Registered Sex Offender Residency Restrictions
In January 2011, the City of North Richland Hills passed Ordinance #3125 which regulates the area where certain registered sex offenders may live.
Convicted/adjudicated sex offenders, whose victims were younger than 17 years of age, are prohibited from residing within a 1,000 feet protected area.
- A person is prohibited from allowing a convicted/adjudicated sex offender, whose victim was younger than 17 years of age, to reside within 1,000 feet of a protected area.
While the ordinance will not regulate the daily movements of these offenders within the 1,000 foot safety zone, it does restrict them from residing within a 1,000 feet of a protected area. The 1,000 foot boundaries are established from property lines. Ordinance #3125 also indicates that nobody will be required to sale or dispose of any real estate as a result of the ordinance.
Identified protected areas
- swimming pools
- daycare facilities
- arcade and gaming businesses
- family entertainment sites
There are 5 defenses to prosecution stipulated in the ordinance:
- Offender resided at the location prior to ordinance adoption.
- Offender was a minor at the time of offense & conviction.
- Offender is a minor.
- The protected area opened after the offender established legal residency.
- The Information on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website was incorrect.
For more information contact the North Richland Hills Police Department: 817-427-7030 or
817-427-7039, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Additional information is available online from the TxDPS Crime Records Service.