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The State of Texas and the City of Mansfield Animal Control requires that your animal receive an annual rabies vaccination. The City of Mansfield recommends that your animal receive all of the preventative vaccinations. All vaccinations should be administered by a licensed Veterinarian.
We are a tax-funded, municipal animal shelter and therefore we can only provide this service to Mansfield residents. Owners who want to surrender their pets can bring them to the shelter at 407 Industrial Blvd. anytime during the following hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
We do not provide this service on weekends or holidays.
Please bring a valid form of photo ID showing your address inside the city limits of Mansfield, such as a driver’s license or passport. If your photo ID does not show your correct address, you will also need to provide a utility bill for proof of residency.
You will also need to provide proof of ownership and be able to provide documentation to support ownership of the animal, such as veterinary paperwork, divorce decree, etc. Both owners, if married or a couple, must be willing to sign necessary paperwork relinquishing ownership of the animal and both must be able to provide a valid form of photo ID. If the animal is microchipped, the owner on the microchip will need to relinquish ownership. Failure to provide this documentation may result in refusal of the animal.
There is a $30 owner surrender fee. In special circumstances, elderly and/or handicapped residents may request an officer to pick up their pets if they are unable to bring them to the animal shelter themselves.
The outcome for the animal (adoption, transfer to another agency, or euthanasia) is at the sole discretion of Animal Care & Control.
Animal Care & Control tries to find homes for every animal that comes to our shelter, but we can never guarantee placement for any animal. For this reason, we ask that you use us as a last resort only after all other attempts to find your pet a suitable permanent home have failed.
This transfer of ownership is final and irrevocable and Animal Care & Control cannot call previous owners prior to any final disposition.
The legal limit is four dogs or four cats but not to exceed the combined total of six such animals over the age of eight weeks.
Call Mansfield Animal Care and Control at 817-276-4799 to find out if the pet has been reported as missing. If so, Animal Care and Control will attempt to contact the possible owner(s). If you wish to hold on to the pet for a few days to see if the owner turns up, you should leave a found report. Otherwise, you may bring the pet to the Animal Care and Control Facility or request that the animal be picked up.
To report an injured or dead animal during normal business hours, call (817) 276-4799. For non-emergency after hour reports, call (817) 473-0211.
Emergency calls include:
See Animal Emergencies for more information.
In order to register your pet, currently, you need to visit our location at 407 Industrial Blvd. and you will need to bring the following items: Valid Drivers license or State I.D, current rabies vaccination certificate, proof of spay/neuter and microchip information if applicable. The fee ranges between $5-$15 annually depending on spay-neuter/microchip status. For additional information please call 817-276-4799.
Prior to bringing any livestock or fowl (chickens) into the city limits, you will need to contact the Planning and Zoning department at 817-276-4226. They will need to verify the address and will be able to tell you if your address will allow livestock and chickens. Roosters are not allowed, per city ordinance, unless written permission is obtained from the Mansfield Animal Care & Control Manager.
To report loose dogs, cats, and livestock during normal business hours, call (817) 276-4799. For non-emergency after hour reports, call (817) 473-0211.
To report issues regarding wildlife during normal business hours, call (817) 276-4799. For non-emergency after hour reports, call (817) 473-0211.
View a list of monthly building permits issued.
Building permit fees are found in the City's Fee Schedule.
Non Residential Buildings - All non-residential buildings require a building permit.Residential Buildings - One & two family dwellings and townhouses one-story detached accessory structures that are 200 square feet or less used as tool and storage shed, playhouses and similar uses do not require a building permit. A building permit is required for accessory buildings that are more than 200 square feet or two story.All accessory building, including those that do not require a building permit, must meet the zoning ordinance requirements including but not limited to setbacks, height and lot coverage.
Yes. A permit must be obtained before holding a garage sale. Garage sales may last for a period of three consecutive days and can only be held two times per calendar year at any one address. Garage sale signs must not be posted on any sign, pole, tree or utility post or in any street medians. View the Garage Sale Application (PDF).
Commercial Buildings - All commercial buildings require a building permit to re-roof. Commercial projects that include the removal of roof insulation must replace the insulation with thicknesses that meet the current energy code. An energy code calculation is typically required and generally results in an increase in insulation thickness. Residential Buildings - One & two family dwellings do not require a permit to replace shingles only. Permits are required for re-roofing projects that include the repair or replacement of roof decking, or structural members like rafters or trusses. All re-roofing projects, including those that do not require a building permit, must meet code provisions. Flashings and drip edges are required. Shingles must be completely removed before installation of new shingles. Underlayment must also be replaced when re-shingling a roof.
The city does not require roof sheathing to be replaced if it is still in good condition. The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) adopted by the City of Mansfield requires roof sheathing to meet Section R803 and Table R503.2.1.1(1). In addition Section R905 of the IRC requires asphalt shingles to be applied in accordance with the applicable provisions of the code and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Remodeling work that requires any structural change, electrical or plumbing work requires a permit. Permits can be obtained through the Building Safety Department. Each sub-contractor must be registered with the City and they must obtain their own permits. All required inspections need to be completed and are included in the permit fee.
All swimming pools must at all times be completely surrounded by a fence, wall or barrier not less than four feet high with a self-closing and self-latching gate. For more specific regulations, contact the Building Safety Department at 817-276-4220.
No, the City of Mansfield does not inspect homes to tell you what is wrong with your home. Independent inspectors can be hired to do these types of troubleshooting inspections.
If you are planning to do any digging, you must call Texas 811, at least two working days, before you dig to arrange for utility companies to mark buried utility lines in your yard.
When looking for a contractor, find out how long the contractor has been in business in the area and check references. Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been registered against the company. The City of Mansfield cannot recommend contractors.
To request an inspection complete the Online Inspections Request. Inspection requests submitted by 5 p.m. will be inspected the following business day.
To cancel a scheduled inspection complete the Online Inspection Cancellations Request. Inspection cancellations must be requested prior to 8 a.m. the day of the scheduled inspection.
Yes, you must contact the Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office to request and schedule a fire inspection prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. The Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until this inspection has been completed. You can request the fire department inspection on-line at https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/FormCenter/Fire-Department-7/Fire-Department-Inspection-Request-52 if you have questions you can contact them at 817-427-6900.
In accordance with City Ordinance Chapter 50.50 and 50.60 waste haulers are required to have a franchise or license to operate within the City of Mansfield. Currently, only Republic Services is franchised as an operator. To set up service for your business, or to arrange a temporary roll-off container for a construction project, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2000.
First, contact the Planning Department to find all the relevant information about the project. Next, the city has several avenues for citizens to express their opinions about the development projects in the city. Some of the options are: Attend Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings to learn about the project and voice your opinions. Attend City Council public hearings to learn about the project and voice your opinions.
Council Members are elected at large, which means they represent the whole City of Mansfield, not just a particular area. Addresses and telephone numbers for the Council are listed on the Mayor and Council page.
No, there is no filing fee.
Yes, they are televised live on Channel 190 through Charter Communications and on Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also watch the City Council meetings live on the Internet.
City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Parking spaces for disabled citizens are available. Requests for sign interpreter services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. To make arrangements, call 817-473-0211 or (TDD) 800-RELAY TX, 800-735-2989.
Contact the City Secretary's Office at 817-276-4203. You can also search the City Charter and Code of Ordinances on the web.
You may call the City Secretary’s Office at 817-276-4203. For immediate access, all agendas and minutes are available online.
The City can only provide records that exist at the time of the request and cannot create records to respond to a request.
Records will be made available in the format they exist at the time of the request. If the requestor would like to receive records in a different format, i.e. an excel spreadsheet v. paper copies of each record, the requestor is responsible for paying the labor costs associated with converting that information.
The City cannot research information and records for a requestor. The requestor must be specific regarding the record or information they are seeking.
Requests for records are processed in the order received. It can take up to ten (10) business days to receive a response to a request for records.
The fees for the most commonly requested records are as follows:
Paper (8.5 x 11): .10 cents per page
Audio CD: $1.00
Video DVD (Non-Body Worn Camera Video): $3.00
Body Worn Camera Video: $10 per video plus $1.00 for each full minute of recording.
The City of Mansfield follows the cost schedule listed out in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70.
How you receive the records you requested depends on the type of record. All records can be picked up in person from the City Secretary’s Office. In certain situations records can be mailed. Fees for postage are the responsibility of the requestor. Additionally, some records can be emailed. The City does not email Police records.
Requests for records are processed in the order received. It can take up to 10 business days to receive a response to a request for records.
The fees for the most commonly requested records are as follows:
The City of Mansfield follows the cost schedule listed out in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70.
How you receive your records depends on the information being requested. All records can be picked up in person from the City Secretary’s Office or mailed upon request (postage fees are the responsibility of the requestor). Certain records may be emailed but not all of them. The City will not email Police Records to a requestor.
Council Members are elected at large, which means they represent the whole City of Mansfield, not just one particular area.
The City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month. Meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 1200 East Broad Street. The Regular Business Session begins at 7 p.m.
You may call the City Secretary's Office at 817-276-4203. For immediate access, all agendas and minutes are available online.
Yes, they are televised live on Channel 190 through Charter Communications and on Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also watch the City Council meetings live on the internet.
City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Parking spaces for disabled citizens are available. Requests for sign interpreter services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. To make arrangements, call 817-473-0211 or (TDD) 800-735-2989.
Contact the City Secretary's Office at 817-276-4203. You can also search the City Charter and Code of Ordinances.
All grass and weeds should be maintained to a height of 10 inches or less.
Currently, the City of Mansfield does not provide trash carts for residents. Residents may purchase their own carts or put trash in bags that are securely tied and place on curb for pick-up on their regularly scheduled days.
Brush, limbs, yard debris and twigs will be collected if tied in bundles no more than 4 feet in length and weighing approximately 50 pounds or less each. Place on the curb for pick-up on your regularly scheduled trash pick-up days.
Residents may also request a bulky brush pick up for non-bundled tree limbs and tree debris that has been cut to 6 feet sections or 50 pounds pieces for a fee of $125 per hour with a minimum of 1 hour charge. Residents must contact Utility Billing at 817-276-4200 to request the service. Tree limbs and tree debris may also be hauled by residents to one of the landfills available. The landfill information sheet has information on vouchers and landfill rates.
You can also bring in brush during our twice-yearly Chunk Your Junk events.
For safe disposal of over the counter and prescription medications:
Please call Republic Services at 817-317-2000 or visit their website to arrange for a special truck to pick up these items:
Residents may request a bulky brush pick up for non-bundled tree limbs and tree debris that has been cut to 6 feet sections or 50 pounds pieces for a fee of $125 per hour with a minimum of 1 hour charge. Residents must contact Utility Billing at 817-276-4200 to request the service. Tree limbs and tree debris may also be hauled by residents to one of the landfills available. The landfill information sheet below will have information on vouchers and landfill rates.
Residents may also bring bulky waste to the twice-yearly Chunk Your Junk events.
Residents of Mansfield can also use a landfill site operated by Republic Services located at one of the following locations:
6288 Salt RoadFort Worth, TX 76140
800 Mosier Valley RoadEuless, TX 76040
There is a charge to use the facility, and proof of residency is required. Residents are eligible for up to two landfill vouchers per year. Vouchers can be picked up at the Utility Billing desk located in City Hall during normal operating hours.
All other fees can be found in the information sheet (PDF).
Only items that can be recycled should be placed into the recycle cart. If you are not sure if something can be recycled, please visit Can I Recycle It?, a free search tool, to see the best way to dispose of many household items.
Residents can use this form to request or exchange a recycling cart. If you have requested an exchange, you may still use the larger cart until your exchange has been completed. Exchanges will be completed on the first Wednesday of the month.
Residents can check the Environmental Services calendar or view upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events and Chunk Your Junk & Shred Days and sign up for reminders using the Can I Recycle It? Environmental Services Event tab.
Residents may dispose of household hazardous waste such as aerosol cans, paint and cleaning products at the Environmental Collection Center on the second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Thursday and Friday before the second Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Proof of residency is required.
View a list of acceptable household hazardous materials (PDF).
Residents may dispose of electronic waste at the Environmental Collection Center on the second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Thursday and Friday before the second Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. A driver's license for proof of residency is required.
View a list of acceptable electronics materials (PDF).
The City does not perform regular maintenance on most drainage easements within the City. A drainage easement is a document providing the City the right to place public water on private property. Property within a drainage easement belongs to the property owner and not the City.
Further the property owner is responsible for removing trash, keeping vegetation mowed and similar maintenance activities. The City only becomes involved when there is a major blockage or infrastructure failure. The City can also become involved when structures, like fences, are built in a drainage easement or property owners bring infill to the easement.
For more information visit stormwater infrastructure in Engineering.
All City streets are designed to carry a certain amount of water during storms, even beyond the curb in most cases. Water entering a house is a concern to the City and should be reported as soon as it happens so the City can investigate the problem and look for solutions. It could be as simple as boards or other material blocking the pipe or inlet. But it can also be very involved and complicated, taking time to correct.
The City does not clean creek areas on a regular basis. Large cleanup events held by the City are typically on public land and involve large groups of volunteers. The best solution to this problem is for everyone to put their trash in the proper place - a trash can.
Any water feature is going to attract wildlife, including raccoons and snakes. The City does not perform regular maintenance along most water ways. These areas are typically designed to be overgrown. As long as the condition does not pose a threat of flooding to a home or structure, the City will not remove the vegetation.
Any odor nuisances should be called in. There is not always something that can be done about it, but the City needs to make sure the sanitary sewer system has not been leaking into the storm sewer system. The most common odor problems at storm sewer outfalls are decomposing leaves and other organic matter, and this poses no threat to human health.
The Environmental Services Department works with other departments in the City to address these concerns. Depending on the situation, a City crew may be able to come out and regrade the area, but a drainage easement must exist for the City to enter the property for this reason.
This is not always a concern but should be reported so City staff can evaluate the situation and prevent problems from occurring.
There is no simple answer for this question. The City's ability to improve the situation is entirely dependent on the location and cause of the flooding. Several homes in the City were built before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) enacted floodplain restrictions, and these homes will flood if there is a large enough storm. However some problems can be addressed by repairing the storm sewer system. If your home has flooded, please report this information to the City.
Contact Howard Redfern, environmental services manager at 817-276-4240. For more information, visit stormwater infrastructure in Engineering.
A tax rate of $0.710000 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of the City of Mansfield, Texas. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of the City of Mansfield, Texas proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of public safety and welfare.
Please visit the Texas Commission on Fire Protection website for information. https://www.tcfp.texas.gov/
Mansfield Fire Rescue uses a third party for all ambulance billing: EMERGICON, LLC 877-602-2060 emergicon.com
If you have questions send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mansfield Fire Rescue processes requests for reports through the City Secretary's Office located at City Hall, 1200 East Broad St. Requests for reports must be made in writing and are accepted for processing 72 hours after the incident.
For all Open Records Requests, please complete the Open Records Request Form (PDF) and submit it to the City Secretary's Office via email or by fax to 817-473-2925. Please be sure to include your name, telephone number and mailing address.
Submit Open Records Request Online
All firefighters in the City of Mansfield are cross-trained as paramedics. The additional personnel provide faster and better quality care to our patients. The fire engine is able to provide the exact same care as our Mobile Intensive Care Units.
Request your inspection using our Online Request Form.
Please call Water Utilities at 817-473-8411. If it is a private fire hydrant, the property owner is responsible for all repairs, and is advised that they contact a plumber.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this service.
No. Please contact Safe Kids Tarrant County for an inspection location near you.
Remember to test your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. If your smoke detector is over 10 years old it needs to be replaced with a new one.
There are currently 204 wells drilled within the City.
The Gas Well Inspector regularly inspects each drill site within our jurisdiction in accordance with Chapter 114 of the Mansfield Code of Ordinances. Drill sites are also inspected by the Fire Marshal’s office. In addition to municipal oversight, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting, inspections, and production in accordance with applicable state rules and regulations.
Applications may be obtained from the Planning Department Counter or from our website.
Approximately 90 to 120 days to complete the zoning process.
The specific use permit (SUP) and the Gas Well Permit can be processed concurrently. However, a gas well permit cannot be issued until the SUP is approved.
An application (PDF) can be obtained from the Planning page on the City website. We recommend that the applicant schedule a meeting with staff prior to actually submitting the application and requested materials.
Approximately 30 to 45 days.
Gas wells in production do not create much noise. A gas well may occasionally need the use of a lift compressor to maintain production, but City regulations require that any noise from the compressor above the legal limit must be mitigated.
Gas that is produced from the Barnett Shale is odorless.
The lights you see are needed for the 24 hour operation. They are turned in towards the drill site and away from adjacent properties. This operation normally last only about 30 days.
The City works with the gas well operators to determine a truck route that will have the least impact on traffic as part of the specific use permit (SUP). The gas well operator must use only the streets designated on the approved truck route, and must pay a road damage remediation fee.
Some wells produce 15 to 20 years, depending on the quality of the formation.
Natural gas is transported via buried pipelines. These lines are all clearly marked with pipe markers that are normally bright yellow markings with the company name and emergency phone numbers.
Before you dig on your property, contact the Texas one-call center by dialing 811 at least 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) prior to beginning the excavation. The operators will come and mark their underground facilities. There is no charge for this service and is required by state law.
These are terms used in the industry for moving in the drilling rig; installing all the parts, units, motors and equipment; and getting ready to drill the well. Once the well is drilled, the process is again done in reverse to remove all the equipment used in the drilling operations.
A term used in the industry to reflect the beginning of drilling operations of a well.
It is an earth pit lined with plastic. Its measurements run in the range of 200 feet by 400 feet, depending on how much water is used to fracture the wells. These pits are filled with fresh water and look like a large swimming pool. It takes approximately 4,000,000 gallons of water to fracture a well. The pits are leveled and the land restored when the operator is finished with the drill site.
Most operators purchase water from the City.
Cuttings are particles of formation obtained from a well during drilling operations. They are brought to the surface by circulating mud-laden fluid. The cuttings that are created will be transported by truck off location to an approved disposal system. All of the disposal sites have been approved and monitored by the Texas Railroad Commission.
Circulating is the pumping of drilling fluid from the suction pit, through the drill pipe and back to the surface through the annulus. Although mud is circulated, the terms "circulated" or "circulating" applies to this operation while drilling is temporarily suspended, to obtain samples from bottom or keep hole in condition while awaiting other operations.
Cementing is the operation by which a cement slurry is forced down through the casing and out at the lower end in such a way that it fills the space between the casing and the sides of the well bore to a predetermined height above the bottom of the well. This is for the purpose of securing the casing in place and excluding water and other fluids from the well bore. All cements are in a liquid phase and able to be pumped by pumps.
Fracturing is a means of opening the fissures in the Barnett Shale formation by the use of hydraulic pumps and fracturing fluid. Fresh water stored in frac pits is pumped in stages into the Barnett Shale formation. Once fractures in the rock have been created, sand (like beach sand) is mixed with the fresh water and pumped into these fractures to help prevent the fracture from closing back once the hydraulic force is reduced. By packing or filling of these fractures with sand, this will allow the formation to produce into the new drilled well bore (hole) and bring gas to surface.
A term applied to the valves and fittings assembled at the top of a well to control the flow of the gas. These valves and fittings are all pressure tested to a minimum of 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi) before and after installing.
A tank battery is a group of tanks that are connected to receive produced water from a well. A tank is normally a single- or double-steel or fiberglass vessel that can hold 200 to 400 barrels. The tank battery also includes some production equipment, such as gas separators which allow the produced water to be separated from the gas. The produced water is removed from the tanks by truck, and taken to disposal facilities outside of the City.
A sudden, escape of gas and water from a drilling well when high pressure gas is encountered and efforts to prevent or to control the escape has not been successful.
A device attached immediately above the casing to control the pressure and prevent the escape of fluids from the annular space between the drill pipe and casing or shut off the hole, if no drill pipe is in the hole, should a blowout occur. These devices are pressure tested between 3,500 to 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi) when installed and every two weeks afterwards.
The Fire Department handles all gas well emergencies. If there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
For non-emergency gas well concerns, contact the Gas Well Inspector.
The City does not handle royalties or mineral rights. If you have any questions, you should call the operator of the gas well on or adjacent to your property.
The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) department set the depths to protect our natural fresh water zones on interest in Texas. By law, the surface casing of a well must extend 20 feet beyond the depth of a fresh water zone as determined by the RRC. The surface casing is cemented back to the surface to protect these fresh water bearing zones.
Please contact the Gas Well Inspector at 817-276-4254 or by email, for general inquiries and concerns related to provisions of the City's drilling regulations. For other concerns, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting and inspections, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has jurisdiction over environmental concerns. Please contact the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) at their website, or by calling 512-463-7288.
Visit our interactive mapping site. You can zoom in to any specific area of the city using your cursor. Call us at the Planning Department at 817-276-4226 during regular office hours to ask our staff about the information you require. Visit our offices during regular working hours to review the official zoning map (PDF) and talk to the planning staff about zoning.
You can view Mansfield GIS data online by visiting our interactive GIS web page. There, you will be able to zoom in on a particular area of the City and view a number of different data layers. All of the data will be viewed through your web browser. No special software is required.
The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Admission to the Museum is free.
If you have an item that you would like to donate to the museum, please call 817-473-4250 to arrange an appointment to speak with the Museum Manager.
Available job opportunities can be found here.
Applications are only accepted for positions that are currently open. Most positions have specified minimum qualifications and age requirements; these can be found on the job description(s).
Yes, you may apply for as many open jobs as you wish, but a separate application must be submitted for each position.
Those selected for interviews will be contacted by the hiring supervisor. Those who are not selected will be notified via email.
Yes, any person here visiting an inmate is subject to be checked and possibly arrested if they have active warrants.
You can contact the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office at 817-884-3116 for general inmate information.
For a complete list of open positions you can visit the Human Resources Department's job opportunities page. There you will find information concerning the open position such as a job description and qualifications needed. View the contact information for the Human Resources department.
You can request time served for Mansfield Charges from the Mansfield Municipal Judge. To request time served on charges from another agency, you must contact that specific agency in which the charges are held.
The City of Mansfield is a temporary holding facility for multiple agencies including:
Most inmates are held at our facility until they are transferred to the county or another form of disposition has been made.
Yes, we encourage you to have your medication and prescription eyeglasses brought to you here at the Mansfield Jail. The medication will be inspected by our Medical Staff before being allowed into the facility for dissemination to the inmate.
The medication must be properly packaged, have the inmate's name on the prescription container, have a proper quantity, and not be expired. Designer-framed eyeglasses and sunglasses are prohibited in the facility.
Yes, visitors must be fully dressed and behave in a professional and orderly manner. See through, revealing, and provocative clothing is not allowed.
Dressing inappropriately will cause the termination or refusal of the visit with the inmate. All visitation booths are monitored and recorded with audio and video surveillance equipment.
You can get a copy of your incarceration paperwork at the Mansfield Jail. The request must be made in person by the person that was incarcerated and you will need to complete a request form and have a valid form of identification.
No, messages cannot be given to inmates. Inmates can communicate with individuals by calling them collect with the phone located in the cell or by a non-contact visit.
Unfortunately our meeting room is not available for reservations. However, the meeting room sits up to eight people and are available first come first serve.
Your library card expires every two years. At the time of expiration, we ask to see your Drivers License or State ID to make sure we have all your current information.
Any child from birth until he or she enters Kindergarten.
Everyone reads at their own pace. It could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete the program depending on how many books you read with your child. If you read 1 book a day, you will reach 1,000 books in about 3 years. If you read 3 books a day, you'll finish in under a year. If you have more than one child participating, reading all together counts for both children.
Absolutely! Each time you read with your child, whether it's the same favorite over and over or a different book each time, it counts.
Any book intended for children is perfectly fine. They can be library books or books from home. Books heard at story time also count. We'd be happy to help you find books that your child will love.
Check out our children's reading lists.
Check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten backpacks.
Ask a librarian.
Congratulations! Visit the front desk of the library to receive a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten medal for your little reader.
From the library catalog, you can place a hold on an item that is currently checked out by clicking on "Place Request". A hold prevents the current borrower from renewing the book. When it is returned, it will be placed on hold for you. Then the library will (based upon your account preferences) call, email, or text you to let you know when the item is available for pickup at the library.
Please note that any hold items not picked up within four days will be cancelled.
You may renew items up to three times as long as it is not on hold for another patron and your account is in good standing with no fines.
You can return your items to the Mansfield Public Library or any of our consortium locations, Kennedale or Arlington branches. The library has an outside drive-up book drop and a book drop attached to the building at the main entrance.
If you are having trouble locating an item on the shelf, stop by the Library front desk and tell the staff. We will look for the book and let you know if the item has been found in the library and placed in its proper location on the shelf. Please note, however, this will not prevent someone else from checking it out.
Yes. If you have placed something on hold you may suspend that item to make it inactive. Simply log back into your account when you are ready to activate your item and you will be placed back on the holds list. This feature allows you to not lose your place on the wait-list.
Your hold materials are located at the front desk of Mansfield Public Library.
Once you have been notified that your hold is ready, you have four days to pick up the item. Any unclaimed items will either be reshelved or sent back to the appropriate library.
If you are a nonresident of Mansfield, Arlington or Kennedale, then you only have access to items here at the Mansfield Public Library. You cannot place a hold on items in Arlington or Kennedale.
If there is an item that you need that the Mansfield Public Library does not already have, try suggesting a purchase.
The cost of ILLs are free. However, patrons will be assessed a $2 postage fee if materials are not picked up in 4 days of being notified. Items will then be returned to the lending library.
Please include your name, library card number and contact information. For the item, please also include the title, author, and the format (Book, DVD, CD, Large Print, etc.).
Interlibrary Loans can arrive between 1-4 weeks at the Mansfield Public Library. Please note that some situations differ and in certain cases can take longer. Some factors that result in longer response times include, how fast other libraries respond to requests and how far away items are traveling.
Please return your items normally in the library book drop or at the front desk with the ILL card attached. These items cannot be returned to a consortium library in Arlington or Kennedale.
Unfortunately, ILLs cannot be renewed. However, if you have further questions, please contact the library at 817-728-3690.
An ILL can be requested by Mansfield patrons or non-residents. Residents of Arlington Public Library need to contact Arlington for ILL requests.
Unfortunately, items must be at least six months old in order to request it through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
Please note that in order to request an ILL, your account must be completely clear of any fines or fees. If you have any questions on any fines or fees, please call the library at 817-728-3690 to discuss further.
You do not need to be a resident of Mansfield to participate in programs, attend special events or rent our facilities. Residency is based on your physical address. Mansfield residents have a 76063 zip code. There is no differentiation in program registration fees, but residents do receive membership and rental discounts.
No. You may register for all programs in person at the Mansfield Activities Center or you may register for most programs online. You will need to create an account to register online. If you previously created an account and can't remember your password, use the "Forgot my password" feature on the login screen. Save 5% on programs when you register online.
Children 8 years old and older can be at the Mansfield Activities Center (MAC) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. without parent supervision. After 6 p.m, children must be 13 years old and older to be at the MAC without parent supervision.
Children younger than the age requirements can be at the MAC if they are in a scheduled activity or class. If a parent is unable to attend with a child under 8 or 13 depending on the time of day, someone 21 years old or older needs to accompany the child.
Yes, if you are 17 and under, an adult must be present to sign your membership waiver. This is required for each membership purchased, whether an annual membership or a day pass.
Yes! We ask that you scan your card so we have a history of attendance. Also, for security reasons, we need to know who is in our building.
We have programmed activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some special classes start in the afternoons but for the most part the activities take place in the mornings.
We have buses that can pick up participants in the morning and bring them to the MAC and then take them back home in the afternoons after lunch. The bus has a handicap lift if needed for wheelchairs. This service is available to Mansfield residents only, subject to address verification. Participants must sign up with senior staff at least 1 day in advance.
You may call the Mansfield Activities Center (MAC) at (817) 728-3680 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. to make a reservation for lunch. Reservations must be called in by 10 a.m. the day prior. Many times we have cancellations and you can call or come the day of and expect to eat. Participants may also sign up in person at the MAC.
You can contact us at 817-276-4716 for the fine amount or you may search online.
The Municipal Court is located on the first floor of the Public Safety Building. The Court is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also pay your citation online.
Defendants are given a period of 10 business days to make an initial appearance in person, by mail or online. Online Payment Site
Payments can be made online (with Visa or Mastercard only) or made in person using the following acceptable payment options:
Yes, you must wear clothing that is not revealing, see through, or provocative in nature. Proper clothing/shoes are strictly enforced, no tank tops, Midriffs must be completely covered at all times, pants must fit at the waist. Questions/Unsure? Contact the court at 817-276-4716.
There is a screening process you must go through before allowed admittance into the court room. We encourage you to leave items such as handbags and purses at home or secured in a safe environment.
Electronic devices such as cameras, cell phones, and radios are not allowed in the courtroom. Items you should bring with you are court paperwork, Drivers License or Identification Card, any evidence you wish viewed during the court proceedings.
You can call the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office at 817-884-3116 for general inmate information.
In most cases yes. However, there may be exemptions allowed by law which would free you of this duty. Jurors do receive compensation for their duty. Visit the jury information page for more information.
Commercial Driver's License holders are not eligible for Deferred Disposition or a Driving Safety Course to keep moving violations off their record. CDL holders can either pay the fine and take a conviction or plead not guilty and request a court date with the prosecutor.
The Mansfield Municipal Court provides two options to keep citations from adversely affecting your driving record with the Texas Department of Public Safety. These options are deferred disposition and driver safety course. Both of these alternatives require a plea of guilty or no contest and approval from the court.
Some offenses may be dismissed for compliance if the defendant meets all the requirements. These violations include: Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Fail to report name or address change, Fail to Display Valid Driver's License, Expired Driver's License, Expired Vehicle Registration, Driver's License Restriction or endorsement violations and defective equipment violations. These dismissals have terms and are not always a defendant's right. These dismissals are offered only if the defendant appears on or before the required appearance date and meets specific terms. Fines for compliance dismissals are payable immediately by cash, money order or credit/debit card.
The Judge may allow you to set up a payment plan for outstanding citations. You may not be eligible for this option if you have previously defaulted on a payment plan or if you enrolled in community service. The court clerk will give you more detailed instructions on setting up a payment plan at our clerk window. There is a financial information packet that must be completed before the Judge will consider your request for a payment plan.
Residency is based on your physical address. Mansfield residents have a 76063 ZIP code. The Mansfield Activities Center is funded by the half cent sales tax.
No. You may register for all programs in person at the Mansfield Activities Center (MAC) or you may register for most programs online. You will need to have an established account with the MAC to register online. To obtain your login information, call the MAC at 817-728-3680 during business hours or use the "Forgot my password" feature of online registration if you previously provided your email on your membership waiver form since August 2014.
Yes, we take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express with the appropriate identification.
Yes, if you are 17 and under and do not have a current MAC card. We require that a waiver be signed for each membership purchased, whether it is an annual membership or a day pass.
Kids 17 and under with a current MAC card can enter for programs or open gym without a parent. Day pass purchases or new/renewal memberships require a parent or guardian present.
Yes! We ask that you scan your card so we have a history of attendance. Also, for security reasons, we need to know who is in our building.
Questions regarding mowing in the right-of-way should be directed to the Parks Department. It is a City ordinance that property owners are responsible for mowing and maintenance up to the curb or to the edge of the pavement.
Most senior activities are free but some classes have a fee associated with them.
All current activities are listed in the Recreation Guide (PDF).
The City of Mansfield partners with AARP who provides a qualified tax preparer from February 1 to April 15 for free tax return preparation for seniors and low income individuals. Appointments are made at the Mansfield Activities Center.
Seniors who come to the center must be able to take care of their own personal needs, such as going to the restroom and feeding themselves, or have a caretaker with them at all times. We welcome all levels of ability.
We have buses that can pick her up in the morning and bring her to the center and then take her home in the afternoons after lunch. The bus has a handicap lift if needed for wheelchairs. This service is available to Mansfield residents only, subject to address verification.
The recommended lunch donation is $2 for seniors age 60 and over (or the spouse of someone the age 60 and over) and $6 for persons 59 and younger. No senior is turned away because they cannot pay.
You may call the Mansfield Activity Center from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. to make a reservation for lunch. It must be called in by 10 a.m. the day prior. Many times we have cancellations and you can call or come the day of and expect to eat most times. We also have clipboards with each day of the week labeled that you sign up on at the reception table.
No. A central kitchen prepares meals for 32 other senior centers in Tarrant County and delivers them to us daily. This nutrition program is partially funded by the Sixty & Better, The United Way, and the Area Agency on Aging.
Many of the park pavilions are available for rent. Pricing and policies are listed on our Rentals page. Park pavilions may be booked online with a free MAC online account, which can be created here.
The Zoning Ordinance and other development ordinances are available on the Planning and Zoning page.
No. A building permit cannot be issued for a property that has not been platted or is not a legal lot of record.
You can get a copy of your plat by either contacting the Planning Department or the Tarrant, Johnson, or Ellis County Plat Records.
No. The Texas Local Government Code and the City of Mansfield Subdivision Ordinance (PDF) requires property to be subdivided through the platting process before it can be sold for the purpose of creating two or more parcels. A lot that is sold by a metes and bounds description only and has not been platted into a separate lot is not a legal lot of record.
A map of a subdivision that represents a tract of land, showing the boundaries and location of individual properties, streets, easements and other pertinent information. After a plat is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission it is filed with the appropriate county clerk and becomes a legal lot of record for which a building permit can be issued.
Zoning is a local government's ability to regulate the use and development of land. It is designed to protect property values by preventing the location of incompatible uses in close proximity to each other. Planning involves the development of programs, plans, and policies for the creation of a better community. Zoning and Planning are closely related.
You can view Mansfield Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data online by visiting our interactive GIS webpage. There, you will be able to zoom in on a particular area of the City and view a number of different data layers. All of the data will be viewed through your web browser. No special software is required.
See the Alarm Permits website.
You may request a police officer to respond to your location by calling 817-473-0211 for non-emergency calls or 911 for emergency calls. Unfortunately the Mansfield Police Department does not send officers outside the City of Mansfield without meeting special criteria and authorization from the Patrol Supervisor.
See the Warrant Listing. Also see Resolving Citations and Warrants.
See the Municipal Court Cost and Fines page.
You may contact 817-473-0211.
The Mansfield Police Department does not have the authority to provide citizens a copy of their own or anyone else's criminal history. Please see the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
See Citizen Police Academy page for more information.
Home and business security inspections are conducted by the Community Resource Officers. You must contact the Community Resource Unit by calling 817-276-4757 and make an appointment to have the inspection conducted.
Community presentations are conducted primarily conducted by the Community Resources Officers. To inquire about an event you must contact the Community Resources Officers at 817-276-4757.
Unfortunately all items lost or stolen are not found, recovered or turned in to the Police Department. When property has been turned in the Police Department will notify the proper owner(s), if the owner(s) information is available on said property. You may contact the Property Technician by email or by phone at 817-276-4762.
You can now view all registered sex offenders online.
If your vehicle has been impounded by the Mansfield Police Department, please contact the following (si su vehículo ha sido confiscado por la policía de Mansfield, por favor póngase en contacto con el siguiente):Beards Towing4400 E Loop 820 SFort Worth, TX 76119Phone: 817-478-2001
To inquire if someone is in custody at the Mansfield Jail, call the jail.
The Mansfield Jail is located at 1601 Heritage Parkway.
The Mansfield Police Department receives several requests to have the speed trailer placed to monitor speed complaints. To have a location placed on the list you must contact the Mansfield Police Department at 817-473-0211.
The City of Mansfield no longer installs "Children at Play" signs. The Texas Manual on Traffic Control Devices (TxMUTCD) which is a state/federal Manual that sets the standards on which all signs, markings and signals are regulated, no longer recognizes these signs as acceptable to install because they are no longer enforced. Ultimately, drivers choose to ignore them and studies have shown that they do not have impact on speed.
Crime statistics are updated monthly and are posted on the Crime Analysis page.
Questions regarding mowing in the right of way should be directed to the Parks Department. It is a City ordinance that property owners are responsible for mowing and maintenance up to the curb or to the edge of the pavement.
Oncor & United Cooperative owns, operates and maintains all streetlights within the City right-of-way. Requests for repairs and consideration for installation of new streetlights can be made to the City of Mansfield at 817-276-4243.
The City hires an outside contractor to sweep the streets. Thoroughfare streets are swept monthly. Residential streets are swept twice per year.
Street Operations will service potholes and minor street repairs. Please call the City of Mansfield Street Operations Department at 817-276-4243, or you may report a pothole repair online.
Contact the Street Operations Department at 817-276-4243 if there is anything in the roadway or blocking visibility.
You may call the MAC from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. to make a reservation for lunch. It must be called in by 10 a.m. the day prior. Many times we have cancellations and you can call or come the day of and expect to eat most times. We also have clipboards with each day of the week labeled that you sign up on at the reception table.
The roads, service roads, and signage are maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation and should be directed to them. The main number is 817-370-6500.
Street Operations will service potholes and minor street repairs. Please call the City of Mansfield Street Operations Department at 817-276-4243, or you may report a pothole repair online.
The City Council has discussed this issue most recently in September 2002 and January 2004. The City of Mansfield will not install speed humps for the following reasons:
The City of Mansfield no longer installs "Children at Play" signs. The Texas Manual on Traffic Control Devices (TxMUTCD) which is a State/Federal Manual that sets the standards on which all signs, markings and signals are regulated, no longer recognizes these signs as acceptable to install because they are no longer enforced. Ultimately, drivers choose to ignore them and studies have shown that they do not have impact on speed.
Signs you may have seen in other neighborhoods were installed previously, when past manuals recognized these signs. The best deterrent for residential speeding is police enforcement. The Traffic Division of the Mansfield Police Department can be reached by calling 817-276-4700.
Texas SmartScape is a collaborative program developed by several agencies in the North Central Texas region. The purpose of the program is to provide tools for understanding the ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses, and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions.
The goal of the program is to conserve local water supplies and improve stormwater runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer, and herbicides used in landscaping practices.
Texas SmartScape is simply a way to reduce the impact of urban development by selecting and designing landscapes that utilize native and adaptive plants. The end product is an attractive lawn or landscape that is very low-maintenance, helps reduce water pollutants, and attracts wildlife. The reductions in water use, fertilizers, and pesticides and herbicides also lead to savings in your pockets.
Native and adaptive plants can thrive in the types of conditions we have come to expect in the North Central Texas area. Since they have developed in these conditions, they do not require the amount of support exotic species do. This saves time and money once the plants are established.
The Texas SmartScape website contains very useful information for designing the new lawn or landscape yourself, or for being able to communicate with someone designing your lawn or landscape for you. The website also includes tips on how to prepare your lawn and care for the plants to encourage success for those interested in doing it all themselves.
To prepare a design layout, it is necessary to learn a bit about your lawn or landscape. The amount of light different areas receive, how well the area drains, the type of soil, and many other factors affect the types of plants that will thrive in different locations.
Water and sewer leaks are handled by the Water Utilities Division. You can call Utility Field Operations at 817-473-8411.
It is located on your utility bill. For more information, visit our About Your Utility Bill page.
Sign in to the Online Utility Account website and select "Payment History." From there you can see all the transactions that have taken place.
You can contact our Customer Service Representatives to address your situation.
When you pay your utility bill online, the system immediately updates your utility account. It may take a few days to appear on your bank, checking, or credit card account.
The minimum amount you can pay is $10.
Registering for the portal is easy! Just follow these three steps to get started:
You can pay your bill in a variety of ways. For more information, visit the Utility Bill Payment Methods page.
Yes, your water will be cut off. You can make a payment before 8 a.m., which will stop your disconnect, and for any payments made after 8 a.m please call customer service at 817-276-4213.
Water that is cloudy is often the result of air in the water. To verify the cloudy water is caused by air, fill a clear glass with water from your faucet. Watch the glass closely. If the glass gets clear from the bottom to the top after a few minutes then there is air in the water.
While the quality of the water is not affected by the presence of air, it could be indicative of a problem in the distribution system. Excessive air in your water should be reported to the Water Utilities Division by calling 817-473-8411 or 817-477-2248.
Water that is refrigerated overnight in a sealed container does taste better because taste and odor causing compounds are usually aromatic and much more noticeable when they have not been chilled. We recommend keeping a bottle of tap water in the refrigerator. This also gives you the benefit of always having a cool drink of water.
Hard water is defined by the amount of calcium and magnesium present in the water. Hard water has a relatively high level as compared to soft water which has a low level.
Actually, our water is not classified as hard or soft. It is medium (hard) and normally has a calcium carbonate hardness content ranging between 90 to 120 milligrams per liter, or in other terms about 5 to 7 grains of hardness.
See our water quality reports for more information.
Water from the City of Mansfield is safe to drink. We recognize that it is your personal choice to purchase water purification devices. They have known to cause problems in the quality of drinking water due to the lack of proper filter replacement. These devices are not tested or regulated by the state or federal government.
Iron and manganese can cause a brownish orange staining on plumbing fixtures. The level of iron and manganese in our raw water is enough to cause staining problems. Since December of 2003, Mansfield has been using Chlorine Dioxide to reduce iron and manganese.
Mansfield is a member of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), along with:
TRWD primarily pumps water from Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers reservoirs in east Texas. The TRWD can also supply water from the Benbrook reservoir.
See the About Our Water page for more information.
Hot South Texas summer weather results in a rapid algae growth in our surface water reservoirs. As the algae decay, they release taste and odor compounds. The Mansfield Water Treatment Plant replaced the anthracite coal filter media with Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) in the plant expansion of 1999. As a result, the tastes and odor nuisance was greatly reduced.
However, there are times of the year when the algae growths can exceed the GAC's ability to remove the tastes and odors completely. In as much as the problem of taste and odor may be apparent in the water, the water is safe to drink.
The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) set the depths to protect our natural fresh water zones on interest in Texas. By law, the surface casing of a well must extend 20 feet beyond the depth of a fresh water zone as determined by the RRC. The surface casing is cemented back to the surface to protect these fresh water bearing zones.