Welcome to Garland
This section provides new residents with helpful information that promises to smooth the transition to Garland. Find important information on service providers, resources, and information about living in Garland, as well as helpful information provided by other local jurisdictions.
Gotta Have These!
Quick access for connecting the following eases the stress of moving:
- Electricity and Water
- Natural Gas
- Trash Collection
The information on this page should help you connect with these important utilities.
Garland’s municipally owned electric utility, Garland Power & Light (GP&L), is the sole provider of electricity service for approximately 85% of Garland residents. Garland residents who live in areas not served by GP&L may choose any electric service provider other than GP&L. If you are unsure whether you live in an area serviced by GP&L, you can email Customer Service.
Residential Water, Sewer & Sanitation
The City of Garland provides these important services. Establish a utility account for water, sewer, or sanitation services. If you live in an area served by Garland Power and Light, all services, including electricity, may be connected with this single utility application.
Trash, Recycling Schedule
Garland's Sanitation Department picks up trash and bulky items weekly and collects recyclables every other week. Visit their webpage for collection days and more information.
Atmos Energy provides gas service throughout Garland.
Residents may choose from a variety of service providers for the following:
City of Garland staff has assembled a variety of information resources to give you direct access to people in-the-know.
The Office of Neighborhood Vitality has created a Neighborhood Toolbox which provides resources useful to new and existing residents.
Neighborhoods Focus Area
The Neighborhoods Focus Area is dedicated to Garland residents seeking information about neighborhoods, including news and events, available services and resources, data, and involvement opportunities.
Streets & Alleys
If you have questions about a nearby street project, want to find out about future plans for your own street or alley or inquire about neighborhood sidewalk repairs, contact the Street Department.
Report issues, get information and submit questions online or through an app on your smartphone. Go to your favorite app store and download Garland eAssist.
Click on the My Garland button and enter a Garland address to find out about a wide range of City resources including your City Council representation, your Neighborhood Police Officer, nearby street conditions, parks and much more.
Who to Call
Get direct access to the City of Garland phone directory of City staff who are dedicated to meeting your needs and resolving your issues quickly and courteously.
Permits & Things
Find important information about registrations and permits required by various local jurisdictions.
Building Inspection & Building Permits
Does your home improvement project require a building permit? For the sake of the safety and quality of our neighborhoods, many projects do require such permits. Visit with the folks at the Building Inspection Department to find out more.
New residents are required to do the following within 30 days of moving to Texas:
Texas residents who own a motor vehicle are legally required to annually renew their vehicle registration.
To find out about required vaccinations and micro-chipping visit the Garland Animal Services page.
Home Alarm Systems
The City of Garland requires alarm system users to obtain an alarm permit from the Garland Police Department.
Garland Independent School District (GISD) consists of seven high schools that offer A/P, IB, and college credit courses. The district has consistently had strong graduation rates and low dropout rates. For the class of 2019, Garland had a graduation rate of 96.3% and a dropout rate of 3.5%. The district performed above the county average graduation rate of 92.3% and below the county average dropout rate of 7.5%.
Source: Texas Education Agency, 2019
GISD has partnered with local colleges and businesses to offer Pathways in Technology Early College High School programs where students can earn college credit, training certificates, and even an associates degree, along with their high school diploma. Incoming freshmen can choose to go to any high school in the district, allowing them to enhance their career readiness early on. Program areas include: engineering, advanced manufacturing, criminal justice, accounting, construction technology, mortgage banking, pre-medical, pre-dental, network administration, software development, game technology, teaching, web design, electronics, and automotive technology.
Students graduating high school have many options both in and within a short driving distance of Garland. The city is home to Remington College, Amberton College, and Dallas College, where courses are specialized to satisfy local business job skills. Other major universities in the area, such as Southern Methodist University, University of Texas (Dallas), University of Texas (Southwestern), and many more, are within a short drive or train ride away.
Immunizations for School Attendance
The State of Texas oversees school attendance and immunization requirements for Texas children.
Maps & County records
The City offers a variety of interactive and static maps.
Many services you may expect to be provided by the City of Garland may actually be provided by Dallas County, including:
- County Court Records and Services
- Criminal Background Checks, and more
- Marriage Licenses
- Warrant Information
Visit Dallas County for more information.
Are you looking for fun things to do? Well, Garland's got it! Go to VisitGarlandTX.com to learn about great foodie and shopping destinations, unique shopping and more. Don't miss the Granville Arts Center's full slate of live theatre, music and art displays.
And check out our Parks and Recreation Department for family fitness, outdoor activities, great classes and much more.
For the golfers in you circle, check out Firewheel Golf Park - the largest, best municipal course you'll ever play!