COVID-19 Response

The City of Galveston has been under a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster related to the emergence of the COVID-19 since March 16. 

Since then, the City of Galveston has implemented a series of emergency orders related to COVID-19, including a Stay at Home order. There are also restrictions on hotels, short-term rentals, restaurant dining rooms, bars, major attractions, and charter fishing operations. A full list of the orders is available below.

The City of Galveston will continue to provide all city services, however we encourage city business be handled online or via phone where possible. 

These measures are being taken in an effort to protect the public health, particularly our most vulnerable populations, and to slow the progression of this virus, which in turn eases the burden on medical care providers. Preserving the health and safety of our staff allows city services to continue without interruptions.

For the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Galveston County, visit the Galveston County Health District.

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Changes to City Services

Special Events

Effective immediately and for the next 14 days, the city will not issue special event permits to any events with 50 or more participants. This suspension will be revisited after two weeks.                                                                                              

We strongly encourage private event organizers in Galveston to consider postponing events with 50 or more people.

Paying Your Water Bill

The City of Galveston encourages water customers to pay online at Water bills may also be mailed to 823 Rosenberg, Galveston TX 77550. In addition, payments may be dropped off at City Hall in the overnight deposit.


We encourage residents and contractors to apply for building permits online at Applicants may also call 409-797-3660 for more information.

Recreation Centers and Public Pool

McGuire Dent Recreation Center, Wright Cuney Recreation Center and the Lasker Park Community Pool are all closed until further notice.

Municipal Court

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Galveston Municipal Court will be suspended for two weeks. Tickets may be paid online at

For All Other City Services

We encourage any other matters that can be handled online or by the phone to be done in that manner. If you believe your request cannot be handled over the phone, please contact the department for a walk-in appointment.

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More Information

To follow developments at the city, stay informed with For health developments, follow the Galveston County Health District and the Center for Disease Control.

Information about what to do if you believe you may be sick is available at