Code Enforcement Officers
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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
Adopted Repeal of Duplicate Administrative Rules
April 20, 2018
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the repeal of inactive rules regarding the Code Enforcement Officers program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 146, §§146.1 - 146.20).
The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site.
TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018
February 21, 2018
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.
Subject Matter Experts Needed for Examination Review Committee
January 18, 2018
The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) and their third-party testing vendor PSI seek your help to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Examination Review Committee. SMEs are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Code Enforcement Officer examination content, questions and examination reference lists.
If you are interested in applying you should have a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete the Application for the Texas Exam Development Committee (MS Word).
Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content. The positions of Subject Matter Experts are voluntary and all applications are reviewed by the Education and Examination Division. These are not paid positions. All applications must be received by February 23, 2018. TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas would like to thank you for considering this opportunity for service.
Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules
September 8, 2017
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. 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.
Advisory Committee Meetings
May 10, 2018 Meeting
Health Profession Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Code Enforcement Officers program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, 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), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.
4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was 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.
6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in September, and October, and November 2017. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future. Licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS.
7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. In addition, licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
8. Why were licensing programs transferred 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.