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Proposed Licensed State Land Surveying Sealing Rules Open For Public Comment

Proposed amendments to Board Rule 138.33 were published in the Texas Register on July 22, 2022, for public comment.  The proposed rules amend 22 Texas Administrative Code §138.33 by stating that state land surveying work does not have to be sealed with a registered professional land surveyor seal, that the Board's sealing procedures apply only to land located in Texas, and that state land surveying work must be sealed with the licensed state land surveyor's seal, signature, printed name, and license number. 

To view the proposed rules, please see page 33 at this link: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0722/0722prop.pdf

Any comments or requests for a public hearing on the proposed amendments may be submitted, no later than August 12, 2022, to Lance Kinney, Ph.D., P.E., Executive Director, Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, via email to rules@pels.texas.gov; via mail to 1917 S. Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78741, or faxed to his attention at (512) 440-0417.

AG Opinion No. KP-0409

Re:  Whether a licensed professional engineer is authorized to certify a subdivision plat in specific circumstances

June 6, 2022 – In response to the Board’s request, Attorney General Ken Paxton released Attorney General Opinion KP-0409 concerning Local Government Code Chapter 232, Subchapter B as it relates to certain subdivision platting in specific counties close to the Texas-Mexico Border. The ruling finds that, similar to the requirements for other areas of the State, both a land surveyor and an engineer should attest to the portions of the subdivision platting requirements of Local Government Code 232, Subchapter B corresponding to their respective areas of professional expertise or as otherwise provided in the law.
Click here for a copy of KP-0409

Notice to New Engineering Businesses or Firms

Section 1001.405 of the Texas Engineering Practice Act protects the use of the terms “engineer” and “engineering” in business names unless it is registered with the Board, employs a professional engineer registered in the State of Texas on a full-time basis, and is actively engaged in the practice of engineering.  Before filing paperwork with the Board or the Texas Secretary of State’s office to incorporate a new business with some variation of “engineer” or “engineering” in its name, please Contact TBPELS to confirm the name will be compliant with the requirements of the Texas Engineering Practice Act.

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TBPELS Ethics Webinar

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September 30, 2022
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