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Texas Board of Professional Engineers

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Agency History

Agency Became

Former Agencies

Historical Notes

During the 75th Legislative Session in 1997, Senate Bill 623 changed the name of the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers to Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

During the 86th Legislative Session in 2019, House Bill 1523 transferred the regulation of land surveyors to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers renaming the agency Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Previous Sunset reports on this agency

  • 2002-2003 Review Cycle, 78th Legislative Session

This agency is currently inactive. An agency can be labeled inactive if it has been abolished, had a title change, was merged into a different agency or split into different agencies. See Agency History on the right for further information.

Next Review Date: None

  • Last Review Cycle: 2012-2013 Review Cycle - 83rd Legislative Session

Sunset Documents for 2012-2013 Review Cycle, 83rd Legislative Session

Legislative Documents

Final Results of Last Sunset Review

The following material summarizes results of the 2012-2013 Sunset review of the Board, including statutory changes made through Senate Bill 204.  For additional information see the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Sunset Final Report with Legislative Action.

Licensing

  • Requires the Board to adopt clear policies governing the testing process and removes a specific testing requirement that limits flexibility in how future testing is administered.
  • Requires the Board to conduct fingerprint-based criminal background checks to review complete federal and state criminal history information on all applicants and current licensees.
  • Prohibits the Board from collecting the $200 professional fee before applicants satisfy licensing requirements as Professional Engineers.

Enforcement

  • Increases the Board’s administrative penalty authority from $3,000 to $5,000 per violation per day for violations of the Engineering Practice Act or Board rules.
  • Authorizes the Board to suspend a license on an emergency basis for actions that present an immediate harm to the public.
  • Grants cease-and-desist authority to the Board for the unlicensed practice of engineering.

Continuation

  • Continues the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for 12 years.