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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.


Aug. 19, 2016

The City of Garland received confirmation of a travel-related Zika virus infection in Garland.  Read details here.   


City of Garland to Adopt the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules

The City of Garland Health Department is moving forward to adopt 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.  Food establishment owner and operators are invited to a Town Hall meeting to learn about these changes on the following date and times:

Tuesday June 14, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Wednesday June 22, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The meeting is scheduled to last approximately one hour and will be open for questions and input from the public.  The location for these meetings will be at the Garland Fire Administration Building, 1500 Highway 66, Garland, TX 75040.  The same material will be presented at each meeting.  Preregistration is not required. If you would like to read the rules and the City of Garland draft amendments, please click on the links below.

2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules

City of Garland Draft TFER Amendments

Town Hall TFER Power Point Presentation

Town Hall TFER Handouts


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


2015 Food Excellence Award Winners Announced

The City of Garland Health Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 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 2016.

2015 Food Excellence Award Winners 

View the entire list of restaurant inspection scores 


For Immunizations and Travel Vaccines please see Public Health Clinic