If used for the purposes of an urban home or as both an
urban home and a place to exercise a calling or business,
the homestead of a family or a single, adult person, not
otherwise entitled to a homestead, shall consist of not
more than 10 acres of land which may be in one or more contiguous
lots, together with any improvements thereon.
If used for the purposes of a rural home, the homestead
shall consist of:
for a family, not more than 200 acres, which may be in one
or more parcels, with the improvements thereon; or
for a single, adult person, not otherwise entitled to a
homestead, not more than 100 acres, which may be in one
or more parcels, with the improvements thereon.
A homestead is considered to be urban if, at the time the
des-ignation is made, the property is:
located within the limits of a municipality or its extraterritorial
jurisdiction or a platted subdivision; and
served by police protection, paid or volunteer fire protection,
and at least three of the following services provided by
a municipality or under contract to a municipality:
storm sewer; and
The definition of a homestead as provided in this section
applies to all homesteads in this state whenever created.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 840, § 1, eff. June
15, 1985; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 391, § 2, eff.
Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1510, §
1, eff. Jan. 1, 2000; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1510,
§ 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.