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

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.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes amendments to the Code Enforcement Officers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 62, §§62.10, 62.23, 62.24, and 62.70). The proposed rules implement House Bill 2584, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019).

The proposed rules were published in the February 14, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 983). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until March 16, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Code Enforcement Officer program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

On The Level - January 2020 Edition

Articles in the January 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Additional Legislation from the 86th Session
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Code Change
  • Reminder: Send Completed Elevator Inspection Reports to TDLR
  • Electrical Safety Checklist

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

Vacancy on the Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces one vacancy 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 the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for:

  • one consumer, which must be a certified building official.

The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission with the approval of the Commission. Members serve staggered six-year terms so that the terms of three members will expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. The Committee is composed of the following members:

  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.

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

This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Committee.

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

CANCELED - Next Meeting - April 9, 2020

The Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2020 is canceled. When the meeting is rescheduled, the date will be posted online.

Previous Meeting - November 8, 2019

The Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee met November 8, 2019 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.