Texas Wildfires Information

TDLR is providing information regarding license renewal, expiration and compliance to evacuees displaced by the effects of wildfires in Texas. TDLR is following Governor Perry's proclamation and implementing expedited reciprocity for licensed services necessary to aide in the response to this disaster. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

TDLR is responding to the Texas Wildfire Disaster in three phases. More information and specifics will be posted soon.

Disaster Phase

Fast track services for persons and businesses impacted by the wildfires:

  1. Expedite renewals and business licenses including waiving late renewal fees.
  2. Grace period for expired licenses, penalties, continuing education, and examination.
  3. Suspend compliance inspections in affected areas.
  4. Waive cost for duplicate licenses.

Recovery Phase

  1. Expedite Architectural Barriers inspections and Industrialized Housing and Buildings plan reviews and inspections.
  2. Execute emergency license provisions (Section 51.408).
    1. Quickly license electricians, air conditioning contractors and tow truck operators to assist in recovery.
  3. Waive cost of duplicate licenses.

Existing Resources Available for Persons Affected by the Wildfires

  1. Online renewals.
  2. Listserv to keep displaced licensees informed of services available.
  3. Facebook / Twitter to allow for immediate dialogue between the agency and licensees.
  4. Executive Director created a strike team to coordinate and expedite all licensing matters related to those affected by the disaster.

Governor Perry's Disaster Proclamation - September 1, 2011 (more information available on the Governor's web site)

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on December 21, 2010, as extreme fire hazard posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas.

WHEREAS, the extreme fire hazard continues to create a threat of disaster for the people in the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, record high temperatures, preceded by significantly low rainfall, have resulted in declining reservoir and aquifer levels, threatening water supplies and delivery systems in many parts of the state; and

WHEREAS, these exceptional drought conditions have reached historic levels, posing an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy; and

WHEREAS, this state of disaster includes all 254 counties in the State of Texas;

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation and direct that all necessary measures, both public and private as authorized under Section 418.017 of the code, be implemented to meet that disaster.

As provided in Section 418.016 of the code, all rules and regulations that may inhibit or prevent prompt response to this threat are suspended for the duration of the state of disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 1st day of September, 2011.

RICK PERRY
Governor

 

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