The mission of Bexar County Environmental Services Department (BCES) is to create, foster, and maintain public health and safety by cost effective management and regulation of On‐Site Sewer Systems (OSSF), Post Construction Water Quality, Animal Control, and Code Compliance programs in Bexar County.
The primary purpose of the Bexar County Animal Control Department is public health and safety. The department was created in late 2013 to help the constituents of the unincorporated areas of Bexar County with loose animals that are causing a threat to health and human life.
The Bexar County Animal Facility (BCAF) is the county’s only shelter to house animals for Bexar County Animal Control Services.
The purpose of the Air Quality Division (AQD) is to safeguard public health and the environment by ensuring Bexar County maintains air quality standards.
Code Compliance handles receiving and remediating constituent complaints for code violations within unincorporated Bexar County.
Environmental Law Enforcement's objective is to coordinate and assist state and local authorities to enforce environmental crimes within Bexar County.
The Food Service Establishment Health Inspections Department provides permits to businesses who handle food services. They also enforce codes and handle health inspections and complaints.
An OSSF is more commonly referred to as “septic system”, OSSF systems account for about 25% of all wastewater treatment in Bexar County
Air Quality Advisory News
VOCs are volatile organic compounds that may have long-term adverse health effects. Go green to keep our air clean! Use paint and cleaning products with less or zero VOCs. #AirQualitySA
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Household Hazardous Waste Program
The Household Hazardous Waste program is a cooperation between Bexar County and Waste Management to arrange free pick up and disposal of material that is considered hazardous. Please visit This page for more information.
SA3 Recycling Center
SA3 Recycling Center is a textile recycling facility that offers free curbside pickup of gently used textiles (clothing and other fabric items) in order to responsibly recycle and reuse those items within our community. For more information please visit the SA3 website.
Other tasks assigned to The Bexar County Environmental Department include:
- Coordination of the Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP‐HCP) implementation with the City of San Antonio
- Working air quality issues in partnership with the City of San Antonio
We don’t just regulate and enforce the standards of the State of Texas and Bexar County, we also help our residents and businesses understand what the regulations are and how to comply. We work with our constituents to educate them on how to improve the environment in Bexar County.
For questions regarding any topics we cover, please contact us by calling 210-335-6700.