Inspections & Public Service

A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods

Inspections & Public Service (IPS) uses building codes, sign codes, nuisance violations, and beautification projects to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. The division's four sections work with community partners and residents to respond to their concerns and help vitalize neighborhoods.

The Administration Section oversees the City of Houston Building and Standards Commission and Hearing Officer Administrative Hearings on Dangerous Buildings and related emergencies in accordance with the City's Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10, Article IX. - Building Standards. The Section also assists citizens with lien queries and public records requests.

The Inspections Section enforces City codes (under Chapter 10 - Buildings and Neighborhood Protection) related to numbering, demolitions, weeded lots and other nuisances on private property, as well as rat control and the abatement of junked motor vehicles, graffiti and visual blight. The Section also enforces (Chapter 39 - Solid Waste and Litter Control) codes pertaining to trash collection services. Programs include Make Safe Saturday, the Mayor's Demolition Day and the City's annual Demolition Initiative.

The Public Service Section works with communities to remove blight in neighborhoods year-round. Cleanup and beautification projects are sponsored in partnership with civic groups, volunteers, residents, nonprofits and business supporters. Our initiatives include the Mayor's Mow-Down Program, the Mayor's Strike-off Blight Program and Neighborhood Matching Grants.

The Signs Code Enforcement Section removes signage unlawfully painted or posted on a public right of way or City property (in accordance with the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 28, Article I, Sections 28-38 and 28-39). Abatement initiatives feature an outreach component designed to educate residents about city codes and create community partnerships to improve the neighborhood environment.

How to Report a Violation
To report a junk motor vehicle, weeded lot, open and vacant building, graffiti or other nuisances on private property; citizens are encouraged to call the City’s service helpline at 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 or online at

Once a service request has been generated, citizens can follow-up or check the status by contacting IPS directly at 832.394.0600.