Community Improvement Services administers several City programs to address specific property maintenance issues in Denton. For more information on these programs or to speak with a CIS officer, call (940) 349-8743.
Minimum Building Standards
The City has established a set of minimum maintenance standards with which structure must comply. Minimum building standards include roofs and siding being maintained in good condition, hazard-free parking lots and driveways, painted exterior surfaces, pest control, etc. Every CIS Officer is trained to find, assess, and address MBS violations as well as to educate and assist property owners in their efforts to correct them. If you have any questions or concerns about the maintenance of a structure in the City, please call 940-349-8743.
Some buildings become so dilapidated that they are a threat to occupants and the community. These buildings often lead to other problems like vagrancy and trespassing, criminal activity, graffiti and vandalism, fires, tall grass and weeds, trash, and illegal dumping. The CIS Dangerous Buildings Officer is specifically trained to find, assess, and address these buildings by coordinating with the property owner and the Building Inspections Division to have the home rehabilitated or demolished and to have the property as a whole brought back into compliance. If you have any questions or concerns about the dangerousness of a structure in the City, please call Officer Heather Dow at 940-349-7451.
Community Improvement Services has three specially trained Officers who assist in the abatement of complex commercial violations like zoning and illegal land use. These types of violations often require a large amount of research along with constant coordination with other City departments, business owners, property owners and their managers.
CEP includes sweeps of the City’s main thoroughfares. These sweeps also take a considerable amount of time, research, and coordination to prepare and execute, but they ensure that the most visible corridors of our City remain hazard-free, clean, and attractive which helps our City grow and prosper and keeps our residents and visitors safe. If you have any questions or concerns about a commercial property in the City, please call Officer Caleb Norris at 940-349-7454 or Officer Justin James at 940-349-7457.
Enhanced Right-of-Way Maintenance
There are many entrances into our City. A large number of them are State roadways while others are City roadways. Many of these road rights-of-way have received minimal maintenance in years past for various reasons. Research shows that economic growth hinges on the perceptions held about a community by prospective businesses and industries looking to relocate. These perceptions are based largely on the first impressions formed while travelling through a town or city. Community Improvement Services was selected to manage the Enhanced Right-of-Way Maintenance Program with the goal of establishing elevated, regular maintenance on the rights-of-way along City entranceways, corridors and thoroughfares. So far, the Program has taken over maintenance of 33 road rights-of-way and drainage easements throughout the City by mowing, edging and weed eating; removing trash, illegal signs, and dead trees; and trimming trees. The Program has also helped beautify a few main roads by providing funding to install native plants that use less water and embellish medians.
Thanks to the Enhanced Right-of-Way Maintenance Program, Denton residents and visitors are greeted by clean, manicured roads and entrance corridors, all of which help Denton grow by improving first impressions and increasing property values. If you have any questions or concerns about maintenance along a City entryway or thoroughfare, please call Senior Officer Josh Mullen at 940-349-7455.
Interior Rental Inspection
Due to the large number of rental properties in Denton and an increasing number of complaints from tenants, Community Improvement Services performs interior inspections of rental units by request. Community Improvement Services has a trained and experienced specialty officer who addresses all interior tenant complaints. These violations include pests and vermin, malfunctioning plumbing and electrical, broken appliances, mold, faulty heating and air conditioning, and other violations.
The Officer maintains positive relationships with many of the landlords, property managers, and leasing agents throughout the City to ensure tenants and their families have a safe and clean place to live, and to ensure non-compliant properties are addressed to protect public health and safety. If you have any questions or concerns about the interior of a rental unit or want to request an interior inspection, please call Senior Officer Donnie Denny at 940-349-7480.