Code Enforcement Officers

A person may not claim to be a code enforcement officer or use the title "code enforcement officer" unless the person holds a registration issued by TDLR.

Code Enforcement is the inspection, improvement, and rehabilitation of environmental hazards in public and private premises by determining the presence of fire or health hazards, nuisance violations, unsafe building conditions, and violations of any fire, health, or building regulation, statute, or ordinance.

A Code Enforcement Officer is an agent of this state or a political subdivision of this state who engages in code enforcement and has one year or more of experience in the field of code enforcement. A Code Enforcement Officer-in-Training is an agent of this state or a political subdivision of this state who engages in code enforcement but who has less than one year of experience in the field of code enforcement and is supervised by a registered Code Enforcement Officer.

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News and Updates

On The Level - July 2023 Edition

Articles in the July 2023 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Legislative Update
  • Texas Accessibility Academy Update
  • 2023 NEC Is Almost Here
  • Legislation Creates Mold Advisory Board

Continuing Education Requirements

HB 1560, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, repealed Occupations Code §1952.1051 from the Code Enforcement Officers statute, and transferred authority regarding the continuing education requirements to TDLR’s enabling statute, Chapter 51 of the Texas Occupations Code.

Please note that no changes were made, and Code Enforcement Officer program licensees are still required to obtain continuing education (CE) credits as specified in the program rules.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Code Enforcement Officer Exam Improvements

  • Improved content outline guidance and score report feedback!
  • New! Reference list of study materials
  • No increased cost – Exam fee is still $50!

Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF) for details.

Advisory Committee Meetings

December 8, 2021

The Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee met December 8, 2021 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports are available online.