Code Ambassadors

The Mesquite Code Ambassadors program is a volunteer-based program created to assist code enforcement officers with specific code violations. The program enlists the help of citizen volunteers called "Mesquite Code Ambassadors" to identify code violations throughout the community. The program is under the supervision of the Neighborhood Services Department.

Volunteers must undergo background checks and commit to six hours per month of volunteer time before participating in the program. Multiple training classes and mandatory ride-outs with code enforcement officer are also required. Once trained, Code Ambassadors survey assigned neighborhoods in City-provided vehicles for code violations viewable from the right-of-way. Volunteers are not authorized to survey neighborhoods where they reside. The new program is expected to be operational by early summer 2016.

The core purpose of the program is to utilize Code Ambassadors to identify distinct code violations, providing code enforcement officers additional time to address more complex and chronic violations. Examples of violations that volunteers will be tasked to identify include:

  • parked vehicles on lawn areas
  • unauthorized sales or yard sales with new product
  • commercial and oversized vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods
  • excessive accumulations of trash and debris in visible areas
  • auto repair and unapproved business activities in neighborhoods
  • lack of property maintenance and/or dilapidated fences and sheds
  • weeds or overgrown vegetation that are health, fire and security hazards
  • unauthorized posting of signs on street signs, utility poles or in the right-of-way
The city currently has 10 code enforcement officers and one field supervisor that cover 46 square-miles of Mesquite's geographical boundaries. Last year, code officers identified 24,086 violations and responded to another 5,273 violations reported by citizens.

For more information, contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 972-329-8704.