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Aggregate Production Operations: How to Register

Owners/operators of quarries, sand pits, gravel pits, or other aggregate production operations (APO) in Texas must register.

Who Must Register

You must register each location where you remove or extract aggregate from the ground. Aggregates are any commonly recognized construction material such as dimension stone, crushed and broken limestone, crushed and broken granite, other types of crushed and broken stone, construction sand and gravel, industrial sand, dirt, soil, or caliche. Facilities that only process aggregates (aka processing plants) are not required to register as an APO.

Exemptions

You do not have to register if your facility meets one of the following criteria.

  • All of the aggregate produced at your facility are used:
    • 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; or
    • To construct, modify, or expand a landfill or other solid waste facility.
  • The primary purpose of extracting the aggregates is not for commercial sale.
  • You extract specialty or terrazzo-type stone that is used exclusively for decorative or artistic uses and the current production area doesn’t exceed 5 acres.
  • You extract clay or shale for ceramic tiles, brick, or other structural clay products.

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New Registration or Renewal

New APO

You must register your operation 10 business days before you begin extracting aggregates. Pay the registration fee as determined below.

  • If you already have a STEERS account, login and add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account and choose REGISTER.
  • If you don't already have a STEERS account, register for one and add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account.
  • If you are unable to register online, you can register using the APO Registration form Microsoft Word Document. Note that the fees are higher if you use paper forms instead of STEERS.
  • See Signing Applications for APOs for signature requirements for APO registrations.

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Renewals

You must renew your APO registration every year before it expires but no more than 30 days before the expiration date. The expiration date is printed on your certificate. Search to find your registration number and expiration date. Pay the registration fee as determined below.

  • If you previously used your STEERS account to register your APO, login to your STEERS account and choose RENEWAL.
  • If you have a STEERS account, but haven't used it to register your APO
    • login to your STEERS account
    • add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account
    • choose RENEWAL.
  • If you don't already have a STEERS account, register for one and add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account.
  • If you are unable to register online, you can renew using the APO Registration form. Microsoft Word Document Note that the fees are higher if you use paper forms instead of STEERS.

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Registration Fees

When you register or renew your APO, you must pay a registration fee based on the number of acres disturbed. If you register your APO via STEERS, you get 25% off your registration fee.

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

Fee for Paper Forms

Fee for Online Forms

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

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Signing Applications for APOs

By signing any APO registration form, you certify that you have the authority to sign based on the following qualifications, which depend on the type of your operation. If you sign one of these forms, we may ask you to document that you have the authority to sign for the applicant. For questions concerning the signatory requirements, contact our Environmental Law Division at 512-239-0600.

Corporation

  • For corporations, a president, secretary, treasurer, or vice-president must sign.
  • A person other than a president, secretary, treasurer, or vice-president may sign if that person performs similar policy or decision-making functions for the corporation or is a duly authorized representative of such person and meets the requirements listed below.
    • responsible for the overall operation of one or more manufacturing, production, or operating facilities applying for or subject to a permit; and
    • the facilities employ more than 250 persons or have gross annual sales or expenditures exceeding $25 million (in second quarter 1980 dollars); or
    • the delegation of authority to such representatives is approved in advance by the permitting authority.

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Partnership or Sole Proprietorship

  • For partnerships, a general partner must sign.
  • For sole proprietorship, the proprietor must sign.

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Municipality or Other Government Entity

  • For municipalities or other governmental entities, a principal executive officer or ranking elected official must sign. A principal executive officer of a federal agency includes the chief executive officer having responsibility for the overall operations of a principal geographic unit of the agency.

Updating Your Registration

Search for your registration to view the status and existing details.

APO Ownership Changes

If the ownership of the APO site changes, you should transfer the APO registration to the new owner. Submit the APO Registration form Microsoft Word Document and Core Date Form Microsoft Word Document to update the ownership and contact information for the registration. There is no fee to update the ownership of an APO registration.

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Mailing Address or Phone Number Changes

You must immediately inform TCEQ if your mailing address, telephone number, or other contact information changes. There is no fee for these changes.

  • If you previously used your STEERS account to register your APO, login to your STEERS account and choose MODIFICATION.
  • If you have a STEERS account, but haven't used it to register your APO:
    • login to your STEERS account
    • add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account
    • choose MODIFICATION.
  • If you don't already have a STEERS account, register for one and add "Aggregate Production Operations" to your account.
  • If you are unable to use STEERS, you can use the Modification form. Microsoft Word Document

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Questions?

If we haven't answered your questions here, contact the Registration and Reporting Team at 512-239-6413 or aporeg@tceq.texas.gov.

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