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Responsible pet owners result in good canine and feline citizens. Pet owners are encouraged to:
Be considerate and ensure that the manner in which you keep your pets does not result in a nuisance to others.
Call Emergency Services (903) 465-2422. City ordinance states that dog are not permitted to run at large within the city. Dog owners are required to restrain their dog in a secure enclosure or with a tether.
No. All cats and dogs in City Limits must be vaccinated against rabies annually. New residents who have not had their dogs and/or cats vaccinated must do so within 10 (ten) days of moving to Denison.
Yes. Chickens must be kept in an area providing 12 or more square feet per chicken. The area must be securely fenced to prevent escape. The chicken house/coop must be cleaned at least once every week and must be kept in clean and sanitary conditions at all times so it will not be foul or offensive to neighbors or a health hazard. Refer to city ordinance for more information.
City ordinance states potbellied pigs and pygmy goats may be kept only as pets.
Potbellied pigs are the only type of pig that can be kept inside City Limits. They must be vaccinated and have a valid application on file with Animal Services. No more than 2 potbellied pigs can be kept by one household. They must be kept indoors except for outdoor bathroom and exercise breaks.
Pygmy goats are the only type of goat that can be kept inside City Limits. Proof of vaccination and a valid application must be on file with Animal Services. No more than 2 pygmy goats can be kept by one household.
City ordinance has established that loud or prolonged barking/howling the disturbs the peace in the neighborhood is not allowed. Call Emergency Services (903) 465-2422.
Yes. It is against City ordinance to abandon, neglect, or cause suffering to an animal. Call Emergency Services (903) 465-2422 to report suspected abuse.
Contact Emergency Services (903) 465-2422. An Animal Services Office will dispose of the remains in a safe and humane way.
Yes. Call Emergency Services (903) 465-2422.
The Animal Services Manager or their representative, can officially designate a dog as a dangerous dog. If a report is received and the designation made, the dog owner, City Manager, Police department, and Fire department are notified within 3 days of designation. All parties are given a description of the dog and what conditions must be met because the dog is dangerous. The owner of a dangerous dog must register the dog as such and pay a fee, restrain the dog at all times with a lease and a muzzle, stay with and keep the dog in a secure enclosure at all times (i.e. fenced yard), and obtain liability insurance or show financial responsibility in the amount specified by state law to cover damages from injury that could be inflicted by the dog.
Call Emergency Services (903) 465-2422. Animal Services can set humane live catch-and-release traps for raccoons, skunks, armadillos, and opossums under and around your home. Animals Services Officers can also remove and relocate animals caught in your own personal traps.
DAWG is the City’s partner in homing and housing animals waiting to be homed. All adoptable animals at DAWG will be spayed or neutered and have their necessary shots by the time you take them home! Visit DAWG's website or call (903) 361-4211 for more information.
DAWG is the City's partner in temporarily housing and caring for homeless pets, and finding forever homes for them. DAWG always welcomes and appreciates volunteers and donations. Please visit their website for more information.
Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. Adopting a pet will save a life, cost less than buying from a breeder or pet store, and provide you with a happy, healthy animal ready to love you completely! Visit the Human Society's website to learn about the benefits of adopting a pet!
Link to adopted Codes and Ordinances for the City of Denison
Yes, but you still need a permit. If you occupy the home and have a homestead exemption, you do not need to register as a contractor. If you have not applied through the Grayson County Appraisal District for a homestead exemption or this is a rental property, you will have to register as a contractor when applying for a permit. For more information or to check if your house is homestead exempt, please contact the Grayson County Appraisal District at (903) 893-9673.
You will need a registered electrical contractor to pull the permit unless you have a homestead exemption from the appraisal office. Once you have a permit and pass inspection you will need to call your electric company to set up service, so they can tie the application and release together.
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The main office is located on the 2nd floor of City hall: 300 W. Main St. Denison, TX 75020
The Building Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.No permits will be processed after 4:30pm
This is a section of the City of Denison from the 700 Block of West Main to the 300 Block of East Main and from Gandy Street to Crawford Street. Any type of exterior work, including painting, is required to go before the Historical Preservation Board and also required to have a permit. If you have questions, please check with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department at (903) 465-2720 Ext: 2474.
Yes. This is considered the corridor development area. Any new construction, exterior remodel, on and off-premise signs, lighting canopies, awnings, landscaping, etc. in this area needs to go through the Planning and Zoning Department by calling (903) 465-2720 Ext:2474.
Information can also be found in the Zoning Ordinance: Article V – Special Area Standards.
It depends on the type of permit being applied for, but he following are a general guideline:
Normally two sets for commercial and two sets for new residential. There must be digital copy which includes everything you submit physically (Permit Application excluded).
Any time a new business is opened, a new building is built, a new business is opening in an existing building, ownership of the business changes, or changing business names.
Permits will vary in cost according to type of application. Please refer to the fee schedule for further information.
The City of Denison accepts cash, check, and credit/debit cards.
Permits are good for six months or (six months after the most recent inspection up to one full year).Sign Banner permits are only good for 30 days
Please call (903) 464-0173 to request an inspection. If you call before 10 a.m., the inspection will take place that same day. Calls received after 10 a.m. will be addressed the following day. Building inspectors will be in their offices to receive contractors between 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. daily.
Yes, a permit is required on all signs. Refer to the Code of Ordinances for more information. If you have any questions, call the Inspection Department at (903) 465-2720.
Yes. Requirements for restaurants and temporary vendors can be obtained from the Grayson County Health Department and Environmental Health Division by calling (903) 465-2878 ext. 241. Contact Fire Marshal John Weda by calling (903) 465-2720 Ext: 2474 for Fire Department requirements. A Certificate of Occupancy is required from the Inspection Department by calling (903) 465-2720.
All new windows must meet current code requirements with a U-Factor of .35 or better and SHG of .25 or better (Lower number or better)
Yes. A certificate of occupancy permit is required and must be applied for through the Inspection Department. If you have questions, call (903) 465-2720.
For more information or if you have questions, please call (903) 465-2720.
Yes, please visit the Fence Requirements page for specific information.
Yes, Please visit the Accessory Buildings page for specific information.
If you believe you have a claim against the city, the City Charter requires that you provide written notice to the city within 30 days of the event giving rise to the claim by identifying the nature and extent of the claim and stating the dollar amount claimed. Complete the Claim Form and turn it into the City Clerk’s Office located at: 300 W. Main St., Denison, TX 75020
It is inappropriate to contact the judge of the Municipal Court outside of the Municipal Court’s regular business hours. If you have any question about the pending trial, the availability of witnesses, or any matter pertinent in your case, you may contact the City Attorney's Office by calling (903) 465-2720 ext. 2442.
If you are interested in any vacant land owned by the City, please contact the City's Community Development Department at 500 W. Chestnut Street, Denison, Texas, 75020 (second floor at City Hall) or by telephone at (903) 465-2720 ext. 2466. Please be ready to provide a street address or County Appraisal District Identification number at the time of your inquiry to the City. The City has no obligation to entertain request to purchase City owned land. Nonetheless, if the City wishes to entertain a request to purchase land, it must follow procedures set out in the Texas Local Government Code governing sales of real property by municipalities. Upon receipt of your inquiry, the City will conduct an internal review to determine whether the property may be needed for future projects or whether the property is unneeded surplus property. If City staff determines that the property is suitable for disposition, it will seek authorization from the Denison City Council to advertise the property for sale to the highest bidder. The City Council reserves the right to accept the highest bid or reject all bids.
If you have general questions about the applicability of any zoning regulations to your property, you may contact the City's Planning and Zoning Department at City Hall, 500 W. Chestnut St., Denison, Texas, 75020 or by telephone at (903) 465-2720 ext. 2467.
After hours, you may call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (903) 465-2720 ext. 5105.
If you will let the City Attorney's Office know the date, time, and location of the activity, then we will inform the Police Department that there will be an activity and that you intend to abide by these guidelines.
The offices of the city manager, city attorney, finance, city secretary, planning and zoning, public works, human resource, code enforcement and building, along with the Water Department and records are located at: 300 W. Main St. Denison, TX 75020
View a map for directions.
Judson Rex is the city manager. His service to the city began October 5, 2015. He is responsible for the administration of all city affairs placed in his charge by the City Charter and reports to the City Council.
The Grayson County Elections Administration is responsible for the City of Denison elections. You can find information on voting in the Elections as well as registering to vote or requesting a mail in ballot on Grayson County's website at: http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/page/elec.home
All early voting will precede election day voting for two weeks preceding election day, and will be held at various locations throughout Grayson County. The early voting locations for the November 6th General Election can be found at the following website: http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/upload/page/0165/docs/November%202018%20Early%20Voting.pdf.
Early voting information is also found on the City's home page.
The maximum amount that can be spent on a project is $3,500. There are limited areas that can be addressed under emergency rehabilitation such as gas leaks, broken water pipes, some sewer problems, and heating issues. The maximum amount that can be spent on emergency projects is $1,000.
The demolition process starts with a call to the Code Compliance Manager at (903) 465-2720 Ext:2457. They will then determine that the structure is dilapidated and posts the house unsafe.
The location of the house determines what funds will be used to demolish the structure. The length of time from posting to demolition varies greatly due to a number of circumstances. The most time consuming task is to contact all of the people who might have an ownership in the property and have them sign a release to demolish the house. This task alone can take up to six months or more.
You will need to know the date and time of the fire and the correct address where the incident occurred. There is a $5 charge for each record. Cash, checks, and money orders are accepted. For more information about fire reports, please call the Fire Department at (903) 464-4427.
Officer hours are M, T, T and F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The offices of the city manager, city attorney, Finance, City Secretary, Planning and Zoning, Public Works, Records, Human Resource, Code Enforcement and Building, along with the Water Department are located in the City Hall at 300 W. Main
A plat is a map of a land area. A plot is a piece of land used for a single purpose, like a park or a house. A plat shows the locations of the various plots, easements, streets, and similar items in the mapped area. The City of Denison requires plats for many reasons. Plats help protect property values, preserve historic sites, and to give a legal description to land, among other things. View and download the appropriate Plat Checklists and Applications to get started on the platting process.
Please visit the Grayson Appraisal District website to review ownership and other public records associated with a specific property within the county.
Permits are required for new fence construction, replacement of an existing fence, and repair of an existing fence involving 20 feet (20') or more of fence. Fences have a max height of 8 feet. Fences that go past the front of a home/business are restricted to a max height of 4 feet and must be 50% open. In order to obtain a permit you must submit a permit application and a site plan indicating the location of the fence with dimensions from property lines and other structures. The permit fee for a fence is $50.
For additional information, please visit the Fence Requirements page in the Building Department.
Visit the City of Denison interactive map and search for the address in question. Open the Layer List option and select Zoning and Zoning District to view zoning for the address and the surrounding area.
This map is updated periodically, but may not reflect recent zoning changes made on a case-by-case basis by the City Council. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to verify current zoning.
The zoning process may take anywhere from six to eight weeks to complete. You will need to attend two public hearings. The first meeting will be with the Planning and Zoning Commission. They are a recommending body to the City Council and forward their recommendations to the City Council. The second meeting will be with the City Council. The City Council has the final ruling for all zone change requests. Work sessions are held prior to the regular City Council meetings. It is recommended that all applicants attend these meetings. Visit the Planning and Zoning homepage to view the annual schedule of public hearings. Please contact our office to begin the re-zoning process.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public, and agendas are posted no later than 72 hours before each meeting on the Agendas and Minutes page.
Appropriate building materials and ratios depend on the zoning, any applicable overlay, and the nature of the project. To determine what the property is currently zoned and if there are any overlays, visit the City of Denison interactive map. From there, refer to the Zoning District Ordinance for detailed lists of compliant materials and ratios. If you have questions or issues, please contact our office at email@example.com.
The City of Denison is required to notify property owners within a certain area of a nearby property whose owner is seeking a zoning change or exemption. Follow the directions outlined in the notice to officially voice your support of, opposition to, or concerns regarding the project. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help understanding the notice you received.
In order for the City of Denison to maintain a natural, less manicured aesthetic, several incentives for preserving existing natural areas and trees during development have been established. Refer to the Landscape requirements Ordinance for more information.
Please view Development Fees for more information.
Yes. Standards have been established in City Ordinance to minimize annoyance and inconvenience to neighboring property while providing opportunities to pursue a home-based business. Please refer to the Home-Based Business ordinance to view the requirements and restrictions. Contact the Office of the City Clerk to determine if a business license is required.
If the property is in a Residential Zoning District, you can. Residential Zones (excluding those in the Infill Overlay) have garage, covered, or other paved parking minimums. Converting a garage into a guest home may require replacement covered parking equal or greater to what the converted garage offered. Use the City of Denison interactive map to determine the Zoning (and Overlay is appropriate) and refer to the specific Zoning Requirements for your property.
All accessory buildings (including guest homes, pool homes, mother-in-law houses, etc.) must meet the requirements specific to the Zoning District they are in. Read the Accessory building and use regulations Ordinance for more information. Anyone living in or staying in your accessory dwelling must be of your household, and cannot be rented or leased out.
In order to operate an Air BnB, you will first need to verify that the dwelling exists in an appropriately zoned area. Search the address in the City of Denison interactive map to determine the zoning. Any type of Single Family (SF) and Multi-Family (MF) zonings are appropriate. If the dwelling is zoned something other than SF or MF, you may still be able to operate an Air BnB. Please contact our office at email@example.com to verify.
Fees collected for lodging are subject to the 7% Hotel Occupancy Tax. Taxes on fees paid the prior month must be paid by the 15th of the current month. You may set-up your tax payments by visiting Muniservices at www.REVDS.com. If you have issues or further questions about setting up your tax payment account, please contact Muniserivces at (866) 240-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will depend on the Zoning District your project is in. Use the City of Denison interactive map to determine what zoning district (and overlay district if applicable) the project will be in. Once you have established that, reference the City Zoning ordinances to verify what setbacks and/or maximum lot coverage is required for your project.
If you live or work in the City of Denison, you may get fingerprinted at the Denison Police Department located at: 108 W. Main St. Denison, TX 75020
Fingerprints are performed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The cost is $20 per card and you must supply your own fingerprint card.
Because of the potential for damage to vehicles, the Police Department does not open locked vehicles under any other circumstances. A locksmith is your best alternative.
Fingerprints are performed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The cost is $10 per card and you must supply your own fingerprint card.
You may call the animal shelter at (903) 465-4714. Animal Control Information
Copies of these reports will be made available according to the guidelines of the State of Texas Public Information Act. There is no charge for reports.
The Water Utilities Service Department is located at: 300 W. Main St.Denison, TX 75020
Sewer on commercial customer accounts is based on water usage each month.
City Hall is located at: 300 W. Main St. Denison, TX 75020
You can get a building permit in City Hall located at:300 W. Main St.Denison, TX 75020
Example: The usage on your September 2014 bill was 3,800 cubic feet or 28,428 gallons (3,800 x 7.481 = 28,428).
As you know, the City experienced an exceptionally wet spring and early summer. Over 30 inches of rain fell between May and July. However, less than ½ inch of rain fell on the City in August. As a result, many residents did not start watering their yards until August, which means that if you water your yard, your water usage increased dramatically in August which is reflected on your September bill. During a normal year, water usage from outside watering will increase gradually usually beginning in May or June and peak in July or August.
If you have a question regarding your water bill, please contact the City at 903-465-2720, Option #1. You can also visit the utility billing office located at 300 West Main Street.