Boiler Licensing

Vacant, Deputy Director

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A Guide to Houston's General Boiler Regulations:

Operators must be licensed, and boiler fees are required annually for all boiler sites within the city limits.

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About Boiler Operator Licensing

A boiler used to heat a building or that is used in for commercial processing is subject to Houston's boiler regulations. This includes all boilers except those used exclusively for producing domestic (potable) hot water.

The Uniform Mechanical Code regulations require that regulated boilers are operated by duly licensed or permitted operators. There are two types of boiler operator licenses:

  • Stationary Engineer License (1st Grade, 2nd Grade, or 3rd Grade) is required when: operating a high pressure steam boiler that exceeeds 1,676,000 BTU's.
  • Boiler Operator Permit is required to operate Low-pressure boilers and power boilers up to 1,676,000 BTU. These boilers may be operated by either a stationary engineer or by permitted boiler operator.

These licenses are issued to individuals who have passed the required examination. Licensed boiler operators then post the license in the boiler room as evidence that they are qualified to supervise the boiler(s).

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Annual Boiler Operation inspection

A City inspector will perform an annual general review of the boiler installation, and he or she will verify that appropriate operator licenses are posted. These licenses must be displayed and the boiler and its appurtenances kept in safe condition in order to receive an "approved" inspection result.

Annual Boiler Fee

An annual boiler fee is charged for each subject boiler within the city limits of Houston. Click here to access a printable version of Code Enforcement's Permit Fee Schedule.

An itemized invoice/statement is mailed to the owner/operator of each boiler site once per year, indicating the type and quantity of boilers and each boiler's fee.

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Basic Compliance Process

To comply with the regulations, a business/operator must:

  • Pay the Annual Boiler fee when invoiced. An invoice/statement will be mailed on a quarterly basis.
  • Post Boiler Operator Permits and/or Stationary Engineer Licenses in the boiler room.
  • Attach renewal or issuance receipts to the license or permit.
  • Perform corrections to the boiler facility if so indicated in the City Inspector's annual inspection report.

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