Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayor Turner Recognizes October as National Code Compliance Month
October 12, 2022 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner joins leaders from the City and around the country in the observance of October as National Code Compliance Month, which recognizes the work done by City employees, contractors, and private citizens to keep our communities safe. City code enforcement officers can be found in several departments, including the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Houston Public Works (HPW), and the Houston Fire Department (HFD). Code enforcement officers are tasked with inspecting residential and commercial properties as well as streets and sidewalks. Their duties include identifying and removing safety hazards, nuisances, unhealthy conditions, and other city codes violations to keep Houston clean and safe.
“Code compliance is a bedrock of safe and healthy communities. The city of Houston, led by key departments, works daily to protect people and property. This year, I established the Apartment Task Force, which focuses on holding apartment owners accountable for maintaining a safe environment for their residents by following the city’s ordinances and codes,” said Mayor Turner. “I thank all our code enforcement officers, whose dedication may often go unmentioned. Keep up the great work.”
DON’s Inspections and Public Service division conducts residential code enforcement and responds to neighborhood complaints pertaining to overgrown lots, dangerous buildings, trash and junk accumulation, and inoperable motor vehicles on private residential properties.
“Code enforcement officers are unsung heroes that work tirelessly, conducting nearly 48,000 inspections annually to enforce city codes and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said TaKasha Francis, DON director. “They often perform their duties despite hostile property owners, stray animals, and other dangerous conditions at the properties they inspect. I’m excited to recognize and applaud DON’s Code Enforcement Officers for the service they provide for the safety and welfare of the citizens in Houston year-round. They are an invaluable part of our city and make Houston a beautiful place to live with cleaner and safer neighborhoods.“
HPW Code Inspectors review, inspect, and issue permits for more than 30,000 projects each year. These professionals ensure buildings, streets, drainage systems, sidewalks, signs, and water and wastewater connections are built to the minimum standards of the codes.
“Houston Public Works Code Inspectors review, inspect, and issue permits for more than 30,000 projects each year,” said Carol Haddock, HPW director. “These professionals ensure buildings, streets, drainage systems, sidewalks, signs, and water and wastewater connections are built to the minimum standards of the codes. Code Compliance month is an opportunity to recognize the team dedicated to making sure our community is safe, our building codes are up to date, and all projects comply with Houston’s codes.”
The Houston Fire Marshal’s Office has primary responsibility in reducing community risk through Life Safety Bureau fire inspections, with over 27,000 inspection activities completed annually. Additional inspectors are dedicated to support HPW’s plan review processes related to access, alarm systems, and fire protection systems.
“The safest way to handle a structure fire is to prevent it from happening,” said Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña. “The Houston Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to fire prevention and public education. The office prioritizes fire code compliance, and occupancy safety and works to ensure the wellbeing of our community.”
Report Code Violations!
The City relies on the community to help identify potential code violations. The City of Houston 311 Help & Info platform makes it easy, quick, and convenient for residents to report non-emergency issues and request services. There are three ways to create a service request:
To learn more about the City code enforcement, visit the following websites:
- Department of Neighborhoods: www.houstontx.gov/ips
- Houston Public Works: www.houstonpermittingcenter.org/building-code-enforcement
- Houston Fire Department: www.houstontx.gov/fire/HFMO