Code Enforcement Officers
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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
TDLR Adopts Administrative Rules
July 27, 2020
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopts amendments to the Code Enforcement Officers program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 62, §§62.10, 62.23, 62.24, and 62.70. The adopted rules implement House Bill 2584, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), to authorize a certified code enforcement officer to carry an instrument used specifically for deterring an animal bite while performing official duties and establish training courses, principles, and procedures for the officers.
The adoption justification was published in the July 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 5164). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of August 1, 2020.
On The Level - July 2020 Edition
July 10, 2020
Articles in the July 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:
- Coming Soon: 2020 National Electrical Code
- Remote Inspections of Industrialized Housing & Buildings
- Elevator Certificate Extensions
- TDLR's Sunset Review
- 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
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.
COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived
March 24, 2020
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.
Vacancy on the Code Enforcement Officers Advisory Committee
April 24, 2019
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:
- five registered code enforcement officers;
- one structural engineer or licensed architect;
- two consumers, one of which must be a certified building official; and
- 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 (email@example.com).
This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Committee.
Code Enforcement Officer Exam Improvements
Effective April 1, 2019
- 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.