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07/29/2019: TBPE and TBPLS to TBPELS Webinar

Work on the merger of the engineering and surveying boards is well underway.  Staff from both agencies will be presenting an update on the merger process and how these changes will impact license and registration holders.  The webinar is open to all surveyors, engineers, and members of the public interested in the merger. Registration is Open

August 1, 2019, 10-11 and 2-3


6/29/2019: TBPE/TBPLS Merger

Announcing the New Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Austin, Texas: On June 16, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a historic piece of legislation that will merge the regulation of the practices of engineering and land surveying into one board. Effective September 1, 2019, HB1523 creates the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS).

The Board members and staff from both the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying have already begun working on the implementation of the new legislation and activities to combine agency operations. The goal is a smooth and efficient transition that will provide effective and responsible regulation of both important professions.
“The Texas Board of Professional Engineers stands ready to become the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and continue our mission of protecting the public health and safety in the practices of engineering and surveying in the State of Texas,” said Dr. Daniel Wong, Chair of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
Jon Hodde, Chair of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, added, “With the merger of the two boards by the signing of HB1523, both boards will continue to work together to make the transition as smooth as possible while continuing to provide services. The new structure provides one administration for the administration of our two professions. I have worked with Dr. Kinney and his team through NCEES for the past several years and am confident in their abilities and professionalism.”
There are numerous changes to the underlying statutes covered by HB1523 as well as guidance in the Sunset Report for the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. As the rules and procedures are developed they will be communicated to practitioners and the public. Executive Director Lance Kinney said, “We see this as an opportunity to continue to improve operations, remove unnecessary administrative hurdles, and continue to provide excellent customer service in the process.”
More information will be available at and as the merger moves forward. For further information, contact Lance Kinney, Ph.D., P.E. at or 512-440-7723.


12/8/2017: Employment Opportunities at TBPLS

The agency is hiring for the Complaints Administrator position. Please visit the EMPLOYMENT page, under THE BOARD, for more information.


12/13/2017: PLEASE NOTE: Board Meeting Moved to December 21, 2017

The Board meeting scheduled for this Friday, December 15, has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 21. The meeting will be held at the TCEQ complex (12100 Park 35 Circle / Austin, TX 78753) in building E, room 201.


6/23/2017: Employment opportunity at TBPLS

TBPLS is looking to fill the position of Complaint Administrator. Click the link below for more information.

Complaint Administrator


6/14/2016: [UPDATE] New Members needed for the Item Writers Committee

Do you feel passionate about the future of surveying in Texas? Read more…


10/29/2015: November Board Meeting: UPDATE

Due to the limitation placed by the fire marshal on our normal meeting room and the potential for a larger-than-normal attendance, our Board meeting will be held in the Hobby Building, Tower three, Room 100. Read more…


10/23/2015: November Board Meeting: UPDATE

PLEASE BE ADVISED: The location of the next Board meeting has changed. The meeting will be held at a The Hobby Building at 333 Guadalupe St, Room 100, Tower Three in Austin, TX 78701, starting at 9 am.


9/3/2015: November Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held November 20, 2015 at the TCEQ Complex in building A, room 172, at 9 am. The Board will not meet at or during the TSPS Annual Convention, this year held in Dallas.

We look forward to seeing you all in November!


9/3/2015: Notice

The Board’s website will be down for maintenance beginning at 3 pm, Friday, September 4, 2015 and will come back online no later then Tuesday, September 8, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.


8/25/2015: New Employment Opportunity

TBPLS is hiring a second Complaints Investigator. Please visit the following link for more information: Employment Page


3/9/2015: For attendees of the 3/6/2015 Board meeting

ATTENTION: An individual left a black coat on the back of one of the chairs in the audience at the Board meeting this past Friday. If it was yours please contact the office at 512.239.5263.


3/16/2015: National Geocaching Contest Promotes Surveying Profession

March 15-21 is National Surveyors Week and, to celebrate, NCEES is partnering with Geocaching to launch #PSnoboundaries, a nationwide trackable geocaching contest. Read more…


12/17/2014: Future City Judges Needed

NCEES is seeking RPLS volunteer judges for the Future City regional competitions being held in Texas. Read more…


12/29/2014: Last 3 Days for Renewal

A fair number of licensees have not renewed their licenses yet…. Read more…


12/11/2014: Suggestions for Issues with Online Renewal of License

Here are some suggestions for those paying their license renewal fee online: Read more…


12/11/2014: License Renewal Deadline Looming

For those that have not renewed their license, you have 21 days left. Read more…


10/29/2014: Notice from McKissock

Please note that if you received any correspondence from a group named MCKISSOCK out of Pennsylvania, disregard the expiration date listed. All land surveying licenses expire December 31. The renewal period begins November 1.


10/21/2014: License Renewal Begins November 1

The window for the 2015 license renewals opens on November 1 and closes on December 31.  The following information should ensure that the renewal process will go smoothly for you or your company. Read more…


5/28/2014: Proposed Rules Published February 2014 adopted at May Board Meeting

The proposed rules published in the Texas Register on February 21, 2014 were adopted by the Board at the quarterly meeting on May 16, 2014. Read more…


Computer-Based Testing and the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam

This month, NCEES will offer the last pencil-and-paper administration of the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examinations. Read more…


9/3/2014: Proctors Needed for October’s Exams

Fall’s exams are upon us and the Board would like you to be a part! Read more…


National Surveyors Week

National Surveyors Week, March 16-22, 2014

Land surveyors play an important role when it comes to real estate.  When they do their job properly, they can save the land owner from major headaches when the time comes to sell their property. Read more…


NCEES is in need of volunteer judges for Future City competition.

The Board would like to thank Jaime Higgins and Tim Fulmer for volunteering to be judges! 

NCEES is in need of volunteer judges for the Future City regional competitions to be held in Texas on the following dates:

January 18, 2014
Texas State University; LBJ Student Center

January 18, 2014
NASA/Johnson Space Center; Gilruth Center Facility

January 25, 2014
UT Arlington

NCEES sponsors the Best Land Surveying Practices award in these competitions and require a licensed surveyor to participate as a judge.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send your contact information to Tony Estrada at or call 512-239-5261 as soon as possible.

To learn more about Future City, visit their web site at


Adopted Rules Now Available

The rules adopted by the Board on August 2, 2013 become effective August 28, 2013 and are now posted on our web site.  Please be aware that we are working to modify our forms that were impacted by these rule changes.  If you have any questions, please contact the Board office.





Renewal notices went out towards the end of October and approximately half of our licensees have already submitted payments.  If you did not receive your notice, it is possibly because the Board’s office did not have your current address on file.  Please contact Betty Sharpe at 512-239-5269 if you did not receive your notice.


Remember that your payments must be received NO LATER THAN December 31, 2013.  We do not base receipt of your payment on the postmark.  For those interested, payment may be made through the online system.  Click on “ROSTER” at the top of our web site and then log in on the right-hand side of the page that opens.


Please note the importance of returning the renewal notice if you will be mailing your payment.  In accordance with our recent rule changes, licensees are required to reaffirm their oath by signing the renewal notice and returning it along with payment.  If you have office staff handling your payment, be certain they understand that the renewal notice must be returned along with the payment. Be certain to retain verification of your online payment.





This is just a friendly reminder to check the Continuing Education hours you have earned for this year and plan now to obtain the hours remaining.  Remember, in order to renew you license at the end of the year, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of Continuing Education. If you have questions, visit the FAQs section under the BOARD tab.


Statewide Goal

The priority goal will be to ensure that Texas consumers are effectively and efficiently served by high quality professionals and businesses by setting clear standards, maintaining compliance and seeking market-based solutions.

The Mission

The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is to protect the residents of Texas by regulating, licensing and renewing the licenses of only competent surveyors; surveyors able to provide accurate surveys which will result in the orderly use of our physical environment.

The Philosophy

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will license only competent surveyors and will regulate the practice of surveying. We will manage our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible with a commitment to excellence.