Health & Code Enforcement

The Environmental Health and Code Enforcement Department will continue to accept web based permits for Garage sales at  If you are a new user you may register for a free Online Permit Portal account.  It only takes a few simple steps.  For those who do not have internet access for the permit portal, garage sale payments will be taken over the phone with a valid credit card. No cash will be accepted.

The following applications are available for download in PDF format.  Please print, complete and mail application with appropriate fee to: 

City of McAllen Environmental Health and Code Enforcement
311 N. 15th Street
McAllen, Texas 78501

Completed applications and fees can also be dropped off in sealed envelopes at the front doors of our building along N. 16th Street and Date Palm.

Application for Temporary Sales of Agricultural Products

Application for Garage Sale 04-17-2019

Application for Temporary Food Event 04-29-2019

Food Trailer-Truck Application 04-29-2019

Application for Food Establishment Permit REV 04-29-19

Application for Short Term Rental-04-29-2019

Basic Requirements for Portable Concession Stands REV 09-18-18

Application for Tent REV 09-18-18

Basic Requirements for a Food Establishment Rev 09-18-18

Any questions on any applications, permits or code of ordinances will be answered by staff Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm by calling 956-681-1900.



The Health & Code Enforcement Department is charged with the enforcement of the Environmental and Health Code within the city limits of the City of McAllen.

Comprised of Health Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officers, Code Enforcement Analyst, and Administrative Staff, the Health & Code Enforcement Department’s mission is to protect and promote the Health, Safety, and Wellbeing of all citizens. We strive to ensure safe food for the public, an environment free of hazards and illegal solid wastes, vibrant neighborhoods, and to promote sound environmental practices and procedures. We carry our mission efficiently, effectively, and professionally with respect and dedication to all citizens.

Environmental Health Specialists are charged with overseeing the safety of the City of McAllen’s food establishments, cafeterias, food trucks and any establishment or event that sells food to the general public. Environmental Health Specialist are commonly known as “Health Inspectors”, and they conduct food safety inspections as well as educational activities within the city.

Code Enforcement Officers are the primary contact for land use complaints and are responsible for enforcing city ordinances. Code Enforcement provides a safe community, vibrant neighborhoods, and promotes a healthy environment for our citizens and visitors. Code Enforcement also helps the public understand their rights and obligations, as well as working with other government agencies to promote community goals.

A Code Enforcement Analyst acts as the “Imagine Tomorrow” liaison to various non-profit groups, the private sector, and existing property owners to help improve the City of McAllen’s Residential Housing Stock. The Imagine Tomorrow Program is an Economic Incentive program that targets Substandard, Vacant residential structures and Empty Lots in the City of McAllen by offering full demolition, development, and home repair incentives or grants to property owners.

A Vector Control Team, comprised of Health Specialists and Code Enforcement Officers, is deployed when the presence of disease carrying Mosquitoes is detected in the city. The City of McAllen has a proactive Mosquito Control Surveillance Program in partnership with Texas A&M Health Science School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Agrilife, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of Texas at El Paso. This partnership allows laboratory research groups to study mosquito species and especially to learn about those species that may carry Mosquito Borne Diseases.