Environmental Health

Rules and Regulations

 

 

The Texas legislature passed a law (HB 1875) in 1987 to regulate on-site sewage facility (OSSF) systems statewide. The law allowed regional and local governments – such as counties, cities, river authorities and special districts – to implement and enforce on-site sewage regulations with approval and oversight by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

 

Although the state law has since been modified and expanded, its basic intent remains: The state sets minimum standards, and local authorities can adopt more stringent rules if the TCEQ approves them.

 

Comal County Rules for OSSF

 

 

 

State Rules for OSSF

 

Texas Health and Safety Code Section 366.051 - Permits

Texas Water Code Section 7.173 - Violation Relating To Sewage Disposal

 

 

Texas Administrative Code 285

 

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Subchapter B -

 

Subchapter C -

 

 

Subchapter D -

 

Subchapter E -

 

Subchapter F -

 

 

Subchapter G -

 

Subchapter H -

 

Subchapter I -

General Provisions (§285.1-8)

 

Local Administration of the OSSF Program (§285.10-11)

 

Commission Administration of the OSSF Program in Areas Where No Local Administration Exists (§285.20-21)

 

Planning, Construction and Installation Standards for OSSFs (§285.30-39)

 

Special Requirements for OSSFs Located in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone (§285.40)

 

Registration, Certification And/or Training Requirements for Installers, Apprentices, Site Evaluators or Designated Representatives (§285.50-63)

 

OSSF Enforcement (§285.70)

 

Treatment and Disposal of Greywater (§285.80)

 

Appendices: Figures and Tables (§285.90-91)

 

 

Additional Regulation Information

 

Title 30 -Texas Administrative Code

 

The Texas Register from the Secretary of State

 

Texas Statutes and Codes

 

Texas Legislature Online

 

Texas Groundwater Protection Committee Rules

 

Texas Water Development Board Rules

 

Railroad Commission of Texas Rules

 

Texas Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control Rules

 

Texas Constitution from the Texas Legislature

 

Texas Legislative Reference Library

 

Attorney General of Texas

 

Title 40 - Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

Code of Federal Regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration

 

Search the Federal Register via the Government Printing Office

 

Federal Register - EPA's Environmental Subset

 

U.S. Code from Cornell Law School

 

THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet

 

Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute

 

USGS Guide to Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations