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AACE Agency Accreditation Program


The American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) Accreditation Program has been in development over the last two years and I am pleased to announce that the Board has unanimously approved the program. One of our own AACE members, Scott Neumeyer from the City of Plano Texas, championed this effort, in part, as a means of ensuring that minimum standards are maintained as well as acknowledge those states that strive to be leaders of this industry. This will be the first nationally recognized accreditation program solely for code enforcement agencies. The Accreditation Standards have been developed to set forth requirements for obtaining and maintaining (AACE) accreditation, for agencies responsible for enforcement of codes and ordinances, laws or statutes relating to the health safety and welfare within their jurisdictions. These standards are intended to insure a uniform level of professionalism and level of service with all accredited code agencies, thereby increasing communities ‘confidence in the policies and practices of an agency and the overall code enforcement profession.


Code agencies can operate in confidence that their operations have been reviewed by formal third party, and have demonstrated that they are competent


Accredited agencies will have the benefit of being able to share their Standards amongst one another


The program provides an accreditation for the department aside from individuals


Sets values of excellence for our profession and improve the level of professionalism


Increased effectiveness and improved customer service 


Considered among the best code enforcement agencies across the nation   


The standards have been developed to apply to both large and small departments and to keep costs affordable for all enforcement agencies. The process consists of an initial application and fee, and upon agreement of the application the agency will then reply with their answers to the “Standards of Accreditation”.  The Standards identify how an agency operates under seven main criteria involving everything from jurisdictional information, staffing, policies and procedures and reporting. The information submitted will then be reviewed by the Accreditation Committee and once found favorable the Certificate of Accreditation will be issued. The accreditation is valid for 5 years, as long as the annual reports are submitted as required and the agency remains in compliance with all program rules.  See the attached information for a comprehensive view and the requirements of the program. If you have additional questions you may contact, or at your convenience.         


We believe that this will be a wonderful opportunity to promote, enhance and improve code enforcement operations nationally.


Best Regards,


Barbara Burlingame

AACE President


Accreditation Application


Agencies that have achieved Accreditation:

Plano, TX

Norristown, PA

Port St. Lucie, FL

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