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Important Notice Regarding Online Access to Documents
November 16, 2018
BOILER INSPECTORS: The TDLR public web page for viewing boiler documents is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please note that Jurisdiction Online (JO) is still available and not impacted by this service interruption. Boiler inspectors without access to JO should send requests for boiler documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org. TDLR staff will expedite your request for inspection reports. Please include your TDLR license number in the subject line of the email.
BUILDING OWNERS AND ALL OTHERS REQUESTING BOILER RECORDS: Send all requests for boiler records to: email@example.com.
Thank you. We look forward to assisting you.
A. O. Smith Recalls Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard
November 15, 2018
TDLR recommends all boiler owners, installers, operators, and inspectors and anyone interested in the boiler program read the full text of the following recall notice:
Changes to Boiler Certificate of Operation
October 29, 2018
Starting October 29, 2018, TDLR is issuing new Certificates of Operation for Boilers, including new Temporary Operating Permits. The new certificates include any variances issued, instead of listing those on another sheet of paper. The Temporary Operating Permits include the expiration date. The new certificates also feature a slight design upgrade. Please see Technical Gram 2018-06 for more info.
TDLR proposes Administrative Rules
October 5, 2018
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Boilers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 65, Subchapter A, §65.2; Subchapter C, §65.13 and §65.15; Subchapter I, §65.63 and §65.64; Subchapter J, §65.71; and Subchapter R, §§65.608, 65.609, and 65.612). The proposed rules clarify the rules; instill industry best practices; and reflect the changes made by the ASME, and will provide flexibility, consistency, and certainty to boiler owners, operators, and authorized inspection agencies.
The proposed rules are published in the October 5, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 6516). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 5, 2018.
New and Updated Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures
September 12, 2018
TDLR updated three of the Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures:
- AIA 6 - Boiler Installation Reports (new);
- AIA 9 - Effective Dates of Boiler Law and Rules (updated to include recent rule changes); and
- AIA 10 - Replacement of Stamped Data (updated to include current form).
TDLR recommends all Authorized Inspection Agencies, boiler owners and operators, and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the three inspector procedure documents. View all Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures
Notice of Intent to Review Rules
August 24, 2018
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Boiler program rules (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 65) for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:
- Is it obsolete?
- Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
- Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?
The Department encourages anyone interested in the Boiler program to review the Notice of Intent and current Chapter 65 rules. Comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is September 24, 2018.
Adopted Administrative Rules
August 17, 2018
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Boilers program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 65, Subchapter R, §65.607 and §65.611).
The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2018.
Technical Grams Concerning Rental Boilers and Leased Boilers
July 12, 2018
TDLR issued two technical grams:
These technical grams describe each type of boiler, how it is tracked in the boiler database, and who is responsible for inspecting it. TDLR recommends that all boiler owners, operators, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program, read the full text of these technical grams.
June 4, 2018
TDLR updated several forms on the Boiler Forms page. Please download forms from TDLR’s web site each time you use them to ensure you have the current version.
NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard
May 18, 2018
Please be aware the that United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has put out a recall notice with the following headline: NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard.
For additional information, please go to the following websites:
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard
- NTI Boilers - TFT Safety Recall
TDLR recommends that boiler owners and operators read the information provided in the links above.
Technical Gram concerning Intellihot Water Supply Boilers and Potable Water Heaters
February 26, 2018
On February 26, 2018, TDLR issued a Technical Gram concerning Intellihot Water Supply Boilers and Potable Water Heaters. The Technical Gram clarifies how these are considered modular boilers, and further, how they will be registered with TDLR and boiler numbers assigned. TDLR recommends that all boiler owners, operators, installers, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.
Vacancy on the Board of Boiler Rules
September 27, 2017
TDLR announces a vacancy on the Board of Boiler Rules established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 755. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §65.100-104. The purpose of the Board of Boiler Rules is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in the adoption of definitions and rules relating to the safe construction, installation, inspection, operating limits, alteration, and repair of boilers and their appurtenances. This announcement is for a public member.
The Board is composed of eleven members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of the following:
- three members representing persons who own or use boilers in this state;
- three members representing companies that insure boilers in this state;
- one member representing boiler manufacturers or installers;
- one member representing organizations that repair or alter boilers in this state;
- one member representing a labor union, and
- two public members.
Members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of three members expiring January 31 of each odd-numbered year.
Technical Gram Concerning Hurricane Harvey: Boiler Extensions
September 20, 2017
On September 20, 2017, TDLR issued a Boiler Technical Gram concerning Hurricane Harvey: Boiler Extensions. The Technical Gram provides the conditions under which boilers with extensions and affected by Hurricane Harvey may still have their next extension approved.
TDLR recommends owners of all affected boilers and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.
Technical Gram Concerning Hotsy Boilers Texas Special Designation
September 19, 2017
On September 19, 2017, TDLR issued new boiler technical gram 2017-04 concerning Hotsy Boilers being given a Texas Special designation. These high temperature water boilers are part of Hotsy pressure washer systems; the tech gram assists inspectors in performing inspections. TDLR recommends all Boiler Inspectors and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.
Update on Recovering Boiler Systems After A Flood
August 31, 2017
Technical Gram Concerning Proper Venting Requirements
August 7, 2017
On August 7, 2017, TDLR issued a boiler program technical gram concerning Proper Venting Requirements, Applicable to Extensions Only (Texas Boiler Rule 16 TAC Section 65.606). This technical gram clarifies that Section 65.606 of the Texas Boiler Rules only applies when an extension has been granted. This information was erroneously omitted during a 2015 rulemaking. TDLR recommends all boiler owners, operators, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/memos/2017-02%20Proper%20Venting%20-%20Extension%20Only.pdf.
Technical Gram Concerning PHP Boilers
August 7, 2017
On August 7, 2017, TDLR issued a boiler program technical gram concerning PHP Boilers. The technical gram discusses the de-rating of certain non-ASME Code boilers installed in Texas over the last 5 years. TDLR recommends that all boiler inspectors and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/memos/2017-03%20PHP%20Boilers.pdf.
Board of Boiler Rules Meetings
December 5, 2018 Meeting
The next Board of Boiler Rules meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Previous Meeting - July 13, 2018
What is a Boiler?
Equipment that falls within the scope of the Texas Boiler Law and Rules, that must be registered and inspected, is defined in both the law and rules. This means all types of boilers that are used in commercial and public facilities that produce steam (either low or high pressure), hot water heating for use in comfort air heating systems, and hot water supply for use in domestic water systems (such as showers, sinks, pools, or for miscellaneous use) which includes potable hot water heater type boilers. Boilers used for hot water supply or potable hot water supply can be further defined in the following two (2) categories:
- A hot water supply boiler means a boiler designed for operation at a pressure not exceeding 160 psig or temperatures not exceeding 250 degrees Fahrenheit at or near the boiler outlet if the boiler's: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour; water temperature exceeds 210 degrees Fahrenheit; or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
- A potable water heater means a boiler designed for operation at pressures not exceeding 160 psig and water temperatures not exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit if the boiler's: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
Further classification and definitions can be obtained by accessing the Texas Boiler Law and Rules and referring to the definitions in both the law and rules or by calling (800) 722-7843 and a technical representative can assist you with any questions.