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Ordinances Frequently Requested


The list below contains the most frequently requested ordinances by subject.  If the ordinance being researched is not on this list, please contact the City Secretary's Office at (817) 392-6150 or by email.

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Animal

  • Ordinance No. 10553 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by providing regulations concerning animals, animal sanitation standards, inspections, enforcement and remedies, restraint of animals, pursuit of animals, vicious animals, dog and cat licenses and fees, rabies control, impoundment and quarantine, dog and cat sterilization and adoption, care and humane treatment of animals, prohibited animals, guard dogs, dead animal pickup, and animal establishments (Mayor and Council Communicaton No. G-8526, adopted by City Council March 27, 1990. Ordinance became effective June 1, 1990).
  • Ordinance No. 10563 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by providing regulations concerning animals, violations and penalties, dog and cat licenses and fees, and dead animal pickup (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-8526, adopted by City Council April 10, 1990.  Ordinance became effective June 1, 1990). 
  • Ordinance No. 10586 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by providing regulations concerning animals; releasing impounded animals for medical purposes (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-8615, adopted by City Council May 15, 1990. Ordinance became effective June 1, 1990).
  • Ordinance No. 11113 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by changing certain definitions in Article I, Section 6-1; by adding Subsections (F) and (G), in Article VIII, Section 6-61 and re-numbering current Section 6-61 (F) to read Section 6-61 (H); by adding Section 6-65 (A) - (D) in Article VIII; by repealing the current Article III in its entirety, and enacting Article III, Divisions 1 and 2 (Ordinance adopted and effective June 9, 1992).
  • Ordinance No. 11139 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by changing certain definitions in Section 6-1; by adding Article X, "Miniature Swine"; by amending Article VI, "Animal Control Impoundments, Fees"; by amending Appendix B, "Department of City Services", by changing Section 11A-19 (Council Proposal No. CP-174 adopted July 23, 1992.  Ordinance became effective July 28, 1992).
  • Ordinance No. 11464 repealing the existing Article IV, "Dog and Cat Licenses", of Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", and the adoption of a new Article IV, "Dog and Cat Licenses", providing a purpose, providing that licenses be required, providing for application procedures and fees, providing for license revocation, providing for designated veterinarians to issue tags and collect fees, providing for accounting procedures, and providing for a fine of up to $500.00 for failure to license and up to $2,000.00 for all other offenses in violation of the Article; and further amending Section 6-41, "Rabies Vaccination", of Article V, through adoption of a new Subsection (F) to provide dismissal of citations upon subsequent compliance, and by amending of Section 6-63, "Guard Dogs", of Article VIII, by amending Subsection (A) to change the reference of Sectioin 6-20 to Section 6-22 (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-10451, adopted by City Council and became effective December 7, 1993).
  • Ordinance No. 11528 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", and Appendix B, Chapter 11A, "Department of City Services", by changing Section 6-1, "Definitions", to amend the definitions of "Livestock" and "Prohibited Animal", and to add definitions of "Emu", "Ostrich", and "Rhea", and by changing Section 11A-18, "Stables, Stalls, etc. in Which Manure Accumulates", and Section 11A-21, "Keeping of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Goats; Regulations", to include certain provisions concerning the keeping of emus, ostriches, and rheas (Council Proposal No. CP-183, adopted by City Council March 30, 1994. Ordinance became effective April 5, 1994).
  • Ordinance No. 11547 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", by the addition of a new Article XI, "Animal Shelter Advisory Committee", providing for the creation, composition, and responsibilities of such committee; providing for the meetings of such committee (Mayor and Council Communication G-10629, adopted and became effective by City Council April 19, 1994).
  • Ordinance No. 12193 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article VI, "Animal Control Impoundment; Fees", Section 6-44, "Times; Fees; Impoundment; Bite; Boarding; Vaccination or License", by the addition of a new Subsection (7) to provide for the sterilization of impounded dogs or cats in lieu of payment of impoundment fees (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11248, adopted by  City Council and became effective October 3, 1995).
  • Ordinance No. 12495 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, "In General", Section 6-1, "Definitions", by the addition of the terms "Intact Animal", "Livestock Dog", "Replacement License", "Sporting Dog", "Vis Major", and "Working Dog", and the definitions therefor; Article IV, "Dog and Cat Licenses", Section 6-23, "License Application; Fee", by the amendment of Subsection (C) providing for a replacement license upon transfer of ownership, and by the amendment of Subsection (F) of said section, providing that licenses are not transferable, and by the amendment of Section 6-25, "Collection of License Fees and Issuance of Tags by Designated Veterinarians", Subsection (D), providing for a service fee for designated veterinarians; and Article VII, "Dog and Cat Sterilization; Adoptions:, by the addition of a new Section 6-50, "Mandatory Spay/Neuter of Unrestrained Dogs and Cats", requiring the sterilization of dogs and cats impounded for running at large effective January 1, 1997, and providing for affirmative defenses (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11426, adopted by City Council March 19, 1996. Ordinance became effective April 23, 1996).
  • Ordinance No. 12533 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, "In General", by the addition of a new Section 6-11, "Number of Dogs and Cats in Residences"; providing that the residences may house up to three dogs and three cats; providing for an administrative hearing and permit process to exceed the limit of dogs and cats at residences; and further amending Appendix B, "Department of City Services", Article II, "Code Enforcement", by the amendment of Section 11A-20, "Dog Kennels within 300 Feet of Residences", providing that kennels are prohibited within 100 feet of any property zoned for residential use, providing that dog kennels are prohibited within 300 feet of any habitation on another person's property, providing that it is prohibited to keep more than three dogs or three cats at a residence without a permit, and providing that it is prohibited to keep more dogs or cats at a residence than allowed by a permit (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11451, adopted by City Council May 14, 1996. Ordinance became effective May 28, 1996).
  • Ordinance No. 12620 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article II, "Restraint of Animals", Section 6-13, "Restraint of Animals", by the addition of a new Subsection (C), providing that cats are prohibited from roaming beyond the boundaries of their owner's premises; Article VI, "Animal Control Impoundment; Fees", Section 6-43, "Impoundment; Notice; Disposition", by the amendment of Subsection (A), Subparagraph (1), by deleting the exception to the impoundment of cats, and Section 6-43, Subsection (A) by the addition of a new Subparagraph (10), providing for the impoundment of cats roamng beyond their owner's premises (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11560, adopted by City Council and became effective August 13, 1996).
  • Ordinance No. 12837 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article IV, "Dog and Cat Licenses", Section 6-22, "License Required", by the amendment of Subsection (A)(1) of said section, providing that dogs and cats can be licensed by the City at three months of age; Section 6-23, "License Application; Fee", by the amendment of Subsection (C) of said section, providing that a new owner of a dog or cat over three months of age apply for a license within 30 days of acquiring the dog or cat; Article V, "Rabies Control", Section 6-41, "Rabies Vaccination", by the amendment of Subsection (A) of said section, providing that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies at three months of age; providing an exception for animal shelters; Article IX, "Animal Establishments", Section 6-77, "Compliance", by the amendment of Subsection (A) of said section, providing that it shall be unlawful for an animal establishment to sell, trade or give away any dog or cat over three months of age unless the dog or cat has been licensed and vaccinated as required by City ordinance (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11737, adopted by City Council and became effective January 28, 1997).
  • Ordinance No. 13537 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", to amend Section 6-1, "Definitions", in its entirety to include definitions and delete non-essential words; amend Section 6-11, "Number of Dogs and Cats in Residences", providing for the City Health Officer to conduct all aspects of adminstrative appeals; amend Section 6-13 5 through 6-20 9 "Dangerous Animals", in its entirety to comply with the new state statute; amend Section 6-22 "Licenses Required", by the deletion of Subsection (b); amend Section 6-23 "License Application; Fee", Subsection (a) and (d) to include Animal Control Manager; amend Section 6-24, "Revocation", Subsection (c) to provide that if a person fails to comply with license requirements, the owner must surrender the tag to the Animal Control Manager; amend Section 6-25, "Collection of License Fees and Issuance of Tags by Designated Veterinarians", Subsection (b) to include Animal Control Manager; amend Section 6-42, "Animals that Exhibit Rabies Symptoms, Bite, Scratch, Quarantine", to include quarantine for high and low risk animals and home quarantine procedures for dogs, cats and ferrets; amend Section 6-43, "Impoundment; Notice; Disposition", by the deletion of Subsection (a) (3) and by the addition of ferrets to be impounded for failure to wear tags; amend Section 6-44, "Time, Fees, Impoundment, Bite, Boarding, Vaccination and License", to require photo identification of all pet owners reclaiming an animal; amend Section 6-45, "Release from Impoundment", Subsection (c) by deleting the terms and definitions of "Medical Purposes" and a "Medical School"; amend Section 6-45, Subsection (d), Article VII, "Dogs and Cat Sterilization, Adoptions", to be renamed as "Adoptions and Sterilization for Adopted Dogs and Cats, Mandatory Sterilization for Unrestrained Dogs and Cats"; amend Section 6-46 "Requirements for Adoption", by making it a Class C misdemeanor for an owner who fails to sterilize an animal by the date of the signed sterilization agreement; amend Section 6-47, "Confirmation of Sterilization, Death or Lost or Stolen Animal", providing terms of confirmation if the animal is lost or stolen; amend Section 6-48, "Noncompliance with Sterilization Agreement; Animal Care and Control Center Right of Reclamation", by the deletion of Subsection (b) and addition of a provision for when Animal Control may reclaim an adopted animal; amend Section 6-62, "Keeping of Certain Animals Prohibited", Subsection (a) to include dangerous animals; amend Section 6-80, "Miniature Swine Generally", to allow a maximum of two miniature swine per household (Mayor and Council Communication G-12291, adopted by City Council July 28, 1998.  Ordinance became effective August 8, 1998).
  • Ordinance No. 14114 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, "In General", Section 6-12 "Nuisances Declared", providing for declaring a nuisance of animal noise that disturbs the peace (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13826, adopted by City Council February 22, 2000. Ordinance became effective February 29, 2000).
  • Ordinance No. 14461 deleting Part II, "Code", Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article IV, "Dog and Cat Licenses", Section 6-22, "License Required", Subsection (D), "Dismissal" (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13120, adopted by City Council and became effective January 1, 2001).
  • Ordinance No. 14462 deleting Part II, "Code", Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article V, "Rabies Control", Section 6-41, "Rabies Vaccination", Subsection (F), "Dismissal of Citation" (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13120, adopted by City Council and became effective January 1, 2001). 
  • Ordinance No. 14874 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", changing the name of the Animal Control Division to the Animal Care and Control Division; reflecting the change in name and in title of Animal Control Manager and Animal Control Administrator; eliminating the fee differential for the licensing of pets (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13449, adopted by City Council December 4, 2001. Ordinance became effective January 1, 2002).
  • Ordinance No. 15178 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", changing the definition of restraint; adding the definition of securely enclosed or confined; amending Section 6-13, "Restraint of Animals" (Adopted by City Council August 8, 2002. Ordinance became effective August 14, 2002). 
  • Ordinance No. 15598 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", waiving the license fee for assistance animals upon proper proof; amending the requirements for rabies vaccination to comply with the Texas Administrative Code; and shortening the impoundment time for animals that are unnecessarily suffering, sick or injured (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14012, adopted by City Council and became effective June 24, 2003).
  • Ordinance No. 15822 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Section 6-65, dealing with the "Proper Care of Animals"; requiring adequate shelter for animals (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14224, adopted by City Council and became effective January 13, 2004). 
  • Ordinance No. 16022 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Section 6-1 defining the terms assistance and service animals, Section 6-23, exempting the license fee for assistance and service animals, Section 6-62, allowing prohibited animals as assistance and service animals upon registration (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14408, adopted by City Council and became effective July 6, 2004).
  • Ordinance No. 16102 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", to Provide a Requirement for Microchipping of Animals Reclaimed from the Animal Care and Control Center (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14480, adopted by City Council August 31, 2004.  Ordinance became effective October 1, 2004).
  • Ordinance No. 17831-10-2007 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article III, Division 2, "Dangerous Dogs" to amend the definition of a dangerous dog, add requirements for owners of dangerous dogs and provide on-going oversight of owner compliance (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15921, adopted by City Council October 9, 2007.  Ordinance became effective October 22, 2007).
  • Ordinance No. 17955-01-2008 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, Section 6-1, and Article II, Section 6-13, pertaining to the restraining/tethering of unattended dogs (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16025, adopted by City Council January 22, 2008.  Ordinance became effective January 28, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18027-03-2008 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article VIII, Section 6-61 expanding authority to rescue animals left unattended in vehicles (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16086, adopted by City Council March 25, 2008.  Ordinance became effective March 30, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18028-03-2008 amending, Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, to add Section 6-121 clarifying parental responsibilities for child-owned pets (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16087, adopted by City Council March 25, 2008.  Ordinance became effective March 30, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18029-03-2008 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl",Article I, Section 6-1 to revise definition of miniature swine (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16088, adopted by City Council March 25, 2008.  Ordinance became effective March 30, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18099-05-2008 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", Article I, Section 6-1, and Article IX, to add Section 6-79 prohibiting the roadside sale of animals (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16149, adopted by City Council May 20, 2008. Ordinance became effective May 24, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18751-08-2009 amending Chapter 6 "Animal and Fowl", to promote responsible pet ownership by clarifying and enhancing animal enclosure standards; providing incentives to spay/neuter animals; providing incentives to microchip animals; creating a system of issuance for intact pet permits; increasing certain dangerous animal registration fees and declaring certain dangerous dogs to be public nuisances; prohibiting transport of unsecured animals in open vehicles and making other minor amendments to promote animal welfare (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16653, adopted by City Council August 11, 2009.  Ordinance became effective October 1, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 19424-11-2010 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", limiting rooster ownership on property zoned residential or mixed-use, banning possession of paraphernalia for birdfighting, repealing large animal ordinance superseded by previous changes to zoning ordinance and defining term regulated structure (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17110, adopted by City Council November 9, 2010.  Ordinance became effective November 18, 2010).
  • Ordinance No. 20501-11-2012 amending Chapter 6, "Animals and Fowl", to enact a program for the management of feral cats to allow for the implementation of a trap-neuter-return program in Fort Worth (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17645, adopted by City Council November 12, 2012.  Ordinance became effective November 20, 2012).

Discharging Firearms

  • Ordinance No. 16641-10-2005 amending Section 23-6, prohibiting discharge of firearms within the City limits, and providing an exception for persons discharging firearms under certain circumstances as provided by the ordinance and State law; providing for a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 for violation of the ordinance (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14955, adopted by City Council October 11, 2005. Ordinance became effective October 21, 2005).

Gas Drilling

  • Ordinance No. 16153 adding Article III to Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", establishing fees for the issuance of gas well permits, transfer of operators, site inspection and annual well fees; amending Section 15-35, "Gas Well Permit Application and Filing Fees", to revise Subsection B to refer to the fees listed in Article III (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14527, adopted by City Council October 5, 2004. Ordinance became effective October 15, 2004).
  • Ordinance No. 16986-06-2006 amending Article II of Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to amend the distance setback requirements for high impact gas wells and revise the regulations related to notice provisions, noise mitigation, landscaping, fencing and technical requirements (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15226, adopted by City Council June 13, 2006.  Ordinance became effective date June 21, 2006).
  • Ordinance No. 17206-09-2006 amending gas well permit and filing fees to fund the ongoing program of permitting, inspection, maintenance and research of gas wells within the City limits (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15419, adopted by City Council September 26, 2006.  Ordinance became effective October 2, 2006).

  • Ordinance No. 18399-12-2008 amending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to revise the regulations related to protected use definitions, notice provisions, permitting, noise mitigation, setbacks, landscaping, fencing and technical requirements; add regulations regarding compressors, site management, reduced emissions and pipelines (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16391, adopted by City Council December 9, 2008.  Ordinance became effective January 1, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 18412-12-2008 amending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to revise the regulations related to protected use definitions, drill sites with multiple wells and permit application requirements (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16407, adopted by City Council December 16, 2008.  Ordinance became effective January 1, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 18449-02-2009 repealing Ordinance Nos. 18399-12-2008 and 18412-12-2008, mending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", and combining the provisions of both ordinances into one (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16439, adopted by City Council February 3, 2009.  Ordinance became effective February 10, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 18474-02-2009 amending Article III, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to amend the gas well and associated permit and filing fees (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16460, adopted by City Council February 10, 2009.  Ordinance became effective February 20, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 18910-11-2009 amending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to require City Council approval for gas drilling or construction of freshwater fracture ponds in urban villages (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16731 (Revised), adopted by City Council November 10, 2009.  Ordinance became effective November 17, 2009).

  • Ordinance No. 19022-02-2010 Amending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to regulate fresh water fracture ponds in floodplains and future rights-of-way (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16833, adopted by City Council February 2, 2010.  Ordinance became effective February 9, 2010).

  • Ordinance No. 19082-03-2010 amending Article III, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to amend the gas well and associated permit and filing fees to add a permit fee in the amount of $5,000.00 for a gas well application that requires a waiver granted by City Council (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16874, adopted by City Council March 23, 2010.  Ordinance became effective April 2, 2010).

  • Ordinance No. 19402-10-2010 amending Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to amend Section 15-39 allowing the gas inspector to suspend or revoke a gas well permit or issue citations on gas drilling permit violations without a 10-day cure period, revise the definition of a private residential area and require that all waivers include a boundary area exhibit and be bilingual (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17021 (Revised), adopted by City Council October 12, 2010.  Ordinance became effective October 16, 2010).

  • Ordinance No. 19798-07-2011 extending the moratorium to October 31, 2011, for acceptance of application for salt water disposal wells as regulated by Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", regarding gas drilling and production (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17334, adopted by City Council July 26, 2011.  Ordinance became effective July 26, 2011).

  • Ordinance No. 19946-10-2011 extending the moratorium to April 30, 2012, for salt water disposal wells as regulated by Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", regarding gas drilling and production (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17423, adopted by City Council October 25, 2011.  Ordinance became effective October 25, 2011).

  • Ordinance No. 20166-04-2012 repealing moratorium on salt water disposal wells and amending Section 15-42, Paragraph 29, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production",to prohibit salt water disposal wells (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17569, adopted by City Council April 10, 2012.  Ordinance became effective April 17, 2012).

  • Ordinance No. 20402-09-2012 amending Section 15-51 Gas Well Fees of Article III, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", to increase the annual fee per well from the amount of $500.00 to the amount of $600.00 per well (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17675, adopted by City Council September 18, 2012.  Ordinance became effective October 2, 2012).

  • Ordinance No. 20737-05-2013 establishing a moratorium on the acceptance of applications for gas line compressors in agricultural zoning districts, as regulated by Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", regarding gas drilling and production until August 6, 2103 (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17883, adopted by City Council May 7, 2013.  Ordinance became effective May 7, 2013).

  • Ordinance No. 20853-08-2013 extending the moratorium on the acceptance of applications for gas line compressors in agricultural zoning districts, as regulated by Article II, Chapter 15, "Gas Drilling and Production", regarding gas drilling and production until October 15, 2013 (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17966, adopted by City Council August 6, 2013.  Ordinance became effective August 6, 2013).

  • Ordinance No. 20927-09-2013 amending Chapter 15 "Gas Drilling", Article II "Gas Drilling and Production", Section 15-31 to add certain definitions, Section 15-34 to clarify the technical regulations related to line compressor noise and Section 15-42 to allow gas line compressors in planned development and industrial zoning districts and to establish setback, waiver and grandfathering requirements (Mayor and Council Communiocation No. G-17965 (Revised), Adopted by City Council September 10, 2013.  Ordinance became effective September 20, 2013).
  • Ordinance No. 20999-10-2013 amending the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, Being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix “A” of the Code of the City of Fort Worth, by amending Chapter 4, “District Regulations”, Article 3 “Planned Development (“PD”) District” to add line compressors in Section 4.305, “Uses”; to amend Chapter 5 “Supplemental Use Standards”, Section 5.140 “Natural Gas Compressor Stations” to remove Subsection 2.C. “Line Compressors”; to amend Section 4.1200 “Form Based Districts Use Table” to clarify that line compressors are permitted by right in industrial districts and by planned development district (Zoning Docket ZC-13-123, adopted by City Council October 15, 2013.  Ordinance became effective October 26, 2013).

Human Relations

  • Ordinance No. 13981 revising and amending Chapter 17, "Human Relations", providing for administrative supervision of the Director by the City Manager, and policy direction by the Human Relations Commissioners; providing updated language to match the federal statutory categories (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-12711, adopted by City Council and became effective October 26, 1999).
  • Ordinance No. 14344 revising and amending Chapter 17, "Human Relations", to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in place of public accommodation, employment practices and housing. (Adopted by City Council on September 26, 2000. Ordinance became effective October 19, 2000).
  • Ordinance No. 14832 amending the Public Accommodations ordinance to include age and disability as protected classes (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13415, adopted by City Council October 23, 2001.  Ordinance became effective October 29, 2001.
  • Ordinance No. 18909-11-2009 amending and revising Chapter 17, Articles I, II and III to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment and housing on the basis of transgender, gender expression and gender identity (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15757, adopted by City Council and became effective November 10, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 19374-09-2010 amending Chapter 17, Articles II and III of the Code of the City of Fort Worth to reflect the organizational changes resulting from the dissolution of the Community Relations Department and realignment of Civil Rights Enforcement Staff and to conform the amounts of civil penalties for housing violations to current federal law (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17066, adopted by City Council September 28, 2010.  Ordinance became effective October 1, 2010).

Noise

  • Ordinance No. 8767 amending Chapter 27, "Offenses, Miscellaneous", by amending Section 27-18 (b) thereof to provide a defense of prosecution thereunder (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-5580, adopted by City Council and became effective March 29, 1983).
  • Ordinance No. 15608 amending Chapter 23, Article I, Section 23-8, Subsection (c)(9), to allow construction work Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13995 Revised, adopted by City Council July 8, 2003.  Ordinance became effective July 16, 2003).
  • Ordinance No. 20191-05-2012 amending Section 23.8 "Noise" of Chapter 23, "Miscellaneous Offenses" to add decibel levels, add definitions related to noise, set maximum sound levels based on zoning categories, regulate amplifiers in the right-of-way, and restrict animal noise (Mayor and Council Communication G-17568 as amended, adopted by City Council May 1, 2012.  Ordinance became effective May 12, 2012).

Outdoor/Special Events

  • Ordinance No. 19255-08-2010 amending Chapter 20, "Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations", by adding Article XII entitled, "Outdoor Events," to regulate the conduct of outdoor events within the City (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17003, adopted by City Council on August 3, 2010.  Ordinance became effective October 1, 2010).
  • Ordinance No. 19373-09-2010 amending Article XII "Outdoor Events", of Chapter 20, "Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations" to address First Amendment events and parades (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17065, adopted by City Council September 28, 2010.  Ordinance became effective October 1, 2010).
  • Ordinance No. 20292-07-2012 amending Article XII "Outdoor Events" of Chapter 20, "Licenses and Miscellaneous Business Regulations" to amend various definitions, amend notification and application requirements, amend process for events in public parks and amend classification of streets for neighborhood events (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17632, adopted by City Council July 17, 2012. Ordinance became effective July 30, 2012).

Parking/Towing

  • Ordinance No. 7016 establishing certain specific tow-away zones, wherein any vehicle illegally stopped, standing or parked shall be subject to official impoundment, by amending Chapter 26 of the Fort Worth City Code (1964), as amended, by adding thereto Section 26-122; by amending Section 26-123 thereof, providing that any illegally stopped, standing or parked vehicle on a public street is a nuisance per se and subject to official impoundment (Mayor and Council Communication TE-77, adopted by City Council June 3, 1974.  Tow-away zone pertaining to exclusive bus lanes.  Ordinance became effective June 12, 1974).

  • Ordinance No. 7217 providing additional tow-away zones, wherein any vehicle illegally stopped, standing or parked shall be subject to impoundment, by amending Section 26-122 of the Code of the City of Fort Worth (1964), as amended; providing for the service of towing and impoundment by amending Section 26-123 of the Code of the City of Fort Worth (1964), as amended; providing that ths ordinance shall be cumulative of all provisions of ordinances and of such Code affecting motor vehicles and traffic (Mayor and Council Communication TE-105, adopted by City Council August 25, 1975.  Tow-away zone pertaining to temporary closing of Weatherford Street from Taylor to Throckmorton.  Ordinance became effective August 30, 1975).

  • Ordinance No. 7294 amending Chapter 26 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending the tow-away zones provided for in Section 26-122 therein (Mayor and Council Communication TE-114, adopted by City Council January 1, 1976.  Tow-away zone pertaining to temporary closing of Throckmorton Street from Second to Weatherford.  Ordinance became effective January 31, 1976).

  • Ordinance No. 7361 providing additional tow-away zones, wherein any vehicle illegally stopped, standing or parked shall be subject to impoundment, by amending Section 26-122; providing that this ordinance shall be cumulative of all provisions of ordinances and of such Code affecting motor vehicles and traffic (Mayor and Council Communication TE-123, adopted by City Council June 7, 1976.  Tow-away zone pertaining to Alice Street, West Ripy Street and Saint Louis Avenue. Ordinance became effective June 15, 1976).

  • Ordinance No. 7584 amending tow-away zones, wherein any vehicle illegally stopped, standing or parked shall be subject to impoundment, by amending Section 26-122; providing that ths ordinance shall be cumulative of all provisions of ordinances and of such Code affecting motor vehicles and traffic (Mayor and Council Communication TE-166, adopted by City Council July 26, 1977. Tow-away zone pertaining to parking and traffic circulation within the vicinity of Fort Worth Municipal Office Building.  Ordinance became effective August 3, 1977).

  • Ordinance No. 7923 amending Chapter 26, "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending Subsection (d) of Section 26-123 thereof to no longer require that in all cases a vehicle shall be removed when a police officer arrests any person driving or in control of a vehicle for an offense requiring immediate appearance of a magistrate (Mayor and Council Communication G-4197, adopted by City Council June 12, 1979.  Ordinance became effective June 20, 1979).

  • Ordinance No. 7961 amending Chapter 26, "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending Section 26-122 thereof to provide for posting of tow-away parking signs at the discretion of the traffic engineer of said City (Mayor and Council Communication TE-253, adopted by City Council August 21, 1979.  Ordinance became effective November 26, 1979).

  • Ordinance No. 9852 amending Chapter 22, "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by adding certain definitions; by changing the section designation of certain sections; by amending Articles VI and IX thereof to change various notice and hearing provisions (Mayor and Council Communication G-7014, adopted by City Council March 31, 1987. Ordinance pertaining to the towing of junked and abandoned vehicles. Ordinance became effective April 6, 1987).

  • Ordinance No. 9863 amending Section 22-160, prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other vehicles in front yards and side yards of areas zoned one-family and two-family unless hard surfaced parking or a screening fence is provided; providing exceptions for certain temporary special events (Council Proposal No. 130, adopted by City Council April 21, 1987. Ordinance became effective April 28, 1987).

  • Ordinance No. 9916 amending Section 22-160, prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other vehicles in the front yards and side yards of areas zoned one-family, two-family and multi-family dwelling purposes unless hard surfaced parking or a screening fence is provided; providing exceptions for certain temporary special events (Mayor and Council Communication, adopted by City Council July 28, 1987. Ordinance became effective July 31, 1987).

  • Ordinance No. 15712 amending Chapter 22 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending Sections 22-1, 22-158, 22-172, 22-191, 22-192, 22-193, 22-194, 22-195, 22-196, 22-202, 22-205 and 22-221; by adding new Sections 22-158.1, 22-158.2 and 22-205.1; by deleting Section 22-202, 22-203 and 22-204 (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-14119, adopted by City Council October 7, 2003.  Redefined loading zones and establishing rates and maximum parking time on meters. Ordinance became effective October 15, 2003).

  • Ordinance No. 17867-11-2007 amending Chapter 22 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending Article I "In General" to add new definitions for oversize commercial, large recreational, and oversize recreational vehicles; and by amending Article IV "Stopping, Standing and Parking", to revise regulations for the parking of certain large and oversized vehicles on public streets and adding the parking of certain large and oversized vehicles on public streets to the list of violations for which towing is authorized (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15965, adopted by City Council November 6, 2007.  Ordinance became effective November 22, 2007).

  • Ordinance No. 18162-07-2008 amending Chapter 22 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic", by amending Article I "In General" to change the definition of large recreational vehicle and change the definition of oversize recreational vehicle and to amend Article VI "Stopping, Standing and Parking" to establish regulations for the parking of large and oversize recreational vehicles on private property; amending VI "Stopping, Standing and Parking" to provide that violations of regulations relating to the parking of oversize commercial vehicles and large and oversize recreational vehicles are criminal offenses rather than civil offenses and adding the illegal parking of oversize commercial vehicles and large and oversize recreational vehicles to the list of violations for which towing is authorized; amending Appendix B of the Code of the City of Fort Worth by adding enforcement of ordinances regulating the parking of oversize commercial vehicles and large and oversize recreational vehicles to the duties of the director of Code Compliance (Mayor and Council Communication G-16185, adopted by City Council July 8, 2008.  Ordinance became effective July 12, 2008).

Rental Registration

  • Ordinance No. 12791 amending Chapter 7, "Buildings", by the addition of a new Article IX, "Registration and Inspection of Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", providing definitions, providing a purpose, providing for the registration and inspection of multi-family dwelling complexes; providing for fees; providing for exemptions from inspection; providing for crime prevention (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-11671 Revised, adopted by City Council December 3, 1996. Ordinance became effective December 31, 1996).
  • Ordinance No. 13181 amending Chapter 7, "Buildings", by the amendment of Article IX, "Registration and Inspection of Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", Division 1, "General Provisions", Section 7-394, "Definitions", by revising, deleting and adding definitions, by the amendment of Division 2, "Registration and Inspection of Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", by the amendment of Section 7-402, "Inspection and Registration Fees", providing a registration fee exemption for colleges, universities and seminaries; by the amendment of Section 7-404, "Landlord/Tenant"; by the amendment of Division 3, "Crime Prevention Standards", Section 7-410, "Crime Prevention Standards", Subsection (c)(4) to include fire lane restrictions (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-12020, adopted by City Council and became effective October 2, 1997).
  • Ordinance No. 14929 amending Chapter 7, "Buildings", Article IX, "Registration and Inspection of Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", Division 2, "Registration and Inspections", to change "Superintendent" to "Director" and change "Division" to "Department"; to amend provisions for inspections by the director, and to amend payment of inspection fees (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13491, adopted by City Council January 5, 2002.  Ordinance became effective January 22, 2002.
  • Ordinance No. 17827-10-2007 amending Chapter 7, "Buildings", to add additional registration, inspection and enforcement requirements for multifamily properties with three or more units and to add new regulations for one- and two-family rental properties (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15907, adopted by City Council October 9, 2007.  Ordinance became effective October 22, 2007).
  • Ordinance No. 19998-12-2011 amending Article X, "Registratin and Inspection for Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", of Chapter 7, "Buildings", to change the title; to add definitions; to add requirements related to a Certificate of Occupancy; to allow the City Council to set the fees and to provide for periodic inspection and reinspection fees; to require inspections by the landlord and tenant; to add language regarding the probationary status, suspension or revocation of registration and providing for an appeal; to add a requirement to attend a crime free multi-housing course and to include crime free provisions in each lease; to provide for crime prevention through environmental design inspections; to require the registration of pets; to require recycling; to require the tenant to provide proof of an active electric service account to the landlord and requiring the landlord provide a tamper proof meter box (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17460, adopted by City Council and became effective December 6, 2011).
  • Ordinance No. 21105-01-2014 amending Article IX, "Registration and Inspection of Multi-Family Dwelling Complexes", of Chapter 7, "Buildings", to add a definition for local government housing authority; to exempt local government housing authorities from program fees; to exempt local government housing authorities from the requirement for periodic inspections (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-18114, adopted by City Council January 28, 2014. Ordinance became effective February 4, 2014).

Sign Regulations

  • Ordinance No. 17872-11-2007 amending the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix "A", by amending Article IV, "Signs" of Chapter 6, "Development Standards" to repeal the language in Sections 6.400 through 6.406 and replace with Sections 6.400 through 6.416 containing revised and new language for regulating signs (Mayor and Council approved ZC-07-188, Text Amendment, November 6, 2007.  Ordinance became effective November 19, 2007).
  • Ordinance No. 18078-05-2008 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix "A", by amending Section 6.404, Temporary on Premise Signs requiring a permit to allow temporary subdivision signs for new single and two family residential developments (Mayor and Council approved ZC-08-060, Text Amendment, May 6, 2008.  Ordinance became effective May 17, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 18745-08-2009 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix "A", to amend Article 4, "Signs", of Chapter 6, "Development Standards", amending Section 6.401, "Definitions", to rename the section "Enforcement" and move the definitions contained therein to Chapter 9, "Definitions", to amend Section 6.411, "Electronic Changeable Copy Signs", to clarify that variances are not allowed and to revise definitions of "Signs; Attached Signs" and "Temporary Signs", and add definitions for "Inflatable or Balloon Signs" and "Projected Image Signs" in Chapter 9 (Mayor and Council approved ZC-09-070, Text Amendment, August 4, 2009.  Ordinance became effective August 11, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 18995-01-2010 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix "A", to amend Article 4, "Signs", of Chapter 6, "Development Standards", amending Section 6.410 "Unified Sign Agreements", to provide to the administrative approval of an amendment to a Unified Sign Agreement, to extend eligibility to single lot developments with multiple tenants, to allow for the construction of entry features and to expand the allowable area that can be ncluded in the Unified Sign Agreement (Mayor and Council approved ZC-09-143, Text Amendment, January 12, 2010.  Ordinance became effective January 23, 2010).
  • Ordinance No. 19227-07-2010 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, being Ordinance No. 13896, as amended, codified as Appendix "A", to amend Article 4, "Signs", of Chapter 6, "Development Standards", amending Section 6.403, "Signs not Requiring a Permit", to revise where temporary signs are allowed and regulation of window signs, amending Section 6.406, "Measurement of Signs", to include the measurement of window area, and to revise Chapter 9, "Definitions", to revise the definitions of "Sign", "Attached Sign", "Temporary Signs", and "Window Sign" (Mayor and Council approved ZC-10-091, Text Amendment, July 13, 2010.  Ordinance became effective July 30, 2010).

Smoking 

  • Ordinance No. 17719-08-2007 amending Chapter 29.5, "Smoking", to prohibit smoking in public places with certain exemptions (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-15836, adopted by City Council August 21, 2007.  Ordinance became effective January 1, 2008). 

Teen Curfew

  • Ordinance No. 11593 adopting a new Section 23-18, "Curfew Hours for Minors", of Chapter 23, "Offenses - Miscellaneous", defining terms; creating offenses for minors, parents and guardians of minors, and business establishments violating curfew regulations; providing defenses; providing for enforcement by the Police Department and City Marshal's Office; providing for waiver by the Municipal Court of jurisdiction over a minor when required under the Texas Family Code; providing for the review of this ordinance 12 months after the date of initial enforcement (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-10690, adopted by City Council June 14, 1994. Ordinance became effective July 5, 1994).
  • Ordinance No. 11615 amending Ordinance No. 11593 (Curfew Hours for Minors) to correct a typographical error in references to the section of the Code of the City of Fort Worth where such ordinance shall be codified (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-10729, adopted by City Council and became effective July 12, 1994.  Section 23-18 was corrected to Section 23-19).
  • Ordinance No. 13449 amending Section 23-19, "Curfew Hours for Minors", by adding definitions; requiring the City Manager to make periodic reports to the City Council concerning the effectiveness and need for the section, requiring the City Council to periodically review the effects of the section on the community and the problems the section is intended to remedy, to hold public hearings, and to abolish, continue or modify the section; providing that failure by the City Council to conduct such periodic reviews and hearings shall cause the section to expire (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-12210, adopted by City Council May 19, 1998. Ordinance became effective May 27, 1998).
  • Ordinance No. 14617 continuing and amending Section 23-19, "Curfew Hours of Minors", by revising the effective date and by adding an amended sunset provision (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-13200, adopted by City Council April 10, 2001. Ordinance became effective June 13, 2001).
  • Ordinance No. 15941 continuing and amending Section 23-19, "Curfew Hours for Minors", by revising the effective date and by adding an amended sunset provision (Mayor and Council Communication G-14322, adopted by City Council April 6, 2004.  Ordinance became effective April 15, 2004).
  • Ordinance No. 18000-03-2008 amending Section 23-19 "Curfew Hours for Minors", by revising the effective date and by adding an amended sunset provision (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16067, adopted by City Council March 4, 2008.  Ordinance became effective March 30, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 19555-02-2011 amending Section 23-19 "Curfew Hours for Minors", by revising the effective date and by adding an amended sunset provision (Mayor and Council Communication G-17202, adopted by City Council February 15, 2011.  Ordinance became effective February 21, 2011).
  • Ordinance No. 21117-02-2014 amending Section 23-19 "Curfew Hours for Minors", by revising the effective date and by adding an amended sunset provision (Mayor and Council Communication G-18118, adopted by City Council February 4, 2014.  Ordinance became effective February 11, 2014).

Transportation Impact Fees

  • Ordinance No. 18083-05-2008 adding Article VIII, "Transportation Impact Fees", of Chapter 30, "Streets and Sidewalks", to establish transportation impact fees (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-16122, adopted by City Council May 13, 2008.  Ordinance became effective July 1, 2008).
  • Ordinance No. 20086-03-2012 amending Article VIII, "Transportation Impact Fees", of Chapter 30, "Streets and Sidewalks", to provide a waiver from the transportation impact fee for change of use projects and providing definitions (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17534, adopted by City Council and became effective March 6, 2012).  
  • Ordinance No. 20605-02-2013 amending Article VIII, "Transportation Impact Fees", of Chapter 30, "Streets and Sidewalks", adopting updated land use assumptions; adopting an updated Capital Improvements Plan for transportation facilities; adopting revised transportation impact fee per service unit Schedules 1 and 2; amending provisions administering the transportation impact fee program (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17799, as amended, adopted by City Council February 5, 2013. Ordinance became effective April 1, 2013).
  • Ordinance No. 20852-08-2013 amending Article VIII, "Transportation Impact Fees", of Chapter 30, "Streets and Sidewalks", to amend the definition of change of use and amending related provision for waivers and exemptions (Mayor and Council Communication No. G-17963, adopted by City Council and became effective August 6, 2013). 

Tree Preservation

  • Ordinance No. 17228-10-2006 amending the City of Fort Worth Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 13896, by amending Article III, "Landscaping and Buffers", Section 6.301, "Landscaping", Subsection K "Preservation of Trees to add regulations for the removal of protected trees equal to or greater than six (6) inches in diameter, on a parcel of land greater than one (1) acre; and to amend Chapter 9, "Definitions", by adding definitions related to tree preservation (Mayor and Council approved ZC-06-183, Text Amendment, October 3, 2006.  Ordinance became effective October 23, 2006).
  • Ordinance No. 17367-01-2007 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 13896, codified as Appendix "A", by amending Subsections C, H and J, of Section 6.301 "Landscaping", to move tree requirements to Subsection K, "Preservation of Trees" (Mayor and Council approved ZC-06-278, Text Amendment, January 9, 2007. Ordinance became effective January 18, 2007).
  • Ordinance No. 18615-05-2009 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance by amending Chapter 2, "Review Bodies" to delete Section 2.105 "Urban Forestry Board" and add the duties of the Urban Forestry Board to Section 2.102 "Urban Design Commission" and to add forestry experience to the qualifications of members, and to amend Chapter 6 "Development Standards" to delete subsection K of Section 6.301 "Landscaping" and re-letter the remaining subsections, to add a new section, Section 6.302 entitled "Urban Forestry" to include and revise the contents of Subsection K related to tree coverage, preservation, planting and maintenance. (Mayor and Council approved ZC-08-186, Text Amendment, May 12, 2009.  Ordinance became effective May 19, 2009).
  • Ordinance No. 19514-01-2011 amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 13896, by amending various sections of the Near Southside Development Standards and Guidelines and provided by Section 4.909D, "Other Development Standards" of Chapter 4, "District Regulations" of Article 9, "Commercial Districts" to revise criteria of significant trees and methods of mitigation for removal (Mayor and Council approved ZC-10-184, Text Amendment, January 4, 2011.  Ordinance became effective February 15, 2011).

 


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