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Health Department

The Health Department provides services and programs to minimize the risk of illness and injury to the general population, enhances access to health care and protects the environmental integrity of the city.


City of Garland Adopts New Smoking Ordinance

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, the Garland City Council revised Garland’s smoking ordinance, Ordinance No. 6977, Section 22.56, Article IV of the Garland Code of Ordinances.  This ordinance revision will become effective on May 6, 2018.  Under this revision, smoking is generally prohibited in indoor public places with a few exceptions, including but not limited to, bingo halls with a non-smoking section and in existing establishments that hold a “private club” designation as permitted by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.  These exemptions apply to existing businesses only and will not be available to new owners of any bingo hall or private club.

Additionally, smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any door, operable window or vent, or other opening to an indoor enclosed area.  Smoking is still allowed on patios if it is not covered and has less than 40% of its perimeter closed in by walls or other coverings of any material.  Non-exempted food establishments must post a conspicuous sign either clearly stating "No Smoking, City of Garland Ordinance" or the international "No Smoking" symbol at each public entrance.  "No Smoking" signs shall have bold lettering of not less than 1-inch in height.

The full ordinance can be found below.  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Corley, Environmental Health manager, at 972-205-3460 or email CCorley@GarlandTX.gov.

Smoking Ordinance


City of Garland Adopts Ordinance - Dogs on Patio Variance

The Garland City Council adopted an ordinance that would allow dogs to be present on the patios of food establishments with an approved variance by the Garland Health Department.  This ordinance was signed and effective on June 20, 2017.  The language of the ordinance can be found below.  Supportive documents are currently being drafted by staff and will be posted here once they are approved. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Corley, Environmental Health Manager, at 972-205-3460 or email CCorley@GarlandTX.gov.  

Ordinance - Dogs on Patio Variance 


City of Garland Adopts the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules

The City of Garland Health Department adopted the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) to replace the current Article II of Chapter 22 in the Garland Code of Ordinances.  The Texas Food Establishment Rules were adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services in the fall of 2015.   If you would like to read the rules and the City of Garland amendments, please click on the links below.

2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules

City of Garland TFER Amendments

Town Hall TFER Power Point Presentation

TFER Handouts for Food Establishments


Important Information Concerning Food Permit Fees and Food Handler Certification

Effective Oct. 1, 2015, food establishment permit fees will be increasing.  Also on this date the Garland Health Department will no longer provide food handler training for food handling employees.  For more information please read this document:  

Fee Increase Memo

Accredited Food Handler Programs


Zika Virus 

To learn more about the Zika virus please visit the following links:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

World Health Organization:  http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/en/

Texas Department of State Health Services:  http://www.texaszika.org/

Dallas County Health and Human Services:  http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/zika.html


2017 Food Excellence Award Winners Announced

The City of Garland Health Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Food Sanitation Excellence Awards. These winners scored in the top five percent of their class on unannounced food service inspections during the previous year. In addition to receiving an award certificate to display for one year, each establishment will have its annual permit fee (from $250 to $450) waived for 2018.

2017 Food Excellence Award Winners 

View the entire list of restaurant inspection scores 


For immunizations and travel vaccines, please visit the Public Health Clinic page.