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Environmental Health Services

 

The Environmental Health division strives to protect the citizens of Dallas County from disease associated with food, animals, vectors, water and hazardous waste.

Services the division offers include:

 

Food service sanitations and education
  Dallas County food establishments are inspected to ensure they meet and maintain the required standards of sanitation

Food handler and food manager certification classes are offered.

Licensed facility sanitation
  Licensed Dallas County facilities such as daycare centers, group homes, foster homes, and residential treatment centers are inspected to ensure that they meet and maintain the required standards of sanitation, safety and communicable disease control.
Investigation of public health complaints
  On-site investigations regarding conditions that may be a danger to the public are conducted in relation to complaints based on.
  • water quality
  • public nuisances
  • illegal dumping
  • animal control

To report illegal dumping, call 1-888-335-3867.

Approval of Septic systems
  After on-site sewage facility applicants submit required paperwork to the division for approval, the design of the system is reviewed. Once approved, a permit is issued and the applicant is given the authorization to construct. Installation of the system will then be inspected.

Download the on-site sewage facility application.

Vector control
  An integrated mosquito management program that includes surveillance, larvacide, adulticide and public awareness is used to control the mosquito population.

Learn more about West Nile Virus.

 

To report a public health complaint, call 214-819-2115

Visit www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us or www.sos.state.tx.us/tac for more information.

 

To find laws pertaining to food and drinking establishments, refer to:
  Chapter 437 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
OR

Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 229, Subchapter K, Rules 229.161 - 229.175
To find laws pertaining to private sewage facilities, refer to:
  Chapter 366 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
OR

Title 20, Part 1, Chapter 285, Subhapter A - 1, Rules 285.1 - 285.91
To find laws pertaining to animal control, refer to:
  Chapter 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
To find laws pertaining to nuisances and general sanitation, refer to:
  Chapter 341 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
To find laws pertaining to abatement of public nuisances, refer to:
  Chapter 343 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
To find laws pertaining to litter, refer to:
  Chapter 365 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
To find laws pertaining to interactive water features and fountains, refer to:
  Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 265, Sunchapter M, Rules 265.301 - 265.308

For general questions or for more information about Dallas County Health and Human Services,
please email Director Zachary Thompson at zthompson@dallascounty.org.

Zachary S. Thompson
Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

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