Environmental Health Services

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000

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:

Animal Control

The primary goal of Animal Control program is to prevent and control the threat and spread of rabies virus in the animal and human population.  Dallas County animal control officers are state certified and are charged with the responsibility of responding to animal bites to human and other animals, public trapping request for stray, wild and domestic animals, and dangerous dog and dangerous animal complaints in the unincorporated areas of Dallas County. 

In addition, the animal control program assists Dallas County Sheriff's Department 24-hours, 7-days per week, by providing animal capture and recovery as a means to protect public health and safety, pet safety, and to prevent animal abuse. 

Dallas County animal control officers participate in pet adoptions and animal rescue programs, as well as providing community outreach services in municipalities by providing equipment and manpower. 

For lost pets, please visit https://spcafindapet.com/stray.php

If you have a complaint and/or concern regarding dog bites, dangerous dogs, lost pets, pet adoptions, etc., please call 214-819-2115.

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.

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.

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 a public health complaint, call 214-819-2115.

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.

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 and Chikungunya virus.

More Information

DCHHS recommends consulting with local municipalities.
Visit www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us

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, Subchapter 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, Subchapter M, Rules 265.301 - 265.308