|(a) Tex. Gov't Code, §2306.922 requires the licensing
of Migrant Labor Housing Facilities.
(b) Any Person who wants to apply for a License to
operate a Facility may obtain the application form from the Department.
The required form is available on the Department's website at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/migrant-housing/index.htm.
(c) An application must be submitted to the Department
prior to the intended operation of the Facility, but no more than
60 days prior to said operation.
(d) The fee for a License is $250 per year, except
in such cases where the Facility was previously inspected and approved
to be utilized for housing under a State or Federal migrant labor
housing program, and that such inspection conducted by a State or
Federal agency is provided to the Department. Where a copy of such
inspection conducted by a State or Federal agency is less than 90
days old, has no material deficiencies or exceptions, and is provided
to the Department prior to the Department's scheduled inspection,
the application fee shall be reduced to $75. However, if an inspection
or re-inspection by the Department is required at the sole determination
by the Department, the full application fee will apply. The License
is valid for one year from the date of issuance unless sooner revoked
(e) Fees shall be tendered by check, money order, or
via an online payment system (if provided by the Department), payable
to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. If any check
or other instrument given in payment of a licensing fee is returned
for any reason, any License that has been issued in reliance upon
such payment being made is null and void.
(f) A fee, when received in connection with an application
is earned and is not subject to refund.
(g) Upon receipt of a complete application and fee,
the Department shall review the existing inspection conducted by a
State or Federal agency, if applicable and/or schedule an inspection
of the Facility by an authorized representative of the Department.
Inspections shall be conducted during Business Hours on weekdays that
the Department is open, and shall cover all units that are subject
to being occupied. Inspections by other State or Federal agencies
in accordance with the requirements in 29 CFR §§500.130
- 500.135 may be accepted by the Department for purposes of this License,
only if notice is given to the Department prior to the inspection
in order for the Department to consider the inspection as being conducted
by an authorized representative of the Department in accordance with
Tex. Gov't Code §2306.928. In addition, a certification of the
additional state standards described in 10 TAC §90.4(c), relating
to Standards and Inspections, must be provided by the applicant, along
with any supplemental documentation requested by the Department, such
(h) The Person performing the inspection on behalf
of the Department shall prepare a written report of findings of that
(1) If the Person performing the inspection finds that
the Migrant Labor Housing Facility, based on the inspection, is in
compliance with 10 TAC §90.4, relating to Standards and Inspections,
and the Director finds that there is no other impediment to licensure,
the License will be issued.
(2) If the Person performing the inspection finds that
although one or more deficiencies were noted that will require timely
corrective action which may be confirmed by the Provider without need
for re-inspection, and the Director finds that there is no other impediment
to licensure, the License will be issued subject to such conditions
as the Director may specify. The applicant may, by signed letter,
agree to these conditions, request a re-inspection within 60 days
from the date of the Director's letter advising of the conditions,
provide satisfactory documentation to support the completion of the
corrective action as may be required by the Department, or treat the
Director's imposing of conditions as a denial of the application.
(3) If the Person performing the inspection finds that
although one or more deficiencies were noted that will require timely
corrective action, the deficiencies are of such a nature that a re-inspection
is required, the applicant shall address these findings and advise
the inspector or Department, within 60 days from the date of written
notice of the findings, of a time when the Facility may be re-inspected.
If a re-inspection is required, the License will not be eligible for
the reduced fee described in subsection (d) of this section and the
balance of the $250 fee must be remitted to the Department prior to
the re-inspection. If Occupants are allowed to use the Facility prior
to the re-inspection the applicant must acknowledge the operation
of the Facility in violation of these rules, and pay a fee to the
Department of up to $200 per day of operation through the date the
Facility is approved by the inspector, and eligible for licensing.
If the results of the re-inspection are satisfactory and the Director
finds that there is no other impediment to licensure, the License
will be issued. If it is the determination of the Director that the
applicant made all reasonable efforts to complete any repairs and
have the property re-inspected in a timely manner, the penalty for
operating a Facility without a License may be reduced to an amount
determined by the Director, but not less than $200.
(4) If the person performing the inspection finds that
the Migrant Labor Housing Facility is in material noncompliance with §90.4
of this chapter, relating to Standards and Inspections, or that one
or more imminent threats to health or safety are present, the Director
may deny the application. In addition, the Department may also take
action in accordance with §90.8, relating to Administrative Penalties
(i) If the Director determines that an application
for a License ought to be granted subject to one or more conditions,
the Director shall issue an order accompanying the License, and such
(1) Be clearly incorporated by reference on the face
of the License;
(2) Specify the conditions and the basis in law or
rule for each of them; and
(3) Such conditions may include limitations whereby
parts of a Migrant Labor Housing Facility may be operated without
restriction and other parts may not be operated until remedial action
is completed and documented in accordance with the requirements set
forth in the order.
(j) Correspondence regarding an application should
be addressed to: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs,
Attention: Migrant Labor Housing Facilities, P.O. Box 12489, Austin,
(k) The Department shall issue a letter informing the
applicant of what is needed to complete the application and/or if
a deviation found during the inspection requires a correction in order
to qualify for issuance of a License.
(l) An applicant or Licensee that wishes to appeal
any order of the Director, including the appeal of a denial of an
application for a License or an election to appeal the imposing of
conditions upon a License, may appeal such order by sending a signed
letter to the Director within thirty (30) days from the date specified
on such order, indicating the matter that they wish to appeal.