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Landscape Irrigation Licensing

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) promulgated new and revised rules in 2009 which will affect many licensing programs.

Please review the URL below to become acquainted with the newly adopted Chapter 30 rules for Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 30, Subchapter D: Landscape Irrigators and techniicians, Rules 30.111 - 30.129.

A person may not sell, design, install, maintain, alter, repair, or service an irrigation system—or consult in these activities—in this state unless the person is licensed by the TCEQ. While connecting an irrigation system to a water supply, a licensed techniician must be under the direct supervision of a licensed irrigator.

When is a license not required?

The licensure requirements do not apply to:
  • a person who is licensed by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and is working within the scope provided by the plumbing laws;
  • a person who is registered or licensed as a professional engineer or architect or landscape architect if the work is related to the pursuit of the profession;
  • a person who is under the direct supervision of a licensed irrigator and assists in the installation, maintenace, alteration, repair, or service of an irrigation system; or
  • a person who is an owner of a business that employs a licensed irrigator to supervise the business' sale, design, consultation, installation, maintenance, alteration, repair, and service of irrigation systems. For the purpose of this subchapter, employs means steadily, uniformly, or habitually working in an employer-employee relationship with the intent to earn a livlihood, as opposed to working casually or occasionally.
  • irrigation or yard sprinkler work that is performed by a property owner in a building or on premises owned or occupied by the owner as the owner's home;
  • irrigation or yard sprinkler work other than extension of an existing irrigation or yard sprinkler system of a replacement system that is:
    • performed by a maintenance person who does not act as an irrigator or engage in yard sprinkler construction or maintenance for the public and
    • incidental to and on premises owned by the business in which the person is regularly employed or engaged;
    • irrigation or yard sprinkler work that is performed:
      • (A) by a regular employee of a railroad who does not act as an irrigator or engage in yard sprinkler construction or maintenance for the public;
      • and
      • (B) on the premises or equipment of the railroad;
  • irrigation and yard sprinkler work that is performed on public property by a person who is regularly employed by a county, city, town, special district, or political subdivision of the state;
  • irrigation or yard sprinkler work that is performed by a person using a garden hose, hose sprinkler, hose-end product, including soaker hose, or agricultural irrigation system;
  • an activity that includes a commercial agricultureal irrigation system;
  • irrigation or yard sprinkler work that is performed by an agriculturist, agronomist, horticulturist, forester, gardener, contract gardener, garden or lawn caretaker, nuseryman, or grader or cultivator of land on land owned by the individual performing the work;
  • irrigation or yard sprinkler work that is performed by a member of a property owners' association as defined by Property Code, §202.001, on real property owned by the association or in common by the members of the association if the irrigation or yard sprinkler system water real property that is less than ½ acre in size and is used for aesthetic or recreational purposes..

Even though you may be exempt from licensing, you must comply with the standards established by Title 30 TAC Chapter 344. Irrigation system does not include a system used on or by an agricultural operation as defined in Section 251.002, Agricultural Code.

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What does each license do?

Licensed irrigators (LI) can sell, design, consult, install, maintain, alter, repair, or service an irrigation system including the connection of such system to a private or public, raw or potable water supply or any water supply. This includes water wells and unincorporated areas of the state.

Licensed techniicians (IN) can only connect a landscape irrigation system to a water supply under the direct supervision of the licensed irrigator. Generally, a licensed techniician is regularly employed by a licensed irrigator. A licensed techniician may not perform any of the functions of a licensed irrigator without working for a licensed irrigator.

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Obtaining a License

Effective 01/01/2008

To obtain this license ... You need this much classroom training ... You need this much experience ... Pay an application fee of ... And you must pass an examination, scoring at least a ...
0 years
Before 01/01/2008 $70.00
After 01/01/2008 $111.00
70 in all of the following sections: Installation, Backflow Prevention, Hydraulics, and Design
0 hours
0 years
Before 01/01/2008 $70.00
After 01/01/2008 $111.00
70

Applications for a license must be submitted to the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at least 14 days before the scheduled examination and must be approved before taking a license exam. You can call TEEX at 1-800-824-7303 for an application, approved list of providers, and exam schedule.

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How do I become a licensed irrigator?

To become a Licensed Irrigator, you must complete the Basic Irrigator training course, submit an application with the appropriate fee, a copy of a certificate showing completion of an approved basic training course, and pass each section of the Irrigator exam (installation, backflow, hydraulics, and design). An approved application is valid for one year or three retests whichever occurs first. To obtain an application or inquire about additional fees, contact the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at 1-800-824-7303.

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How do I become a licensed techniician?

To become a Licensed techniician, you must submit an application with the appropriate fee, and pass the techniician exam. Attending and completing a basic training course is not required. An approved application is valid for one year or three retests whichever occurs first. To obtain an application or to inquire about additional fees, contact the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at 1-800-824-7303.

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How long is my license valid?

Prior to 01/01/2008 all new licenses (first time issued) expire in two years on the last day of the month they were issued, and must be renewed every two years.

After 01/01/2008 all new licenses (first time issued) expire in three years on the last day of the month they were issued, and must be renewed every three years in order to retain your license number.

If you do not renew your license on time, you will need to re-take and pass the examination for the license desired. For the irrigator license, you must have completed an approved basic training course since September 1, 1997. You will be assigned a new license number.

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How do I renew a license?

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To renew your current license, you will be mailed a renewal postcard to the last known address on file at least 60 days before your license expires. Follow the directions on the postcard and you can either renew your license online at Texas Online or you can request a printed renewal application.

If you are unable to renew online, please contact our office immediately to receive a printed renewal application. You can contact the TCEQ Licensing Section at licenses@tceq.state.tx.us or phone (512) 239-6719. Please be sure to include your full name and license number with your request. Remember it is your responsibility to timely submit a renewal application.

Issues of compliance to address before you renew.

To maintain this license ... You need this much continuing education ... And you must pay an application fee of ...
Licensed Irrigator (LI) $111.00
techniician (IN) 0 hours $111.00

To check the current status of your license, click here. To obtain a list of approved training providers, click here.

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Licensed irrigator renewal procedures

  • Complete sixteen (16) hours (24 hours effective 01/01/2008)of continuing education BEFORE your license expires;
  • Sign and date the application or renew online at Texas Online.
  • Pay a renewal fee of $70 ($111 effective 01/01/2008);and
  • Meet issues of compliance.

After your license is renewed, you must obtain 16 hours (24 hours effective 01/01/2008) of continuing education before license expiration date.

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techniician license renewal procedures

  • Sign and date the application;
  • Pay a renewal fee of $70 ($111 effective 01/01/2008); and
  • Meet issues of compliance.

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Obtaining a renewal application

To renew your current license, you will be mailed a renewal postcard to the last known address on file at least 60 days before your license expires. Follow the directions on the postcard and you can either renew your license online at Texas Online or you can request a printed renewal application.

If you are unable to renew online, please contact our office immediately to receive a printed renewal application. You can contact the TCEQ Licensing Section at licenses@tceq.state.tx.us or phone (512) 239-6719. Please be sure to include your full name and license number with your request. Remember it is your responsibility to timely submit a renewal application.

Follow the directions which accompany the application, and return it with the requested materials before your license expires.

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Lost applications

If you've lost your renewal notification or application or did not receive one, call 512/239-6719 or e-mail (Please make sure you include your name, contact information, license number or social security number) to licenses@tceq.state.tx.us before your license expires to obtain a new application on an approved form.

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Issues of compliance

You must be in compliance with guaranteed student loans, child support payments, and TCEQ fees or penalties.

If you are currently under enforcement, you are encouraged to resolve these issues before you renew to avoid delays in the renewal of your license.

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Late renewal

License expired for less than 30 days?

License expired for more than 30 days?

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If your license has been expired for less than 30 days:

You must show proof that you have completed the required number of hours of approved continuing education training before your license expired.

  • If you lost or did not receive a renewal application, click here.
  • If you completed your continuing education BEFORE your license expired:
    • You must submit your renewal application with the appropriate fee within 30 days after your license expired.
    • We will also review whether you are delinquent in the paying student loans, and any penalties which may be owed to the TCEQ.
  • If you did not complete your continuing education BEFORE your license expired, you cannot renew your license:
    • You will need to follow the same procedures as if your license was expired for more than 30 days.

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You cannot renew your license if it has been expired for more than 30 days. You must then do the following:

  • call TEEX at 1-800-824-7303, for an application
  • submit the application for approval at least 14 days before taking the exam,
  • pay an application fee,
  • provide proof you have completed an approved basic training course since September 1, 1997, and
  • pass the exam within 12 months of application approval. Once you pass the exam, you will be issued a NEW license number.

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I've moved. How do I notify you of my new address or phone number?

Within 10 days of the date you moved, you must notify us of changes in your address or phone number. The notification must be in writing and mailed to the TCEQ, MC-178, PO Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087; or faxed to 512/239-0533; or e-mailed to licenses@tceq.state.tx.us Mail from the TCEQ is NOT forwarded.

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I lost my license, how do I obtain a replacement?

To replace your lost license, mail a payment of $20 with a note indicating your name and license number to: TCEQ, MC-214, PO Box 13088, Austin, Texas 78711-3088. Be certain to specify if you are ordering a wall certificate or pocket card (license card).

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What are the relevant laws and rules for my license?

The laws relevant to landscape irrigation are Chapter 1903 of the Occupations Code and Chapter 37 of the Texas Water Code

The state rules relating to licensing and standards are Title 30 TAC Chapter 30, Subchapters A & D, and Title 30 TAC Chapter 344.

The enforcement provisions relating to landscape irrigation are found in Texas Water Code, Chapter 7

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Who can I contact or call for more information?

Wanda Kurio licenses@tceq.state.tx.us (512/239-6719) -- Licensing

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Make a Complaint About a Landscape Irrigator or techniician
bullet How do I file a complaint?
bullet How will the complaint be resolved?
bullet Will the TCEQ get my money back for me?
bullet How can a license be suspended or revoked?
bullet What laws and rules regulate landscape irrigation?
bullet Who can I contact for more information?

How do I file a complaint?

The TCEQ Landscape Irrigation Program accepts complaints over the phone and in writing. The TCEQ encourages written complaints so that supporting documentation may be submitted with your complaint. To submit a complaint, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a complaint form. You may print the complaint form (PDF) (help with PDF) now or request one by calling 512/239-6719. Be sure to describe your complaint in detail.
  2. Attach copies of supporting documentation such as contracts, invoices, correspondence, canceled checks, and pictures. Do not send originals.
  3. Mail the form and supporting documentation to: TCEQ, Landscape Irrigation Program, MC-178, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087.

You will be notified each quarter about the status of your complaint.

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How will the complaint be resolved?

The complaint shall be investigated to make sure it is valid and within the TCEQ’s jurisdiction.

When a complaint is found to be valid, the investigator may:

bullet facilitate an agreement between you and the license holder that allows the license holder time to correct the alleged violation or
bullet forward the complaint to the enforcement division, which may result in:
bullet assessment of administrative penalties, and/or
bullet suspension or revocation of a license.

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Will the TCEQ get my money back for me?

The TCEQ has no authority to recover any funds you lose because of the negligence of a license holder. You may have to use other legal avenues to recover your money.

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How can a license be suspended or revoked?

Suspension or revocation will depend upon the severity and frequency of the violation. Normally, when a license holder is issued a second administrative order, the TCEQ will seek to suspend the license. The TCEQ will seek to revoke the license if it would be suspended a second time, or if an irrigator or techniician has violated the Texas Penal Code in the performance of his or her duties.

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What laws and rules regulate landscape irrigation?

bullet Texas Occupation Code, Chapter 1903
bullet Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 344
bullet Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 30
bullet Texas Water Code, Chapter 37

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Who can I contact for more information?

Sandi Hernandez, install@tceq.state.tx.us, 512/239-6659
 

Kelly Taylor, install@tceq.state.tx.us, 512/239-6956
 

Gene Reagan, install@tceq.state.tx.us, 512/239-6658
 


bullet Announcement of Licensed Irrigator and Licensed techniician Licensing Examinations
bullet List of TCEQ Approved Providers of Continuing Education for Texas Licensed Irrigators
bullet Approved Basic Irrigation Training Courses
bullet Search the Landscape Irrigation Certified Individuals Database

 

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