Pipeline Fees

Amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §3.70, relating to Pipeline Permits Required, were adopted by the RRC Commissioners on June 5, 2018 to establish an annual mileage fee, a permit processing fee for new permits and annual permit renewals and the procedure by which pipeline operators will pay both fees. The rule amendments are in accordance with House Bill 1818 (85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) which mandated the creation of provisions to fund the RRC’s Pipeline Safety Program. The number of permitted miles assigned to each operator in RRC records on June 29, 2018 will be the number used in the online payment portal to calculate the mileage fee that each operator must pay by August 31, 2018.To calculate the mileage fee, the RRC will categorize pipeline operators into two groups.

  • Group A (RRC Regulated = Yes) includes transmission and gathering pipelines that are required by RRC rules to have a valid T-4 permit to operate and are subject to the regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 192 and 195. Group A pipelines include natural gas transmission and storage pipelines, natural gas gathering pipelines, hazardous liquids transmission and storage pipelines, and hazardous liquids gathering pipelines.

  • Group B (RRC Regulated = No) includes gathering pipelines that are required by RRC rules to have a valid T-4 permit to operate but are not subject to the regulations in 49 CFR Parts 192 and 195. Group B pipelines include intrastate production and gathering pipelines leaving a lease.

Pipeline Mileage Fee

Pipeline GroupsFee Per Mile1-30 Days Late31-60 Days LateGreater than 60 Days Late
 Group A $20 $250 $500 $700
Group B $10 $250 $500 $700


Initial Permit/Renewal Fee

Pipeline GroupsPermit Fee1-30 Days Late31-60 Days LateGreater than 60 Days Late
Permit Renewal $500 $250 $500 $700
Initial Permit $500 $250 $500 $700
* There are no pipeline fees for interstate pipelines.


For questions about pipeline permit fees or pipeline permits, contact the RRC at pipelinepermits@rrc.texas.gov.

Last Updated: 11/15/2018 10:23:02 AM