2011 vol. 5 3003 (2011)

handle is hein.ssl/sstx0278 and id is 1 raw text is: TEXAS SESSION LAWS 2011
GENERAL AND SPECIAL
Eighty-Second Legislature, Regular Session
CHAPTER 1157
H.B. No. 2284
AN ACT
relating to the practice of architecture and engineering.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 1001, Occupations Code, is amended by adding
Section 1001.0031 to read as follows:
Sec. 1001.0031. PRACTICES OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE. (a) Except
as provided by Subsection (d) or (e), the practice of engineering does not include, and
engineers may not engage in or offer to engage in, the practice of architecture as defined by
Sections 1051.001(7)(A), (B), and (C), as that definition existed on April 1, 2011, and by
Section 1051.0016(a).
(b) An engineer may not prepare or provide a complete, comprehensive set of building
plans for a building designed for human use or occupancy unless:
(1) the plans and specifications as described by Section 1051.001(7)(A) or (B) are
prepared by, or under the supervision of, an architect;
(2) the building is part of a project described by Section 1051.601(b) or a building
described by Section 1051.606(a)(4); or
(3) the engineer has received administrative approval by the Texas Board of Architec-
tural Examiners to practice architecture under Section 1051.607.
(c) An engineer is responsible for the engineering plans and specifications of a building
unless the work is exempt under Section 1001.053 or 1001.056. In this section, the term
engineering plans and specifications means:
(1) plans for a structura4 mechanical, electrica, electronic fire suppression, or geotech-
nical system in a building;
(2) specifications of structural elements and connections of a building;
(3) foundation design;
(4) hydrologic management calculations and design of surface water control and
detention necessary for compliance with ordinances and regulations;
(5) design of building drain and waste system plumbing, fresh water plumbing,
graywater systems, and mechanical aspects of moving water in and out of a structure,
other than simple roof drainage;
(6) evaluation of structural framing members before the addition of roof-mounted
equipment or a heavier roof covering;
(7) design of changes in roof pitch by the addition of structural framing members;
(8) evaluation and repair of damaged roof structural framing;
(9) design of electrical and signal and control systems;
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