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Jamaica Beach Police Department
The Jamaica Beach Police Department was established by City Council in 1978. The first police chief was the only employee, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and most of the dispatching was done by volunteers. Today, a chief, a lieutenant, and police officers staff the department, and the dispatching is contracted to the Galveston County Sheriff's Department.
The Jamaica Beach Police Department provides 24 hour patrolling of our streets and a marine division for our canals. Our well-staffed, well-equipped department has given Jamaica Beach the reputation of one of the safest areas to live in Galveston County.
To contact the police department:
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency Dispatch 409-737-1800
City Hall 409-737-1142
Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department and EMS
The Fire Department was organized in 1976 after a huge brush fire. The beginning years were punctuated with devotion and sacrifice. The department today continues to be an all volunteer department dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Jamaica Beach.
Most members of the fire department are certified in firefighting. Efforts to further their education and develop their skills are ongoing.
The department has 5 trucks; two pumper trucks, a 135' ladder truck, a rescue truck, and a brush truck.
In 1979, Jamaica Beach organized its first responder fleet for meeting the emergency medical needs of Jamaica Beach. The volunteers have all had training in providing emergency medical service, and they work with Galveston EMS and the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Galveston County Health District also has an EMS branch located in Jamaica Beach for the West End of the island.
Meetings are held at the fire station at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Volunteers are always needed, so please attend the next meeting and sign up!
To contact the fire department:
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency 409-737-1800
Chief Kyle Baden can be reached at 713-582-0090
Water and Sewer Department
New Service
Please contact our Water Department at 409-737-1142, Opt. 1 to arrange for new service and to inquire about any applicable fees.  New Service Applications are available on our Online Services page.
Meter Reading and Billing
Meters are read on the middle of the month. Owners are responsible for having the meter box free of grass and weeds so that it can be read. The bills are mailed the first week of each month and are due by the 22nd.
Involuntary Disconnection
If your account is delinquent, the water service to your residence will be terminated. In order for your service to be reinstated, the past due amount and a $100.00 reconnection fee must be paid in full. Please be advised that you will receive only one notification of the pending disconnection and that service will be disconnected promptly.
Sample Bill Based on 0-2,000 Gallons of Water (Rates effective 01/01/20)(Ordinance providing water & sewer charges)
  Water Bill (minimum)   $ 28.75
  Sewer Bill (minimum)   $ 34.35
  Garbage Fee   $ 12.19
  Voluntary Donation-VFD/EMS   $ 5.00
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (M-TH)    8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (F)
For After Hours Water Emergencies, Call 409-737-1800
Please Note: A Service Charge may be applied to your water bill.
Garbage and Recycling
Garbage is picked up on Mondays and Thursdays. All plant material must be cut and bundled so as not to exceed 5 feet in length and 50 pounds in weight. Large items can be disposed of on Thursdays. You must call 281-331-8400 by Wednesday to schedule your pick up.
Curbside recycling is available for those who are interested. Every residence is eligible for the recycling program; stop by City Hall to register. Your bin with recyclables should be placed at the curb by 7:00 am. each Monday, alongside your regular trash. Please follow the guidelines below when preparing your items for recycling. Improperly prepared materials will be rejected.
  • Newspapers - tie with string or place in brown paper bag under recycling bin. DO NOT include magazines, waxed paper, etc.
  • Aluminum Cans - cans should empty and rinsed clean.
  • Plastic Bottles - should be a #1 or #2 plastic, such as soda bottles and milk jugs; caps should be removed and bottles should be rinsed.
  • Tin/Bi-Metal Containers - containers such as vegetable and soup cans should be rinsed clean; lids should be removed and placed inside, with the opening "pinched closed".
  • Call AmeriWaste at 281-331-8400 if you have any other questions about our trash service.

    Building Department
    The City of Jamaica Beach requires permits for many types of construction and repairs. Examples of work requiring permits are:
  • New home construction
  • Additions and alterations to existing structures
  • Construction of garages and storage areas, including additions to those that are existing
  • Fences
  • Installation of swimming pools and sprinkler systems
  • New bulkheads and bulkhead repairs
  • New roofs and siding, and repairs to same
  • Boat decks
  • Driveways and other concrete slabs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Please contact Nola Gonzales with our Building Department at 409-737-1142, Opt. 1, if you have any questions regarding your construction or improvement project. Permit applications and Building Setback Requirements are available on our Online Services page.  To schedule a Saturday Inspection, please call before 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
    The Texas Department of Insurance and the Jamaica Beach Improvement Committee, Inc. frequently require permits, too. You are strongly encouraged to contact them before beginning any projects.
    Texas Dept of Insurance 409-986-9552
    J.B.I.C., Inc. 409-737-9850

    Office Hours:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (M-TH)    8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (F)

    Municipal Court
    General Information
    Presiding Judge   Honorable J.J. Brown
    City Prosecutor   Robert Bastien
    Clerk   Georgia Carmack
    Phone   409-737-1142, Opt. 2
    Fax   409-737-5211
    Mailing Address   5264 Jamaica Beach
    Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
    Physical Address   16628 San Luis Pass Rd
    If you have been cited to appear before the Jamaica Beach Municipal Court, you may have several options available to you. You must answer to the charge(s) on the citation or additional criminal charges may be filed.
    The City of Jamaica Beach now offers you the convenience of paying court cost/fines online using a major credit/debit card. You must know the exact fine amount before using this service. Please contact the Court Clerk for court cost/fines. Please note: a convenience fee of 2.35% or minimum of $1.00 for this service will be charged to your credit card and paid directly to Certified Payments (a 3rd party processor company). To process your online court payment, please click on the following link: Certified Payments.

    Office Hours:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (M-TH)    8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (F)

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