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Make a Public Information Request

TCEQ is committed to upholding the Public Information Act (PIA) and to ensuring public access to its records.

All TCEQ records are available for public viewing unless one of the exceptions to disclosure listed in the PIA applies.

Do I need to submit a Public Information Request?

Many TCEQ records are available online and do not require a Public Information Request to view or obtain. Additionally, you may request an appointment via email to view information in our Central File Room. The records you wish to view will be screened to verify they don’t contain material included in exceptions to the PIA and you will be contacted to confirm your appointment.

See how to request records from our Central File Room.

Also see records and data available online.

How do I submit a Public Information Request?

A public information request must be in writing for information already in existence. The request does not need to contain particular language, but please try to be specific.

OR

  • Submit a written request using our Public Information Request Form or a self-composed request in any legible format by:
    • Emailing to openrecs@tceq.texas.gov.
    • Faxing to 512-239-OPEN (6736).
    • Mailing to:

      Public Information Officer, MC 197
      Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
      P.O. Box 13087
      Austin, Texas 78711-3087

    • Hand delivering to:

      Public Information Officer
      Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
      12100 Park 35 Circle, Building A
      Austin, Texas 78753

Please note that, pursuant to section 552.234(d) of the Public Information Act, TCEQ is not required to respond to a request for public information submitted by any other method or to any other email, fax, or address other than those listed above.

Are there charges for a Public Information Request?

TCEQ charges for reimbursement of the costs incurred when responding to Public Information Requests in accordance with state law.

If the estimated cost to fulfill your request:

  • is less than $15, we will fulfill your request and provide you with the information free of charge.
  • is at least $15 but less than $40-
    • We will fulfill your request and provide you with an invoice, which must be paid within 30 days.
    • As a courtesy we will provide you with an estimate before providing you with the responsive information, if requested.
  • is at least $40 but less than $100-
    • We will provide you with an estimate, which you must accept in writing before we fulfill your request.
    • You must accept the estimate within 10 business days of the date TCEQ sends the estimate or your request will be withdrawn.
  • is $100 or more-
    • We will provide you with an estimate and a deposit invoice, for which 50% of the estimate must be paid before we initiate fulfillment of your request.
    • You must pay the deposit within 10 business days of the date TCEQ sends the invoice or your request will be withdrawn.
    • You may also be required to pay the remaining balance before the information is provided to you.

Charges vary depending on:

  • The amount of information requested
  • The age and location of the information requested
  • Whether the information must be copied or converted to a different media
  • Whether you are requesting confidential information
  • The amount of confidential information contained in the information
  • Whether you are requesting hard copies, electronic copies, or to inspect the information.

Note: It is generally less expensive to inspect (review) TCEQ records than it is to obtain copies.