What’s New:

8/20/2019: We’ve moved

On June 16, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a historic piece of legislation that will merge the regulation of the practices of engineering and land surveying into one board. Effective September 1, 2019, HB1523 creates the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS). Work on the merger of the engineering and surveying boards is well underway.

All land surveyor functions will be moving to the new location at TBPELS the first week of September. September 2nd we will be closed for Labor Day. On September 3rd, we’ll start the moving process. We will do our best to get back online as quickly as possible, but correspondence via mail, email, or telephone may be slow during the transition. The goal is to be fully operational again Monday, September 9, 2019.

After September 1, 2019 all mail should be sent to the new TBPELS address. If you are sending something and you anticipate it arriving on or around September 1st, please use this address:

Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

1917 S. Interstate 35 Austin, Texas 78741
Email: info@pels.texas.gov
Phone: 512-440-7723


5/31/2019: RPLS/RCP Exam Results

The exam result for the RPLS and Reciprocal Exam have been posted. Follow this link: Exam Results


4/26/2019: Public Hearing Announcement

The Board would like to extend an invitation to anyone wanting to speak on behalf of TBPLS, to the Texas legislature, to attend the public hearing tomorrow (see the agenda below). To speak, please register at the kiosks outside E1.030 on the first floor of the capitol.

SENATE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Business & Commerce

TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

PLACE: E1.012 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Kelly Hancock

SB 125 West
Relating to the term of a parking permit issued to a residential tenant by a landlord.
HB 125 Martinez SP: Menéndez
Relating to the online publication of home addresses of certain occupational license holders.
HB 387 Cortez SP: Creighton
Relating to submission of reports by an advanced practice registered nurse under the workers’ compensation system.
SB 518 Zaffirini
Relating to remedies after certain casualty losses to residential rental premises.
SB 523 Hinojosa | et al.
Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person’s eligibility for an occupational license.
SB 699 Hall
Relating to the certification of an area’s wet or dry status for the purpose of an alcoholic beverage permit or license.
SB 732 Hughes | et al.
Relating to the regulation of the practice of physical therapy.
HB 1385 King, Tracy O. SP: Hancock
Relating to the regulation of industrialized housing and buildings.
SB 1463 Hughes
Relating to the availability of financial information of nonprofit corporations for public inspection.
SB 1503 Zaffirini | et al.
Relating to civil works projects and other construction projects of governmental entities.
HB 1523 Nevárez SP: Buckingham
Relating to the continuation of the regulation of land surveyors and the transfer of the regulation to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; changing fees.
HB 1554 Smithee SP: Zaffirini
Relating to the language of personal automobile or residential property insurance policy documents and related materials.
HB 1555 Smithee SP: Zaffirini
Relating to the status of personal automobile or residential property insurance policy summary documents.
HB 1940 Lucio III SP: Creighton
Relating to eligibility of surplus lines insurers to provide windstorm and hail coverage.
HB 1944 Lucio III | et al. SP: Hancock
Relating to extension of deadlines for claims and related settlement and dispute resolution under the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Act.
HB 2228 Geren | et al. SP: Huffman
Relating to the inspection of certain boilers.
SB 2551 Hinojosa
Relating to the liability of certain political subdivisions for certain workers’ compensation claims and actions.
Pending Business

 

Public testimony will be limited to 3 minutes. If submitting written

testimony, please provide 20 copies to the committee clerk with your name

and bill number on each copy.

 

Please register for this hearing using the Senate kiosk located in the

extension hallways or by going to http://swrs.

 


3/11/2019: Public Hearing Announcement

The Board would like to extend an invitation to anyone wanting to speak on behalf of TBPLS, to the Texas legislature, to attend the public hearing tomorrow (see the agenda below). To speak, please register at the kiosks outside E1.030 on the first floor of the capitol.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Licensing & Administrative Procedures

TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

PLACE: E2.028
CHAIR: Rep. Tracy King

HB 1311 Thompson, Senfronia
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
HB 1520 Thompson, Senfronia
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
HB 1523 Nevárez
Relating to the continuation of the regulation of land surveyors and the transfer of the regulation to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; changing fees.
HB 1670 Lambert
Relating to the transfer of the regulation of plumbing to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; requiring an occupational license; authorizing a fee.
HB 1675 Thompson, Senfronia
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board; changing fees.
HB 1544 Raymond | et al.
Relating to fantasy sports contests.
NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact Stacey Nicchio at (512) 463-0850, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


3/8/2019: ATTENTION LSLS!

TBPLS is seeking LSLSs to fill voluntary positions on the LSLS Grading Committee. Read more…


1/29/2019: Sunset Advisory Commission Update

On January 9, 2019, the Sunset Advisory Commission held its decision hearing regarding the recommendation by Sunset staff concerning the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying (TBPLS). The Commission approved the recommendation to abolish TBPLS and combine the regulation of the profession of land surveying with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), thus forming the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. Read more…


12/12/2018: NCEES Future City Regional Competitions

NCEES is in the process of recruiting surveyor judges for a K-8 STEM Outreach effort, the Future City Regional Competitions, for which they have sponsored a land surveying award in the competition at a regional and national levels for over 5 years. Read more…


12/3/2018: PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION

A public hearing concerning the Sunset Advisory Commission’s review of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be held on December 13, 2018 in the Senate Finance Committee Room, E1.036, Capitol Extension, 1400 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, at 9:00 a.m. Read more…


11/28/2018: Sunset Commission: TBPLS Response

Follow the link bellow to the official response to the Sunset Commission from the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying:

TBPLS Response


11/9/2018: Sunset Commission: Full Staff Report

The Sunset Commission has issued it Full Staff Report concerning its review of the Texas Board of Professional Land Survey. The Report may be viewed at their web site at:

https://www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports/agencies/texas-board-professional-land-surveying

The Board will issue its official response within two weeks and a public hearing before the Sunset Commission has been tentatively set for December 12 or 13, 2018. Once the hearing schedule has been determined, we will post the hearing date and location on our web site. The Sunset Commission will accept agency testimony as well as public testimony at the December hearing before issuing their final recommendation on January 9, 2019.


10/30/2018: Firm Registration Fee Increase

This is a reminder that, at the last board meeting, the members voted to increase firm registration fees to $129. This fee change takes effect on November 1, 2018.


10/10/2018: License Renewal Period Opens November 1

The Board will begin accepting license renewals on November 1, 2018. Read more…


8/14/2018: Condolences

TBPLS would like to express its condolences on the passing of one of its exam committee member, David Utzman, RPLS No. 4607.

David served on the Item Writing Committee from 2012 to 2018 and was an influential and encouraging member until his retirement in June.

We are appreciative of his service and know that he will be missed by the surveying community of Texas.


7/20/2018: The Sunset Review of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying

The mission and performance of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. Read more…


6/14/2018: NCEES Surveys

NCEES is currently seeking volunteers to participate in content reviews for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. Read more…


5/29/2018: New LSLS for Texas

Two individuals, Rizk Ikhrais and David Rolbiecki, were successful in passing the April 2018 LSLS Exam and took their oath, Friday, to become the newest Licensed State Land Surveyors in Texas.

Statewide Goal

The priority goal will be to ensure that Texas consumers are effectively and efficiently served by high quality professionals and businesses by setting clear standards, maintaining compliance and seeking market-based solutions.

The Mission

The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is to protect the residents of Texas by regulating, licensing and renewing the licenses of only competent surveyors; surveyors able to provide accurate surveys which will result in the orderly use of our physical environment.

The Philosophy

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will license only competent surveyors and will regulate the practice of surveying. We will manage our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible with a commitment to excellence.