Boiler Safety Frequently Asked Questions

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Boiler FAQs

    Boilers / Boiler Operators

    1. How do I find information about specific boilers?

    2. Where can I find my boiler number?

    3. How do I know if my boiler has ever been inspected?

    4. Does a boiler operator need a license?

    5. Is a competent attendant required to be stationed at my boiler 24/7?

    6. How do I notify TDLR of a status change for my boiler?

    7. What should I do if I want to install a boiler for the first time?

    8. Where do I send the boiler installation report?

    Inspections:

    9. How can I get my newly installed boiler inspected?

    10. My boiler is coming due for inspection. How do I get it inspected?

    11. How long will it take for the inspector to do a boiler inspection?

    12. How often is my boiler inspected?

    13. How do I know if I need an internal or external inspection for my Certificate Inspection?

    14. Do I need to have my boiler re-inspected if violations are found?

    15. If I have coverage with an AIA, can the state inspect my boiler?

    Fees/Invoices:

    16. How much are the certificate of operation and inspection fees?

    17. Why was I charged a late fee?

    18. Who is responsible for ensuring my boiler is inspected?

    19. Can I dispute boiler late fees?

    20. Why am I being charged a Boiler Installation Report fee?

    21. Why am I being charged an extension fee?

    22. Why am I being charged a certificate of variance fee?

    23. What is the fee for my joint review?

    24. What is the fee for deeming my boiler to be a Texas Special?

    25. Do I have to pay the invoice if my boiler was removed from active status after the inspection?

    26. Am I responsible for the previous owner’s unpaid fees/fines and charges?

    27. Can I pay my boiler invoice online?

    28. The owner/contact information on my invoice is incorrect, how do I get a corrected copy?

    29. I did not receive a copy of my invoice, how do I get one?

    30. The charges on my invoice are incorrect, how do I get them corrected?

    Certificates of Operation:

    31. How can I find out the status of my boiler certificate of operation?

    32. How can I get a duplicate certificate of operation or invoice?

    Variances:

    33. How do I receive a variance of a boiler rule?

    34. How long is a variance valid?

    Joint Reviews:

    35. When/How do I get scheduled for my joint review?

    Texas Commissions:

    36. Who can obtain a license (Texas Commission) to inspect boilers?

    37. Does Texas reciprocate with other states for a TX commission?

    38. Do I have to take the test to receive a TX commission (ASME)?

    39. Do I have to take the test to receive a Texas Commission (in-service)?

    40. I am currently an AIA (Authorized Inspection Agency) in the state of Texas, do I need to register?

    41. What are the accreditation requirements to register as an AIA?

    42. How long is the AIA registration valid?

    43. What is the fee for an AIA registration?

    Miscellaneous:

    44. How do I notify your agency of an owner change?

    45. Can I purchase a boiler law & rules book?

    46. How do I receive recent updates on the boiler program?

    47. Can I attend the Boiler Board meetings?

    48. Where can I obtain the current version of any TDLR Boiler form?

    49. If I was on active duty in the National Guard, do I have any additional time to complete continuing education and other requirements related to the renewal of my license?


Services and Functions

1. What are the key services and functions of the Boiler Safety program?

Licensing

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) processes applications, administers examinations, commissions boiler inspectors, and issues certificates of operation. TDLR also commissions deputy boiler inspectors and authorized inspectors. Deputy boiler inspectors are employed by TDLR to perform certificate inspections and special inspections, and authorized inspectors are employed by private sector authorized inspection agencies to perform certificate inspections. TDLR issues certificates of operation ranging from one to three years for boilers throughout the state. Certificates of operation are issued to boilers found to be in safe condition for operation. TDLR also coordinates the activities of the Board of Boiler Rules.

Enforcement

TDLR is the primary enforcement authority for complaints against the boiler industry. The most common complaints involve failure to get an inspection and failure to pay inspection fees. TDLR investigates and resolves complaints, conducts hearings, and may impose administrative penalties and sanctions if a violation has occurred.

Inspections

TDLR requires each boiler to be inspected internally (if applicable) and externally at the time of installation and at subsequent intervals. TDLR also reviews and maintains summary reports of the in-service inspections of nuclear boilers that are submitted by the owner or operator. TDLR performs reviews of boiler manufacture and repair facilities and owner/operators located in the state for accreditation by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, or TDLR. TDLR also performs boiler accident investigations.

Communication

TDLR offers a variety of methods to access information and services via the TDLR website, Facebook, Twitter, program brochures, Commission and Advisory Board meetings, external focus groups, press releases, a toll-free number, and an e-mail list server subscription.

2. When and for what purpose was the program created?

The Boiler Safety program was created in 1937 and is codified in Chapter 755 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (the Code). The program was created to protect Texans through the safe operation and frequent inspection of boilers. The impetus for this regulation was the New London School explosion in 1937, which killed approximately 300 school children and teachers.

In 1958, the boiler regulations were changed to encompass low-pressure steam heating boilers installed in public and private schools, colleges, universities, or county courthouses. In 1969, regulations were changed to include provisions for special inspections. In 1972, regulations were changed to require that all boilers (except cast iron) must be registered with the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. In 1977, the Legislature adopted the sections of the ASME code relating to nuclear boilers, bringing them under the regulation of the Texas Boiler Law. In 1989, the Texas Boiler Law, Texas Civil Statutes, Article 5221c, was codified into the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 755.

Despite advances in technology, boilers are still being used to heat water and generate steam. Because these processes are inherently dangerous, regulation of the boiler industry will continue to be needed to ensure boilers are properly maintained and operated.

3. Where are boilers used? How many boilers are in operation in Texas?

Boilers are used in commercial facilities, such as dry cleaners, car washes, and power plants. Additionally, boilers are found in schools, hospitals, and office buildings. The regulated population includes approximately 54,000 boilers and 250 inspectors.

4. How is this program administered?

The Regulatory Program Management division oversees the boiler inspection process and provides program expertise.

The Licensing division handles the certification process, including issuing certificates of operation, administering examinations, and inspector commissions.

The Enforcement division investigates and resolves any complaints. Any alleged violations that are not resolved by the Enforcement division are referred to prosecutors within the Legal Services division to be resolved through the administrative hearing process.

In addition to the Chief Boiler Inspector and three Boiler Inspection Specialists, TDLR has fourteen Deputy Boiler Inspectors throughout the state whose primary responsibility is inspecting uninsured boilers. These inspectors are currently located in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, East Texas, Austin, and El Paso.

TDLR also relies on the expertise and advice of the Board of Boiler Rules for the administration of this program.

5. How does the Boiler Safety program work with federal and local agencies?

The Boiler Safety program works with the Texas Education Agency to educate school superintendents about boiler safety and certification requirements. We also enlist the assistance of city fire marshals to shut down unsafe boilers and city building inspectors to report newly installed boilers.

The program has interagency agreements with the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Texas Department of Health for reporting unregistered or unsafe boilers. We also have contact with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Public Utilities Commission, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Board of Plumbing Examiners, the State Board of Insurance, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

1. How is the Boiler Safety program funded?

Fees and administrative penalties provide the total funding for this program. There are no federal grants or pass-through monies. All revenue is deposited to and expenditures paid from the general revenue fund.

TDLR's enabling statute requires the Commission to set fees in amounts reasonable and necessary to cover the costs of administering the program. Current resources provide adequate funding for the program.


Boiler FAQs

Boilers/Boiler Operators:

1. How do I find information about specific boilers?
You may visit our website at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Boilerdata/

2. Where can I find my boiler number?
The boiler number should be on the boiler and identified by either a tag or stamp located next to the original ASME name plate.

3. How do I know if my boiler has ever been inspected?
If there is a TX registration number applied to your boiler, (TX######), then you know your boiler has been inspected by the State of Texas or an Authorized Inspection Agency at least once. You are then able to search by the TX number on the TDLR web site at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Boilerdata/. You are also able to search by location address and name, if you don’t have the TX number. If you do not find the TX number on your boiler, you should contact the TDLR Boiler program immediately via boilers@tdlr.texas.gov or 512-539-5716.

4. Does a boiler operator need a license?
Texas Boiler Law does not require boiler operators to hold a license. However, some municipalities in the state of Texas do. You are encouraged to contact your municipality to see whether they do.

5. Is a competent attendant required to be stationed at my boiler 24/7?
No, however, a competent attendant is required to operate and maintain the boiler in accordance with the boiler manufacturer’s recommended guidelines.

6. How do I notify TDLR of a status change for my boiler?
Contact your boiler inspector, or if not known, send an email to boilers@tdlr.texas.gov or call 512-539-5716.

7. What should I do if I want to install a boiler for the first time?
You must submit a Boiler Installation Report (Form 013BLR) to TDLR.
8. Where do I send the boiler installation report?
Submit completed form to TDLR Boiler Program: 1) to boilers@tdlr.texas.gov; 2) via fax to 512-539-5687; or 3) to TDLR, ATTN: Boiler Program, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711.

Inspections:

9. How can I get my newly installed boiler inspected?
For an initial inspection for either a brand new boiler or a boiler reinstalled somewhere else at the same location or a different location, a Boiler Installation Report (BIR), TDLR Form 013BLR must be submitted to TDLR. See No. 8 above.

10. My boiler is coming due for inspection. How do I get it inspected?
Contact your boiler inspector, or if not known, send an email to boilers@tdlr.texas.gov or call 512-539-5716.

11. How long will it take for the inspector to do a boiler inspection?
It can range from 30 minutes to eight hours, depending upon the boiler.

12. How often is my boiler inspected?
Certificate inspections occur either every 12 months, every 24 months, or every 36 months, depending on the boiler type. Certificate inspections (internal or external) are the only inspections with associated fees. Non-certificate inspections (internal or external) may occur more frequently.

13. How do I know if I need an internal or external inspection for my Certificate Inspection?
Your boiler inspector will notify you of the type of inspection needed when contact is made.

14. Do I need to have my boiler re-inspected if violations are found?
No, however the inspector will have to verify that the noted violations have been corrected. The inspector will notify TDLR of the correction.

15. If I have coverage with an AIA, can the state inspect my boiler?
No. However, if the boiler goes over 90-days past due, TDLR may assign an alternate inspector who may charge additional fees up to $260 for the inspection.

Fees/Invoices:

16. How much are the certificate of operation and inspection fees?
The certificate of operation fee is $70 per boiler. Inspection fees are assessed when a TDLR Boiler inspector conducts the inspection. The fees are:
- $70 for a heating boiler with an inspection opening
- $40 for a heating boiler without an inspection opening
- $70 for all non-heating boilers

17. Why was I charged a late fee?
Late fees are assessed when a boiler is inspected after the expiration date of the most recent certificate of operation.

18. Who is responsible for ensuring my boiler is inspected?
It is the owner/operator’s responsibility to ensure that boilers are inspected on or before the expiration date of the most recent certificate of operation.

19. Can I dispute boiler late fees?
Boiler late fees may be disputed if your boiler was not inspected after the expiration date of the most recent certificate of operation. If your boiler was inspected after the expiration date of the most recent certificate of operation, then late fees will not be waived.

20. Why am I being charged a Boiler Installation Report fee?
A Boiler Installation Report is required to be submitted for all newly installed boilers whether new or secondhand. The fee is assessed for the processing associated with receipt of the Boiler Installation Report.

21. Why am I being charged an extension fee?
The fee assessed for Extension Requests is for the processing associated with the request.

22. Why am I being charged a certificate of variance fee?
The fee assessed for a Certificate of Variance is for the processing associated with the request, as well as the printing and mailing of the Certificate of Variance.

23. What is the fee for my joint review?
TDLR’s fee for conducting a Joint Review is $1,700.00.

24. What is the fee for deeming my boiler to be a Texas Special?
TDLR’s fee is a Special Inspection fee of $1,700.00.

25. Do I have to pay the invoice if my boiler was removed from active status after the inspection?
Yes, the invoice is valid if the boiler was still in service at that the time of the inspection.

26. Am I responsible for the previous owner’s unpaid fees/fines and charges?
Yes, see Texas Boiler Rule §65.300(a).

27. Can I pay my boiler invoice online?
Boiler invoices can be paid online at https://tdlr.joportal.com/.

28. The owner/contact information on my invoice is incorrect, how do I get a corrected copy?
Contact the department at (800) 803-9202 or email us at boilers@tdlr.texas.gov.

29. I did not receive a copy of my invoice, how do I get one?
Contact the department at (800) 803-9202 or email us at boilers@tdlr.texas.gov.

30. The charges on my invoice are incorrect, how do I get them corrected?
Contact the department at (800) 803-9202 or email us at boilers@tdlr.texas.gov.

Certificates of Operation:

31. How can I find out the status of my boiler certificate of operation?
Contact the department at (800) 803-9202 or email us at boilers@tdlr.texas.gov. Provide the Texas boiler number in your request.

32. How can I get a duplicate certificate of operation or invoice?
A duplicate certificate of operation or invoice can be printed at no cost by visiting our website.

Variances:

33. How do I receive a variance of a boiler rule?
You must submit a Variance Request Form (Form 010BLR) and pay the associated fee. Submittal of a request does not guarantee approval.

34. How long is a variance valid?
For as long as the boiler remains in service at the location where the variance was granted.

Joint Reviews:

35. When/How do I get scheduled for my joint review?
There is information regarding this process on this web site. You must coordinate with your AIA to get the Request for Scheduling submitted, but there are many requirements to be met prior to being scheduled.

Texas Commissions:

36. Who can obtain a license (Texas Commission) to inspect boilers?
To become a commissioned boiler inspector, one must be employed either with TDLR or a registered Authorized Inspection Agency, and complete the application (Form 008BLR).

37. Does Texas reciprocate with other states for a TX commission?
Texas does not reciprocate with other states.

38. Do I have to take the test to receive a TX commission (ASME)?
No, you are only required to possess the National Board Authorized Inspector Commission.

39. Do I have to take the test to receive a Texas Commission (in-service)?
Yes, if you have never taken the Texas In-Service Commission exam.

Authorized Inspection Agencies (AIAs):

40. I am currently an AIA (Authorized Inspection Agency) in the state of Texas, do I need to register?
Yes.

41. What are the accreditation requirements to register as an AIA?
All AIAs must submit a registration form (Form 003BLR) and a copy of their NB-360 and/or NB-369, as applicable.

42. How long is the AIA registration valid?
The AIA registration is valid for the same period the company’s NB-360 or NB-369 is valid.

43. What is the fee for an AIA registration?
There is no fee for an AIA registration.

Miscellaneous:

44. How do I notify your agency of an owner change?
The new owner should submit notice of change of ownership in writing to the TDLR Boiler Program (mail to TDLR, ATTN: Boiler Program, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711; fax to (512) 539-5687; or email to boilers@tdlr.texas.gov).

45. Can I purchase a boiler law & rules book?
We do not print the boiler law and rules for sale. However, the boiler law and rules may be downloaded at no cost from the boiler safety page, https://www.license.state.tx.us/boilers/blr.htm.

46. How do I receive recent updates on the boiler program?
Register with the department at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDLR/subscriber/new. You may also follow TLDR on Facebook and via Twitter; Boiler Program updates are provided via these social media sites as well, and further information regarding options is available at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/media-inquiries.htm#social.

47. Can I attend the Boiler Board meetings?
Yes, unless otherwise stated, all Board of Boiler Rules meetings are open to the public.

48. Where can I obtain the current version of any TDLR Boiler form?
All TDLR Boiler forms, may be obtained via the TDLR website at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/blrforms.htm.

49. If I was on active duty in the National Guard, do I have any additional time to complete continuing education and other requirements related to the renewal of my license?
Yes. If you were a member of the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, such as the National Guard, and you were ordered to active duty on or after September 1, 2004, you have additional time equal to the total number of years or parts of years that the you served on active duty. When you apply to renew your license you must provide documentation of the date your active duty began and the date it ended.

If you did not renew your license in a timely manner, you are exempt from paying a late renewal fee if you furnish TDLR with military documentation indicating you were on active duty during the time that your license expired. This documentation would show the date your active duty began and the date it ended.