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4028 W. Plano Parkway Plano, TX 75093 Animal Services Field Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Only emergency calls will be run after normal field hours Animal Shelter Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ANIMAL VISITS END 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO CLOSING
All found animals must be reported to Animal Services. Finders can bring the animal to our shelter anytime during our regular shelter hours or they can request that an Animal Services Officer pick the animal up from their residence. If you are willing to care for the animal until the owner can be located, please let us know when you report it. Please be advised that after five (5) days, you are considered the owner of said found animal and will be responsible to abide by all City Ordinances and State Laws, including rabies vaccination and city license requirements.
For more information, visit our Missing or Found Pets page. Missing or Found Pets
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
All animals that are surrendered by their owner immediately become the property of the City of Plano. While euthanasia is always a last resort, Plano Animal Services can never guarantee adoption for any animal that is surrendered to us and we therefore request that animals only be brought to us when no other housing alternatives are available. For more information about surrendering pets, including fees and other requirements, click on the link below. Visit our Pet Redemption or Surrender page
4028 W. Plano Parkway Plano, TX 75093 Ph: (972) 769-4360
Animal Shelter Hours Closed Monday
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday*10:00 am - 4:00 pm *We do not provide this service on Saturdays or Sundays unless special circumstances require it.
The owner must sign an a euthanasia request form pay a $25.00 fee to perform this service. We request that residents bring their animal to the shelter but exceptions can be made for elderly and/or handicapped residents or special circumstances.
All euthanasia is performed by lethal injection and the remains are then cremated. Owners may not be present when the euthanasia is performed and no private cremations are offered. If the owner wants a private cremation or for remains to be returned to them, they must make arrangements with one of the local private crematories and let us know which company will be coming to pick the remains up at the time the animal is brought to the shelter. More information, as well as links to companies who provide private cremations, can be found on our Euthanasia & Cremation Services page. Visit the Euthanasia & Cremation Services page.
For low cost vaccination and sterilization services available to all pet owners, please visit our low cost services page. You do not have to adopt the animal from our shelter or even be a Plano resident to take advantage of these services. Visit our low cost services page.
Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are quite common in Plano and throughout the D/FW Metroplex. A sighting of a healthy coyote/bobcat does not constitute a threat to people and as long as their behavior is apparently normal, there is no reason for an Animal Services Officer to respond. Contrary to what many believe, these animals do not live only in rural environments. Many have adapted to survive in urban settings and there are coyotes in nearly every major city across the United States. In fact, there is a coyote pack that has been extensively studied for years that lives in downtown Chicago. Wild animals are very good at adapting and they have learned to survive in many different types of environments, usually despite the best efforts of people to eradicate them. Eradication is not feasible but even if it were, there is no way to prevent wildlife from returning. The best course of action is to educate the public about these animals as human interference is what is most often responsible for them exhibiting threatening behaviors. These small predators may appear to be a threat but in reality they pose very little danger to people. They do not want to attack people because humans are not seen as a food source and our size (even children) makes us a threat to their well-being. They know that if they get into a fight with a person, there's a good chance they could get hurt and any wild animal that gets injured runs the risk of starving to death. In recorded history, there has never been a reported attack on a person by a bobcat or coyote in Plano. Throughout the entire state of Texas, there has never been an instance of a coyote or bobcat killing a person. By comparison, domesticated dogs and cats injure more than 600 people each year in Plano alone, and dogs are responsible for an average of over one death per year in Texas. Statistically speaking, people are at a far greater risk of being injured by an at-large dog or cat or their own pet than they are of being injured by a coyote or bobcat. Nationwide there are very few “attacks” a year and these situations are nearly always due to the animal being sick or injured or it was being fed by people and lost its fear of us. People's interference is by far the biggest factor in wildlife becoming a threat to public safety. When people feed these animals, over time they can get accustomed to humans and lose some of their fear of us. This is why Animal Services tries to educate people about the importance of not feeding the wildlife. They do not need assistance to survive and the less humans do to try and "help" them the better it is for them and us. On rare occasions, pets have been attacked by a coyote or bobcat, but nearly all of these attacks happen when animals are allowed to run at-large in violation of the city's ordinances. All animals, including cats, are required to be confined to their owner’s property at all times so that they are protected from the dangers they face on the streets, the least of which is predation by wildlife. It is recommended that residents look around their yards and neighborhoods for attractants: food, water, and shelter. People leaving pet food out will attract all kinds of wildlife that are happy to take a free meal. Unsecured garbage, free-roaming pets, and fallen fruit could all be turned into a meal for a wandering predator. Standing water sources, especially in the heat of summer, are also very popular with wild animals. Bobcats will sometimes use an unsecured deck as a den, and while coyotes don’t normally den close to residences, overgrown landscaping around homes will provide shelter for smaller animals, such as rats, mice, and rabbits, that will attract coyotes to neighborhoods. Homeowners actually benefit from the presence of coyotes and bobcats because their predation keeps these populations under control and prevents infestations that occur in homes and businesses when vermin reproduce unchecked. For more information, visit www.dfwwildlife.org. Some simple advice from Jim Dunlap & Tammy Welch of the Plano ISD's Living Materials Center: Do's • Do keep small dogs and cats inside at night. • Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles. • Do keep your dog and cat on a leash (as required by city ordinance). • Do report the coyote/bobcat sighting to the DFW Wildlife Coalition (972-234-9453). • Do try to consider that they were here first. Don’ts • Do not feed your pets on the back porch or leave food out overnight. • Do not walk your small dog in wooded areas. • Do not approach, chase, make noises at, throw rocks at or otherwise taunt a coyote or bobcat. • Do not approach any wild animal that appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Services immediately at (972) 769-4360. • Do not ever try to touch a coyote, bobcat, or any other wild animal.
Anyone interested in possessing chickens or other livestock should visit the Planning Department's page to see the requirements for properties to be designated “Agricultural” and view a comprehensive zoning map to determine their property's current zoning.
1. Keep your pets at home! All pets, including cats, are required to be physically confined to their owner’s property at all times. Following this law will greatly reduce the likelihood that a pet will come in contact with a wild animal. If they don’t have contact with wildlife, they can’t be hurt by them, but wildlife are actually not the biggest threat to at-large pets. In a study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, free-roaming cats were more likely to be injured or killed by car collisions, diseases (mainly from other cats), fights with other at-large pets, poisons (antifreeze, rat bait, etc.), complications of uncontrolled breeding, or cruelty inflicted by humans than they were to be preyed upon by wildlife.
2. Keep your pet's vaccines current! Preventative vaccines are available for many of the most common diseases that pets can get from wildlife and other at-large pets. Animal Services highly recommends that your pet be examined at least once a year by your veterinarian and that you always follow their advice regarding preventative vaccines and medications for common dog and cat diseases and parasites. State law and city ordinance require all pets have a current rabies vaccination at all times and failure to meet this obligation could result in fines to the owner and/or impoundment of the animal. These vaccinations are an important part of keeping your pet healthy and is the first line of defense for your family against certain diseases that are transmissible from animals to people.
To check if your group is registered, please visit our Neighborhood Resource Map and search for your group’s name. If you need to register your group or would like to update the contact information, please submit a new registration form.
The total budget for the City of Plano for Fiscal Year 2017-18 is $550,197,021.
Learn more about the budget and finance process.
The General Fund Budget for the City of Plano for Fiscal Year 2017-18 is $303,652,338.
The current ad valorem tax rate is: 46.86 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. General Fund: 35.00 cents General Obligation Debt Fund: 11.86 cents.
Learn more about the Community Investment Program.
A building permit gives an applicant legal permission to “start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications.” The purpose of the permit is to ensure the building project meets minimum construction, safety, fire and zoning requirements established by the City of Plano and required by the Adopted Building Codes (I-Codes) and International Fire Code. Building permits are reviewed by City staff for compliance with zoning and city code requirements and inspected by the City’s building inspectors for compliance with the Adopted Building Codes.
Visit the Multicultural Outreach Roundtable website.
• Plain-O Helpers – 469-366-4286 or www.plain-o-helpers.org Plain-O Helpers is a Christian based handyman program of seniors helping other seniors in the City of Plano with minor home maintenance and repairs.
• Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas – 972-245-6900 or www.rebuildingdallas.org Rebuilding Together provides necessary home repairs for low-income veterans, elderly, and disabled individuals at absolutely no cost to them.
1. Click on the “Register Now!” menu item on the left-hand side of the page.
2. Complete the Registration form, and then click the “Next Step: Register your utility account” button to continue.
Your account number, bill date (located in the top middle portion of your statement, this is NOT THE DUE DATE) and the amount due are required for registration. Important: For security reasons, the City cannot provide you this information over the telephone. This information must match your bill in order to successfully add the account. Also, should your email address change, please be sure to update your registration/profile. Now you are done! Using the left navigation bars or the buttons located at the top of the screen, you can access personal account information and pay your bill online.
To change your registration information, login and click on the "My Profile" button. Change your information and click on "Update”. Your information will update immediately. Please note: user names cannot be changed.
To change your account information, login and click on the “Pay Now” button. On the “PAY YOUR UTILITY BILL” screen underneath “Payment Options”, click on the “Manage Automatic Monthly Recurring Payment” link. This will transfer you to the US Bank website, where you manage your payment accounts. Click on the “Recurring Payments” button, and you should see your recurring payment(s). You may have multiple payments listed. In this case, you want to click on the option button (circle) next to the payment that shows the code ACTV in the status column. Then, click on the “Edit Payment” button. At this point, follow the on-screen instructions and help on the US Bank website to manage your recurring payment.
Yes. You can access your account, view your account payment, billing and consumption history, and pay your bill online. You can also make requests for services such as new service, final existing service or transfer your account if you are moving within Plano. To start using our online services, you must first register with our site.
Yes. To sign up, please complete the on-line Bank Draft Application
You can request your account information be kept confidential by submitting a signed "Request for Confidentiality" form. This form is available online or you can contact the Utility Services Office at 972-941-7105 and we will mail you a form.
Charges are based on meter size and water consumption.
Your sewer charge is based on your winter quarter average. Your sewer charge will not be affected the month you are filling your pool, but if you are filling it during the billing periods of December through March, it could affect your winter quarter average for the next year.
Yes. The City of Plano has a Solicitation by Pedestrian Ordinance (Sec. 522.007). It is illegal to hire people off the street. Such actions create a safety hazard for the contractor, laborer, and those driving on nearby thoroughfares.
The negotiated pay is paid directly to the Laborer at the end of the workday. The type of payment, cash or check, is negotiated at the time the Laborer is picked up from the Day Labor Center.
There is no minimum/maximum of hours.
The employment agreement is strictly between the Contractor and the Laborer. The City of Plano does not perform background checks on Laborers as we are not an employment agency. For more information call the Texas Workforce Commission at 1-800-832-9243 or visit www.twc.state.tx.us
Some laborers have transportation to and/or from the job site, while others utilize public transportation, when accessible. This information should be requested during the job agreement negotiation.
They City of Plano does not know if the Laborers are bonded or have health insurance. The Laborers are considered their own independent contractor. A contractor may request such documentation at the time of negotiation.
Drop off location should be negotiated during the pay negotiation. If drop off is after hours of operation of the Day Labor Center, the Laborer may request drop off at the Plano Dart Station just south of the Day Labor Center.
Please follow this link. Paper copies can be provided to you at the Day Labor Center office. http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/how-submit-wage-claim-under-texas-payday-law
No. Once a Laborer agrees to the hours and the job description presented by the Contractor, the Laborer cannot return to the Day Labor Center for the addition work on the same day.
Yes, Day Labor Centers exist in cities throughout the United States. The cities of Garland and Plano are the two North Texas cities that have such an organized venue.
Warning A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
What you should do:Activate your personal emergency plan Take shelter immediately Listen to local radio or TV for updates and information on what further actions to take
WatchA watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
What you should do:Remain alert for approaching storms Listen to local radio or TV for updates Be prepared to move to shelter
If you are in a public building or at work during a severe storm, seek shelter on the lowest level of the building. You can also use the fire escapes or windowless restrooms as shelter areas. The expiration time of the warning will be included in the National Weather Service warning message. Remember to designate your shelter area in advance; there will be less confusion during severe weather if the location is pre-determined. Offices should hold tornado drills often.
If you need additional assistance regarding DART, contact City Transportation Engineering staff at (972) 941-7152.
Visit the DART website.
Remember the four D’s: • Dawn to Dusk - Try to stay indoors as much as possible. If this is not possible, make sure you follow the other D's. Mosquitoes are active most of the day. •Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside to keep skin covered. •DEET- Is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent to apply when staying outdoors. •Drain - Standing water in your yard and neighborhood (for example: old tires, flower pots, rain gutters, etc.). These are mosquito breeding sites. Keep swimming pools treated and circulated and rain gutters unclogged.
Additional information can be found at texaszika.org.
Click here for Collection maps for Trash, Recycling and Bulky Waste services offered by the City of Plano Environmental Waste Services Division.
City of Plano Collection Schedules
We recommend you rinse it out with ammonia and water on a regular basis.
Call Environmental Waste Services Customer Service at (972) 769-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have it repaired or replaced.
Residents not able to reduce their capacity from the current 95-gallon trash cart pay $16.10/month. Those who reduce their capacity to a 68-gallon trash cart only pay $11.25/month.
Do-it-yourself disposal is available to all Plano residential Environmental Waste Services customers at the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) transfer stations and regional disposal facility. Plano residents must take their current City of Plano utility bill that reflects garbage (waste) services and a current Texas driver's license with corresponding address for proof of residency.
Residents are allowed two (2) drop-offs per monthly utility bill cycles. Loads must arrive in a passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. Trailers of any size are also acceptable, as long as they are towed behind a passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. NOTE: Stake bed trucks and box trucks are not acceptable.
Disposal hours, locations, and acceptable waste can be found under the DIY Disposal tab on the Residential Trash page.
Call Environmental Waste Services Customer Service at (972) 769-4150 or click here to request a household chemical collection at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled household chemical collection day. Household chemical collections are scheduled by zip code:
75025 on Mondays
75023 on Tuesdays
75024 & 75093 on Wednesdays
75074, 75075 & 75094 on Thursdays
You will be instructed to place the items in a box marked "chemicals" at your collection point by 7 a.m., at least two feet from your refuse and recycling containers.
Learn more about Household Chemical Collection.
Call Environmental Waste Services at (972) 769-4150 or click here for a free cooking oil collection. Oil must be contained in a sturdy, plastic container with a secure screw-top. Collection appointments will be scheduled for one or more gallons. The containers need to be placed at your regular trash pick up location site by 7 a.m. on the day of the scheduled collection. The cooking oil will be processed and used as bio-diesel fuel.
Home Depot (Plano locations) and Lowe's (East Plano and Allen locations) accept CFLs. Recycle Revolution (Dallas) will accept CFLs for a small fee. Batteries Plus and Batteries Plus Bulbs stores collect incandescent, CFLs and LEDs for recycling.
There are several locations around Plano that accept Styrofoam for recycling.
These locations accept wire hangers.
United Electronics Recycling (UER) partners with the City of Plano and they do accept strings of Christmas lights for recycling.
Learn more about the budget and finance process.
Hilltop Securities, Inc. is the City's financial advisor.
Collin County Tax Assessor-Collector (972) 547-5020
The tax covers hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, as well as condominiums, apartments, and houses rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Hotel tax does not apply to hospitals, sanitariums, nursing homes, student dormitories operated by colleges and universities, or condominiums, apartments, and houses leased for more than 30 consecutive days.
There are no state or local hotel taxes on meeting and banquet rooms located in a building where no sleeping accommodations are provided.
No, state agencies (except Texas institutions of higher education) and their employees (except certain state officials described above) must pay state and local hotel taxes. State agencies can request a refund of state and local hotel taxes paid or reimbursed to employees (Chapter 351.006).
All Plano Fire-Rescue personnel are dual-trained in fire suppression and emergency medical services. This means that Plano firefighters are capable of working on fire engines and trucks as well as on ambulances. The fire engine or truck which usually arrives first on the emergency scene carries all necessary equipment and medications to provide emergency medical treatment and advanced life support until the arrival of an ambulance. This ensures that emergency care is delivered to our community as quickly as possible.
Ambulance Transport Fees are set by city ordinance and can be found under Chapter 8 of the Code of City Ordinances. The Basic Life Support (BLS) fee for medical care rendered is six hundred ninety dollars ($690); the Advance Life Support (ALS) fee for medical care rendered is seven hundred forty-five dollars ($745); the Advanced Life Support (ALS2) fee for medical care rendered is seven hundred sixty-five dollars ($765). A transportation fee of fifteen dollars ($15) per mile from the incident location to the medical facility will apply to all transports. In addition to the above, when applicable, a $50 medication administration fee and/or a one hundred dollar ($100) non-resident fee will be charged per person per incident. The patient's medical insurance will usually pay this fee which is set in accordance with national ambulance standards. If Plano Fire-Rescue did not charge this fee, this operating cost would have to be funded entirely with tax revenue, resulting in greater taxes for all citizens.
Chimeneas and covered fire pits are allowed on single family property. They are not to exceed 3 feet in diameter, 2 feet high with a screen cover, and must be located 25 feet from a building or property line .
Yes. Plano Fire-Rescue hosts one CFA each year, usually in the early part of the year. Applications can be obtained by calling 972-941-7159 or emailing email@example.com.
*For approximate service areas, please see Service Provider Map. *
Cable TV, Internet, and Telephone companies do not have franchise agreements with the City of Plano; however, these companies do have to abide by the City of Plano’s Right of Way Management Ordinance.
For issues not related to their use of the City’s Right of Way, complaints can be filed with either the Federal Communications Commission or the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
No. The City cannot advocate for you when it relates to billing disputes.
Damaged equipment is the responsibility of the utility company; however, we can facilitate your request with the appropriate company. Reports of damaged equipment can be submitted through FixIt Plano. To assist in timely repairs, please include address and picture of damaged equipment.
Typical repair time is 7-14 days but could be longer depending on the issue. If there is a safety issue, such as a large exposed hole in the ground, measures will be taken to ensure the area remains safe until repairs can be completed.
The cables you see in your alley are temporary cables used by utility companies to prevent services from being interrupted to you and/or your neighbors while repairs are being made. It is not uncommon for temporary cables to remain unburied for a long period of time, depending on the work that is being done. Should the cables remain unburied for longer than 14 days, please report unburied cable through FixIt Plano so we can reach out to the appropriate company for an update. It is important you include the location of the wire as well as a picture of the cables end point.
CoServ Electric Delivery Area
1-866-PWR-4-TEX (1-866-797-4839)POWER TO CHOOSE
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC. is regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The PUCT regulatory authority oversees competitive markets and compliance enforcement of statutes and rules.
CoServ Electric is a cooperative electric company that opted out of deregulation; therefore, they operate under different rules and regulations. For more information on Cooperatives, please visit the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Oncor Electric and CoServ Electric operate under franchise agreements with the City of Plano for the use of the Public Right of Way.
In 2002, electric deregulation was adopted by the State of Texas. As a result, Oncor Electric Delivery handles transmission and distribution. They maintain the transmission wires, deliver the electricity to your home, and read the electric meters.
Billing for electricity distributed by Oncor is handled by Retail Electric Providers (REPs). Consumers can chose their own REP. A list of REPs is available at Power to Choose.
CoServ Electric handles both distribution and billing. Therefore, consumers in the CoServ service area are not able to select a different Retail Electric Provider (REP).
Street light outages or damaged streetlights can be reported directly through the links below.
If you are unable to locate the street light needing repair, please report the outage through FixIt Plano.
In case of a power outage, you must contact your provider directly. You can find the outage number for your provider on your electric bill.
Please report trees growing around or near power lines located in the city right of way through FixIt Plano . It is important you include the location and picture of the overgrown trees in order for us to determine responsibility.
For detailed information on tree trimming near power lines, please visit All About Trees and Power Lines, a publication of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
The Railroad Commission of Texas oversees both Atmos Energy and CoServ Gas.
Atmos Energy and CoServ Gas operate under franchise agreements with the City of Plano for the use of the Public Right of Way.
If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak indoors or outdoors, leave the area immediately, call 9-1-1, and then call your providers emergency number. The emergency number for Atmos is 866-322-8667 and the emergency number for Coserv is 844-330-0763.
No. The City cannot advocate for you when it relates to billing disputes.
Damaged equipment is the responsibility of the utility company; however, we can facilitate your request with the appropriate company. Reports of damaged equipment can be submitted through FixIt Plano. To assist in timely repairs, please include address and picture of damaged equipment
Typical repair time is 7-14 days but could be longer depending on the issue. If there is a safety issue, measures will be taken to ensure the area remains safe until repairs can be completed.
Click here for Collection maps for Garbage, Recycling and Bulky Waste services offered by the City of Plano Environmental Waste Services.
Call the Municipal Court at 972-941-2199 during business hours on weekdays.
Old buildings:• Are physical links to the past• Give a sense of community and personal identity• Have intrinsic value as art• Provide environmental diversity• Continue to be useful
The purpose of tax exemption is to provide additional funds for continued preservation. The Heritage Commission inspects each structure yearly to determine if they are being maintained properly. The amount of the exemption is based on two factors: 1.Whether the structure is individually designated or the structure is part of and contributes to a heritage district; and 2.Whether the structure is used solely as a residence or has a commercial use. Class A Structures (individually designated and used for residential purposes) receive 100% exemption from taxation. Class B Structures (individually designated and used for commercial purposes) receive 50% exemption. Class C Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for residential purposes) receive 75% exemption. Finally, Class D Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for commercial purposes) receive 38% exemption. These exemptions are on the value of the structure; full taxes are still paid on the land. To learn more, please view the Tax Exemption link on the Heritage Preservation page. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
The Plano Heritage Commission protects the rights and investments of property owners and business establishments through a design review process called a Certificate of Appropriateness. By preserving and maintaining visual character, the HC ensures that future generations will enjoy the benefits of Plano’s rich architectural heritage.
Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
• Changing doors or windows• Changing architectural details• Adding/removing siding• Signs• Light Fixtures• New exterior paint colors• Demolition and new construction• Major landscape or pavement changes
However, routine maintenance and in-kind repairs do not require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Many simple repairs or changes may be approved by Staff. When in doubt, contact the Planning Department at 972-941-7151 or view the "Applications & Guidelines" tab on the Heritage Preservation page.
• Restrict the use to which property is put• Restrict the sale of property• Require approval of interior changes or alterations• Prevent new construction within historic areas• Require approval for ordinary maintenance or in-kind repairs
Contact EWS Customer Service at (972) 769-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have it repaired or replaced.
Call Environmental Waste Services Customer Service at (972) 769-4150 or click here at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled household chemical collection day. Household chemical collections are scheduled by zip code:
75025 on Mondays
75023 on Tuesdays
75024 & 75093 on Wednesdays
75074, 75075 & 75094 on Thursdays
Learn more about Household Chemical Collection
900 E. 15th St.Plano, TX 75074
7501 Independence Pkwy.Plano, TX 75025
PLEASE NOTE: Payments by mail must be received in the Court on or before the due date to avoid additional penalties.
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Justice of the Peace: (972) 881-3051
Tax Assessor: (972) 881-3010
Learn more about Texas Court Help here.
In 1985 the City of Plano began planning at the city level, with other adjacent cities and surrounding counties for an intricate bicycle transportation network using a combination of multi-use recreational trails and city streets. An important part of the current bicycle transportation network is the multi-use recreational trail system. You might be familiar with several of Plano’s trails already: Bluebonnet, Chisholm, Preston Ridge and Santa Fe. However, because trails require a dedicated space, they are typically located on park property.
The on-street bicycle routes will have signage to show bicyclists how to navigate through the city using lower volume roadways. The on-street bicycle route network also includes several arterial roads or portions of arterial roads that are identified as bicycle routes as they are essential to completing connections where no other option is available. Plano’s on-street bicycle routes can be found on this on-street bicycle transportation map. Signs are placed along routes so bicyclists can get the route information as they travel to connect to multi-use recreational trails, schools, libraries, recreation centers, DART bus or rail transit stops, shopping or places of employment. The signage also lets motorists know that bicyclists will be present on those routes.
Guidance signs show the Plano logo, a bicycle symbol and the route number you are on. Some directional signs show which way to turn to intersect with another bicycle route.
Other directional signs show which direction to go, the route number, destination and the mileage remaining to the destination. Texas Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Plano Parks & Recreation Adapted programs offer recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs from 12 months to over 60 years of age. Programs are offered year round and provide a variety of activities such as; fitness, crafts and fine arts, education, outings and a variety of other programs that meet the needs of families with children/teens and adults with disabilities. Although these programs are recreational, there are many benefits that are inherent within each of the programs. They stress social interaction, self-direction, speech and language and community involvement. These recreational programs provide a safe environment, respite for parents and caregivers, and learning through a variety of classes. Staff and volunteers are there to assist each participant in getting the most out of each program they attend. For more information contact Dianne Dillon at 972-941-7272.
You can register online, in person or by calling any recreation center. For online registration, follow the steps below to set up your account:
Step 1: Go to the online site by clicking ‘Register Here’ at planoparks.org.
Step 2: Click on 'Create Account'.
Step 3: Complete your information (you must have an email address to create an account).
Registration for most programs remains open until the start date of the course. Course fees are determined by residency, however, everyone is welcome! For complete details and dates for any registration session, check Recreation OnLine (link below) or the current Recreation Catalog.
Plano Parks and Recreation Memberships
Carpenter Park Recreation Center (indoor pool)
6701 Coit Rd 972-208-8087
Jack Carter Outdoor Pool
2601 Pleasant Valley Dr 208-8081
Liberty Recreation Center (outdoor pool)
2601 Glencliff Dr 972-769-4234
Oak Point Recreation Center (indoor and outdoor pool)
6000 Jupiter Rd 972-941-7540
Plano Aquatic Center (indoor pool and outdoor splash pad)
2301 Westside Dr 972-769-4232
Plano Senior Recreation Center
401 W 16th St 972-941-7155
Harry Rowlinson Community Natatorium
1712 Avenue P 972-941-7670
Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (indoor and outdoor pool)
5801 W Parker Rd 972-769-4404
Reservations are available for the following pavilions:
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Bob Woodruff Park (North)- near the lake
Bob Woodruff Park (South)
Park Russell Creek Park- near lake
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
Visit the Pavilions page link below for more information and to check availability.
The Plano Parks and Recreation Department provides league play in many adult sports. Please see the link below for more information.
The department prepares, maintains and allocates competitive game fields for use by youth sports organizations and coordinates their schedules to insure they are used to maximum efficiency. Please contact any of the youth sports organizations about league play. Please check the Youth Sports page of this website for more information.
Practice FieldsA variety of backstops and open fields in neighborhood parks and elementary schools are available on a first come, first served basis. To find these sites, please go to Park Facilities on Leisure on Line and choose practice fields under the Facility Feature tab or click on the link below for the Athletics page.
Various athletic fields are available to rent for Plano residents. For more information on ball field rental, please contact athletic field operations at 972-941-7250.
The Plano Parks and Recreation Department provides league play in many adult sports. Please see the Athletics link below for more information.
Practice FieldsA variety of backstops and open fields in neighborhood parks and elementary schools are available on a first come, first served basis. To find these sites, please go to Park Facilities on Leisure on Line and choose practice fields under the Facility Feature tab or visit the Athletics page link below.
The Adopt A Tree program is located around the pond at Russell Creek Park, off of McDermott Rd between Coit Rd and Custer Rd. For a map of the site, click here.
Click on the link below for more information.
Adopt a Tree Program
To reserve the pool at Liberty Recreation Center, call 972-769-4234, anytime during their normal business hours (Pool open for summer season only).
To reserve the pool or a party area at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, call 972-769-4404, anytime during their normal business hours.
To make a reservation at Oak Point Recreation Center, Jack Carter Pool (currently closed for renovations), Plano Aquatic Center or Rowlinson Natatorium, call the administrative office at 972-941-7250, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm or Oak Point Recreation Center at 972-941-7540, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.
Flotation devices are limited to US Coast Guard approved life jackets which are provided for you if needed (limited quantities available). Private lessons/coaching are not allowed at City of Plano facilities.
For pool information and hours, click on the link below.
Recreation Centers and Pools
Learn more about Plano's trail system here.
Current Construction Projects
Plano Parks and Recreation Irrigation
Volunteers in Plano
Plano Event Center's catering department is the exclusive caterer for Plano Event Center. Our catering manager will assist you in selecting from our wide variety of menus. Our chefs can also custom design a menu for your special event.
Plano Event Center is the alcoholic beverage license holder, and therefore is required to purchase and serve all alcohol consumed at our facility. Events serving alcohol will require security at the customer’s expense. Plano Event Center management determines the ratio of guests to officers.
Collinwood Hall can seat up to 2,000 people theater-style and up to 1,400 people banquet-style. The Windhaven Room can accommodate up to 350 people theater-style and up to 200 people banquet-style.
Events may be booked up to one year out in accordance with our booking policy. Trade shows and conventions with a minimum number of hotel room nights are booked two years in advance. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable 50% deposit (half of total rental fee) and a signed contract are required to secure a date on our books.
The lease fee covers rental of the room, tables and chairs, and set-up and tear down of the room. Our catering fees include table linens, china, glassware, and flatware. Tradeshows and expos pay extra for furniture.
General liability insurance is required for tradeshows, conventions, and events open to the public. Reservations with catering services will include applicable charges plus 20% service and 8.25% sales tax. Equipment (including Audio-Visual) will also include a 20% service charge. Equipment and lease fees may include 8.25% sales tax. Plano Event Center management may require Plano police officers and/or crowd control personnel at the guest’s expense.
You may use non-residual tape, T-pins, and push pins to decorate for your event. Confetti, glitter, nails, hooks, screws, tacks, staples, putty, double-sided tape or strong adhesive tape may not be used. You are responsible for any damages to the facility and removal of all decorations, materials, trash, residue etc., after the event. Plano Event Center will provide trash cans. Decorations causing a high volume of trash and debris are subject to clean up charges.
Yes, Collinwood Hall has a 12-foot by 12-foot street-level move-in door. You may bring in a display vehicle. The Plano Fire Marshall requires that the gas tank contain less than 1/8 tank of gas, the gas cap be taped off, the battery disconnected, and protective plastic placed under the engine.
Contact our Patron Services Coordinator Andrew Smith to discuss any issues that you are having. He will be able to assist you with the purchase of any Plano Stages event or direct you to the appropriate contact for shows produced by third-party clients.
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The Courtyard Theater, Cox Building Playhouse, Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, and McCall Plaza are available for rental for a wide variety of occasions. To initiate the rental process, please visit our Venues page and select "Rental Application" next to the venue of our choice. A staff member will contact you as soon as possible!
If the event you attended is produced by a third-party company (not by the City of Plano), you may need to contact the company directly to inquire about lost and found items. Often, our clients will do a full sweep of the building prior to leaving and will collect any left-behind items. If you are not sure who produced the event you attended, feel free to contact the Patron Services Coordinator.
Please note that items left behind are discarded after remaining in lost and found for longer than one month. These items are either donated to charity, surrendered to the police department, or disposed of through other means.
Ample free parking is available throughout the Downtown Plano area. Please see the link below to access a full downtown parking map. Lot 1 (Cox Courtyard Lot) is the most convenient for events at Courtyard Theater and Cox Playhouse. Suggested after-hours overflow parking for these venues is located at Lot 6 (Municipal Center Lot).
The Amphitheater at Oak Point Park and McCall Plaza are both ADA accessible and provide various viewpoints and pathway options for those with mobility disabilities.
Courtyard Theater & Cox Playhouse - The majority of events at these venues are fairly casual, so jeans and a nice shirt will typically suffice. However, some of our third-party clients host events that require a stricter dress code. When in doubt, feel free to contact the hosting organization or us for guidance! Amphitheater at Oak Point Park - As this is an outdoor venue, no specific dress code is required. It is highly suggested that you dress appropriately for the weather. Shirts and shoes are required, and we ask that you use your judgment to dress tastefully.
The Cox Building Playhouse does not supply these devices, as the majority of sound in that space is not digitally amplified.
False alarms often cause unnecessary safety risks to emergency responders as well as citizens during a response. With the alarm companies, the user of the alarm system, and the Alarm Unit working together, we can significantly reduce the number of false alarms.
If your building has multiple suites leased out, typically the building manager will have a permit for the building’s fire alarm system and each tenant will be responsible for a permit if they choose to operate any additional alarm systems (e.g. burglar, panic, or robbery alarm systems).
Locations operating a smoke detector that is not connected to an alarm panel do not need a permit.
If your system is video surveillance only, a permit is necessary only if it is monitored by a monitoring company that will dispatch emergency services.
Operating an alarm without a valid permit will result in a $200.00 penalty.
The Alarms Unit offices out of the Plano Police Department Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. The department is located at 909 14th Street, Plano, Texas 75074 on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue H.
An alternate location for payment drop-off only is at 7501-A Independence Parkway, Plano, TX 75025. The building is connected to the Davis Library and is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.
Plano Police DepartmentAttn: Alarm UnitPO Box 860358Plano, Texas 75086
By MailApplications can be printed and submitted via mail with a payment.
In PersonApplications can be accepted at the Plano Police Department during our office hours.
Click on “Manage Your Account” located on our website and enter the permit number in the “Account #” field. If you have never set up a password or need it reset, please call (972) 941-2426 or email us at email@example.com.
Payments can be made at the Plano Police Department during our office hours or dropped off at the substation on Independence.
It is recommended to mail your payment 3-4 business days prior to your expiration date to avoid late fees.
Changes can also be made by using the Cancel/Update Form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or emailed.
Permits cannot be transferred to different people or businesses.
If you ever need to re-activate your permit, you will keep your original permit number. Contact our office for assistance or send in a Cancel/Update Form with your original permit number on it.
Burglar Alarms Burglar alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive alarms 1-3 free. Anything greater than 3 alarms is considered excessive and will be charged as follows: 4th & 5th Alarm is $50.00 6th & 7th Alarm is $75.00 8 or more alarms are $100.00 each and the permit may be suspended.
Robbery Alarms Robbery alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive alarms 1-2 free. Any robbery alarm after 2 will be charged $200.00 each.
Panic Alarms Panic alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive alarms 1-2 free. Any panic alarm after 2 will be charged $75.00 each.
Fire Alarms Fire alarms are counted by looking at the previous 12 months. Each permit will receive alarms 1-2 free. Any fire alarm after 2 will be charged $200.00 each.
- Pets, rodents, or wildlife. - Improper monitoring or installation by the monitoring company. - Maintenance or testing by an alarm company. - Weather, unless physical damage was made to the location and evidence can be provided. - Mistakes by anyone authorized to be on the property. - Loose doors or windows that activate an alarm.
As e-mail from an unknown address is often filtered as junk mail, it is the responsibility of the applicant to check both their 'inbox' and 'junk' mail folders.
Also, please do not call to verify that your fax was received; instead rely on your fax machine's confirmation report.
Once an examination date has been set, we will a date range when we will offer tutoring help.
If you are interested in taking the next exam for the position of Police Officer, please submit your name into our upcoming employment database for the test information. Visit the employment section of our webpage for additional information.
In lieu of a college degree, we will accept applicants who have earned at least 60 college semester hours from an accredited institution by hire date in addition to having three (3) years active military service, or two (2) years full-time, paid sworn law enforcement experience.
Civil Service rules and regulations prohibit lateral transfer to the Plano Police Department from other agencies. Please visit the Texas Commission on Law Enforcements Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) website for more information about challenging the exam if you are not currently a licensed Peace Officer in Texas.
If your system is video surveillance only, a permit is necessary only if it is monitored by a monitoring company that will dispatch emergency services.
These services are also available at the Plano Police Substation (Joint Use Facility, 7501-A Independence Parkway) Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The cost for this service is $10.00 for the first two (2) cards and $5.00 for each additional card. The organization or agency requiring the fingerprints should provide you with the card(s).
Motor Vehicle Crash Reports generated on or after October 1, 2007 are also available on-line and, in most cases, reports can be accessed within 24 to 72 hours of the incident. On-line crash reports are available for purchase 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To view or purchase a copy of your crash report, please follow the link below for additional details and a link to the on-line accident report webpage. For further information on obtaining a copy of a motor vehicle crash report, please contact the Police Records Unit at (972) 941-2019 or (972) 208-2077. Visit the Online Accident Reports webpage.
A non-emergency Police Report may be filed over the telephone by calling (972) 424-5678. You may also elect to visit either Police Department facility and speak with a Public Safety Officer in person to file a report. Plano Police Headquarters is located at 909 East 14th Street and the Plano Police Substation is located in the city's Joint Use Facility at 7501-A Independence Parkway. Click here to see if you can report your incident online.
Texas law states that anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to the DFPS. A person who reports abuse in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability. DFPS keeps the name of the person making the report confidential. Anyone who does not report suspected abuse can be held liable for a misdemeanor or felony.
The Jail is a holding or short-term detention facility. Generally inmates are confined for less than 72 hours before being released or transferred to another facility such as the Collin County Detention Facility.
The Collin County Detention Facility is located at 4300 Community Avenue, McKinney, TX 75071 The phone number is (972) 424-1433.
This is an administrative process documenting an arrestee's processing into the Jail. This process includes collecting information such as the person's name, address, reason for the arrest (criminal charges), and inventorying their personal property. A photograph and fingerprints of the individual are taken as well. During the booking process, pertinent information about the inmate is obtained in order to address their medical / mental health needs and to provide them with safe housing during their period of incarceration.
A Magistrate's Hearing is a formal meeting between a judge and an inmate. During this meeting, the judge informs the inmate of his or her charge(s) and advises the inmate of his or her rights. The bond amount(s) are also set at that time.
Magistrate Hearings generally are held each morning but can occur at alternate times to accommodate magistrate schedules.
Pre-Trial Release is a way for qualified inmates to be released without paying a bond. Pre-trial release is a personal bond (or promise) to appear. Collin County Pre-Trial Release is responsible for gathering and reviewing information about a prisoner to determine whether to release the prisoner from custody. The individual must meet the following minimum qualifications before a Pre-Trial Release may be considered: Must be Collin County resident; Must be in Jail on a Collin County offense (first-degree felony charges are excluded); Must not be on parole or have any felony convictions; Must be willing to appear in court until the case is completely out of litigation; Must provide positive identification; Must NOT have history of bond forfeiture. Pre-Trial Release is committed to making a cost-efficient mechanism available for the release of qualifying defendants from Jail, to assist in alleviating an overcrowded Jail and to provide a fair and unbiased method of release. Screening methods however, are not simple. Contact Collin County Pre-Trial Release at (972) 547-5265 to determine if a defendant is eligible. Plano Detention Officers cannot determine if a prisoner is eligible for this program.
Visitation hours are: daily from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, but is subject to cancellation without notice by the Detention Supervisor. Call (972) 424-5678 to verify visitation approval. Visitation requirements are: Visitation is limited to 30 minutes with a maximum of 2 visitors allowed per day; Visitors must be appropriately dressed, be at least 17-years of age, present a valid driver's license or state issued identification card, and have no outstanding arrest warrants. Visitors may be searched prior to entering the visitation room.
Money may be contributed to the inmate's property. Prescription medication will be accepted and dispensed in the prescribed manner by Jail personnel. Please call (972) 424-5678 to verify any additional items you may wish to bring with you.
Inmate property can only be released after the inmate grants written permission authorizing the release. To claim inmate property it is necessary to: Complete a property release form and present a valid driver's license or a state issued identification card.
Inmates are allowed to use a free telephone once the booking process has been completed. An inmate also has the opportunity to make collect phone calls from their housing area.
This is a warrant issued on a charge on which a judgment of 'Guilty' HAS NOT been entered. An inmate, bail-bond company, or an attorney can post a bond for this type of warrant. The bond assures that the inmate will appear in court.
This is a warrant issued on a charge on which a judgment of “Guilty” HAS BEEN entered and the inmate did not pay the fine and / or court costs. To resolve a Capias Pro Fine warrant are: To pay the fine and / or court costs in full; Remain in Jail until enough Jail Credit has been earned to be released 'time served'.
City of Plano Class C misdemeanor warrants can be resolved by: Paying the fine in cash; Posting a cash or surety bond; Being released 'time served' after acquiring enough Jail Credit; A combination of bonds, Jail Credit, and cash payment.
Payment can be accepted by either the issuing agency or the City of Plano. If payment is made at the Plano City Jail, cash (in the exact amount) must be used. It is recommended that you verify the exact amount with a Plano City Jail staff member.
The City of Plano contracts with Jordan Towing, Inc., for the storage of impounded vehicles. Inquiries concerning fees, method of payment, and directions to the storage facility should be directed to the towing company. Be prepared to provide information such as the vehicle’s year, make, model, and license plate number. Jordan Towing, Inc. may be contacted by calling (972) 380-6300 and is physically located at 601 Digital Drive in Plano (Southeast of Plano Pkwy./Coit Rd.).
Inmates are released in the City of Plano Jail Lobby at 900 East 15th Street.
Chapter 12 of the City of Plano Municipal Code of Ordinances was enacted in August of 2004 and establishes that: “the owner of a motor vehicle is liable for a civil penalty of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) if, while facing only a steady red signal displayed by an electrically operated traffic-control signal located in the city, the vehicle is operated in violation of the instructions of that traffic-control signal, as specified by Texas Transportation Code, Section 544.007(d).”
On June 15, 2007, Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1119, which became effective on September 1, 2007. This bill created Texas Transportation Code Chapter 707; establishing procedures for local entities that opted to use cameras to cite owners of vehicles that illegally run through red lights. The bill also provides specific processes for implementing a Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Program, contracting certain duties to a vendor, imposing a civil penalty, and creating a hearing and appeals process. On August 22, 2007, the Plano City Council amended Chapter 12 of the Plano City Ordinances to reflect modifications required by Senate Bill 1119.
Permits are issued out of the Plano Police Department and the hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The department is located at 909 14th Street in downtown Plano on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue H. You may contact us at (972) 941-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mailing address is as follows:
Plano Police Department Attn: Solicitor Permits PO Box 860358 Plano, TX 75086
Unacceptable ID Documents
If you are not a U.S. Citizen you must be able to provide the required issuance of either a EAD or Residency Card to verify legal U.S. residency. Samples of acceptable documents if not a U.S. Citizen: Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551) Image Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV) [Note that this document is subject to reverification] Image 1Image 2 Employment Authorization Document (Card) that contains a photograph (Form I-766) Image 1Image 2 Foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A, Arrival/Departure Report bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s non-immigrant status that authorizes such alien to work for a specific employer incident to this status. This document may only be used if the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment does not conflict with any restrictions or limitations listed on Form I-94 or I-94A, Arrival/Departure Report. Image 1Image 2
The Permits Coordinator offices out of the Plano Police Department Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The department is located at 909 14th Street, Plano, TX 75074 on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue H.
Yes, the tip411 system is 100% anonymous, as its technology removes all identifying information before police see it and there is no way to identify the sender.
No, this is not possible since the tip411 system is 100% anonymous.
These assessments are completed online, or completed in the Public Safety Communications department in the lower-level of the Plano Municipal Center (if you do not have a computer at home). More specific information will be provided to you upon passing the HR pre-screen which is completed during your online application.
The only document that you need to bring is a photo ID.
Yes, as long as the college is accredited.
Proof of US citizenship is a birth certificate, naturalization paperwork, certificate of citizenship or a passport.
The secret code is provided to you in the email that is sent to you containing information regarding in-person testing.
No, we do not offer assessments after hours or on the weekend.
Click here for Collection schedules for Trash, Recycling and Bulky Waste services offered by the City of Plano Environmental Waste Services.
Call Environmental Waste Services at (972) 769-4150 or click here for a free cooking oil collection. Oil must be contained in a sturdy, plastic container with a secure screw-top. Collection appointments will be scheduled for one or more gallons. The containers need to be placed at your regular trash pick up location site by 7 a.m. on the day of the scheduled collection. The cooking oil will be processed and used as biodiesel fuel.
Call Environmental Waste Services at (972) 769-4150 or click here at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled household chemical collection day. Household chemical collections are scheduled by zip code:
These locations accept wire hangers.
Residents are allowed two drop-offs per monthly utility bill cycles. Loads must arrive in a passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. Trailers of any size are also acceptable, as long as they are towed behind a passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. NOTE: Stake bed trucks and box trucks are not acceptable.
Disposal hours, locations, and acceptable waste can be found under the DIY Disposal tab on the Residential Trash page.
Fill out an online registration form for your group's cleanup. Registration is required and must be completed 3 days prior to your desired cleanup date in order to receive supplies.
1. Review the areas of interest and departments that utilize volunteers listed in the blue navigation bar on the left side of the page within the Volunteers in Plano web site. 2. Read the summary information carefully to make sure you qualify and meet the schedule requirements.3. Click the registration link within your area of interest to sign up online.4. After submitting your application, please wait to receive a response from the VIP office with information on scheduling a short in-person interview.
For more information, please call Volunteers in Plano at 972-941-7617 or get more details at
How to Volunteer
- Likes and dislikes- The type of volunteer role that you would enjoy- Times you are available- Your own strengths and weaknesses- Your skills
Review the variety of opportunities available and learn how to sign up at: How to Volunteer
Visit the Teen page more information on available opportunities: Teen Volunteers
1. Is there a specific department in which you would like to do your internship?2. How many hours are you required to do for this internship? If none, how many a week would you like to do?3. Will you be working part time or full time?4. When would you be available to start?5. When will you be in town to schedule an interview?
The next step is to fill out the online volunteer registration and send us your resume. Good luck! Teen & College Student Volunteer Information
Different manufacturers use different terminology to describe the every other week watering functionality. Below is a link that will take you to your irrigation controller manufacturer’s website along with the terminology that the manufacturer uses, so that you can retrieve the owner’s manual and reference the instructions specific to your controller. Most manufacturers also have a customer service hotline, which can further assist you. Rain Bird – “Cyclic Days” Irritrol – “Skip Days Schedule Option” Toro – “Interval Days” Weathermatic – “Interval” Hunter – “Interval Watering”
The City tested a water restriction holiday to try to alleviate the need to flush water and allow citizens extra time to water their lawns. The result was not what the city hoped for. As mentioned previously, flushing allows the City to quickly move water in a targeted location. The water restriction holiday did not move enough water in the targeted areas to eliminate the need to continue flushing. The City staff is focused on potential solutions to assist in maintaining water quality, since we know that from now on we will always be under some form of water restrictions in order to conserve as much of our water resources as possible.
We realize this is not an ideal solution, but maintaining water quality standards for safety is critically important. We are trying to balance encouraging conservation and maintaining water quality at the same time and, unfortunately, sometimes flushing lines is necessary. Learn more about the necessity of hydrant flushing