Difference Between Dallas County & The City of Dallas

In Texas there has historically been a significant difference between what a city does and what a county does. In Texas most local services are provided by the City: police, fire, water/sewer, street repair, libraries, trash collection, building inspections and zoning.

In Texas, counties are regarded as the local arm of the State and are responsible for such duties as operating the court system and the juvenile justice system, holding people in jail until they can be tried and/or sent to prison, the recording of property, and the issuance of license plates and marriage licenses.

See “County Overview” for further details.