Code Enforcement Officers

TDLR is pleased to announce that we will begin issuing licenses and performing all regulatory duties associated with the Code Enforcement Officers program on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Until November 1, all licensing, compliance, and enforcement responsibilities for the Code Enforcement Officers program remain at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For assistance in these areas, please visit the DSHS Code Enforcement Officer Registration program home page.


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Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Code Enforcement Officers program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 62, §§62.1, 62.10, 62.20 - 62.25, 62.30, 62.65, 62.70 - 62.72, 62.80, 62.90 and 62.91). The adoption justification is available online and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date.

Also see the Cross Reference Table: TDLR and DSHS Code Enforcement Officer Program Rules (PDF). This table is a reference between the new TDLR offender education program rules, as compared to to the previous rules administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Vacancies on Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) announces nine vacancies on the Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee (Committee) established by 16 Texas Administrative Code §62.65. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and TDLR on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for the positions listed below.

The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission with the approval of the Commission as follows:

(1) five registered code enforcement officers;

(2) one structural engineer or licensed architect;

(3) two consumers, one of which must be a certified building official; and

(4) one person involved in the education and training of code enforcement officers.

Members of the Committee shall serve staggered six-year terms so that the terms of three members will expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.

Serving on the Committee is not a paid position and there is no compensation for serving on the Committee.

Interested persons should submit an application online. Applicants can also request an application from TDLR by telephone at (800) 803-9202 or email at advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.


Timeline of Program Launch Date

Below is a summary of the timeline leading up to the program launch date at TDLR:

January 5: Information Forums in Dallas, Houston, and Austin

March 6, 8, and 10: Rule Summits to review draft proposed rules in Dallas, Houston, and Austin

April 21: Proposed rules published in Texas Register for a 30 day comment period

May 11-12: Public Hearing held to receive comments on proposed rules (see the agenda and watch the meeting)

July 28: Advisory Board applications available

September 1: Advisory Board rule sections effective

October 20: Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation will meet to appoint advisory board members

November 1: Effective date of adopted rules

November 1: First day of business for Code Enforcement Officers program at TDLR


Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the transfer happening?
TDLR will assume all activities relating to the Code Enforcement Officers program - including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement - on November 1, 2017.

2. Will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now - issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - will remain valid until its expiration date. When you renew on or after November 1, 2017, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Will the rules change?
Yes, TDLR will adopt new rules for the transferred program. Most of the newly adopted rules will be very similar, but some changes will be made. The TDLR rules will become effective on November 1, 2017. Sign up for email updates to receive notices about upcoming rule changes.

4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you have filed a complaint with DSHS or have a complaint filed against your license and it is not resolved by November 1, 2017, TDLR will assume responsibility for the case. You will receive notification by mail when your complaint is transferred to TDLR.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

Email updates Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.

Meetings – TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.

Facebook and Twitter – TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why are these licensing programs transferring from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.