Sanitarians

TDLR is pleased to announce that we will begin issuing licenses and performing all regulatory duties associated with the Sanitarians program on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Until November 1, all licensing, compliance, and enforcement responsibilities for the Sanitarians program remain at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For assistance in these areas, please visit the DSHS Sanitarian Registration program home page.


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Vacancies on the Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) announces nine vacancies on the Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee (Committee) established by 16 Texas Administrative Code §119.10. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and TDLR on technical matters relevant to the administration of the Act and this chapter. This announcement is for the positions listed below.

The Committee is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the approval of the Commission. The composition of the committee shall include:

(1) five registered sanitarians;

(2) one professional engineer, or one on-site sewage facility (OSSF) professional who is not and has never been registered as a sanitarian in Texas;

(3) two consumers, one of which must be a member of an industry or occupation which is regulated either by a city or county environmental health unit or department or equivalent, or by the Department of State Health Services; and

(4) one person involved in education in the field of public, consumer, or environmental health sciences.

Members of the Committee shall serve staggered six-year terms so that the terms of three members will expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.

Serving on the Committee is not a paid position and there is no compensation for serving on the Committee.

Interested persons should submit an application online. Applicants can also request an application from TDLR by telephone at (800) 803-9202 or email at advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.


Timeline of Program Launch Date

Below is a summary of the timeline leading up to the program launch date at TDLR:

January 5: Information Forums in Dallas, Houston, and Austin

March 6, 8, and 10: Rule Summits to review draft proposed rules in Dallas, Houston, and Austin

April 21: Proposed rules published in Texas Register for a 30 day comment period

May 11-12: Public Hearing held to receive comments on proposed rules see the (agenda and video archive)

July 28: Advisory Board applications available

September 1: Advisory Board rule sections effective

October 20: Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation will meet to appoint advisory board members

November 1: Effective date of adopted rules

November 1: First day of business for Sanitarians program at TDLR


Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Sanitarians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 119, §§119.1 - 119.3, 119.10 - 119.15, 119.20, 119.21, 119.23, 119.24, 119.26, 119.27, 119.70, 119.80, 119.90 and 119.95). The adoption justification is available on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date.

Also see the Cross Reference Table: TDLR and DSHS Sanitarian Program Rules (PDF). This table is a reference between the new TDLR sanitarian registration program rules, as compared to to the previous rules administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the transfer happening?
TDLR will assume all activities relating to the Sanitarians program - including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement - on November 1, 2017.

2. Will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now - issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - will remain valid until its expiration date. When you renew on or after November 1, 2017, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Will the rules change?
Yes, TDLR will adopt new rules for the transferred program. Most of the newly adopted rules will be very similar, but some changes will be made. The TDLR rules will become effective on November 1, 2017. Sign up for email updates to receive notices about upcoming rule changes.

4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you have filed a complaint with DSHS or have a complaint filed against your license and it is not resolved by November 1, 2017, TDLR will assume responsibility for the case. You will receive notification by mail when your complaint is transferred to TDLR.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

Email updates Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.

Meetings – TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.

Facebook and Twitter – TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why are these licensing programs transferring from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.