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Dry Cleaning Drop Stations and Facilities: Am I Regulated?

Basic guidelines for whether a facility or drop station must be registered with the Dry Cleaner Registration Program. Links to registration forms, related legislation, and related rules.

State law requires all dry cleaning drop stations and facilities in Texas to register with the TCEQ and implement performance standards at their facilities as appropriate. It also requires distributors of dry cleaning solvents to collect fees on the sale of dry cleaning solvents at certain facilities.

Annual Renewal Registration Forms for dry cleaning drop stations and facilities are due by August 1st of each year. Registration Fees will be billed later.

NOTE: When completing a Dry Cleaning Registration and/or renewal Form, you must adhere to the TCEQ Data Standards.

TCEQ Data Standards: 

Regulated Entity/Alternate Regulated Entity Standards:

A “Regulated Entity” is the activity, place or other thing in which the TCEQ has an environmental interest. A Regulated Entity identifies a single location where a regulated activity is occurring. Examples are sites, facilities and licenses.

In accordance with the TCEQ Central Registry Naming Standards, a Regulated Entity/Alternate Regulated Entity (Facility) name should not have INC, CO, LP, etc. in the name.  Due to TCEQ’s data standards disallowing the terms INC, CO, LP, etc. within the RE name, the RE may not completely match the actual site name originally provided by the applicant. This standard also applies to all the following organizational endings:













Limited Liability Company

Limited Company



Limited Partnership




Professional Limited Liability Company       




Customer Name Standards

A “Customer” is an Individual or Organization responsible for one or more Regulated Entities.

The Legal Name of an Organization must be verified and entered into the system as it is shown on the Texas Secretary of State (SOS)[38] website. If the Customer Name cannot be located in SOS, it should be verified and entered as shown on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) website[39].

Assumed Names / DBA’s

As of June 10th, 2009 by order of the Deputy Director of OPR, the Agency will no longer prepare authorizations in the name of an Assumed Name.  All authorizations (i.e. permits, registrations, etc.) should be prepared in the name of the legal entity and there should be a direct match between the Agency’s Customer Name and that entity’s Tax ID number, as applicable. The Customer’s Legal Name should also be used in the Individual/Organization and Legal Name fields instead of using Doing Business As (DBA) Names.

To eliminate any delay in processing your registration and to safeguard Central Registry data integrity, please ensure you follow these standards.  Any questions, please contact the TCEQ Central Registry at 512-239-5175.


Registration of Property Owners

On June 15, 2007, legislation Exit the TCEQ was enacted that affects current and previous dry cleaner property owners. The new law addresses property owner participation in the Dry Cleaner Remediation Fund which provides money for remediation activities associated with dry cleaners. It also prohibits the use of perchlorethylene at sites where fund money was used.

  • Dry Cleaner property owners need to register only if they intend, either now or in the future, to apply for Dry Cleaning Facility Release Fund benefits.
  • If Dry Cleaner property owners are currently participating in the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program, they must register.
  • If you are already registered as a dry cleaning facility or drop station owner; and you also own the property where the dry cleaning site is located, you are not required to register as a property owner to receive fund benefits.

How to Register Dry Cleaning Facilities and Drop Stations and Renew Registration

  1. Complete a separate Dry Cleaning Facility Registration Form (TCEQ-20092) for each Dry Cleaning Facility you are registering. (Instructions)
  2. Complete a separate Dry Cleaning Drop Station Registration Form (TCEQ-20207) for each Dry Cleaning Drop Station you are registering. (Instructions)
  3. Renewal Registration Forms for each Dry Cleaning Facility and Drop Station are due August 1 of each year.
  4. Mail the completed form to:
    Dry Cleaner Registration Team (MC-138)
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    P.O. Box 13087
    Austin, TX 78711-3087

Once your forms are processed and adequate payment has been received, we will send you a registration certificate for each facility or drop station.

Legal Authority


Rules currently in effect:
Title 30 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 337 Exit the TCEQ

Contact us if you have any questions.