Issue Date:
Revised Date: 2017-09-01

Legal Cites

Object Type

Cash — Parks and Wildlife

Origin Date

First required in 1933 by the 43rd Leg.


Commercial business license fees are set by the Commission. Current rates and further details may be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

A portion of these license fees are deposited to the Commercial License Buyback subaccount within GR Account 0009 (sec. 47.041):

  • Retail Fish Dealer
  • Fish Dealer's Truck License
  • Wholesale Fish Dealer
  • Fish Dealer's Truck License
  • Bait Shrimp Dealer
  • Associated license transfer fees

The following are deposited to GR Account 0009:

  • Resident/Nonresident Freshwater Fishing Guide
  • Resident All-Water Fishing Guide
  • Non-resident All-Water Fishing Guide
  • Bait Dealer
  • Fish Stock Permit
  • Menhaden Fish Plant

The following are collected by the Department of Agriculture and deposited to General Revenue:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fish Farm Vehicle

Due Date

Set by Commission.


Amended by S.B. 216, 68th Leg., R.S.

Amended by S.B. 464, 69th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 2494, S.B. 977, 72nd Leg., R.S. 

Previously deposited to Aquaculture Fund Account (No. 0678), abolished August 31, 1995 per § 403.094, Government Code.

S.B. 750, 74th Leg., R.S. added a surcharge on certain permits to fund a Shrimp Buy Back Program.

Amended by H.B. 1888, H.B. 2470, S.B. 608, 78th Leg., R.S.

The limit on the license fee increase was raised from 10% to 20% and extended to September 2013 per S.B. 1246, 81st Leg., R.S. The fee limit expired September 1, 2013.

Previously, a surcharge (15% up to $25) on all fish dealer, dealer truck, and bait shrimp licenses was deposited to GR Account 5023 - Shrimp License Buy Back. H.B. 1724, 85th Leg., R.S. abolished GR Account 5023 and transferred balances and revenue to the Commercial License Buyback subaccount in GR Account 0009 – Game, Fish, and Water Safety. 

USAS Values

Appropriation Year 18
Receipt Category 10 – Parks and Wildlife
Receipt Type 10 – Business/Professional Fees
Object Group 30 – Revenues
USAS Status A