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All dogs and cats over four months of age living in Killeen must be spayed or neutered. There are limited exceptions for competition and breeding animals.
Please refer to the Animal chapter of our City Code of Ordinances.
A microchip is a small, electronic chip that is implanted under an animal's skin that transmits an identification number to a scanner. All dogs and cats over four months of age living in Killeen must be microchipped. There are limited exceptions.
There is no limit.
No, pigs are not allowed in the city limits.
The pen must be 50 feet away from all residents except the owners.
No. Livestock including chickens and other fowl is not permitted in the city limits. (Certain agriculturally zoned property is exempted from this restriction.)
Dogs must be on a leash any time they are outside of a fenced-in yard.
Call Animal Services, and tell them where the dog is, the color of it and whether you are able to hold the dog for animal control to pick up from your residence. If at all possible, please bring the animal to the shelter.
According to city ordinance, Chapter 6, Section 6-38 Cruelty to Animals, cruelty consist of, but is not limited to:
Call Animal Services at 254-526-4455 and give the address where it is taking place and what you saw. If you can, take a picture to document the incident.
If a cat is off the owner’s property it is a stray and can be picked up.
Call Animal Services at 254-526-4455.
You can find local area rescues and shelters that may have your animal. Some rescues also have links on their websites where you can post a lost (or found) animal.
Have an identification tag with active phone number, rabies tag and microchip.
You can bring the deceased animal to Animal Services and they will incinerate the body for a fee. You will not be able to collect the ashes. If you would like more information with cremation services, our office would be happy to provide that to you.
You have to go to Killeen Municipal Court at:
200 E Avenue DKilleen, TX 76541
You will need a photo identification and pay the adoption fee as posted at the time.
The Killeen Citizen's Police Academy is a 48 hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the police department. The academy was created in order to provide information to the citizens so that they may make informed judgments about police activities. This will increase awareness of the Killeen Police Department and help to dispel misconceptions that the community may have about the department.
The Killeen Police Department offers two 12 week sessions each year, a spring session and a fall session. Classes are held once a week on Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. The class also participates in a Range Day which is held on one Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during each session.
Topics covered include:
Students also have a 4-hour ride-along with a uniformed police officer.
The academy is open to anyone age 18 and over who lives in or is employed within the city limits of Killeen. Applicants must submit and undergo a criminal history check.
Students completing the 12 week instructional course may elect to join the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association.
The cases in Bell County have been steadily increasing since June 2021. Here are the latest numbers:
Here is Governor Greg Abbott’s latest Executive Order from July 29, 2021. Residents must follow guidelines set by private businesses, as well.
The City of Killeen continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation. We remain engaged with federal, state and local emergency agencies to evaluate risks, obtain resources and plan response. The situation continues to change, and we are adjusting internal and external protocols for employee and public safety.
The City of Killeen is taking all advisories about COVID-19 very seriously and has initiated a number of changes meant to limit virus exposure for employees and the public we serve.
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All facilities are under normal operational hours. Masks and social distancing are encouraged, but not mandated. Click each department for their business hours.
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No; However, churches are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation measures. Attendees should check each church website for specific information on how individual religious institutions are conducting their services.
A Texas Supreme Court rejected Governor Aboott’s mask mandate suspension in Texas schools on Aug. 19, allowing schools to require students to wear masks as per the mandates by local authorities. Please visit the individual school website/call the individual school for any additional information on COVID-19 measures they may enforce/follow. Here is a link to Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 site: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.
State and federal water regulations have established treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens like viruses from contaminating municipal water systems. Standard treatment and disinfection processes are expected to be effective against the COVID-19 virus.
The City of Killeen Water & Sewer Division conducts thorough TCEQ required compliance monitoring to ensure the safety of your drinking water.
Yes. Citizens are encouraged to properly follow CDC guidelines of indoor masking, social distancing and washing hands. Here is also the Governor’s latest Executive Order from July 29. https://www.killeentexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4518/Governors-Executive-Order-GA-38?bidId=
Please follow this link for the latest on halting eviction proceedings. https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/resources_for_renters
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is primarily a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a “novel” or new coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Other coronaviruses cause mild disease like the common cold.
The virus that causes COVID-19 may be passed from an infected person in several ways, including:
Most patients with COVID-19 may have no or mild symptoms. Some may develop:
If you have not recently travelled to an area with confirmed COVID-19 infections, your risk of infection is extremely low. Should you develop symptoms, it is more likely you have the common cold or Influenza (flu) and you should contact your medical provider for additional guidance.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus. These are exactly the same precautions you would take to avoid coming down with a cold or the flu.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 infection receive supportive treatment including fluids to prevent dehydration, medicines to decrease fever or muscle aches, and sometimes oxygen therapy.
Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is critically important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of becoming infected with the disease. For more information for people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0625-update-expands-covid-19.html
If you believe you may be at risk of infection with COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, call ahead to a healthcare provider for additional guidance. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional may work with the county public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
You can pay the following bills online:
The City of Killeen is currently in an RFP process to locate a vendor to collect Hotel Occupancy Taxes. For more information on paying the hotel occupancy tax, visit killeentexas.gov/finance.
Garbage collection falls under the Solid Waste department. Your neighborhood has an assigned "trash day." Garbage collection runs daily as scheduled, even on holidays. We have a transfer station where you can take your large items and any garbage you want to get rid off before your regular trash day. If you are interested in recycling, we also have a recycling center.
Streetlight outages can be reported online or by calling 888-313-4747.
City Hall is located at:
101 N College StreetKilleen, TX 76540Phone: 254-501-7600
The Human Resources department is located at 718 N. 2nd Street, Building H, Suite B.
The Golf Course is located between Skylark Field and Roy Reynolds Drive at:
1600 Stonetree DriveKilleen, TX 76541
The Permits Department issues all permits for the city.
The County Tax Assessor-Collector is the Voter Registrar for Bell County.
Killeen has 9 fire stations.
You can access our library system at the Library Portal, where you can check your account status, reserve books, or see whether a book is available at our library, and more.
Our Parks and Recreation division hosts a number of sports events and offers a host of classes throughout the year.
The city itself does not operate a public transportation system. Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates the HOP, a regional public transit system.
You can contact various city departments via our Report a Concern page. It lets you track any communication you enter on this site.
Please fill out the Notice of Claim form (PDF) and submit it with required proof to the Risk Management Division for processing.
You can obtain copies of previously issued licenses and certificates at the state's vital records department.
You can get information on marriage licenses from Bell County.
The State of Texas Department of Public Safety issues driver's licenses.
The State of Texas Department of Transportation handles vehicle registrations.
Fill out a Permit Application and return it to the City Secretary, City Hall.
You can apply at the Permit Department located at 101 E. Ave C.
They patrol neighborhoods and act as eyes and ears for the police department.
They are housewives, students, teachers, professionals, blue collar workers, working and retired people. The key word is people just like you!
There is an application process, a background check, 8 hours of classroom training and at least one ride-a-long with a uniformed Killeen Police Officer.
They are not vigilantes, they are not armed (concealed weapon permits and weapons are left at home!). They do not take action other than to observe and report immediately to the police department In short, they are not out to get revenge or make arrests. They are visible, effective and a deterrent to criminal activity.
Backflow occurs when water flow is reversed from its intended direction and, by way of a cross connection, is pushed or siphoned back into the drinking water system. Backflow can occur by the following mechanisms:
If a cross connection exists and backflow occurs, contaminants can be drawn back through pipes and into the drinking water system. This has the potential to pollute drinking water and create a potential health hazard. Examples:
The easiest way to avoid backflow is to eliminate cross connections between the drinking water system and contaminants. Sometimes cross connections cannot be avoided. In these cases, the installation of a backflow prevention device will stop backflow. Examples:
A backflow prevention assembly is a mechanical valve arrangement, which prevents the reversal of water flow, once it has passed through the valve. There are different types of backflow prevention assemblies for different situations and different degrees of hazard.
Anytime a connection to the water system is made, the City's Backflow Prevention Division should be contacted to determine backflow prevention requirements. The Backflow Prevention Division is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. They can also be reached by calling 254-501-6500, ext. 4. A backflow prevention assembly may be required if you have a:
The City of Killeen requires all underground lawn sprinkler / irrigation systems to have either a pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) or a reduced pressure zone assembly (RPZ) on all new installations. If there is an old double check in place, it is acceptable as long as it passes the test, once if fails or needs repair, it must be replaced with a PVB-where applicable or an RPZ. City code prohibits any type of cross connection which could endanger the water system.
A Certified Backflow Assembly Tester is someone who has completed a state-approved, 40-hour training course in backflow prevention assembly testing and has passed a proficiency test to prove his/her knowledge. Many plumbing, fire sprinkler, and lawn irrigation companies, as well as backflow prevention testing companies, are listed in local telephone directories and provide testing services in the Killeen area. As a convenience, the City of Killeen maintains a partial list of companies offering the services of Certified Backflow Assembly Testers.
Backflow prevention assembly testing is done by private companies who set their own rates. Testing costs vary, so getting quotes from several companies is recommended.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, mandates the City of Killeen establish and maintain a cross connection control program. The City of Killeen Ordinance states the City will terminate water service should a property owner fail to comply with cross connection/backflow regulations. This includes testing and maintenance of backflow prevention assemblies.
Yes, a plumbing permit is required to install a backflow prevention assembly. Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through the City's Permit Department at:
100 E Avenue CKilleen, TX 76541
For permit fee information, contact the Permits Department at 254-501-7762.
The property owner, a licensed plumber, or a landscape contractor licensed to install backflow prevention devices. A plumbing permit is required.
Backflow prevention assembly installation is done by private companies who set their own rates. Installation costs vary, so getting quotes from several companies is recommended.
Backflow prevention assemblies have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that wear out. Regular testing is required to ensure backflow prevention assemblies are functioning properly and have not been bypassed. A visual check of air gap assemblies is sufficient, while mechanical assemblies must be tested with special equipment.
All backflow prevention assemblies must be tested at least annually and immediately following any repair, maintenance, or relocation. Assemblies that repeatedly fail may require more frequent testing or replacement.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure the assembly is in good operating condition. A person who is state-certified in backflow assembly testing must perform the test and submit the results to the City of Killeen. If any repair work or maintenance is performed, the assembly must be retested immediately. All test results must be submitted to the City of Killeen. The Certified Tester should mail or bring the original test results to the City at:
City of KilleenWater and Sanitary Sewer Department - Attention: BPAT&CSI805 W JasperKilleen, TX 76542
Do not fill your container above the rim such that the lid will not close. A closed lid helps prevent litter, odor, and spillage when the container is lifted for dumping. If the container is overloaded, an Overloaded Container Fee of $7.25 will be charged to your monthly bill. A tag will be tied to the handle, indicating this additional fee.
To request an additional containers, call the Solid Waste Division at 254-501-7785. There is a one time administrative fee of $20.00. Additional containers may be acquired by paying the monthly base fee for the additional container(s) requested.
Your monthly garbage fee is based on the number of containers issued to an address. Containers are assigned to an address by serial number. This serial number is hot stamped on the container.
Place typical household garbage in the container. Examples of what not to place in the container are:
In the interest of container cleanliness, we encourage you to use plastic bags for your garbage and to periodically clean out the container with water. Do not pack trash in your container too tightly or place objects of such length that could lodge against the sides of the container, thereby preventing or impeding the emptying of your container.
The container shall be placed at the curb not earlier than 8 p.m. prior to your collection day, but no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Remove your container from the curb and return to storage not later than 9 p.m. on your collection day. Do not leave your container at the curb. Containers observed to be on the street at time not allowed shall be removed by city employees and placed near the front edge of the residence or near the garage area. A fee of $10.00 will be charged for this service.
Excess garbage may be placed in plastic bags only (no boxes), and placed at curbside at least four feet from your container. The vehicle operator will reload the excess bags of garbage into the container for dumping. An Excess Garbage Fee will be assessed, up to a maximum of two reloads per collection day, and this fee is $7.50 per reload. Your monthly garbage account will be billed for the extra fees.
Use services as explained under "Special Collection Services." Take the waste materials to the Transfer Station and use your free disposal per calendar month for up to 500 pounds.
The roll-out containers are the property of the City of Killeen and must not be painted, marked, abused, mutilated, altered, or modified in any way. Abuse and damage to a container by citizens shall result in an assessment equal to the replacement cost of the container and / or time and materials involved to repair such container. Examples of abuse include, but are not limited to:
If the container is damaged or stolen, the following policy applies:
The City of Killeen has it outlined on www.KilleenTexas.gov/WaterConservation, as well as the Code of Ordinances, that vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. This is because they conserve year-round.More than 60% of water at car washes is reused/reclaimed water that filters out all of the sediment and gets reused.Unlike hand washing your car at home, where almost all the used water is wasted and chemicals end up in your yard or septic system, car washes have a responsibility to conserve water and protect the environment. They follow strict measures under the Environment Protection Agency. Residents who wash their cars at home use much more water than what is used at a car wash.
(Note: A typical restaurant uses 3,000-7,000 gallons/day, versus a car wash that uses 500-2,000 gallons/day)
Yes, there are penalties and they are all outlined in our Code of Ordinances on our website at www.KilleenTexas.gov/Ordinances. We do hope no one would need to be fined, only warned, though. We appreciate citizens helping identify anyone who may be in violation (including us-- the local/city government)! Citizens can call (254) 501-6319, which is our 24 hour water and sewer hotline and the concern will be addressed.
No, the City of Killeen is unable to reduce billing costs, BUT when citizens conserve, they get a reward of a not only a better environment, but a much lower water bill and more money in their pockets.
We appreciate citizens who think about others (today and future generations) and try their best to conserve this precious resource-- water. -Reducing our water usage reduces energy, which leads to SAVING MONEY and helps to reduce pollution and conserve resources. -Reducing water usage also keeps our communities safe: Firefighters, hospitals, gas stations, street cleaners, etc. all require large amounts of water to provide services to the community. -And if we make it a habit to conserve year round, we can appreciate the beautification that water conservation efforts have for our surroundings, like watering lawns, trees, flowers, and vegetable gardens, and filling public fountains at parks, etc. ***Please note-- there are penalties for violations, as outlined in our Code of Ordinances (www.KilleenTexas.gov/Ordinances).
Here’s how everyone can do their part:
To reduce your water usage by 10% and help our planet:
-Only use water for normal use (cooking, washing, etc.)
-Do not use water for watering landscaped areas with sprinkler systems, washing motor vehicles, and filling swimming pools, unless it is during designated watering periods
-Never use your toilet as a waste basket
-Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth
-Take short showers instead of tub baths
-If you must bathe in a tub, fill the tub only half full
-Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation systems
-Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal
-Operate the dishwasher only when completely full
-Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine
Yes, the owner of a Short-Term Rental shall collect the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from their guests for the City, County, and State. Platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo generally remit the state portion of HOT on behalf of owners. It is the owner’s responsibility to remit the City and County portion themselves.
No, the Short-Term Rental Operating License is non-transferable.
Failure to obtain the required permit is a violation of the City of Killeen Code of Ordinances (operating without a license) and may result in enforcement action, including citations and fines.
The City of Killeen notifies neighbors of Short-Term Rentals when they receive a STR Permit. In this notification, we will include contact information for the owners. We encourage you to contact owners directly. If the issue relates to noise ordinance violations or criminal activity, we encourage you to contact Killeen Police non-emergency line at (254) 501-8830 or 911 if the situation is an emergency. If the issue relates to code enforcement issues, contact Code Enforcement at (254) 501-7608.
The optimal time of visibility is at 1:36p.m. in Killeen for a duration of 4 minutes and 16 seconds.
Killeen’s population is estimated to double (160,000 X 2= 320,000). Bell County’s population is expected to triple.
The City of Killeen is partnering with Central Texas College and the Mayborn Science Theater. They will have a list of events to announce soon.
The City of Killeen encourages citizens to wear the specialized sunglasses for this, and any solar eclipse, event. Our libraries will be distributing 2,000 solar eclipse glasses at no charge. They will be handed out at informational programs that will be held in March 2024 (one pair per attendee). While people do not have to have a library card to get a pair, they must attend the whole program.
At this time, no additional cell phone towers are planned.
To apply for the current employment session, please click the link below (City of Killeen Job Opportunities Link). The program application will be titled Killeen Youth Empowerment Program- Seasonal Youth-Hire.
The program will be no more than 8-weeks.
Pay will vary from each session. Youth hires will be paid at or above the legal minimum wage.
Youth hires will work Monday through Fridays. Hours will be no more than 20hrs per week. The 20hrs will not be guaranteed. Youth will typically work from a shift of 8am -12pm or 1pm to 5pm.
To provide a meaningful work experience for youth hires, we partner with several city departments to help place young people in meaningful jobs. After selection, Youth hires are strategically placed in positions based on a collection of criteria and job availability.
There may be situations where we cannot place a young person in a desired field of choice; however, the skills that can be learned and gained from each job will still be impactful
KYEP Staff will determine the suitability of the job for each Youth Participant based on the following criteria:
Yes, although youth hires are considered part time employees and do not accrue leave. Therefore, time off will not be paid. Youth hires are allotted no more than three (3) consecutive and five (5) total days of absences for the duration of the program to maximize their summer experience benefits. Please notify your worksite supervisor and youth manager of any extenuating circumstances regarding absences.
All youth hires will receive paper checks from the city.
Please contact the Youth Program Manager at 254-616-3196.
Once you complete the application it is essential to monitor your email, spam box, and phone for the next steps in the process. If it is determined that you will/will not be considered for this session, you will receive notification through the contact methods mentioned above. When completing the application please ensure that you provide the correct phone number and email.
If selected for a position, you will receive a digital job offer letter via email. The job offer is time sensitive. It is essential to monitor your email and phone for correspondence. If you fail to accept the job offer you will be considered as a withdrawal from the program. Please ensure when applying that you enter your email address correctly. Further, after the interview process check your spam box. If not selected for a position, you will receive notification via the provided email.
Upon accepting the job offer, you will receive further correspondence via phone and email from human resources regarding the onboarding process. Failure to complete the digital onboarding process by the provided deadlines will result in an automatic withdrawal from the program.
A list of the forms that you will be completing for your digital onboarding process includes the I9 Form, W-4 form, Acknowledgement of Safety document, Employee Information Form, Texas Public Information Act form, and other required documents for hire.
If you need assistance with this process, please contact the Youth Program Manager at 254-616-3196.
Youth hires will be utilizing paper time sheets. It is the responsibility of the worksite and the hires to ensure that time sheets are accurate. If a youth worker is not in present on the date that time sheets must be submitted the document will still be submitted although the youth hires signature was not obtained.
Youth will spend a total of 8 weeks at their worksites and 2 weeks in training and review.
Youth will complete one week of job-readiness training prior to be being placed at their worksites. They will spend 6 weeks at the worksite and then return to job readiness training for the final week of programing.
18 Years of Age- Once a youth reaches 18 years of age, he or she is no longer subject to the Federal Child Labor provisions.
16 and 17 Years of Age- Under the FLSA, 16- and 17-year-olds may be employed for unlimited hours in any nonagricultural occupation other than those declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor (see below). Several States do restrict the number of hours and times of day that this age group may be employed. Be sure to check with your State Department of Labor. You can find the State rules by logging onto www.youthrules.dol.gov
For additional information on Occupation Rules, both state and federal, as well as Child Labor Laws- Texas Workforce Regulations click this link.
Currently youth are only being place within City of Killeen departments. The program is working towards placing youth hires within community business in the future.
If your business is interested in hosting a youth-hire in the future, please complete the Killeen Youth Empowerment Worksite Participation Form.
For City of Killeen departments that are interested in hosting a youth hire for the Fall 2023 Session (October 9th -December 1st) please complete the KYEP Worksite Participation form also.