Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about using military experience, service, training or education or about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military FAQs page.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) files this notice of intent to review and consider for re-adoption, revision, or repeal 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 68, concerning Elimination of Architectural Barriers. This review and consideration is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code, §2001.039.
An assessment will be made by the Department as to whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist. Each rule will be reviewed to determine whether it is obsolete, whether the rule reflects current legal and policy considerations, and whether the rule reflects current procedures of the Department.
Any questions or written comments pertaining to this rule review may be submitted by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, or by facsimile to (512)475-3032, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Texas Register.
Proposed changes to these rules as a result of the rule review will be published in the Proposed Rule Section of the Texas Register. The proposed rules will be open for public comment prior to final adoption or repeal by the Department, in accordance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.
§68.20. Buildings and Facilities Subject to Compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards
§68.31. Variance Procedures
§68.50. Submission of Construction Documents
§68.51. Review of Construction Documents
§68.53. Corrective Modifications Following Inspection
§68.54. Review and Inspection of Buildings and Facilities with an Estimated Construction Cost of Less than $50,000 or Not Subject to the Act
§68.55. Preliminary Plan Reviews
§68.60. Notice of Substantial Compliance
§68.65. Advisory Committee
§68.70. Registered Accessibility Specialists-- Qualifications for Certification
§68.73 Registration Requirements--Renewal
§68.74 Continuing Education
§68.75. Responsibilities of the Registered Accessibility Specialist
§68.76. Standards of Conduct for the Registered Accessibility Specialist
§68.79. Contract Providers
§68.90. Administrative Sanctions or Penalties
§68.93. Complaints, Investigations, and Audits
§68.100. Technical Standards and Technical Memoranda
§68.101. State Leases
§68.102. Public Right-of-Way Projects
Issued in Austin, Texas on May 19, 2014.
William H. Kuntz, Jr.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
TDLR will no longer accept new requests to perform Architectural Barriers plan reviews or inspections. The private market already performs 97% of the required plan reviews and inspections, and this move will free up TDLR staff to focus on auditing while creating more opportunities for private sector Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS).
The RAS program is an example of a very successful “public-private partnership.” The 500-plus private sector RASs licensed by TDLR are more than capable of handling the additional workload, and TDLR welcomes the opportunity to help increase their business. This move aligns with TDLR’s principle of “Smaller, Smarter Government” and TDLR’s Core Values of Innovation and Customer Service.
You will need to contact a RAS to perform the plan review or inspection. If you need to find a RAS, you may search for RASs on TDLR’s website. Select ‘Registered Accessibility Specialist’ from the “Inquire by License Type” drop-down box. You can narrow your search by including city, county, or zip code information.
If you have already paid TDLR to perform these services with your registration, TDLR will process a refund for the plan review and inspection fees only. Project filing fees are non-refundable.
Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact Customer Service at
512-463-6599, toll-free in Texas at 800-803-9202, or relay Texas – TDD at 800-735-2989.
TDLR issued five new Technical Memorandums to provide guidance and clarifications about the requirements of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards:
- TM 2013-19 (70kb PDF), Private Toilet and Bathing Rooms
- TM 2013-20 (60kb PDF), Valet Parking
- TM 2013-21 (138kb PDF), Employee Work Areas
- TM 2013-22 (70kb PDF), Storage (Kitchens and Kitchenettes)
- TM 2013-23 (70kb PDF), Storage (Not in Kitchens or Kitchenettes)
The 2014 schedule for Texas Accessibility Academy (TAA) sessions has been finalized. Attendance at the Academy requires pre-registration. The Registration Form (120kb PDF) must be accompanied by the $150.00 tuition fee prior to the TAA to reserve attendance. TDLR does not accept credit cards at this time for the TAA. Complete the form and send it to: TDLR, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711.
Online AB Project Registration and Payment Available - TDLR accepts AB project registration payment online, using a credit or debit card.The online payment option allows a TDLR project number to be assigned immediately and ensures the property/facility owner can conveniently register their project in accordance with Texas AB law and AB administrative rules. AB projects may still be registered by downloading, completing and submitting by mail a Project Registration Form with the applicable fees to TDLR. For more information please email email@example.com or call (512) 463-6599 or (877) 278-0999.
Beginning February 1, 2013, TDLR no longer accepts new requests to perform Architectural Barriers (AB) inspections. While TDLR may continue to conduct some public sector AB inspections for state leases and other state agencies, the agency is getting entirely out of the private market, which already performs 96% of the required inspections. This will free up TDLR inspectors to focus on inspections that are best performed by agency staff, and creates more opportunity for the private sector Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS). The RAS program is an example of a very successful “Public-Private Partnership.” The 400-plus private-sector RAS’s licensed by TDLR are more than capable of handling the additional workload, and TDLR welcomes the opportunity to help increase their market share. This move aligns with TDLR’s credo of “Smaller, Smarter Government” and TDLR’s Core Values of Innovation and Customer Service.
Keep your address current with TDLR
The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners’ June newsletter includes an article reminding architectural barrier project registrants to contact the Registered Accessibility Specialist. Read TBAE’s article
Technical Memorandum 2012-01 (TM 2012-01) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - memorandum applicable to electric vehicle charging stations re-issued due to the adoption of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS).
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
800-803-9202 (Toll free in Texas)
800-735 2989 (Relay Texas - TDD)
800-735-2988 (Relay Texas - Voice)
877-278-0999 X 42133 (Toll Free in Texas)
800-735-2989 (Relay Texas - TDD)
800-735-2988 (Relay Texas - Voice)