Current Rules

Recent Rule-making Activity

At its recent Board meeting on November 17, 2017, TBPG adopted an Amendment to 22 TAC 851.21, which becomes effective December 28, 2017, and adopted a New Rule, 22 TAC 851.83, which replaces the Emergency Rule, originally adopted on September 28, 2017.  These adoptions will appear in the December 22, 2017 issue of the Texas Register.

Four Year Rule Review

TBPG will be commencing its Four Year Rule Review in 2018.  Per Texas Government Code 2001.039, every state agency must review and consider each of its rules for re-adoption at least every four years.  Beginning with the February 2018 Committee meetings and going forward, each section of rules will be reviewed.  More information to come…

Rules by Section – Texas Administrative Code
Chapter 850

Subchapter A. Authority and Definitions
850.1.   Authority
850.10. Definitions

Subchapter B. Organization and Responsibilities
850.60. Organization and Responsibilities of the Board – General Provisions
850.61. Organization and Responsibilities of the Board – Meetings
850.62. General Powers and Duties of the TBPG
850.63. Responsibilities of the Appointed Board
850.65. Petition for Adoption of Rules

Subchapter C. Fees
850.81. Charges for Providing Copies of Public Information
850.82. Dishonored Payment

Subchapter D. Advisory Opinions
850.100. Subject of an Advisory Opinion
850.101. Request for an Advisory Opinion
850.102. Appointed Board Initiated Opinion
850.103. Receipt, Review, and Processing of a Request
850.104. Compilation of Advisory Opinions
850.105. Time Period

Chapter 851

Subchapter A. Definitions
851.10. Definitions

Subchapter B.  P.G. Licensing, Firm Registration, and GIT Certification
851.20. Professional Geoscientist Licensing Requirements and Application Procedure
851.21. Licensing Requirements-Examinations
851.23. Qualifying Experience Record
851.24. References
851.25. Education
851.26. Licensing of Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses
851.27. Replacement License Certificate or License Expiration Cards
851.28. Professional Geoscientist License Renewal and Reinstatement
851.29. Endorsement and Reciprocal Licensure
851.30. Firm Registration
851.31. Temporary License
851.32. Continuing Education Program
851.35. Voluntary Surrender of a License, Registration or Certification
851.40. Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT)
851.41. Geoscientist-in-Training Certification Requirements and Application Procedure
851.43. GIT Certification Period and Renewal
851.44. Use of the Title “Geoscientist-in-Training”
851.80. Fees
851.81, 851.82, 851.83 Emergency Rules adopted 9/28/17

Subchapter C. Code of Professional Conduct
851.101. General
851.102. Competence/Negligence
851.103. Recklessness
851.104. Dishonest Practice
851.105. Conflicts of Interest
851.106. Responsibility to the Regulation of the Geoscience Profession and Public Protection
851.107. Prevention of Unauthorized Practice
851.108. Criminal Convictions
851.109. Substance Abuse
851.110. Effect of Enforcement Proceedings on Application
851.111. Professional Geoscientists Shall Maintain Confidentiality of Clients
851.112. Required Reports to the TBPG
851.113. Duty to abide by Board Order and timely pay administrative penalty

Subchapter D. Compliance and Enforcement
851.151. General
851.152. Firm Compliance
851.153. Professional Geoscientist Compliance
851.154. Loan Default Ground for Nonrenewal of License
851.155. Actions Following Certain Notifications Regarding Child Support Delinquency
851.156. Professional Geoscientist Seals and Geoscience Firm Identification
851.157. Complaints and Confidentiality
851.158. Procedures
851.159. Sanctions

Subchapter E. Hearings–Contested Cases and Judicial Review
851.201. Contested Case Hearings
851.202. Extensions of Time
851.203. Defaults
851.204. Costs of Administrative Hearings
851.220. Judicial Review Procedures

 To make a comment on proposed amendments use this form to contact the Executive Director.

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