|(a) The purpose of the engineer's seal is to assure
the user of the engineering product that the work has been performed
or directly supervised by the professional engineer named and to delineate
the scope of the engineer's work.
(b) License holders shall only seal work done by them,
performed under their direct supervision as defined in §131.2
of this title, relating to Definitions, or shall be standards or general
guideline specifications that they have reviewed and selected. Upon
sealing, engineers take full professional responsibility for that
(c) When a license holder reviews and elects to use
standards or general guideline specifications, those items shall be
clearly labeled as such, shall bear the identity of the publishing
entity, and shall be:
(1) individually sealed by the license holder; or
(2) specified on an integral design/title/contents
sheet that bears the engineer's seal, signature, and date with a statement
authorizing its use.
(d) License holders shall take reasonable steps to
ensure the security of their physical or electronic seals and electronic
signatures. For electronic seals and electronic signatures, the engineer
must have reasonable security measures in place to protect these files.
In the event of loss of a seal or electronic signature, the engineer
will, as soon as possible, but within 30 days of discovery, give written
notification of the facts concerning the loss to board.
(e) Preliminary documents released from a license holder's
control shall identify the purpose of the document, the engineer(s)
of record and the engineer license number(s), and the release date
by placing the following text or similar wording on the title sheet
of bound engineering reports, specifications, details, calculations
or estimates, and each sheet of plans or drawings regardless of size
or binding, instead of a seal: "This document is released for the
purpose of (Examples: interim review, mark-up, drafting) under the
authority of (Example: Leslie H. Doe, P.E. 0112) on (date). It is
not to be used for (Examples: construction, bidding, permit) purposes."
(f) License holders shall affix their seal and original
signature or electronic seal and signature with the date on the final
version of their engineering work before such work is released from
(1) The signature and date shall not obscure the engineer's
name or license number in the seal.
(2) Engineering work required to bear a seal and signature
includes the original title sheet of bound engineering reports, specifications,
details, calculations or estimates, and each original sheet of plans
or drawings regardless of size or binding.
(3) All other engineering work, including but not limited
to research reports, opinions, recommendations, evaluations, addenda,
documents produced for litigation, and engineering software shall
bear the engineer's printed name, date, signature and the designation
"P.E." or other terms as described in §137.1 of this chapter
(relating to License Holder Designations). A seal may be added on
such work if required or at the engineer's discretion.
(g) Work performed by more than one license holder
shall be sealed in a manner such that all engineering can be clearly
attributed to the responsible license holder or license holders. When
sealing plans or documents on which two or more license holders have
worked, the seal and signature of each license holder shall be placed
on the plan or document with a notation describing the work done under
each license holder's responsible charge.
(h) Licensed employees of the state, its political
subdivisions, or other public entities are responsible for sealing
their original engineering work; however, such licensed employees
engaged in review and evaluation for compliance with applicable law
or regulation of engineering work submitted by others, or in the preparation
of general planning documents, a proposal for decision in a contested
case or any similar position statement resulting from a compliance
review, need not seal the review reports, planning documents, proposals
for decision, or position statements.
(i) A license holder, as a third party, may alter,
complete, correct, revise, or add to the work of another license holder
when engaged to do so by a client, provided:
(1) the first license holder is notified in writing
by the second license holder of the engagement immediately upon acceptance
of the engagement; and
(2) any work altered, completed, corrected, revised,
or added to shall have a seal affixed by the second license holder.
The second license holder then becomes responsible for any alterations,
additions or deletions to the original design including any effect
or impact of those changes on the original license holder's design.
(j) A local authority may require an original seal
and/or signature on reproduced documents.
(k) A plan, specification, plat, or report issued by
a license holder for a project to be constructed or used in this state
must include the license holder's seal placed on the document. A license
holder is not required to use a seal if the project is to be constructed
or used in another state or country.
(l) An engineer may securely transmit his or her final
version of engineering work electronically provided that work bears
the engineer's seal and uses one of the techniques described in §137.35(a)
of this chapter (relating to Electronic Seals and Electronic Signatures)
and must employ reasonable security measures to make the documents
unalterable. Electronic correspondence of this type may be followed
by a hard copy containing the engineer's printed name, date, signature
and the designation "P.E." or other terms described in §137.1
of this chapter.
(m) A license holder is not required to use a seal
for a project for which the license holder is not required to hold
a license under an exemption set forth under the Act, Texas Occupation
Code §§1001.051 - 1001.066.
(n) All engineering documents released, issued, or
submitted by a licensee, including preliminary documents, shall clearly
indicate the firm name and registration number of the engineering
firm by which the engineer is employed.
(1) If the engineer is employed by a local, State,
or Federal Government agency, then only the name of the agency shall
(2) If the engineer is exempt from sealing a document
under subsection (m) of this section, but elects to seal a document,
then only the name of the employer shall be required.
(o) Use of a seal that is not in compliance with the
requirements of §137.31 of this title (relating to Seal Specifications)
by a license holder is a violation of Board rules and subject to sanctions.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §137.33 adopted to be effective May 20, 2004, 29 TexReg 4878; amended to be effective January 1, 2006, 30 TexReg 8687; amended to be effective April 27, 2008, 33 TexReg 3266; amended to be effective December 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 10175; amended to be effective December 11, 2016, 41 TexReg 9705; amended to be effective July 3, 2022, 47 TexReg 3687