This is some information that will be helpful to you in making sure your jewelry business is properly registered & licensed to operate in Texas.
On behalf of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC), the registration application links for Crafted Precious Metal Dealers (CPMD’s) are available through the OCCC website. Effective January 1, 2012, all Crafted Precious Metal Dealers are required to register with the OCCC. The links can be accessed on the home page (http://occc.texas.gov/industry/cpmd).
Note: all CPMD registrations are completed and submitted through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Precious Metals portal. After selecting the appropriate registration link, you will be redirected to the DPS portal. OCCC consumer helpline: 1-800-538-1579.
All scales used in trade must be registered with the Texas Agriculture Department.
HOW TO OBTAIN AGRICULTURAL LICENSE:
Step 1: Go to www.TexasAgriculture.gov
Step 2: Click on Regulatory Programs Tab, a drop down box will appear, click “Weights & Measures” Tab
Step 3: You will see a title that reads “PROGRMS”, click on “WEIGHTS & MEASURES DEVICES LINK”
Step 4: Go to the forms link under “Resources” and you will be able to obtain the “Weights & Measures Device Registration
Certificate Application (RWM-700). This link will download the instructions.
Step 5: Complete Application and submit
FEE $20.00 per year.
Boilers in Texas are regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. The following is from their site:
What is a Boiler?
Equipment that falls within the scope of the Texas Boiler Law and Rules, that must be registered and inspected, is defined in both the law and rules. This means all types of boilers that are used in commercial and public facilities that produce steam (either low or high pressure), hot water heating for use in comfort air heating systems, and hot water supply for use in domestic water systems (such as showers, sinks, pools, or for miscellaneous use) which includes potable hot water heater type boilers. Boilers used for hot water supply or potable hot water supply can be further defined in the following two (2) categories:
- A hot water supply boiler means a boiler designed for operation at a pressure not exceeding 160 psig or temperatures not exceeding 250 degrees Fahrenheit at or near the boiler outlet if the boiler’s: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour; water temperature exceeds 210 degrees Fahrenheit; or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
- A potable water heater means a boiler designed for operation at pressures not exceeding 160 psig and water temperatures not exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit if the boiler’s: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
Further classification and definitions can be obtained by accessing the Texas Boiler Law and Rules and referring to the definitions in both the law and rules or by calling (800) 722-7843 and a technical representative can assist you with any questions.
There are specific City Ordinances in Houston that apply to aspects of the jewelry industry. Rules for Crafted Precious Metal Dealers businesses can be located on the internet at: (http://occc.texas.gov/industry/cpmd) under Statutes and Rules and the City of Houston Municipal code can be located at: (https://library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances) under Chapter 7.
The application to renew the City of Houston Occupational License for Precious Metal Dealers can be found at: ( http://www.houstontx.gov/ara/regaffairs/commercialpermitting/antiquedealeretc.html).
While HB 2490 allows for manual reporting of purchases to city or county law enforcement with in 48 hours of purchase, online reporting is faster, more accurate, and costs less to operate than using the mandatory prenumbered state mandate forms, and some cities only allow for electronic reporting. Similarly in order to comply with many of the aspects of the Patriot Act, it is best to record purchases and report them electronically. Leads On Line, a Texas based company, is free for buyers to use. It also provides the public a free service Report IT to electronically record their valuables so that the information can be reported to law enforcement nationwide in the unfortunate event of a loss.