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Dealing With the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE)

Texas plumbers trust Bertolino LLP to protect their licenses

The work to earn a license as a plumber in Texas is not easy and, as a plumber, you work hard every day to ensure home and business owners have functional plumbing. An allegation of misconduct can threaten your hard work and put your license at risk. If a complaint against you is filed with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, you need the experienced plumber license defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP to guide you through the process and protect your career.

Understand the TSBPE complaint process

Often called the Plumbing Board, TSBPE regulates the plumbing profession in Texas, issuing four types of plumbing licenses:

  • Tradesman Plumber-Limited
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Master Plumber
  • Plumbing Inspector

Texas law gives the Plumbing Board authority to investigate complaints alleging professional standards and practices violations by plumbing licensees or companies. The TSBPE investigative process can put you, the licensed plumber, at a disadvantage. Prior to your notification of the allegations against your license, a Field Representative may have begun to investigate the complaint. He or she may have informed TSBPE Enforcement Committee of their findings, and the Committee may have determined the administrative penalty to be pursued. This means you need to move quickly to respond.

You have rights and options, but your timeframe to act is limited. You have 20 days to submit a written response to the Board. You can accept the findings of the investigation and the proposed penalty; however, you have the right to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). At the hearing, the ALJ will review evidence presented by you and the Board and submit to the Board a recommendation regarding your case. The TSBPE has the authority to make the final determination and can accept or modify the ruling of the ALJ. The final determination of the Board could be to dismiss the complaint; however, you could also face license suspension, revocation, or other formal sanctions.

Protect your plumbing license. Contact our law firm.

You need a vocational license defense attorney on your side to help navigate the process. You do not want to respond to the Board on your own, or attend a conference or hearing without legal counsel. Contact us today to schedule your case consultation.

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