• New FAQs: TBPE/TBPLS Merger

    Please visit the FAQ page for an outline of information about the upcoming merger. FAQ
  • Next Board Meeting

    The next meeting of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be held on August 30, 2019, at 9 am, at the TCEQ Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg E, Room 201, Austin, TX 78753. Any RPLS/LSLS that…
  • Exam Results

    The results of the RPLS and RCP Exams have been posted. Exam Results

What’s New:

8/20/2019: We’re moving!

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
Website: http://pels.texas.gov (Active 9/1/19)
Email: info@pels.texas.gov (Active 9/1/19)
Phone: 512-440-7723

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5/31/2019: RPLS/RCP Exam Results

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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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3/8/2019: ATTENTION LSLS!

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

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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…

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12/18/2018: TBPLS Holiday Hours

Closed:              December 24, 25, and 26, 2018
January 1, 2019

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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…

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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…

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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…

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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…

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5/29/2018: New LSLS for Texas

LSLS Confirmation 5.25.2018.2      LSLS Confirmation 5.25.2018

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.

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11/8/2017: Renewals are Open

The renewal period is now open and Renewal Notices should be received in the next few days. Please go online to the State Licensing System, or obtain the renewal form/s, and submit to renew your RPLS/LSLS/Firm license before close of business on December 31, 2017.

***PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer a space for initials on your license renewal notice. In order to affirm the oath you must go online or obtain the RPLS/LSLS Renewal Form. Payments submitted to the office in the form of check or money order not accompanied the appropriate form will be returned.

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9/22/2017: New Change of Information Protocol

New protocol is in place for reporting a change in personal or professional information. Read more…

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6/7/2017: Newest LSLS for Texas

John Denney and Bill Merten

John Denney passed the Licensed State Land Surveyor Exam, held on April 21, 2017, to become the newest LSLS in the state.

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4/18/2017: Public Hearing

A public hearing on the proposed bills, as published in the February 17, 2017 issue of the Texas Register at pages 647 through 649, will be held at 9:00 a.m. on May 19, 2017 in the building E, room 201 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Board meeting previously scheduled for May 26 has been moved to 10:00 a.m., May 19, 2017, immediately following the public hearing.

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3/23/2017: Graves

Chapter 711 of the Texas Health and Safety Code defines a “cemetery” as “a place that is used or intended to be used for interment, and includes a graveyard, burial park, mausoleum, or any other area containing one or more graves.”   Did you know that this same chapter requires anyone who finds an unknown or abandoned cemetery to file a notice with the county clerk’s office within 10 days of discovery? Read more…

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3/13/2017: Proposed Rules Amendments

The Board is proposing to amend the following Board Rules: 661.31(12), 663.13, 663.16(3)(D), 663.18, and 663.19(f). Read more…

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12/21/2016: NOTICE FOR RENEWALS

The help desk at HPC (the proprietors of the State of Texas Licensing System) will close for the holidays at 5 pm December 30, 2016 and will not be able to assist with issues until the start of business January 2, 2017.

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10/25/2016: License Renewal to Begin November 1

The license renewal period will begin November 1 and run through December 31. Read more…

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10/18/2016: TBPLS Recognizes Resigning Item Writer’s Committee Members

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Ken Gold was recognized by the Board for his 30 years of volunteer service.  Mr. Gold was appointed to chair the Item Writers Committee in 1986 and continued in that position until his decision to step down earlier this year.  The Item Writers Committee is charged with drafting new questions for the Board’s RPLS exam and revising existing questions.

Other members of the Item Writers Committee that voluntarily stepped down were David Myers, member and Vice-Chair since 1986, Tom Houston (member since 1990) and Mike Russell (member since 2008).  The Board is appreciative of their service and dedication.

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10/10/2016: Live-Streaming of the Board Meeting

Beginning October 14, 2016, the Board will live-stream its Board meetings over the internet. Read more…

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9/2/2016: ATTENTION! Board Meeting on October 14, 2016

ATTENTION SURVEYORS, or anyone planning to attend the upcoming Board meeting on October 14, 2016: The meeting is open to the public. This means that it is NOT a requirement to first register for the TSPS Annual Convention in order to attend.

If you have registered for the convention only because you plan to attend the TBPLS Board meeting, please contact TSPS at 512) 327-7871 immediately. 

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8/16/2016: Current Rule Changes

In February the Board published a group of proposed rule changes. Included in this group was rule 661.57.

At the July Board meeting, action was taken to adopt the proposed rules with little or no changes, for the most part. Those rules will appear as adoptions in the 8/19/2016 issue of the Texas Register.

Though most of the rules were voted to be adopted as proposed, the Board elected to make substantial changes to Rule 661.57. However, it was not the intent of the Board to adopt these changes without first hearing from the public. So, the Board has withdrawn rule 661.57 from possible adoption and will publish the changes as “proposed” in a subsequent issue of the Texas Register. This action will effectively invite any member of the public to submit comments concerning the proposed changes.

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5/9/2016: Forum on the Future of Surveying

This questionnaire is provided by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) as a mechanism to gather feedback on the initial report of the Forum on the Future of Surveying. Read more…

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3/2/2016: Surveyor Exhibit to Open at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

An exhibit featuring antique surveying equipment will be opening later this month at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum located in Waco, Texas. Read more…

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2/16/2016: Board Proposed to Amend Rules

The Board is proposing to amend the following Board Rules: 661.31, 661.55, 661.57, and 661.99. The Board is also proposing to repeal Rule 663.14 in order to renumber the rule as 663.11. Read more…

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1/13/2016: License Renewal Proves Challenging

Another renewal period is behind us and the administrative staff at TBPLS wanted to offer some comments. Read more…

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12/3/2015: December 31st Deadline for submitting license renewal fees

Many of you are likely busy with the holiday season or celebrating the extra $200 in your pocket.  Don’t let your license renewal payment drop by the wayside! Read more…

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12/3/2015: NCEES Future City Competition- Surveying Judges

NCEES is in the process of recruiting surveyor judges for the Future City Regional Competition. Read more…

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11/12/2015: Surveying Equipment Stolen from Westwood Company Truck

Westwood Professional Services in Plano, Texas reported that surveying equipment was stolen from a company truck on Tuesday, November 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…

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10/28/2015: LICENSE RENEWAL OPENS NOVEMBER l

The online portal opens November 1st. Renewal fees are $179 for all currently registered RPLS licensees.  Inactive fees remain the same. Read more…

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6/19/2015: Reduction in Land Surveying Licensing Fees

On June 15, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill (HB) 7 which includes elimination of the $200 occupational tax paid by registered professional land surveyors and other licensed professionals. Read more…

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2/17/2015: To Whom Do I Complain?

According to Rule 663.1, a firm offering surveying services to the public is supposed to inform those receiving their services that any complaints regarding the service they received can be directed to the Board. Read more…

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11/25/2014: New License Verification Portal

TBPLS has added an online License Verification portal to the website. This portal will enable applicants to the Texas Board to submit their License Verification quickly and electronically to accompany their application. Read more…

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 7/3/2014: Rule Change Regarding RPLS Exam

Please be notified that the Board’s recent rule change regarding the RPLS Exam will tentatively take effect in 2015. Read more…

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Clarification of New Board Rule: Use of Firm Registration Number

Many of you have asked for clarification regarding rule 661.57(1), “a firm shall not offer land surveying services to the public unless the offer of services contains the Firm Registration Certificate number.” Read more…

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.