City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas, to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s wastewater system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact the City of Duncanville at 972.780.4900 or BURGESS & NIPLE at 214.636.3158.

Click here for more information and to view testing locations and dates.

Amended Vacant Building Ordinance – Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324

On November 7, 2017, the Duncanville City Council adopted an amended vacant building ordinance; Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324. This ordinance regulates commercial and industrial vacant structure properties, which includes church properties located in non-residential zoning districts and shopping centers that are over 50 percent vacant. The ordinance establishes new features not included in the City’s previous vacant building ordinance. Properties not included in this regulation include the following uses: Single or Multi Family structures, churches and their ancillary buildings (unless they are in a non-residential zoning district), and partially vacant shopping centers (unless those centers are over 50% vacant).

New features contained within this ordinance include:

  • Registration of vacant properties
  • Contact information
  • Proof of liability insurance of no less than $100,000
  • Minimal marketing requirements include listing property and the appropriate sale or leasing signage
  • Submission of criminal trespass warrant
  • Submission of floor plan for first responders
  • Notice of change of ownership; and
  • Must adhere to additional standards of care and maintenance for property including securing of the structure

The proposed registration fee is $750 annually with an inspection fee based on $0.01 per square foot of space. Fee waivers to this ordinance are allowed based on an adherence to the standards of care contained within the ordinance. Waivers are good for only a 12-month period with the property owner applying for the waiver each year. Fee waiver exemptions will be evaluated based on four criteria:

  • Property has been devastated by a catastrophe such as fire or flood.
  • The property owner is deceased or is no longer legally competent.
  • The owner of the property has obtained a building permit and is progressing in an expedient manner to prepare the premises for occupancy.
  • The owner of a property has maintained the property to the standard of care required under this article, as well as all other applicable ordinances and laws.

If you are an owner or agent of a vacant building as it pertains to this ordinance, you will be required to register the building under the auspices of this ordinance. Enforcement of this ordinance is set to begin January 1, 2018. For more information about this ordinance, please contact the City of Duncanville Code Enforcement office at (972) 780-5041. With your help, we can all make Duncanville a better place to live, work and play!

To view Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324, click here.

Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on September 29, to be eligible for the exam on October 7.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.

2017 Home Chemical Collection Day

The City of Dallas is sponsoring a Home Chemical Collection Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will take place at the Cliff Temple Baptist Church parking lot (125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208).

This event is inclusive to Duncanville residents. You will need to bring your driver’s license and water bill or other utility bill as proof of residency. Residents from cities not listed on the attached flyer must pay a minimum waste management fee of $95.

For more information, click here.

For more information on the sanitation services for the City of Dallas, click here.

Sweep It Out Saturday

Sweep It Out Saturday is scheduled for October 7, 2017, from 8 am to 1 pm down James Collins Boulevard. Bring your paper for shredding, old electronics to be recycled, donations for Goodwill, bulky trash and brush for the dumpsters or volunteer to help clean up litter.

This event is made possible through partnerships with Goodwill, Keep Duncanville Beautiful, DFW Reclaimers and Republic Services.

Click here for the flyer

Police Chief Robert Brown Appears on the Dr. Phil Show

In an effort to unite a community, police, city leaders and residents of a Dallas community came together for a town hall meeting to discuss the issues most important to them. Duncanville’s Chief of Police, Robert Brown, was a part of Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative that is working toward creating trust and unity.

Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative introduces viewers to extraordinary police officers and departments around the country who go above and beyond to make their communities better and safer.

To view the video, click here.

Duncanville Assists With Disaster Relief Caused By Hurricane Harvey

Thank you to the Duncanville Police and Fire Departments for assisting with disaster relief caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Police officers are assisting with providing security for Dallas shelters and are working diligently to provide assistance where needed. The Police Department is NOT accepting food or cash as donations. For information on donating/volunteering, visit:

The Fire Department deployed an engine crew consisting of four firefighters to assist with emergency services in Montgomery County. The Duncanville crew merged with emergency crews from the Wichita Falls Fire Department.

Thank you to all who continue to aid and support those impacted by the hurricane.