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Code Compliance

The City of Dallas is divided into seven (7) Community Code districts with offices located throughout the City. The districts are responsible for the enforcement of over 900 City ordinances intended to keep your neighborhood clean and code-compliant. Community Code addresses concerns both proactively and by citizen requests submitted through 3-1-1. If you need assistance identifying your Code district, please call 3-1-1 or any district office.

Our district has a new manager for Code Compliance---Brent Johnson.  If  you need his help on an unresolved problem in your area (after calling 311 and placing a code compliance service request), please contact him at 214-671-1374 or email him at

Community Code Districts

  • Northeast Code Community
    8940 Adlora Lane
    Dallas, TX 75238
    (214) 670-9703
  • North Central Code Community
    8940 Adlora Lane
    Dallas, TX 75238
    (214) 671-9605
  • Northwest Code Community
    2502 Shorecrest Drive
    Dallas, TX 75235
    (214) 670-9713
  • Central Code Community
    320 E. Jefferson Boulevard
    Dallas, TX 75203
    (214) 948-4088
  • Southeast Code Community
    2719 Municipal Street
    Dallas, TX 75215
    (214) 670-7697
  • South Central Code Community
    2721 Municipal Street
    Dallas, TX 75215
    (214) 671-0591
  • Southwest Code Community
    4230 W. Illinois Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75211
    (214) 670-6860
Click Here to Download the Community Code Districts PDF file

Community Code Districts Map (PDF)

Code Compliance Department enforces City Codes to prevent and abate nuisances on private property such as open and dangerous buildings, illegal dumping, weeded lots, and graffiti. Help your HOA members become familiar with these code requirements:

Click Here to view the Dallas City Code

Click Here for the Dallas Code Compliance Web Site

Anyone selling goods on parking lots or along roadsides is doing so illegally.

Vending on public property is prohibited except in the downtown Central Business District. Anyone selling goods (flowers, purses, shoes, etc.) on parking lots or along roadsides is doing so illegally. This type of activity is regulated by the Department of Code Compliance. For additional information on vending, visit our web page or contact the Department of Code Compliance, Restaurant and Bar Inspection Division, between 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at (214) 670-8083.

Garage & Estate Sale Listings

Effective October 1, 2010 a Garage Sale Permit is required Before conducting a garage sale.

A garage sale permit can now be purchased at any Dallas Public Library location.
(Effective November 15, 2010)

Why do I need a permit for my garage sale?

A permit is required to better regulate and enforce the garage sale provisions and promote Clean, Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods.

How soon do I have to get a permit?

You can get a permit anytime prior to conducting your garage sale. You must have documentation of your permit during your garage sale event. You are subject to a citation if you are unable to produce documentation.

How much does a permit cost?

The Garage Sale permit fee is $15.00.

Where can I get a permit?

An application for a permit may be printed from this site or obtained at one of the following City facilities; your water account number is required:

1. All Dallas Public Libraries during regular business hours.

2. Restaurant/Bar Inspections, 7901 Goforth Rd., Dallas, TX 75238, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

3. Dallas Animal Services, 1818 Westmoreland Rd., TX 75212, Monday, 8:00am to 5:00pm; Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday, 12:00noon to 4:30pm

4. Code Compliance Administration, 3112 Canton St., Dallas, TX 75226, Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm 

How many consecutive days can I hold the garage sale?

For a duration not to exceed three consecutive calendar days.

How many times a year can I have a garage sale?

Not more than two garage sales during any 12 month period.

Where can I place garage sale signs in my neighborhood?

You can not place more than one sign, not to exceed two square feet, upon the lot where the sale is taking place. Any other signs at any locations remote from the sale property are not permitted.

Does the City provide free advertising?

Yes, at the time you purchase your permit we can add your location to our website or you may list your sale on the following web link. Your water account number is required to add your sale to this site.

For additional information on garage sales, please visit  or contact Code Compliance at (214) 670-5708.


The homeowner or tenant is responsible for maintaining the area between the curb in front of the house to the middle of the alley free of litter and high weeds.


Weeds or grass over 12 inches high is a violation. 


The occupant or owner is responsible for keeping street, alley, sidewalk, and public grounds clear of obstruction. This includes trimming of trees, shrubbery an vines which may obstruct any vehicle traveling through an alley or that obstructs a sidewalk.

Garage Sales:

The City permits 2 garage sales each year per property. The sales may last no longer than 3 days and a person cannot sell merchandise acquired solely for resale purposes in the garage sale. A sign advertising the sale can only be placed on the property where the sale is occurring

Dallas now has an interactive  web site specifically for Garage Sales. To add a sale to the web site you must be a resident of Dallas. You may hold two sales per 12 month period. Attempts to hold more then two sales per year will result in citation. Garage Sales must be inside a building or garage of the premises. Sale Items must be the property owner or lesee.

For more information, register a Garage Sale or view current Garage Sale listings, click here.


If you have a home occupation in a residentially zoned area, you may not employ more than two persons other than the occupants of the residence; you may not advertise nor use a sign advertisement on or off the premises.


It is a violation of the City Code to post any signs on a utility pole, tree or in the City right of way or medians. A violation is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 per day per violation. 

New sign ordinance: "The many signs illegally posted on telephone poles and in the public right of way in our city keep us from having the clean city we want. I began talking to the City Attorney earlier this year to figure out a way to put more teeth in the existing ordinance. It took some creative thinking and work, but finally on Nov. 8, 2006 we finally passed the amendments to put the teeth in the ordinance so that we can make this a cleaner city. The new law makes it prima facia evidence that the person posting the sign is the one connected with the phone number and/or name on the sign. This will make it much simpler to prosecute those that posted the signs when code enforcement issues citations for this type of sign. This new tool will help us make Dallas a cleaner and nicer looking city. So if you see a sign illegally posted, please call 311 and report it."

Ron Natinsky, Dallas City Councilman, District 12


Motor vehicles must be parked on an approved surface---this means concrete, asphalt or 6 inches of gravel with a border. It is a violation to park a vehicle on the lawn.

Also, a person commits an offense if he stops, stands, or parks a vehicle upon a two-way roadway:

  1. on the left-hand side of the roadway; or  (i.e. Parked on the wrong side of the street.        
  2. with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle more than 18 inches from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

Click Here for the Ordinance (pdf)

How to Report a Violation in your Neighborhood

Report Code Violations to Inspector Rodney Patterson at 972-333-2725 for the North District, or, input the violations on line at the City of Dallas Services Web Site.

Do You Need a Sample Compliance Committee Charter? - Click Here!

This Could Cost You $2000 Leaf Blowing

Did you know?

Section 19-118.2(f)(5) of the Dallas City Code prohibits the discharge of garbage, rubbish, and yard waste into the storm drain.

Individuals, companies and/or property owners that directly or indirectly cause yard waste to end up in the storm drain can be subject to fines up to $2000!

Leaf blowers can be effective for landscape maintenance. When used to blow grass clippings and leaves into the street or storm drain, it is a violation of this City Code.

Yard waste can also plug storm drains and inlets, causing flooding.

Each year, the City spends over $920,000 cleaning grass, leaves, sediment, and debris out of the storm drain inlets.

Using leaf blowers to direct yard waste into the street or storm drain may result in a citation fine of up to $2,000.

Please do your part to help our City!

Stormwater pollution from yard waste is preventable!

Leaf Blowing

Easy Pollution Prevention Tips:

  • Never use leaf blowers to direct yard waste into the street or storm drains.
  • Sweep or blow grass clippings from your sidewalk, driveway or street and place back on the yard.
  • Use grass clippings as natural mulch or compost.
  • Collect, bag, and place your yard waste at the curb during bulk waste collection week.
  • Homeowners and businesses may be held responsible for actions by commercial landscapers they hire.

For more information on Stormwater Management, visit:


Dallas Stormwater Management

Report Stormwater Polluting Call 3-1-1

Click Here for the PDF Brochure (In English and Spanish)

P.S. The Stormwater Management Outreach team can do presentations to any group that would like them within the City of Dallas.  To schedule a presentation they can email us at or call (214) 948-4022 and ask to speak with an Outreach Coordinator.

No more warnings

Every violation for putting out bulk trash too early or too late–can result in a citation and possible fine. To avoid a citation, follow these simple rules:

  • Put out bulk trash between 7 a.m. the Thursday before your pickup week and 7 a.m. the Monday of your pickup week.

  • Only put out large limbs, shrubbery, bagged leaves (in sealed, 50-gallon or smaller bags), furniture, appliances, mattresses and box springs.

  • Do not put out bagged grass clippings and new construction or remodeling materials such as lumber or roofing materials.

Call 311 or (214) 670-5111 when calling from outside the city limits to get a free estimate on the City's Cost Plus service to pick up construction or remodeling materials. Please note that bricks, concrete, rocks, dirt, paint, oil and hazardous containers are not collected in either the Cost Plus or regular brush and bulky trash collection services.

Keep our neighborhoods beautiful
Put your bulk trash out on time

For your bulk trash collection schedule or other Sanitation Services information, call City non-emergency 3-1-1 or visit of visit the Sanitation Services Brush and Bulky Collection Web Site.

See Bulk Trash on the Dallas Information for more on info Bulk Trash

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