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Health Department

2018 Food Excellence Award Winners Announced

The City of Garland Health Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Food 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 2019.

2018 Food Excellence Award Winners


Elimination of Rodent Baiting Program

  • As of Monday, October 1, 2018, the residential rodent baiting program by the Garland Health Department has been eliminated.
  • Citizens can purchase many different types of rodent bait products from local stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Roach's Feed & Seed, and Wal-Mart.  Products can also be purchased online at Amazon and other retailers.
  • **Any rodent bait used must be put out in secured rodent bait stations in order to prevent pets and other wildlife from mistakenly eating the rodent bait**
  • Residents experiencing rodent problems are encouraged to contact a pest control professional or consult their local or online rodent control product retailer.
  • Commonly available brand names include:  Contrac rodent bait blocs, d-Con, Tom Cat
  • Active ingredients to look for in rodent bait products:  Bromadiolone, Cholecalciferol, Benzenamine, Diphacinone 


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