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Wastewater System Design: Approval Authority for Cities

The TCEQ may grant authority to cities to review design plans and specifications of wastewater collection system projects and to issue approval or denial letters.

Acquire Approval Authority for Your City

At least 30 days before commencing plans and specifications review:

  • Submit a letter to the TCEQ to the address below
  • Include a map or maps delineating the jurisdictional boundaries of the area for which it is seeking approval authority.

Requirements for Maintaining Your Authority

  • A city review and approval program must perform all of the following:
    • Ensure compliance with all the applicable rules of Title 30, Texas Administrative code, Section 217.8.
    • Review and approve engineering reports and plans and specifications for projects that transport domestic wastewater within the jurisdictional boundaries of that municipality.
    • Issue a written approval document to the system owner that includes the details of each project approved for construction and all variances approved.
    • Maintain complete files of all review and approval activities.
  • The TCEQ will conduct periodic audits of city approval programs, providing written notice a minimum of five business days prior to beginning an audit.
    • Your program must make all review and approval activities’ files available and maintain the files for the life of each project.
    • Document all agreements between private consultants and your municipality that relate to review and approval activities.

The following cities currently have design approval authority for collection systems in that city and its extra-territorial jurisdiction:

  • The City of Austin.
  • The City of Carrollton.
  • The City of Corpus Christi.
  • The City of Dallas.
  • The City of Fate.
  • The City of Fort Worth.
  • The City of Frisco.
  • The City of Houston.
  • The City of Jacksboro.
  • The City of Kerrville.
  • The City of Lubbock.
  • The City of McKinney.
  • The City of Midland.
  • The City of New Braunfels.
  • The City of Plano.
  • The City of San Antonio.
  • The City of Waco.
  • The City of Wichita Falls.

How to End Approval Authority for Your City

To end your city’s review authority, submit a written notice to TCEQ at least 30 days prior to your desired date to:


Water Quality Division MC – 148
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087