The Texas 82nd Legislature passed House Bill 2507 making it a Class C misdemeanor for an individual to operate as an irrigator in the state of Texas without a valid irrigation license. Therefore, effective September 1, 2011, individuals operating without a license are in direct violation of Texas Occupational Code, Sec. 1903.256.
The following was the basis for requiring individuals operating as irrigators to hold a valid irrigation license issued by the state of Texas, more specifically, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
- An unlicensed irrigator may contaminate the public water supply because they have not received training to prevent non-potable water in lawn irrigation pipes from flowing into public water supply pipes that must be open to install an irrigation (sprinkler) system
Upon reviewing solicitations for or obtaining a bid for repair or installation of a landscape irrigation (sprinkler) system in the state of Texas,
- Ask your contractor to show proof of his/her valid Texas irrigation license (LI)
- Follow up by searching TCEQ’s landscape irrigation database to validate that the LI license status is listed as “current”
For more information about landscape irrigation licensing visit Using a Licensed Irrigator and download the “Make it a Priority: Always Hire a Licensed Irrigation Professional” flyer.