Recovery Help for TDLR Licensees

Texans Helping Texans

On August 5, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. All Texas counties declared disaster areas will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. State Disaster Declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available.

As Texans respond to the ongoing disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, TDLR is reaching out to help those in the affected areas. During this difficult time, we are streamlining procedures to help our licensees and small businesses recover as quickly as possible.

Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation includes the following Texas counties: Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, San Jacinto, Sabine, San Augustine, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, and Wilson.

How to Contact TDLR

TDLR licensees in the affected areas can email to receive expedited assistance with questions, plan reviews, and inspections, or call 1-800-803-9202 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please identify the program you are calling about and have your license number ready.

Rebuilding & Recovery

Governor Abbott Announces Commission To Rebuild Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas, led by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. The Commission will oversee the response and relief effort between the state and local governments to ensure victims of the storm get everything they need as quickly as possible. The Commission will also be involved in the rebuilding process, focusing on restoring roads, bridges, schools and government buildings in impacted communities. Read More >>

Mold Assessment and Remediation

Mold is a serious health risk for Texas residents recovering from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters. See TDLR's mold remediation and assessment guidance for Texas counties in the governor's disaster declaration.

Emergency Suspension of Certain VSF Technical Requirements

To assist with the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules related to the physical requirements for establishing a licensed Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF). Read More >>

Out of State Healthcare Providers

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. See the program pages at the links below for more information on the requirements and procedures for out-of-state healthcare providers:

Relief for Schools and Students

TDLR's response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster includes streamlining procedures to help small businesses, our licensees and students recover as quickly as possible.

The following procedures are in effect for all TDLR-licensed schools in the counties listed in Governor Greg Abbott's disaster proclamation during the declared disaster period and any extensions:

  • Immediate relief for students. Cosmetology, Barber and Driver Education students should be granted additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to the student. Some schools are using Distance Education for displaced students.
  • Extended grace period for expired school licenses. Schools in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.
  • Temporary locations allowed. Schools needing to relocate to a temporary location can do so without having a temporary license. If relocation is needed, please email your school name, license number, the relocation address, phone number, and email address to or calling 1-800-803-9202. Please place Harvey in the subject line of your email.
  • Inspections. Inspections for schools located in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey resumed November 1, 2017; however, TDLR inspectors will make every effort to avoid locations damaged by Harvey. If a TDLR inspector arrives at a facility still being repaired due to Harvey, the inspector will return at a later date to conduct the inspection.

Want to Help Texas Electrical Contractors with Harvey Recovery?

TDLR is ready to fast-track reciprocal license applications so that electricians wanting to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts may quickly coordinate with Texas Electrical Contractors and begin performing electrical work in Texas. Read More >>

Want to Help Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors with Harvey Recovery?

TDLR offers two paths for out-of-state Air Conditioning and Refrigeration personnel to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts in Texas. Read More >>

Was Your Elevator or Escalator Damaged During Harvey?

If your elevator or escalator was damaged or submerged, then it is important that the equipment be assessed by a TDLR-licensed Elevator Contractor prior to being placed back into operation.  To help with Harvey recovery efforts, TDLR is waiving certain fees for plan reviews and removal from service. Read More >>

Plan Reviews & Inspections

During the disaster proclamation period, TDLR will fast-track all state-required plan reviews and inspections in the affected areas for:

  • Barber and Cosmetology Schools
  • Boilers (internal extension requests)
  • Elevators
  • Licensed Breeders (pre-license inspection)
  • Tow Trucks and Vehicle Storage Facilities

Boilers: Recovering Boiler Systems After a Flood; Boiler Extensions

TDLR has updated information to consider after a flood.

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 (PDF).

Water Wells: Private Wells Under Flood Waters

If you own a private water well and the well was under flood waters, you may want to have the well tested or disinfected. Download the Well Disinfection Guide (PDF).

Online Resources

TDLR is committed to helping our fellow Texans through the recovery process, and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.