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Republic Services have a scheduled routine they follow depending on the location of the brush and bulky item collection. To find out your collection schedule, first click HERE to find out what quadrant you live in. Next, click HERE to view your date of collections with your corresponding section. ( 546HELP - Brownsville )

For missed trash pick ups, please call the Call Center at 956-546-help(4357). ( 546HELP - Brownsville )

Please contact the Call Center at 956-546-help(4357). We will gladly enter a request to have your bin replaced. ( 546HELP - Brownsville )

ADA Paratransit Service is a prearranged origin-to-destination service for persons with disabilities whose eligibility has been determined by a certification process. Passengers must call the day before their trip to schedule the trip. Paratransit is a shared-ride program, meaning that multiple passengers may be grouped together in the same vehicle for trips with different pick up and drop off locations. The ADA Paratransit Service is offered during the same working hours as the fixed route service and is provided in areas that are within 3/4 of a mile from BUS’s regular fixed routes. ( ADA Paratransit Service - Brownsville )

The trip fare is $1.50 per trip. ( ADA Paratransit Service - Brownsville )

Visit our Scheduling a Trip page. ( ADA Paratransit Service - Brownsville )

The cost is zero. Membership is free. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

Brownsville Children between the ages of 6-17. Signed registration form by parent/guardian must be submitted to the office. After School Registration Form (PDF) ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

The After School Recreation Program follows the school year calendar. We begin the first day of school, and end the last week of school, Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

The registration office is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration forms may be picked up at 1338 East 8th Street and during Recreation Program hours of 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. After School Registration Form (PDF) ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

No. If your child does not make arrangements to go home at the requested time, please make sure to do so yourself. Always pick up your child promptly. Any child remaining on the premises after closing will result in a call to law enforcement officials. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

Please realize that this is a community program focused on recreation, respect, safety, and fun. We will not permit any illegal activity, rude behavior, bullying, fighting, destruction of property, theft, harassment, prejudice, and or anything that would cause harm to self, other children, staff, or the public. Failure to abide by rules set at our parks may result in immediate expulsion. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

No. The ASRP follows an Open-Door Policy. Participants are free to sign themselves in and out of the building. However your child’s safety is our first concern; therefore your child is required to sign in and out in case of an emergency, we can account for everyone in the building. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for activities and movement: T-shirts, pants or shorts and sneakers are suggested. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

No. If your child needs to take any type of medication (prescribed or non-prescribed), medication must be provided and given by the parent/guardian. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen property. Our Recreation Leaders require your child's attention/ items from home can be distracting to other students and the instructor. Exceptions may apply during special themed or play days. Please check with site's schedule and supervisor for more details. Plus we have various game systems on site which time is earned throughout the week for appropriate behavior and active participation in our program. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

No. ASRP is for children aged 6-17 only. In order to keep our participants safe, the park/facility is not open to the public between the hours of 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. If you are interested in open gym, please contact 956-547-6857 for schedules and information. ( After School Recreation Program - Brownsville )

The City of Brownsville is investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to provide safe and convenient alternative (or “active”) transportation options. In addition, accessibility to active transportation infrastructure encourages healthier lifestyles. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

The Committee’s purpose is to identify, assist and advise the City with all activities concerning bicycles and pedestrians, which includes but is not limited to, reviewing and making recommendations on issues related to bike and pedestrian safety, education, projects, programs, signage, and plans. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

Yes. Per the Texas Transportation Code, cyclists have the same rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a vehicle. Bicycles may be operated on all roadways except where prohibited by statue or regulation. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

A bike lane is a portion of the roadway that is designated for preferential use by bicyclists. Shared use paths, look exactly the same as regular vehicular lanes only they have road markings to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

A sidewalk is an accessible pathway parallel to the streets that predominately serves pedestrians and should be 5-7 feet wide. Sidepaths are larger sidewalks, typically between 10-14 feet in width (8 feet minimum). These paths are wider to accommodate all non-motorized users, such as pedestrians, skateboarders, bicycles, roller skaters, etc. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

The Parks and Recreation Department. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

The Traffic Department and/or Public Works. ( Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Brownsville )

Answer to test! ( BMetro - Brownsville )

You can park your car on the sides of La Plaza terminal. For your convenience, we also have a parking garage readily available for parking. ( BMetro - Brownsville )

The Community Room is available for public use. There is a fee depending on the date and time of use. Please call our administrative office for more information at (956)541-4881. ( BMetro - Brownsville )

Visit our City's job opportunities page here for available listings. ( BMetro - Brownsville )

Our Management Team can assist you in this area. Call (956)541-4881 to set up a meeting with them. ( BMetro - Brownsville )

Yes, we do. Contact our Admin for more information at (956)541-4881. ( BMetro - Brownsville )

  Continue to the Fire Marshal's Office ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

A permit will be required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system. ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

See the following link: Required Documents Submittal Review - Residential ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

The City of Brownsville has adopted the following codes: ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

The Building Inspections and Permitting Office is located at City Plaza Building, 1034 E. Levee St., Brownsville, Texas 78520, on the 2nd floor. ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

If all required documents and information are submitted at time of application, the plan review process should take not more than three to five business days. ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

Yes, as per state law and City ordinance, plumbing work must be done by a licensed plumber. ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

Yes, as per state law and City Ordinance, electrical work must be done by a licensed electrician. ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

To be registered in the City of Brownsville as a mechanical contractor you must submit the following: -State Air Conditioning and Refrigeration contractor license -State issued picture identification -Proof of Insurance - Contractor Registration Form ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

To be registered in the City of Brownsville as a plumbing contractor you must submit the following: -State Master Plumbing License -State Issued Picture Identification -Proof of Insurance - Contractor Registration Form ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

-State Master Electrician License -State issued picture identification -Proof of insurance - Contractor Registration Form ( Building Permits - Brownsville )

Visit Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for authorized projects that BCIC is allowed to undertake for funding. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Website ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. Only organizations that have a federal non-profit 501 (c)(3) status and City of Brownsville are eligible to apply. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Applications are currently not be accepted. To be added to the notification list, email your contact information to cori.pena@cob.us. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Yes. Applicants are required to have a minimum of 20% monetary match (i.e. cash). ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. It must be in cash. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. Projects will only be funded if they’re within Brownsville city limits. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation Board reviews each project on a case by case basis. However, preference will be given to projects that support the Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan, have detailed budgets and whose match is larger than 20%. If BCIC has funded you in the past, compliance with reporting and completion of the project will be evaluated as part of your application. Applications will also be evaluated based on the projects' sustainability plan. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Yes. Applicants will be asked to present to the BCIC Board. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Applicants will be notified if their project was approved and the amount after a public hearing for the proposed project and once presented to the Brownsville City Commission for approval. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

The project must be complete within 1 calendar year from the date of the signed Project Agreement. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. However, BCIC will enforce the minimum matching fund requirement. Keep in mind that the Board will only award a total of $900,000 in grants for 2016. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

No. All organizations will follow their internal procurement procedure. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Yes. However, it is not a guarantee that the project may be funded again at the following funding cycle. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Funding recipient will submit a written request for reimbursement that includes a dated invoice outlining the services performed and amount requested, copies of paid invoices from vendors with a copy of cancelled check to show proof of expenditure. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Funding recipient will be required to submit quarterly reports, along with pictures, documenting the progress of the project to the BCIC office. ( Capital Project Grants - Brownsville )

Do not report general complaints, suggestions, or personnel issues. Only report material instances of fraud, waste, and abuse that you have witnessed. Some examples are as follows: - Excessive or Unnecessary Purchases - Falsifying of Official Documents (Absentee Forms, Travel Forms, Etc.) - Inappropriate Use or Spending of City Dollars - Official Misconduct, Conflicts of Interest, or Offering or Accepting Bribes - Personal Use of City-Owned Vehicles, Equipment, or Supplies - Theft of City Resources - Violations of City Procurement Policy ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

The tip should be reported as soon as possible. Remember that the longer you wait since the incident occurred, the more difficult it becomes to investigate. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

The more information you can provide, the more effective the investigation. You should provide the following information on the tip: - Agency, Department, or Person Involved - Description of the Incident - Give Dates, Times, Names, and Place - Identify Any Records of Support and Where Located ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

After a tip is received, it is screened by us for a possible investigation. If an investigation is performed and fraud, waste, or abuse is found, management will be informed and will take corrective action. We will also issue an audit report with recommendations to strengthen control weaknesses that allowed the incident to occur. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

The fraud hotline is designed to give you a way to anonymously report any suspected fraud or abuse to the auditor for an independent review. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

When there is fraud, waste, or abuse in our local government, we all suffer, as taxpayers and as employees. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

You are not required to provide any personal information about yourself. Our Fraud Tips FORM is set up anonymously through our web site. In addition, there are "whistle blower" protection laws that guarantee against retaliation by an employer. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

The City Auditor's Office administers the hotline. The department screens tips and conducts the investigations. If deemed necessary, it may be turned over to the proper authorities. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

Internal audits are independent evaluations of City operations and activities to ascertain compliance with regulations, standard controls, and procedures. They assist management by reporting on the effectiveness of various City departments. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

Independence is essential in performing the audit function, since it provides for objective and unbiased appraisals. The City Auditor is independent of the City operation because it reports directly to the audit committee. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

An annual risk assessment is prepared which computes an overall risk factor for each area based on internal environment, external environment, financial impact, and operational impact. Those areas rated the highest are recommended for audit for that year. The City Commission or City Manager may also request specific audits. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

A report is issued to the Audit Committee, City Manager and Department Director making recommendations. A follow-up audit is then performed about 3 months after the first audit report is issued. This is done to determine if management has complied with the report recommendations. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

Learn how to report fraud on our How to Report Fraud page. ( City Auditor / Fraud - Brownsville )

1-2017 Election Calendar-PDF Download 2- 2017 Filing Schedule (Uniform)-PDF Download 3- Form_CTA_- Instruction_Guide_-_Appointment_of_a_Campaign_Treasurer_by_a_Candidate-PDF Download ( City Secretary- Elections - Brownsville )

International Fire Code 2012 ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

Site development/Fire Department Access Fire alarm systems Alternative agent fire suppression systems Automatic fire sprinkler systems  Standpipe systems Fire pump/water supply Hazardous material storage and use  ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. ***Payments will not be accepted any later than 4:30 PM*** ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

5-14 business days If you would like the plans to be expedited, there will be an "Expedite" fee and the plans will be reviewed within 1-2 business days.   ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inspections needed for special events or for testing of a fire protection system, please call or visit our office to make arrangements no less than 24 hours prior to the date that is needed. Please keep in mind that the date and time you are requesting may not be available. ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

Inspection Guidelines Requisitos Para Inspecciones *These items do not cover ALL possible requirements for specific occupancies. These are GUIDELINES ONLY. All local, state and federal codes, ordinances and rules must be followed. Please call our office to speak to a fire inspector or the Fire Marshal for any questions regarding specifics for your place of business. (956) 548-6075 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

Our address is  1036 E Levee (E 11th Street and E Levee) We are right next to the City Municipal Court.  ( Fire Marshal - Brownsville )

No. The City of Brownsville has adopted an online based application system. This system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through any computer with internet access. ( HR - Brownsville )

Creating an account makes it easier to apply for multiple positions and check the status of your application. ( HR - Brownsville )

You can create an email account by visiting your favorite search engine such as Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. Your email will serve as your username and will be used to contact you regarding the status of a position you apply for. ( HR - Brownsville )

After you click “Submit Application” you will get a confirmation page. Once you see this message it means your applications was submitted and received. ( HR - Brownsville )

You can edit your online job application at any time. However, once your online application is submitted, you can no longer make changes or add information to that particular application. ( HR - Brownsville )

You can log out any time and log back in and edit/review your application before submitting it. You will need to remember your email and password. ( HR - Brownsville )

You can click on the “Forgot Your Password” button in the “Returning User” box and a new password will be sent to the email address provided when the account was created. You can login in the Returning User Box with your email and the new password. You can then change your password as desired. ( HR - Brownsville )

Answer them as best you can using past volunteer experience, etc., or fill in each blank with “N/A” ( HR - Brownsville )

Log in to your account to see a list of positions you’ve applied for. (More information coming soon.) ( HR - Brownsville )

Visit the HR Department website and click on the Internal Job Openings link located in the left side bar. ( HR Internal Jobs - Brownsville )

On the login screen, simply click on Forgot Your Password link for instructions. ( HR Internal Jobs - Brownsville )

No. You must use your city issued email address to view the Internal Job Openings. If you are still having issues contact HR for assistance. ( HR Internal Jobs - Brownsville )

You can apply for a library card in two ways: In Person: Bring a valid Photo I.D. to any of the service desks at both the Main Branch or the Southmost Branch. Online: Online Application Link here. You must still come in-person to complete the application process by providing a valid  Photo ID and Proof of Residence. ( Library - Brownsville )

Both our library branches offer FREE  WiFi to all patrons. Need to know how to access our WiFi? Click here . ( Library - Brownsville )

Connecting to WiFi at the Brownsville Public Library is  EASY . Users can bring their wireless-enabled laptop or other wireless equipped devices to the library and  users should look for the library’s WiFi    network called: "BPL_Public" Click on that name to connect. There is NO PASSWORD and access is immediate. (You may see other network names, but they are not provided by the library for free public access. ) Limitations and Disclaimers Regarding Wireless Access The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.   The Library cannot  guarantee that a device will be able to make a wireless connection. The Library staff is not able to provide in-depth technical assistance due to connectivity or loss of service. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network. ( Library - Brownsville )

Computer  access is FREE .  However, patrons  must have ONE of the following i n order to sign in to our computers : A library card with no fees on their account  A Valid Photo ID  ( Library - Brownsville )

You must have an active Library card and that is in good standing. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

It's FREE. If an item is lost or damaged, you are responsible for the replacement cost and processing fees. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

- Your Username is all the numbers (411290***) on the back of your Library card. - Your Password is the last four numbers of your Library card. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

Delivery usually takes one to two weeks. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

We will contact you by phone or email. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

The check-out period can run from two to four weeks. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

A renewal request must be made a week BEFORE the due date;  Contact the Customer Service Desk 956-548-1055. Renewals are determined by lending library and are not guaranteed for extension.  ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

ILL items must be returned   IN PERSON to the Customer Service Desk. ( Library - Interlibrary Loan - Brownsville )

Disaster Plans are reviewed year round. You can submit your plan here: Submit Your Disaster Plan ( OEM - Brownsville )

The turn around time may vary if there are facilities who have submitted their plan before your facility. Plans are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. ( OEM - Brownsville )

You can report street flooding by calling 956-546-HELP (4357). You can also email 546help@cob.us with your name, phone number, and street that is flooded. ( OEM - Brownsville )

The City of Brownsville Hurricane Awareness Fair is usually in the month of May. ( OEM - Brownsville )

If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergencies, call 956-548-7000. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

Online reporting is not for Incidents that are just taking place. Online reporting is for the convenience of submitting a report for: a past incident, a non-emergency incident, an incident where a life is not in danger, for documentation purposes, or an incident that does not require immediate police presence. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

No, online reports will be reviewed in a period of 3 to 5 days after being submitted. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

No, If the incident took place outside of the City of Brownsville please contact the police department for that city. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

Your email address will help us communicate with you and give you a copy of the official report once your online report gets approved. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

A follow up will be conducted if more information is required in order to accept a report; the information may be requested via email or by a Police Officer or Detective in person or by phone when possible. A follow up may be also necessary after your online report gets approved. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

All submitted online reports will be reviewed and may be rejected for several reasons such as lacking important information, if the incident happened outside the City of Brownsville, or if the incident reported is of an aggravated nature. Other reasons may be considered however you may resubmit a report by calling our non-emergency telephone number 956-548-7000, or visiting our Police Station at 600 East Jackson Street and requesting to speak to a Police Officer to resubmit a report in person. ( Online Citizen Police Report System - Brownsville )

Grass is not allowed to grow higher than 18 inches. Residents are responsible the cut grass to the middle of the alley. (Ordinance 54-62) Rubish; weeds ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Only 1 garage sale allowed in a 3 month period, for no more than 5 consecutive days. No permit is needed to make a garage sale. (Ordinance 86-7(b)4) ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Junked vehicles on the property for more than 30 consecutive days are not permitted. (Ordinance 46-211) ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Signs are not allowed to be placed on utility poles. (Ordinance46-43) ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Sales on vacant lots are not allowed along restricted street. (Ordinance 22-126) ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Brownsville Ordinance Enforcement Officers have 72 hours to respond to a violation, starting the next day after violation was called in. ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

If a violation is found for high grass, the process can be lengthy. The Ordinance Enforcement (OE) officer will attempt to make contact with the property owner, by certified mail (about a 7-day process). If the OE officer is unable to reach the property owner, they will then submit the property for mowing with a contracted company (another 7-day process). It will be about 14 days before property's grass can get cut. However, if the OE officer finds that the grass is to be more than 48 inches long, they can put in for an emergency mowing which will be a 7-day process. ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

The grass must be 48 inches or more. ( Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

A microchip implant is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery - it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area. The chip transmits the identification number on the scanner. The identification number is then linked to the owner’s information. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

The best reason to have your pet’s microchipped is to improve the chances to be reunited with your pet, if it becomes lost or stolen. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

More than 2,765,526 pets are microchipped and the numbers are increasing each day! Microchips are responsible for reuniting more than 258,032 lost pets with their owners.* In 2014 at the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center, 49 pets with microchips were safely reunited with their owner.** *Statistics are from homeagainid.com and avidmicrochip.com. **Statistics are from Chameleon software used by Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

As per Brownsville City Ordinance, all dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must be implanted with an identifying microchip. (Ordinance 2015-971-G Sec. 10-1133a) ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

1. Scan the pet to verify whether he or she has a microchip that has been previously implanted. 2. Scan the microchip to determine that it is functional, and that the ID code matches the accompanying bar code labels. 3. Implant the microchip, then rescan the pet to verify that the microchip can be localized. 4. If your pet ever gets lost or stolen, shelters and veterinarians can scan the pet for a microchip and retrieve any owner information from the database. 5. Once owner’s information is retrieved the pet is returned safely home. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

It is injected under the skin of the animal using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection such as vaccination. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

A microchip may travel under the skin of a pet with little body fat and end up in another location of the body. As a result, pets are scanned all over their body to ensure that the microchip is located. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

Absolutely! Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center will gladly add an active microchip that will be registered to you for a small fee of $5. ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

Microchip requirements of the City of Brownsville Ordinance shall not apply to any dog or cat with a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily injury if implanted with a microchip identification due to the health conditions of the animal. The owner must obtain written confirmation of that fact from a Texas licensed veterinarian. If the dog or cat can be safely implanted with an identifying microchip at a later date, that date must be stated in the written confirmation. (Ordinance 2015-971-G, Section 10-1133 B-1) ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

Microchip requirements of the City of Brownsville Ordinance shall not apply to a pet that is owned by an individual that does not reside in the City of Brownsville. (Ordinance 2015-971 G Section 10-1133 B-2) ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

Any person violating any section of the ordinance is subject to punishment as set forth in Chapter 1, General provisions, Section 1-13 General Penalty, of the code of Ordinance of the City of Brownsville. Such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof in which the violation is continued or permitted. (Section 54-182 Violations and Penalties) ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

You can choose your own veterinarian. When an impounded dog or cat without a microchip identification, in addition to satisfying impound fees, the owner shall also have the dog or cat implanted with a microchip by a veterinarian (or other person legally qualified to implant microchips in cats and dogs) selected by the owner. The owner shall pay the cost of the City transporting the animal to the veterinarian for the implantation and, when the veterinarian certifies in writing that the microchip has been implanted and all charges of the impound facility have been paid, the animal shall be released to the owner. (Ordinance 2015-971-G Section 10-113 D) ( Pet Microchipping - Brownsville )

All cats and dogs 3 months of age or older need to be vaccinated against the rabies virus by a licensed Texas veterinarian every year. (Ordinance10-121) ( Pets - Brownsville )

Rabies tags are not proof of vaccination. The owner of the animal must show the rabies vaccine certificate to an officer when asked to show proof of vaccination. (Ordinance 10-124) ( Pets - Brownsville )

Yes! All cats and dogs vaccinated against rabies will be issued a rabies tag and city license tag. All animals must display these tags on their collar or harness at all times. (Ordinance 10-130) ( Pets - Brownsville )

No animal shall be off a leash unless behind a fenced property. All animals that are not confined and have access to the public are considered to be running at large. (Ordinance 10-91) ( Pets - Brownsville )

All animals are to be provided with good wholesome food, water, and shelter at all times. Owners shall provide medical attention when needed for a sick or injured animal. All areas where animals are kept need to be maintained clean so the animal does not come into contact with fecal matter or debris. (Ordinance 10-61 Section A) ( Pets - Brownsville )

No animal shall be left unattended for a 24-hour period without having someone come check the food, water, and well being of the animal. This is considered abandonment and could lead to confiscation of the animal. (Ord. 10-61 Sub-Sec C) ( Pets - Brownsville )

All animal bites should be reported to the Animal Control Department as soon as possible. (Ord. 10-161) ( Pets - Brownsville )

Animal that inflicted a bite on a human will have to enter a 10 day or 240 hour quarantine period. If the owner of the animal wants to claim the animal they may do so after a licensed veterinarian releases the animal from its quarantine. (Ordinance 10-163) ( Pets - Brownsville )

A person commits an offense if the person sells, trades, barters, leases, rents, gives away, or displays for a commercial purpose a live animal on a roadside, public right-of-way, or commercial parking lot, or at any outdoor special sale, swap meet, flea market, parking lot sale, or similar event. All violators will be issued a citation. (Ordinance 10-267) ( Pets - Brownsville )

It shall be illegal to posses or have within city limits a vicious animal. The animal will be confiscated and deemed a public nuisance. Vicious animal means any animal that commits an unprovoked attack upon a person on public or private property or that attacks, threatens to attack or terrorizes a person on public property or in a public place. (Ordinance 10-4) ( Pets - Brownsville )

It shall be unlawful to keep, posses or maintain any horse, mule, donkey or other animal of the equine family; any calf, steer, bull or any animal of the bovine family; any sheep or other animal or the ovine family; or any goat or other animal of the caprine family, on land in the city unless the animal is contains in a minimum area of 20,000 square feet for one and 20,000 square feet for any additional, and is 150 feet distance from any residence or building used for human habitation other than the owner or within 150 feet of any restaurant, cafe, or other public eating place or any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. If any such animal is kept or confined in any building or structure, such as a stable, barn, shed, pen or fence, such distance of 150 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of such residence or building used for human habitation, restaurant, cafe, other public eating place, church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess or maintain within the city any rabbit, guinea pig, pigeon, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, peafowl, or any other fowl in any pen, enclosure, or other structure within 50 feet of any residence or building used for human habitation, other than that of the keeper or owner of such animal, or within 50 feet of any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. Such distance of 50 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of any pen, enclosure, or other structure in which such fowl or animal is kept to the nearest point of such residence, church, school, convalescent home, or nursing home. ( Pets - Brownsville )

It shall be unlawful to keep or permit to be kept any swine or to allow swine to remain in any pen, lot, stable, yard, shed, sty, or any other place within the city. This section shall not prohibit the lawful operation of export-import livestock shipping receiving facilities nor prohibit the exhibition of swine for a period not to exceed 21 days in connection with agricultural exhibitions or fairs. (Ordinance 10-64) ( Pets - Brownsville )

The running at large within the city of cattle, horses, mules, jacks, jennets, sheep, hogs, goats, or other bovine, equine, ovine, porcine, or caprine animals is prohibited and declared to be a nuisance. Anyone owning, controlling, or having responsibility for the control of any of such animal that runs at large within the city shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided by this Code. (Ordinance 10-65) ( Pets - Brownsville )

The keeping of any animal within the city or in territory outside the city limits adjacent thereto and within 5,000 feet thereof in such manner or under such conditions as to cause a hazard or danger to the public health or which produce noxious odors or disturbing noises or discomfort or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity thereof is declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. (Ordinance10-62) ( Pets - Brownsville )

Planners help shape the city by offering better choices of where and how people work and live. They work with other City department staff, government officials, and citizens to make this a reality. Planners do research and analysis, make policy recommendations, and implement small- and large-scale projects. ( Planning - Brownsville )

Planning creates the vision for the community by determining how the city will grow and how it will adjust to change. Planning identifies current issues, analyzes trends, and engages the community members in a dialogue about goals, issues, and solutions. Planning can shape the feel and look of the City since it influences the health, safety, and well-being of citizens. ( Planning - Brownsville )

The Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan, adopted July 21, 2009, was designed to establish our community’s vision objectives for a ten-year planning horizon and to develop an implantable strategy to help reach these targeted objectives. The Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan was presented the American Planning Association’s 2009 Comprehensive Planning Award. The plan can be found here: Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan ( Planning - Brownsville )

You can view Brownsville’s Code of Ordinances online at: Municode ( Planning - Brownsville )

Zoning is a regulatory tool that cities use in order to ensure stable property values and an adequate mix of uses, while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The use district is the zoning category for your property. Each use district permits or prohibits certain uses for the property. View/Download: Use Districts ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The area districts are the setbacks for your property and provide the intensity for the property. View/Download: Area Districts ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

This process is about 60 days with specific application deadlines. If an application is received on time, it is placed on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda and advertised in the newspaper 15 days prior to the meeting to comply with state law. If approval is recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission then the case is placed on the City Commission agenda for First and Second Reading (final approval). ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

Yes, the fee will depend on the proposed zoning category and the size of the property. View/Download: Fee Information (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The amount of apartment units that you are allowed to build depends on the area district classification and the total buildable acreage. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

A specific use permit allows the City to review and consider uses that are not allowed by right, but that may be allowed under the right set of conditions. To make a determination, applicants have to submit an application to permit certain uses under a zoning district listed as a conditional use. If approved it will have conditions set by the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff. View/Download: Specific Use Application (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the City Commission Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Brownsville City Hall located at 1001 E. Elizabeth Street. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

Please provide your properties Geographic ID # (00-0000-0000-0000-00), legal description (lot, block, sub.), and your address. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

A zoning certificate is a zoning verification for your property. You must submit an application to our department. The application can be found under the resources tab. There is a $25 fee. Please allow 2-3 business days to process application. View/Download: Zoning Certificate (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

Yes, as per city ordinance and state law, the City must notify the surrounding 200 feet from the subject property. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The fee depends on whether the plat is a minor or major plat, as well as the total acreage. View/Download: Fee Information (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

A major plat is the division of land into 4 or more lots. This plat is approved at the Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting. View/Download: Final Plat Application ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

A minor plat is the division of land into 4 lots or less with no public improvement. Minor plats are approved at the administration level on a rolling basis. View/Download: Final Plat Application ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

A plat is prepared by a registered engineer or surveyor. Once approved by the city and corresponding entities then the plat is recorded in the county map records. The platting process takes about 60 days. ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

View/Download: Plat Application (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

View/Download: Specific Use Checklist (PDF) ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

View/Download: Zoning Application ( Planning - Zoning - Brownsville )

The City does not maintain its own “vendor list”, vendors interested in doing business with the City should register with Bonfire register here. .   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Vendors can register for free to view, download and submit bids electronically. ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Hard copies can be obtained by downloading from BidNet Direct or the City’s Bid Document Portal .   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The City does not assist vendors in the preparation of bid submissions.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The City is required by law to reject all bids that do not meet the deadlines and return them to the sender.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

It is recommended that vendors register with BidNet to ensure you have access to the most up to date information. Many times before bids are due an addendum or change in the specifications is released. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check postings for the most up to date information. It is not advised to count on notifications or alerts since they tend to end up in junk mail or blocked depending on your firewall settings.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

If so, how do I start? Yes, anyone can bid that meets the minimum vendor specifications. Simply download the bid specifications, which include the vendor forms, print them out, fill them out and return them in the method in which the solicitation requires.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

It is the responsibility of the vendor to follow the instructions closely that are posted with the bid solicitation.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Does the City accept electronic Bid Submissions?  The City uses BidNet Direct to receive bid submissions electronically. Not all submissions are electronic. You must submit your bid based on the requirements of the posting.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

If the City has requested and you have submitted a responsive bid and are being considered for the award the City will check your references.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Please visit the Texas Ethics Commission Frequently Asked Questions Webpage  for more information. ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The City is required to follow the bidding or proposal procedures outlined in Texas Local Government Code Chapter 252 when it plans to make an expenditure of more than $50,000 in city funds. All contracts over $50,000 are taken to the City Commission for consideration.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

It depends on the value and the nature of the work. The requirements will be stated in all bid postings. Contractors performing work on City property or public rights-of-way for the City of Brownsville shall provide the City with a certificate of insurance or a copy of their insurance policy(s) evidencing the coverages and coverage provisions identified by the City. All insurance companies and coverage must be authorized by the Texas Department of Insurance to transact business in the State of Texas and must be acceptable to the City of Brownsville.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Regular Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5 pm. Agenda and Minutes can be found here . ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The City’s Internal Services Department handles all City Auctions. They can be reach at  956-546-HELP. Click Here for their webpage.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The City does not administer this program. The Texas Comptroller’s Office manages the requirements to obtain HUB status and that information can be found here .   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

No, all vendors are required to go through the procurement processes.     ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

  The City receives many requests for product demonstrations. We ask that you register with BidNet Direct for future opportunities related to the services you provide.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Legal Notices in the Brownsville Herald, City Website, and BidNet Direct.   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

The specifications that are posted on this website are provided in the latest version of the Acrobat file format as released by Adobe. If Acrobat doesn’t load when you download the file and open it then you probably don’t have the Acrobat Reader software installed. No bid specification will be provided in any other format online. To download or for technical support visit the  Adobe download website .   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Please email us at purchasing@brownsvilletx.gov   ( Procurement Frequently Asked Questions - Brownsville )

Cycle 2 is August 15, 2016. Applications are currently not being accepted. To be added to the notification list on when the next application cycle will open, email your contact information to cori.pena@cob.us. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Eligible expenses include ad/media buys and/or expenses associated with promoting a specific event or program. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Initiatives, activities and events that promote new or expanded business opportunities and/or tourism and further advances BCIC mission. Activities, events or programs must occur within April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, for Cycle 1 and November 1, 2016, through October 31, 2017, for Cycle 2. Dates are subject to change. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Ongoing administrative or operational expenses for the organization; entertainment, receptions, food, alcohol, flowers, invitations, etc. do not qualify. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Organizations must be tax-exempt as designated in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS or the State of Texas Comptroller's Office or a department of the City of Brownsville. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

No. Promotion and Community Grants applications will only be awarded if they’re within Brownsville city limits. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

No. Only organizations that have a federal non-profit status and City of Brownsville are eligible to apply. For a complete list of ineligible organizations, please visit the Promotion and Community Event Grants page. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Yes. Organizations may submit multiple applications for promotional funding. Each application must be for a different initiative, activity and event. However, no more than $5,000 will be awarded to the same organization. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Yes. Promotional sponsorship requests cannot exceed $5,000. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Applications will be reviewed by the BCIC Board and selected based on goals and objectives of the event or program, plans for marketing and outreach, and if organizations that have received previous grants are in a good standing and had submitted all required reporting in a timely manner. Applicants may be required to give a short presentation to the board. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Applicants will be notified if their application was approved and the total amount awarded by October 2016 for Cycle 2. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

BCIC will release awarded grant funds following the receipt of the executed copy of the award letter and invoice from your organization for the award amount within 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the event/program. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

BCIC must receive recognition by having its logo displayed on all print and electronic materials as the funding source. ( Promotion & Community Grants - Brownsville )

Rabies tags are not proof of vaccination. The owner of the animal must show the rabies vaccine certificate to an officer when asked to show proof of vaccination. (Ordinance 10-124) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Yes! All cats and dogs vaccinated against rabies will be issued a rabies tag and city license tag. All animals must display these tags on their collar or harness at all times. (Ordinance 10-130) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

No animal shall be off a leash unless behind a fenced property. All animals that are not confined and have access to the public are considered to be running at large. (Ordinance 10-91) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

All animals are to be provided with good wholesome food, water, and shelter at all times. Owners shall provide medical attention when needed for a sick or injured animal. All areas where animals are kept need to be maintained clean so the animal does not come into contact with fecal matter or debris. (Ordinance 10-61 Section A) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

No animal shall be left unattended for a 24-hour period without having someone come check the food, water, and well being of the animal. This is considered abandonment and could lead to confiscation of the animal. (Ord. 10-61 Sub-Sec C) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Animal that inflicted a bite on a human will have to enter a 10 day or 240 hour quarantine period. If the owner of the animal wants to claim the animal they may do so after a licensed veterinarian releases the animal from its quarantine. (Ordinance 10-163) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

A person commits an offense if the person sells, trades, barters, leases, rents, gives away, or displays for a commercial purpose a live animal on a roadside, public right-of-way, or commercial parking lot, or at any outdoor special sale, swap meet, flea market, parking lot sale, or similar event. All violators will be issued a citation. (Ordinance 10-267) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

It shall be illegal to posses or have within city limits a vicious animal. The animal will be confiscated and deemed a public nuisance. Vicious animal means any animal that commits an unprovoked attack upon a person on public or private property or that attacks, threatens to attack or terrorizes a person on public property or in a public place. (Ordinance 10-4) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

It shall be unlawful to keep, posses or maintain any horse, mule, donkey or other animal of the equine family; any calf, steer, bull or any animal of the bovine family; any sheep or other animal or the ovine family; or any goat or other animal of the caprine family, on land in the city unless the animal is contains in a minimum area of 20,000 square feet for one and 20,000 square feet for any additional, and is 150 feet distance from any residence or building used for human habitation other than the owner or within 150 feet of any restaurant, cafe, or other public eating place or any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. If any such animal is kept or confined in any building or structure, such as a stable, barn, shed, pen or fence, such distance of 150 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of such residence or building used for human habitation, restaurant, cafe, other public eating place, church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess or maintain within the city any rabbit, guinea pig, pigeon, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, peafowl, or any other fowl in any pen, enclosure, or other structure within 50 feet of any residence or building used for human habitation, other than that of the keeper or owner of such animal, or within 50 feet of any church, school, hospital, convalescent home, or nursing home. Such distance of 50 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of any pen, enclosure, or other structure in which such fowl or animal is kept to the nearest point of such residence, church, school, convalescent home, or nursing home. (Ord.10-63 A & B) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

It shall be unlawful to keep or permit to be kept any swine or to allow swine to remain in any pen, lot, stable, yard, shed, sty, or any other place within the city. This section shall not prohibit the lawful operation of export-import livestock shipping receiving facilities nor prohibit the exhibition of swine for a period not to exceed 21 days in connection with agricultural exhibitions or fairs. (Ordinance 10-64) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

The running at large within the city of cattle, horses, mules, jacks, jennets, sheep, hogs, goats, or other bovine, equine, ovine, porcine, or caprine animals is prohibited and declared to be a nuisance. Anyone owning, controlling, or having responsibility for the control of any of such animal that runs at large within the city shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided by this Code. (Ordinance 10-65) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

The keeping of any animal within the city or in territory outside the city limits adjacent thereto and within 5,000 feet thereof in such manner or under such conditions as to cause a hazard or danger to the public health or which produce noxious odors or disturbing noises or discomfort or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity thereof is declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. (Ordinance10-62) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

A microchip implant is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery - it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area. The chip transmits the identification number on the scanner. The identification number is then linked to the owner’s information. ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

As per Brownsville City Ordinance, all dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must be implanted with an identifying microchip. (Ordinance 2015-971-G Sec. 10-1133a) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

1. Scan the pet to verify whether he or she has a microchip that has been previously implanted. 2. Scan the microchip to determine that it is functional, and that the ID code matches the accompanying barcode labels. 3. Implant the microchip, then rescan the pet to verify that the microchip can be localized. 4. If your pet ever gets lost or stolen, shelters and veterinarians can scan the pet for a microchip and retrieve any owner information from the database. 5. Once owner’s information is retrieved the pet is returned safely home. ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Absolutely! Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center will gladly add an active microchip that will be registered to you for a small fee of $5.00. ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Microchip requirements of the City of Brownsville Ordinance shall not apply to any dog or cat with a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily injury if implanted with a microchip identification due to the health conditions of the animal. The owner must obtain written confirmation of that fact from a Texas licensed veterinarian. If the dog or cat can be safely implanted with an identifying microchip at a later date, that date must be stated in the written confirmation. (Ord. 2015-971-G, Sec. 10-1133 B-1) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Microchip requirements of the City of Brownsville Ordinance shall not apply to a pet that is owned by an individual that does not reside in the City of Brownsville. (Ord. 2015-971 G Sec. 10-1133 B-2) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Any person violating any section of the ordinance is subject to punishment as set forth in Chapter 1, General provisions, Sec. 1-13 General Penalty, of the code of Ordinance of the City of Brownsville. Such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof in which the violation is continued or permitted. (Sec. 54-182 Violations and Penalties) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

You can choose your own veterinarian. When an impounded dog or cat without a microchip identification, in addition to satisfying impound fees, the owner shall also have the dog or cat implanted with a microchip by a veterinarian (or other person legally qualified to implant microchips in cats and dogs) selected by the owner. The owner shall pay the cost of the City transporting the animal to the veterinarian for the implantation and, when the veterinarian certifies in writing that the microchip has been implanted and all charges of the impound facility have been paid, the animal shall be released to the owner. (Ord. 2015-971-G Sec. 10-113 D) ( Public Health - Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) - Brownsville )

Grass is not allowed to grow higher than 18 inches. Residents are responsible to cut the grass up to the middle of the alley. (Ordinance 54-62) Rubish; weeds ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Private citizens conducting garage sales on their own property, provided that no more than one garage sale is held during a three-month period and that the garage sale does not exceed five consecutive days. (Ordinance 86-7(b)4) ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Junked vehicles on the property for more than 30 consecutive days are not permitted and are considered a public nuisance. (Ordinance 46-211) ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole, right of way, shade tree or upon any public structure or building. (Ordinance46-43) ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Sales on street, sidewalks, and vacant lots are not allowed in the city limits of Brownsville. (Ordinance 22-126) ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

If a violation is found for high grass, the process can be lengthy. The Ordinance Enforcement (OE) officer will attempt to make contact with the property owner to issue a notice to comply or , by certified mail (about a 7-day process). If the OE officer is unable to reach the property owner, they will then submit the property for mowing with a contracted company (another 7-day process). It will be about 14-21 days before property's grass can get cut. However, if the OE officer finds that the grass is to be more than 48 inches long, they can put in for an emergency mowing which will be a 7-day process. ( Public Health - Ordinance Enforcement - Brownsville )

Studies continue to demonstrate exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is causally linked to cancer and other serious health consequences among children and adults. Placing restrictions on smoking in public places is a key strategy to limit the public’s exposure to SHS (Texas Department of State Health Services). ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

February 2, 2013. ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed public places within the City of Brownsville, including enclosed places of employment, enclosed residential facilities, and certain outdoor areas outlined in the following sections or the ordinance Sec 54-173, Sec. 54-174, Sec. 54-175, Sec. 54-176. Sec 54-173, Sec. 54-174, Sec. 54-175, Sec. 54-176 ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Enclosed area- means all space between a floor and ceiling that is enclosed on all sides by permanent or temporary walls or windows which extend from floor to the ceiling. Public place- means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted (Sec 54-171). (Sec 54-171) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Yes! All enclosed facilities, including buildings and vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the City of Brownsville, shall be subject to the provisions of this ordinance (Sec. 54-172). (Sec. 54-172) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Yes, unless your home is being facilitated as a child care facility, adult day care, or health care facility, and except as provided in Section 54-175. (Sec 54-177) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

This section explains how smoking shall be prohibited in the following enclosed residential facilities: A. All private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes. B. At least 80% of hotel and motel rooms that are rented to guests (Sec. 54-175). (Sec. 54-175) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

No, smoking is permitted outside the business within a reasonable distance of 20 feet of any entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited. (Sec. 54-176) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Yes, if this area is in compliance with this ordinance and is within a reasonable distance of 20 feet of any entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited. (Sec. 54-176) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

No, this ordinance prohibits smoking in all indoor or outdoor Flea Markets. (Sec.54-176) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

No, this ordinance prohibits any and all ashtrays to be in an area where smoking is prohibited and should be removed by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of the area. ( Sec. 54-179) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Upon request, you may be issued a No Smoking sign. Every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this ordinance shall have posted at every entrance a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited (Sec. 54-179). In addition, an owner, manager, operator, or employee of an establishment regulated by this ordinance shall inform persons violating this ordinance of the appropriate provisions thereof. (Sec 54-181) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

The Smoking Ordinance is to be enforced by the City Manager or an authorized designee, such as The Health Department, Building Inspections Department, Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department Directors, or their designee(s) shall, while establishment is undergoing otherwise mandated inspections, inspect for compliance with this ordinance. (Sec. 54-181) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

Violation of this ordinance is here by declared to be a public nuisance and is subject to punishment. Such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof in which the violation is continued or permitted and will be fined up to $2,000. In addition, a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred. (Sec. 54-182) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

As part of the ordinance, the City Manager or his designees shall engage in a continuing program to explain and clarify the purposes and requirements of the Smoking Ordinance to citizens affected by it, and to guide owners, operators, and mangers in their compliance. The program may include publication of a brochure for affected businesses and individuals explaining the provisions of this ordinance. (Sec. 54-183) ( Public Health - Smoking Ordinance - Brownsville )

A vector is any insect or arthropod, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease, or capable of causing human discomfort or injury. The Purpose of Vector Control is to monitor and control mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting disease to humans. They are responsible for controlling mosquitoes through education, natural, and chemical means. They also perform bee eradications (outside the structure only) as well as inform the public how to control fleas on their own property. •Surveillance- Inspectors are doing surveillance every day by looking for mosquito breeding sources in their areas. In between service requests, our Inspectors are checking drains, gutters, and ditches. Anything that can hold water for longer than one week has the potential to be a breeding source. •Public Information and Education- Use of press release for public education and information. BPHVC also uses this websites, and one-on-one consultations to communicate strategies for preventing or eliminating disease vectors on private property. •Bee Control- When it is necessary to control bee infestations on public property( outside the structure), Vector Control will eliminate feral swarms and colonies through the use of integrated pest management. ( Public Health - Vector Control - Brownsville )

All buses operate in the Brownsville area only. Most of the bus routes (except for routes 15 and 30) start and finish their trips at La Plaza at Brownsville terminal in downtown Brownsville. Most routes are scheduled to provide a trip about once every hour. ( Rider's Guide - Brownsville )

To plan your trip, start by looking at the system map and or individual route maps to determine which route to use. Then look at the corresponding schedule to find the times your selected route will stop at your destination. Remember that the maps do not show all the bus stops and that you may have to walk a few blocks before reaching a bus stop. ( Rider's Guide - Brownsville )

Yes - you can get to South Padre Island, Harlingen, Mercedes, and McAllen by using our Metro Connect service. ( Rider's Guide - Brownsville )

Pull the yellow line on the bus. This will give the bus driver a signal to stop at the next available bus stop on the route. ( Rider's Guide - Brownsville )

Only service animals are allowed on the bus. ( Rider's Guide - Brownsville )

February 2, 2013. ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed public places within the City of Brownsville, including enclosed places of employment, enclosed residential facilities, and certain outdoor areas outlined in the following sections or the ordinance, Section 54-173, Section 54-174, Section 54-175, Section 54-176. ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Enclosed area means all space between a floor and ceiling that is enclosed on all sides by permanent or temporary walls or windows which extend from floor to the ceiling. Public place means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted (Section 54-171). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Yes! All enclosed facilities, including buildings and vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the City of Brownsville, shall be subject to the provisions of this ordinance (Section 54-172). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Yes, unless your home is being facilitated as a child care facility, adult day care, or health care facility, and except as provided in Section 54-175 (Section 54-177). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

This section explains how smoking shall be prohibited in the following enclosed residential facilities: A. All private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes. B. At least 80% of hotel and motel rooms that are rented to guests (Section 54-175). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

No, smoking is permitted outside the business within a reasonable distance of 20 feet of any entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited (Section 54-176). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Yes, if this area is in compliance with this ordinance and is within a reasonable distance of 20 feet of any entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited (Section 54-176). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

No, this ordinance prohibits smoking in all indoor or outdoor flea markets. (Section54-176) ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

No, this ordinance prohibits any and all ashtrays to be in an area where smoking is prohibited and should be removed by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of the area. (Section 54-179) ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Upon request, you may be issued a no Smoking sign. Every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this ordinance shall have posted at every entrance a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited (Section 54-179). In addition, an owner, manager, operator, or employee of an establishment regulated by this ordinance shall inform persons violating this ordinance of the appropriate provisions thereof (Section 54-181). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

The Smoking Ordinance is to be enforced by the City Manager or an authorized designee, such as The Health Department, Building Inspections Department, Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department Directors, or their designee(s) shall, while establishment is undergoing otherwise mandated inspections, inspect for compliance with this ordinance (Section 54-181). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

Violation of this ordinance is here by declared to be a public nuisance and is subject to punishment. Such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof in which the violation is continued or permitted and will be fined up to $2,000. In addition, a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred (Section 54-182). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )

As part of the ordinance, the City Manager or his designees shall engage in a continuing program to explain and clarify the purposes and requirements of the Smoking Ordinance to citizens affected by it, and to guide owners, operators, and mangers in their compliance. The program may include publication of a brochure for affected businesses and individuals explaining the provisions of this ordinance (Section 54-183). ( Smoking Ordinance 2012-1556 - Brownsville )
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