The Board of Directors of Ranch at Cypress Creek Municipal Utility District No. 1 has responsibility for the enforcement of restrictive covenants for the purpose of maintaining taxable property values within the District. The legal authority for this is established in the Resolution Adopting Rules Relating to Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants document.


Covenant Violations and Enforcement

Residents who wish to report a violation of covenants and restrictions can contact the Restrictive Covenants Enforcement Committee via the link below. In order to achieve consistency in the enforcement of these covenants, the District passed a resolution defining the violation process.

After a violation is reported, the committee will begin investigating the reported violation. If the Committee determines that additional follow-up is needed, you may be contacted directly by a committee member or by an administrator listed on the Service Providers section of the District’s website.


Covenant Documents

The restrictive covenant documents are registered by section. If you don’t know what section your property is in, you can find that information in one of two ways:

  1. At the Williamson County Appraisal District. Search for your property, then look at the legal description to find the information on the section.
  2. Find your house on this map of the neighborhood.

Links to every section’s covenants can be found below:





Restrictive Covenant and Enforcement FAQs

What are restrictive covenants?

Restrictive covenants apply to a group of homes and properties that are part of a specific development or ‘subdivision.’ They are normally put in place by the original developer. Their purpose is to maintain property values and to make our neighborhood a nicer-looking and more pleasant place to live.

Restrictive covenants are created by separate documents, which are recorded before any property in a subdivision is conveyed. They are contractual obligations that are assumed by each property owner at the time they purchase their home.

Has the MUD always enforced restrictive covenants?

No. The MUD was formerly chartered as a WCID (Water Control Improvement District), which did not have the power to enforce covenants. In December 1999, in response to the request of residents who specifically wanted the District to enforce the restrictive covenants, the WCID was converted to a MUD by order of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. A MUD has the authority to enforce restrictive covenants, and now regular inspections are conducted by the MUD’s covenant administrator.

For those residents who are also a part of an HOA (Deer Creek or Ranch at Cypress Creek), the MUD works with those agencies to ensure covenants are enforced properly. Note: Covenants do vary by section and can be more restrictive in some sections than others.

Why is the MUD charged with the duty of enforcing covenants?

The MUD enforces covenants in order to maintain property values and preserve the MUD’s tax base. Many areas of the MUD do not have mandatory homeowners associations, and there is no other funded entity with the ability to enforce the covenants in those areas.

Who is paying for covenants enforcement?

The MUD pays for covenants with funds from the Maintenance & Operations budget, which is funded through property tax revenues. Therefore, all of the property owners in the MUD share in the cost of enforcement. HOA dues and fees are separate from the MUD, even though authority overlaps.

Does the covenant enforcer have the authority to take a photo of my property?

Yes, the MUD designated the covenant enforcer to perform inspections and administer the MUD’s covenant enforcement policy. The MUD has the authority to enforce restrictive covenants under Chapter 54 of the Texas Water Code.

Who is the board or committee that developed the restrictive covenants?

The original developers established the restrictive covenants for each section within the MUD. The restrictive covenants were recorded before any of the homes in each section were sold to homeowners and applied to all of the properties in a specific section.

Why is each section different?

Different sections in the MUD were developed at different times, and sometimes, they were developed by different developers. Each developer utilized its own preferred set of covenants, resulting in variations in the covenants from section to section.

How are restrictive covenant violations handled?

The Board established a uniform policy to deal with covenant violations in a cost-effective manner. That policy is followed in dealing with violations, whether the violation is a trash can that has been left out or another type of violation. The goal is to encourage voluntary compliance in order to make the neighborhood a nice place for all of us to live.

What is the appeal process?

If you believe you have received a violation letter that was not warranted, you may reach out in the following ways:

  • Attend a MUD board meeting and sign up for citizens’ comments when you arrive. Agendas are posted in advance on the MUD’s outdoor kiosks and on the MUD website.
  • Email the committee