Environmental Quality Review Process
The Environmental Quality Division reviews all commercial building permits and Certificate of Occupancies (CO’s). Environmental Quality reviews plans to ensure that public health is protected and to ensure compliance with federal, state and city ordinances.
A building permit is required for all new construction and any type of remodeling, renovations, rehabs, retrofitting, demolitions, additions, etc. Certificate of Occupancy inspections are required prior to applicants operating their establishments or facilities.
On all plan reviews, Environmental Quality looks for:
- Asbestos surveys
- Potential cross-connections with the public water supply
- Industrial waste sample points for the sanitary sewer
- Grease traps, if necessary
- Compliance with federal, state and local requirements.
Environmental Quality permits and inspects the following types of businesses and facilities:
- Automotive related businesses
- Bacteria samples / drinking water
- Childcare facilities
- Cross Connection Control
- Dry cleaning establishments
- Food and alcohol establishments
- Liquid waste haulers
- Manufacturing facilities
- On-site sewage facilities
- Swimming pools and spas
- Wells - gas
- Wells - water
If you are opening a business in Grand Prairie, you must have solid waste services before a Certificate of Occupancy is granted. View commercial garbage collection and container requirements. Download an application for bag service or landlord verification letter.
Permit and Inspection Fees:
$250 inspection fee for regular auto related business (not a salvage yard)
$300 inspection fee for automotive salvage yard
$50 automotive salvage yard bulk storage
$13 per sample
$169.57 TPH soil sample
Registered Childcare Homes: $50.00 annually.
Licensed Childcare Centers
$100.00 Day Care Centers (Application fee for new or extensively remodeled centers).
$1.00 per/child permit fee of $1 per child (state licensed capacity) with $30.00 minimum.
A Food Service permit fee as follows: Less than one hundred (100) children – fifty dollars ($50.00); one hundred (100) children to one hundred and ninety-nine (199) children – one hundred dollars ($100.00); more than one hundred and ninety-nine (199) children – two hundred dollars ($200.00). The fee shall be dependent upon a facility’s licensed capacity.
A cross-connection is a point in the plumbing system where the drinking water is connected to a contaminated or non-potable source. Contamination of the water supply results when the non-potable source backflows through the cross-connection into the plumbing system. For example, without a backflow prevention device, antifreeze from a heating system can backflow through a cross-connection and contaminate drinking water.
Backflow is the undesirable reversal of water flow potentially bringing contaminants into your drinking water system. The two types of backflow are back-pressure and back-siphonage. Back-siphonage occurs when there is reduced pressure in the drinking water supply line and is frequently caused by under-sized piping, plumbing repairs, a water main break, or activated fire hydrants. Back-pressure occurs when the drinking water system is connected to another, higher pressure system. Common causes are booster pumps and boilers.
$100.00 tester registration
$25.00 testers inspection book (including tax)
$100.00 installation inspection
$50.00 reinspection of failed devices
$35.00 yearly fee / per device
(Food establishments include alcohol establishments, restaurants, bakeries, meat markets, fish or seafood markets, deli, grocery stores, convenience stores, ice and water kiosks, food warehouses, food manufactures, etc.)
$150.00 Change of Owner
$200.00 New or Extensively Remodeled
$500 Yearly Renewal for Full Service
$300 Yearly Renewal for a Convenience Store
$250 Yearly Renewal for Other Types (including Jolly Chef and/or food preparation trucks) and/or for additional permits
$50.00 Food Manager’s Card*
$10.00 Duplicate Food Manager’s Card*
$15.00 Food Handler's Card*
$5.00 Duplicate Food Handler's Card*
$25.00 Replacement Permit
$50.00 Late Fee (annual billing over 60 days)
* Note: Food Manager Cards and Food Handler Cards issued by the City of Grand Prairie are valid for 2 years from date of issuance.
$30.00 Beer Retailer’s Off-Premises
$500.00 NEW: Beer Retailer’s On-Premises NOTE: Fee applies to Dallas and Tarrant Counties only
$375.00 RENEWAL: Beer Retailer’s On-Premise-Renewal NOTE: Fee applies to Dallas and Tarrant Counties only
$125.00 Beer Retailer’s On-Premises Late Hours
$150.00 General Class B Wholesaler’s Permit
$150.00 General Distributor’s License
$10.00 Importer’s License
$375.00 Mixed Beverages (after 3rd year)
$75.00 Mixed Beverages Late Hours (after 3rd year)
$375.00 Private Club Later Hours
Exempt Private Club Registration, state exemption from city fees
$125.00 Retailer Dealer’s On-Premise Late Hours
$937.50 Wholesaler’s Permit
$500.00 NEW: Wine & Beer Retailer’ Permit (On-Premise) NOTE: Fee applies to Dallas and Tarrant Counties only
$375.00 RENEWAL: Wine & Beer Retailer’s Permit On-Premise
NOTE: Fee applies to Dallas and Tarrant Counties only
$30.00 Wine & Beer Retailer’s Off-Premise
$37.50 Wine Only Package Store Permit (issued with BF when applicant has existing license(s) within the state)
$1,000.00 Dance Floor
Itinerant Food Vendors (Flea Markets)
$200.00 annually (Flea Markets)
Mobile Food Vendors include Ice cream, Pre-packaged, and Mobile Kitchens
$250 Hot Truck
$200 Cold Truck
$175 Ice Cream Truck
$10.00 Additional ID Photo
$200 Application Fee For New Permits
Special Event Permit for Churches, Nonprofits, Grand Openings, School Events, and Festivals
$50.00 each booth (No charge on nonprofit organizations or City sponsored events)*
*Note: Food permits are not issued for residential garage sales.
$25.00 trip ticket books (including tax)
$100.00 Inspection (new or existing)
$200.00 Each swimming pool and spa permit
$50.00 Late fee (annual permit billing)
$100.00 Change of owner application
$15.00 Duplicate permit
$10,000.00 Permit for drilling, completion and production operations with a setback of less than 1,000 feet from a protected use w/o a waiver
$3,000.00 Blanket gas well permit/each additional well
$600.00 Amended Permit
$800.00 Re-work fee (if required per Sec. 13-504(e))
$600.00 Operator transfer
$1,000.00 Annual fee (per well)
$25.00 Permit for installation of new residential well
$100.00 Permit for drilling, construction, or repair of non-residential well on private property
$500.00 Permit for drilling, construction, or repair of non-residential well on City property (Fees waived for local, state, and federal agencies, and their contractors. No fees for well plugging.)
For more information on permitting procedures, please call Terri Blocker at 972-237-8461.
Download details on double check valve assemblies and sample point details and approved cross connection device testers.
Many areas across the country once used for industrial and commercial purposes have been abandoned - some are contaminated. Because lenders, investors, and developers fear involvement with these sites could make them liable for cleaning up contamination they did not create, they are more attracted to developing sites in pristine areas, called "greenfields." The result can be blighted areas rife with abandoned industrial facilities. These run-down areas, called "brownfields," create safety and health risks for residents, destroy civic pride, and provide ideal locations for illegal dumping.
The City, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), has developed a brownfield redevelopment program designed to empower citizens and property owners to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for commercial and industrial real-estate purchases. CERCLA states that landowners are financially liable for all environmental problems associated with the storage or release of a hazardous substance on their property. An ESA is conducted to:
Identify existing or potential environmental hazards;
Identify resources with natural, cultural, recreational, or scientific values of specific importance;
Recommend whether further investigation is required.
Because these rules apply to municipalities, the Environmental Services Department conducts environmental assessments for the City.
Petroleum Storage Tanks (PSTs) are most frequently used to store gasoline, diesel, and oil. Products may be stored in aboveground tanks (ASTs) or underground tanks (USTs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates approximately 1.1 million federally regulated USTs are buried at over 400,000 sites nationwide.
Until the mid-1980s, most USTs were made of bare steel and were likely to corrode over time allowing the contents to leak into the ground and into groundwater. Such contamination of groundwater poses a significant threat to the major sources of drinking water for many Americans. As of December 22, 1999, all USTs were required to comply with new corrosion protection regulations.
Leaking ASTs have the potential to contaminate soil and surface water. For this reason secondary containment in the form of a structural containment area or double-walled tanks is required.
All PST installations and UST modifications or removals require a building permit from the Building Inspections Division. If TCEQ registration is required, proof of registration must be submitted prior to installation of tanks. A Preliminary Bulk Storage Tank Report and Tank Information Report and a copy of the TCEQ Construction Notification must be submitted for all UST modifications and removals.
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans are required if fuel and oil storage capacity exceeds 1,320 gallons aboveground or 42,000 gallons underground.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 established requirements for Federal, State and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. In Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services administers the program known as the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program.
The program’s mission is “to protect the public health and environment by providing current and accurate information about hazardous chemicals and their health effects and by ensuring that the regulated community complies with the requirements of the applicable laws and regulations."