Park Ordinances

The Houston Park and Recreation Department was created on March 15, 1916 by city ordinance. It was originally named the Department of Public Parks. Chapter 32 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances relates directly to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Some frequently referenced sections in Chapter 32 include:

Chapter 32 – Parks and Recreation

  • General duties of director (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article I, Section 32-4)
  • Authority of the director (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article I, Section 32-5)
  • Trees, shrubs and plants in public property (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article I, Section 32-6)
  • Maintenance or adoption of natural areas (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article I, Section 32-10)
  • Off Leash Dog Recreation Areas (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article I, Section 32-11)
  • Hours closed to public (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article II, Section 32-11)
  • Creation of Houston Parks Board (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 32, Article VIII, Section 32-11 to 201-213)

Please note: Other chapters in the City of Houston Code of Ordinances are applicable to parks as well. Some frequently referenced ordinances include:

Chapter 6 – Animals and Fowls

  • Owner's responsibility for animals at large (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 6, Article I, Section 6-2)
  • Defecation by Dogs or Cats (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 6,  Article I, Section 6-24)  

Chapter 21 – Health

Smoking (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 21, Article IX, Sec. 21-243)

Chapter 33 –Planning and Development

  • Chapter 33 – Planning and Development
  • Trees, Shrubs and Screening Fences (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 33, Article V)
  • Protection of Street Trees (Code of Ordinances, City of Houston, Chapter 33, Article VI)

Chapter 42 – Subdivisions, Developments and Platting

  • Parks and Private Parks (Code of Ordiances, City of Houston, Chapter 42, Article III, Division 7, Section 42-251 to Section 42-259)