Code Compliance

How to File a Complaint


You can help in our investigation of your concern by reporting the correct and exact address of the violation and clearly stating the problem, including as many specific details as possible. Once your complaint is received, our Code Enforcement Officer will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Objective


Code Compliance protects property values and promotes quality of life by ensuring that maintenance and safety standards are uniformly enforced through proactive community survey, systematic inspections, and concentrated efforts at problem properties.

Our goal is to obtain voluntary compliance through education and appeals to civic duty. In most cases, an inspector’s first course of action is to issue written notice to the owner or person in control of the property in violation. Citations are issued as a last resort and are easily avoided through responsible action. 

The City of Kennedale’s Code Enforcement Officer is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and authorized by Sec. 2-49 of the "Kennedale City Code" (also called the Code of Ordinances) to issue citations for violations. 

Enforces Ordinances Pertaining To

  • Business sign placement and usage
  • Mobile home and RV usage and locations
  • Natural resource management
  • Parking of trucks, trailers, and commercial vehicles
  • Proper sanitation (prohibiting health nuisances, harboring, breeding and illegal dumping)
  • Property and structure maintenance
  • Property rehabilitation and conservation
  • Safety of existing properties, both residential and commercial
  • Storm water discharge and water quality
  • Zoning violations and land use issues

Other Services


  • Commercial and residential inspections
  • Regulation of home-based businesses
  • Inspections for rubbish, debris, junk vehicles, and substandard structures
  • Response to reported complaints

Citation Information


Code violations are Class C Misdemeanors, which result in fines only. Violators cannot be jailed for these infractions alone. However, failing to make an appearance in court, as instructed in the citation, can result in a 'Failure to Appear" charge and a warrant for the defendant's arrest. An individual can be found guilty of failing to appear even if found innocent of the initial violation in which he or she was charged. Ordinances carry fines up to $2,000. 

Citations, or tickets, are issued when an individual fails to comply with an ordinance. The individual may plead no contest or guilty and pay a preset fine or may plead not guilty and request a court date. Defendants may choose a trial by judge or by jury.

Local Arbovirus Info (Tarrant County)
To report standing water, please send an email or call 817-985-2170 and leave your name, contact information, and the exact location of the water that needs to be treated. Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has a website dedicated to mosquito prevention. You can also follow them on Facebook

View 2017 Arbovirus Reports

TCPH reminds residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against mosquito-borne illness. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and dress for dusk to dawn.