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Dirt, Sand, and Rock Quarries and Aggregate Processing Plants: How to Register

If you own or operate a quarry, sand pit, gravel pit, or other aggregate production operation (APO) in Texas, you must register your APO with our water quality program.

New Registration Information

Who Must Register?
Who Is Exempt from Registering?
How do I Register a New APO?
When do I Register a New APO?
How Much Does It Cost To Register A New APO?

Renewal Registration Information

How Do I Renew My APO Registration?
When Do I Renew My APO Registration?
How Much Does It Cost To Renew My APO Registration?

Other Information

What Is The Status Of My Permit?
What To Do If The APO Changes Owners?
What To Do If I Move My Portable Processing Plant To A New Location?
What To Do If My Mailing Address or Phone Number Changes

Who Must Register?

You must register each location where you:

  • dig, quarry, remove, or extract aggregate from the ground in any other way
  • crush, wash, sort, or process these raw materials in any other way

Who Is Exempt from Registering?

You don't need a registration if all of the aggregate produced at your APO is used in any one of these ways:

  • In a lime kiln that is on site or at a related site that you also control.
  • To produce cement or lightweight aggregates on site or at a related site that you also control.
  • Exclusively in a public works project of a state agency or local government.
  • As fill or for other construction purposes on site or at an adjacent site.
  • To construct, modify, or expand a landfill or other solid waste facility.

Is your main reason for producing or processing the aggregate to sell it? If not, your operation is exempt.

If you have an aggregate processing plant at your own registered quarry, pit, or other extraction site, you do not need a separate registration for the processing plant.

In addition to these exemptions, operations that produce clay or shale for ceramic tiles, brick, or other structural clay products do not have to be registered. Clay or shale used in this way is not considered to be aggregate.

This is a simplified summary of the aggregate production operations rule, 30 TAC 342. You should read the rule for more detailed information.

How Do I Register A New APO?

Register your APO online and you'll save 25 percent off the registration fee.

If you can't register online, register your APO with the paper form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

When Do I Register A New APO?

You must register your operation 10 business days before you begin extracting or processing aggregates.

How Much Does It Cost To Register A New APO?

You must pay a registration fee when you register your APO.  The registration fee for a portable aggregate processing plant is the same, regardless of the acres disturbed.  For all other APOs, the registration fee is based on the number of acres disturbed.
When you measure the area disturbed, include all:

  • pits, quarried areas, and other extraction areas
  • stripped areas
  • haulage ramps
  • land used for a processing plant

Remember – If you register your APO online, you get 25% off your registration fee!

 

Fee for Paper Forms

Fee for Online Forms

Portable Processing Plant

$300

$225

0 - 10 acres disturbed

$300

$225

>10 and <= 50 acres disturbed

$500

$375

>50 and <= 100 acres disturbed

$700

$525

>100 acres disturbed

$950

$712.50

How Do I Renew My APO Registration?

Renew your registration online and you'll save 25 percent off the registration fee.

If you can't renew online, renew your registration with the paper form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

When Do I Renew My APO Registration?

You must renew your APO registration every year before it expires. You cannot renew your APO registration more than 30 days before the expiration date. The expiration date is printed on your certificate. You can also find your registration number and expiration date online using the Advanced Search option.

How Much Does It Cost To Renew My APO Registration?

You must pay a registration fee when you renew your APO registration. The registration fee for a portable aggregate processing plant is the same, regardless of the acres disturbed. For all other APOs, the registration fee is based on the number of acres disturbed. When you measure the area disturbed, include all:

  • pits, quarried areas, and other extraction areas
  • stripped areas
  • haulage ramps
  • land used for a processing plant

Remember – If you renew your APO registration online, you get 25% off your registration fee!

 

Fee for Paper Forms

Fee for Online Forms

Portable Processing Plant

$300

$225

0 - 10 acres disturbed

$300

$225

>10 and <= 50 acres disturbed

$500

$375

>50 and <= 100 acres disturbed

$700

$525

>100 acres disturbed

$950

$712.50

What Is The Status Of My Permit?

You can check the status of your permit online using the Advanced Search Option.

What To Do If The APO Changes Owners?

Registrations are not transferable.
If you sell an APO, you must cancel your registration online or submit the paper cancellation form. Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentThe new owner must register online under their own account or submit the paper registration form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.
If you operate an APO and transfer that responsibility to anyone else, you must cancel your registration online or submit the paper cancellation form. Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentThe new operator must register online under their own account or submit the paper registration form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
There is no fee for canceling a registration.

What To Do If I Move My Portable Processing Plant To A New Location?

The registration is tied to the site, not your equipment.  So if you move your portable processing plant to a new location, you must:

  1. Cancel the original registration online or submit the paper cancellation form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document, unless you plan to return to this site before your registration expires.
  2. Register the new location online or submit the paper registration form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

There is no fee for canceling a registration.

What To Do If My Mailing Address or Phone Number Changes?

If your mailing address, telephone number, or other contact information changes, update your records with us.
You may update the information online or submit the paper modification form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
There is no fee for updating this information.

What If I Have More Questions?

If we haven't answered your questions here, please call our APO registration program at 512-239-2767 or e-mail us at apo@tceq.texas.gov.

Definitions

What is "aggregate"?

Under these rules, aggregate includes:

  • gravel
  • sand
  • dirt
  • soil
  • caliche
  • dimension stone
  • crushed or broken limestone, granite, or other stone

If you wonder whether your operation produces aggregate, check the aggregate production operations rule's definitions, 30 TAC 342.1.