Code Compliance

​Becoming a Code Compliance Inspector

What is a Code Inspector?

A Code Inspector is a neighborhood advocate that works on behalf of the City to help citizens resolve community issues. Performs complaint inspections and enforces the Dallas City Code including the minimum property standards, environmental health and zoning ordinances. Performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


What is the scope of code services?


  • Respond to 180,000 service requests in the local community
  • Inspect 866 multi-family properties and 10,000 single family properties

What skills are needed?

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • PC and report writing and research skills.
  • Ability to testify in court and deal effectively with the public.

Educational Requirement?

EDUCATION: (Inspector II) 

  • High school diploma or GED.


  • Three (3) years of heavy citizen/customer service contact resolving complaints and/or conflicts, service and/or billing disputes.


  • One (1) year experience interpreting and enforcing codes and ordinances, investigating code violations and/or issuing citations.


  • One (1) year researching deeds, plots or property records.


  • An associate degree in a business, management or social science field. Plus, one (2) year of the stated customer service experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) in a business, public administration, management or social science field. Plus, one (1) year of the stated customer service experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • A current Code Enforcement Officer certification issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services or Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations; will meet the education and experience requirements.

Is there opportunity for promotion?

There are 3 different level of code compliance inspectors.  Our Inspector is focused on the most common code violations in our Community, which are violations commonly found on the outside of properties such as high weed and litter.  After mastering this job function, there is opportunity to promote to an Inspector II position, which focuses on more complex issues such as sub- standard strictures which can be life threatening to inhabitants.  Additional promotional opportunities exist for Inspector III, who focuses on egregious properties.  These inspectors prepare properties and collaborate interdepartmentally to either bring properties in compliance or refer them to the Community Prosecution for litigation.

Furthermore, there are several disciplines within Code that inspectors can have the opportunity to move that vary and gain additional experience.  These disciplines include boarding homes, multi and single-family rental properties, consumer protection, etc.


What if I don't have any experience?

All new Code inspectors must go through a 6-week training course to master certain key concepts in their perspective discipline.  After these courses are taught, the inspectors must pass a state exam to become licensed. 


What do you get paid?

Code Inspector I – Annual Starting Salary $ 37,960

Code Inspector II – Annual Starting Salary $ 43,576

Code Inspector III – Annual Starting Salary $ 46,267


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