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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Vacancies on Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) announces three 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:

(1) one structural engineer or licensed architect; and

(2) two consumers, one of 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 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.


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.


Advisory Committee Meetings

The Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee met December 14 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.


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.

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

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.