Environmental Quality Permits
Environmental Quality permits and inspects the following types of businesses and facilities:
The Environmental Quality Division (EQD) reviews and approves permit applications for food establishments within the City of Grand Prairie. The EQD also issues construction and operating permits, and inspects establishments according to the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) and the City of Grand Prairie Code of Ordinances. View Food Service Permit Application Procedure and Permit Fees.
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.
Environmental Quality Policies
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.
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."