New Residents

Welcome to Temple!

We are excited you chose Temple to be your new home. We hope you take advantage of the beautiful parks, community events, recreational activities, local shopping and fine dining Temple has to offer. Temple was ranked by the Council for Community and Economic Research as having one of the lowest cost of livings in a metro area in the nation. 

Utilities

Residential water, wastewater (sewer), garbage collection and curbside recycling services are provided through the City. Temple residents also benefit from many other environmental services and programs, such as document shredding and household hazardous waste and more. Go to Environmental Programs to learn more.


Setting up New Service

Water, wastewater, garbage and recyclingCity of Temple – Utility Billing254-298-5616
Gas  Atmos1-800-460-3030
ElectricityPower to Choose1-866-797-4839


Schools

The City of Temple is serviced by four independent public school districts. These districts operate independently from the City of Temple, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes. Students are zoned for a particular district based on their address.

Neighborhood Associations

Depending on the subdivision in which you live, there may be a neighborhood association which can be either an informal group of individuals who get together to socialize or are formed for more formal purposes as defined by deed restrictions or to maintain agreements between the home owners and developers. Please ask your realtor for more information.

City Services

City services that have a direct impact on the public include Police, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Planning, Permits, Water (Utility) Billing, and Municipal Court. Other departments in the city include City Manager's Office, Finance, Human Resources, and Purchasing. Code Compliance is a division of Transform Temple. Animal Control is a division of the Police Department.

In most cases, the city provides services only to those located within the city limits of Temple. Postal addresses do not reflect city residency. If you are unclear as to residency, you should check with your realtor, the county tax office (254-939-3521) or the City’s Planning Department (254-298-5668).

Alarm Systems

If you have a burglar or fire alarm system, the City of Temple requires an alarm permit that must be renewed annually.

  1. City Government
  2. County Government
  3. State Government

The City has what is called a Council-Manager form of government. Councilmembers represent a single member district in which they reside in. Click here to meet the Council. The City of Temple is committed to providing Transparency in Government.

What’s Going On

Though not comprehensive, the City does provide a calendar of events. Government meetings, community-wide events, and neighborhood activities are listed on this page. Also, visit the Temple Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s website for area attractions, shopping, meeting facilities and more.