.
Our sessions run in 3 week blocks, so your child will receive a total of 6 lessons.
We generally restrict our class size to 4:1, four students to one instructor.
Our classes are arranged by ability; not by age. The more advanced your child is, the higher the level he or she will be placed in. If we have to mix classes due to low enrollment we will teach each child to their level/ability.
Group lessons involve more than one child during a 60 minute time slot whereas a Private lesson is 1 child with 1 instructor. Private lessons provide one on one attention and can help further your child’s swimming abilities. Technique and skills are highly focused on in order to build upon a swimmers foundation.
Registration starts one month prior to start date, but you must be registered one week prior to start date.
We currently are working through a waiting list for Private Swim Lessons.
Please click here to submit a request and get on the waiting list.
When it’s your time for lessons, they can be purchased at the front desk before your lesson.
The Front Desk will take payment for your lesson before it begins. Please allow adequate time to check-in and pay for your lesson.
From there, you can go down to the locker rooms and the pool.
Please note that lessons will start and end promptly, so plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early so that you have time to change into your swim suit and arrive on the pool deck.
Just notify your instructor and we will resume lessons when you return.
Cancellations can be made via email through the private lesson coordinator, talking to your instructor, or calling the aquatics department.
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.
If a participant does not show up for a scheduled lesson, cancels with less than 24 hours notice the lesson will be forfeited. If a participant in a semi-private lesson cannot attend for any reason, the lesson should be rescheduled; otherwise the missing party will forfeit the lesson.
In case of an emergency (e.g. sudden illness, family emergency), immediately call the Aquatics Department to inform them and email the private lesson coordinator.
Yes. We offer swim lessons all year long, and we will give provide lessons for as long as you need them. Please note that we do not schedule lessons on Holidays.
We do not match children up for semi-private lessons. The participants should have 2 children already arranged. The children should be of similar swimming ability; otherwise private lessons are strongly encouraged. If one child cannot attend a scheduled semi-private lesson, the lesson should be rescheduled or the missing party will forfeit the lesson. We require a separate registration and permission form for each child involved in the lesson. All paperwork from each participant must be submitted before the lessons can be scheduled
Parents of private lesson participants are welcome to wait on the pool deck during the lessons. You may also wait in the hallway near the pool area. The play area outside Child Watch is off limits. If you decide to watch from the deck, please do not address your child during the lesson. It is disruptive to the instructor and will distract your child’s attention away from the lesson. Please be aware the parents are not permitted to swim during the lesson unless they are members of the facility and the pool is open. We do recommend that parents are out of sight during lessons so that your child can bond with the instructor and focus all of their attention on the lesson!
We don’t allow items with buttons or zippers, belts, jeans, rivets, thongs, or see-through articles. See the full list here.
Yes, we have lockers available to rent for a $1 at our ticket booth window.
No, all tubes are in the pool and for anyone to use, please keep them in the water for all to enjoy. Please visit the ticket booth for small child/infant tubes.
If it lightnings, thunders, or is raining to hard, we clear the pool for 20 minutes, every time one of them happens again the 20 minutes will start over.
Yes life jackets are available to rent for $1 at our ticket booth window.
Yes, but it must be US Coast Guard certified and be labeled as such.
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Business inspections are conducted on an annual basis and are usually unannounced.
Inspectors check the following:
In addition to the previously mentioned items, inspectors will also check for general fire and life safety concerns.
Any discrepancies found will be noted and a time will be allotted to resolve them.
Each occupancy will be given an inspection form with all discrepancies noted. Follow-up inspections will be scheduled on specific dates.
Yes. Please contact the Mont Belvieu Fire Marshal's Office by calling 281-576-2213 for information on fire safety classes.
No. Fires (other than for cooking use) are prohibited within the City of Mont Belvieu. If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 281-576-2213.
No. We do not charge for inspections since it is a service that we feel is vital to the protection of our citizens. If anyone solicits a fee for an inspection from a resident or business, please contact the Mont Belvieu Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 281-576-2213.
No. The possession of and use of fireworks is prohibited within the City of Mont Belvieu. Any person or persons found with fireworks in their possession will have the fireworks confiscated and a citation may be issued. This ordinance is enforced within the City of Mont Belvieu’s incorporated areas, including all city parks.
No, the City of Mont Belvieu has a license waiver for the date of the event from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Yes, there is a catch limit of five (5) fish.
8:00 a.m. sharp. PLEASE, no poles in the water until 8:00 a.m.
The City of Mont Belvieu is proud to offer some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the area. Get more information about or available services, fees, and more by visiting our Utility Billing Page.
Yes! The City of Mont Belvieu accepts online payments for utility bills, court fines, facility rentals, building permits, and CPR/First Aid Classes. Make your payment online today by visiting our Online Payments Page.
Please visit our Parks and Amenities page to view our rental facilities.
MB Link is Texas' first municipally-owned fully fiber-optic broadband network. Bringing you fast and reliable internet service from our data centers to your home. You won't have your speed impacted by old copper wire technology because everything on the network moves at the literal speed of light.
The MB Link network has been engineered to be one of the most reliable in the area. With our fiber backbone ring design and redundant connections to the internet, most potential issues are avoided; your data is just routed the other way. With this system, you'll have reliability that far surpasses other local providers.
Up to 1 Gbps down/up internet service and a digital gateway with carrier-grade Wi-Fi, and a UPS battery backup for the system – when the power goes down, you'll still have service. You'll not only have speed and reliability, but you also get the one thing the national providers can't give you - hometown service. If there's an issue, it's handled here in Mont Belvieu by people you know and trust.
No. With MB Link, there are no data caps and no throttling. That means you won't get charged more if you use more. And, when demand is high, we don't slow the network down… MB Link is built to handle the demand.
No. By Texas state law, municipalities can only offer data service as a utility. But, this actually works to your advantage. Now, you have the power to choose the phone, entertainment, and security options that are right for you. Not to mention that, just like MB Link, most stand-alone digital services don’t come with annoying contracts. So, when your needs change, your services can change too. And, while we can't offer bundled services, we are working with local and national services and developing relationships with preferred vendors that work well with our network; ask our customer service representatives how to get in contact with them. With MB Link you’ll have enough bandwidth in your home to support any services you choose. It’s another advantage of having a hometown network.
After signing up and paying your $75 deposit and $75 installation fee, you will receive a confirmation email welcoming you to the MB Link family. Then, your exterior install will be scheduled; you do NOT have to be home for this. Please just make sure the installation technician can access the necessary areas. Finally, we will schedule your interior installation – you DO have to be present for this part – so you can get set up and have internet at the speed of life!
No. However, the speed with which MB Link operates gives you the highest speed possible at the time access to the network is requested. That is literally milliseconds. The network is constantly evaluating and prioritizing access request to be sure it's optimizing speeds. It would take a HUGE event with everyone on your network segment (a 32 customer bundle called a "PON") requesting a lot of bandwidth all at once to even notice a reduction in service speed.
No. To ensure network speeds and keep customer service high, we are not allowing anything other than the MB Link issued gateway to be used in conjunction with the service. But, the good news is, it's already included in your monthly bill, so there are no additional rental fees for equipment.
Yes. Effective June 1, 2014, all applications must be submitted via MyGovernmentOnline. Registration is free and easy! The Development Services Division can assist those that do not have ready access to a computer or would like a tutorial on how to navigate the site. Please bring a CD or flash drive with PDFs of your application materials with you. We are not equipped to scan hard copy files larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.
Yes. If you are paying for your permits by credit card, you may pay online or in person. If you are paying by check or cash, you may pay in person or send your payment via mail.
All inspections must be scheduled AND cancelled through the Customer Portal on MyGovernmentOnline. Inspections may not be scheduled via email or phone.
For applications submitted after June 1, 2014, you still need to post your permit at the job site. The inspector will have your permit information, plans, and inspection history on his mobile device.
For applications submitted before June 1, 2014, you will also still need to display the yellow permit placard.
Your inspection results can be emailed to you at the email address of your choosing. You may also choose to receive them by phone call, or you can log in to MyGovernmentOnline and view the results. For more information about MyGovernmentOnline.org please contact Ken Barnadyn, City Planner by calling 281-576-2213, x233.
A Master-Planned Community (MPC) is typically a large acreage, mixed use residential development. While this type of development is typically focused on single family homes, it will also generally include retail and commercial developments as well. MPCs are largely known for the community amenities they deliver to the residents living within the development, but also, as in Riceland’s case, to the greater community. Overall, developments like Riceland seek to establish building and aesthetic standards that will control pace and quality, through planning the development growth, over the large acreage and an extended development timeline.
Master planned communities like Riceland typically focus on four main areas:
A master-planned community like Riceland severely limits uncontrolled development and growth within its boundary. Initially, they always include robust amenities for the MPC residents and the greater community. Secondly, they allow growth to happen at a planned pace. This means the City of Mont Belvieu, Barbers Hill ISD, and the greater community can plan for and integrate this growth as it happens – thus limiting reactionary and emergency expansions of municipal and school services.
Located in the heart of Mont Belvieu, Riceland represents 90%+ of the developable land within the city limits. Riceland will build out over the next 25 years with the initial focus being on the areas surrounding the intersection of Eagle Dr. and FM 565. For a better look at how Riceland will fit into the city, please click here to see the Riceland Master Plan Map.
Over the next 20-25 years, at final build out, Riceland will deliver approximately 3,900 single family residences over +/-1,450 acres. Riceland is a long-term development that is dedicated to bringing quality and focused growth to Mont Belvieu that is on pace with what the city has historically seen over the past decade.
The very specific goal, theme, and intent of Riceland is to preserve and enhance Mont Belvieu’s hometown feel. Riceland boasts one of the deepest historical connections to the area – The direct ancestors of the landowner family, who are still involved in the development, came to the Mont Belvieu/Barbers Hill area in 1824 (then Mexico) and have farmed many parts of what Riceland is today since that time. This is why Riceland, along with its land-owner partners, created The Riceland Master Planned Community with one goal in mind: to preserve Mont Belvieu’s hometown feel for the next 100 years for both its current and future residents. West Chambers County, and more specifically Mont Belvieu, is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. So, growth and development will continue to explode around us as a community. That’s why it is imperative that Riceland, in partnership with the City of Mont Belvieu, works to preserve our hometown as that happens.
Riceland’s goal is to provide a ‘small town Texas’ feel in the commercial and residential areas with a focus on Southeast Texas agriculture in our greenspaces and amenities. While the buildings may be new, they’ll feel like they’ve always been here soaking up our area’s rich history. You can see examples of Riceland's vision on their webpage, www.ricelandtx.com.
Riceland’s Tax infrastructure only affects the future residents of Riceland. Current City of Mont Belvieu residents and their property taxes are unaffected by the development of Riceland.
The City of Mont Belvieu will spend zero dollars on the Riceland development itself. Riceland has partnered with the City on the Town Center – In this partnership, the City will own its own property and civic buildings for the City’s use alone. Riceland’s contribution is the development of the commercial, retail buildings, and amenities within the town square; These will be neighbors of the City’s municipal buildings.
Riceland benefits the current residents in a few major ways. The City of Mont Belvieu will receive a whole set of first-class amenities and public infrastructure at zero cost to the current Mont Belvieu resident tax-payer. Riceland, the MPC, will eliminate what would be unplanned, piecemeal growth that would otherwise occur on Riceland’s 1,450 acres within the City.
Riceland’s Development Company will construct 100% of the new public utility infrastructure, in public bid format, according to the City standards and State of Texas regulations, for the City of Mont Belvieu to own and operate upon completion of construction. As of January 2023, the City’s Public Works and Engineering Department estimates that the current water/wastewater system can handle an additional 1000 homes before there would be any concern about capacity. However, the City of Mont Belvieu is already working on expanding the system. There are several utility-related capital projects already either under design or in construction that ensure the City's utility system stays well ahead of demand all the way to Mont Belvieu’s full build-out.
Riceland’s long-term transportation plan is built along the exact parameters within the City’s comprehensive plan. This transportation plan build out is funded by Riceland, as it is included in the infrastructure costs, and will be turned over to the City upon completion of construction. A link to the City's major thoroughfare plan, a part of the comprehensive plan that Riceland is referencing and following within their development plans, is provided below.
City of Mont Belvieu - Major Thoroughfare Plan
One of Riceland’s amenities to benefit the Community is a re-establishment of Mont Belvieu’s historical hometown center – which, being located on the salt dome and the city’s current industrial footprint to the west - was lost due to safety regulations 30+ years ago. To replace what was lost to history, Riceland’s goal is to recreate a central ‘Hometown Texas’ location for Mont Belvieu to serve as the heart and the hub of the city.
Developers are paying for Riceland’s construction directly. In the future, Riceland will be reimbursed for a portion of some of those development costs by the Municipal Utility District (MUD) that will only affect property owners within Riceland.
A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a special purpose district heavily regulated by the State of Texas. Traditionally, these districts allowed the financing of development in unincorporated areas that lacked utility services or a municipality; As opposed to incorporated areas, like The City of Mont Belvieu where growth in the public infrastructure services is traditionally funded and operated by the City or Municipality and its taxpayers. Riceland MUDs do not fit the traditional model for MUDs. In Riceland, we have “In City MUDs”. These are unique and not like any other MUDs in the greater area of Chambers and East Harris Counties. They do several very positive things for the City, the current city tax payer, and Riceland.
Riceland is located on 1,450 acres of what used to be farmland for the last 100 years (cotton, cattle, crawfish and others). Our development goals are to provide 300+ acres of natural settings and green space for residents and wildlife. To be specific, when Riceland is completed in the next 20-25 years, over the entire +/-1,450 acres, our homes per acre density is at or below the density within Mont Belvieu’s current residential developments.
Yes, solicitors, also known as peddlers or vendors are permitted within the city limits of Mont Belvieu if they have received a permit in accordance with Chapter 26 of the City Ordinance prior to soliciting their business.
Yes! Solicitors that have registered with the City of Mont Belvieu are given a permit and are required to show it to any police officer, city official, or inquiring resident upon request. If the solicitor cannot show you the official permit documentation, you may report them to the Mont Belvieu Police Department by calling 281-576-2417
You can call the Mont Belvieu Police Department at 281-576-2417 to ask if a solicitor has been registered through the city. If they knock on your door, you may also ask them directly to see their city-issued solicitor permit.
Yes, customers can receive their utility bill via email instead of regular mail. To change your bill delivery preference, please email email@example.com or call 281-576-2213 option 4.