In 2015, the 84th Legislature passed Senate Bill 1812 (SB 1812), a transparency bill that mandates the Comptroller of Public Accounts to create an online eminent domain database. SB 1812 amended Government Code, Section 2206.151-157, requiring public and private entities with eminent domain authority to report specific information to the Comptroller for posting.
The 3-month reporting period for eminent domain begins on November 1st and closes on February 1st, however reports may also be updated at any time throughout the entire year. View the reporting details webpage for what is included in the report. See below for further guidance on reporting.
Note: Any reports submitted prior to Nov. 1 opening window will update the previous year's report.
The Eminent Domain Database Law requires public and private entities, including common carriers, authorized by the State under a general or special law to exercise the power of eminent domain to report specified information to the Comptroller. Entities with eminent domain powers must determine whether they are required to report information to the Comptroller.
Entities will use the Comptroller's reporting form to submit an updated report to the Comptroller's office by February 1 of each year. A newly created entity (or an entity that is newly granted eminent domain powers by Texas) is not required to report information until 180 days after it receives its powers.
Reporting entities have up to 90 days to report changes in previously submitted information. Changes that have been submitted will be reviewed by the Comptroller and posted to the database.
The submission, failure to submit, or late submission of eminent domain information by an entity under the Eminent Domain Database Law does not affect the entity's authority to exercise the power of eminent domain. If an entity does not timely report required information and does not cure its failure after notice from the Comptroller, it may be subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000 and listed as a noncompliant entity. The Comptroller has no means to determine if an entity should report information or if reported information has changed.
Senate Bill 18, passed in 2011, required public and private entities granted eminent domain powers in Texas to submit a letter identifying their eminent domain authority to the Comptroller's office by certified mail, return receipt requested, on or before December 31, 2012. The Eminent Domain Database Law, passed in 2015, provides for a new eminent domain database, separate and apart from the information reported by letter to the Comptroller under SB 18. Each law is a separate act that stands on its own.
The eminent domain reporting period begins Nov. 1 and reports are due by Feb. 1. All reporting is completed through the Comptroller's eSystems, a secure online portal for a variety of online transactions. If the reported information changes following the first report, entities can edit future reports any time prior to the start of the next reporting period. Please log in to eSystems to file or update your report.
Once you have completed the entity's first report, you will receive a confirmation and an Eminent Domain ID. Please make a note of the Eminent Domain ID; it will be needed to update the entity's report in the future.
If you are updating a previously filed report you will need an eSystems account log in, your entity's 11-digit Texas taxpayer ID (TPID), and your entity's 6-digit eminent domain ID.
If you are filing the first report for an entity that has never filed before, you will need an eSystems account and your entity's 11-digit Texas taxpayer ID (TPID).
Whether you are filing your entity's first eminent domain report or updating a report previously filed by someone else, you can start by creating an account in eSystems.
As required by Government Code, Chapter 2206, Subchapter D, the Comptroller's office created and maintains an online database containing eminent domain information reported to the Comptroller by various entities. This database is updated for each entity at least annually, and the Comptroller strives to promptly incorporate information reported throughout the year. Learn more about the Comptroller's Online Eminent Domain Database (COEDD) below.
The Comptroller maintains an accessible online Eminent Domain Database of submitted information. Reports must be submitted in the form and manner prescribed by the Comptroller. The Comptroller has developed an electronic reporting form to enable entities or their third-party representatives to submit the required information. Once received, the Comptroller will process and post these reports to the online database.
Submitting entities or third parties on their behalf report information as required under Texas Government Code Chapter 2206, Subchapter D, for inclusion in the database. The Comptroller's office has not independently verified the information and, by including it in the database, does not warrant that the information is accurate or complete. Information submitted for the database may be submitted at different times and the database contents are subject to change as updates are made throughout the year.
No. The database may not include information regarding entities that derive powers of eminent domain from a source other than a general or special law of the state, as those entities are not required to report information to the Comptroller for inclusion in the database. Also, for any given report year, the database may reflect information reported by entities that do not in fact currently have eminent domain authority. This may occur when powers previously granted and/or reported by an entity have subsequently been forfeited, lapsed, expired or otherwise changed or invalidated and the Comptroller has not received an updated report from that entity in accordance with Texas Government Code Section 2206.154(c) (or the Comptroller has received an updated report but the COEDD does not yet reflect the new information), or because an entity reported erroneous information to the Comptroller regarding the source, scope, or status of its eminent domain authority. In any event, entities subject to the reporting requirements of Texas Government Code Section 2206.151, et seq., must notify the Comptroller if eminent domain authority information previously reported needs to be updated, and should contact Comptroller staff if they require assistance or have questions about this process.
Entities are not required to report, and the database does not fully specify, the areas, purposes, and conditions in, for, and under which their eminent domain powers may be exercised. The law requires entities to report each provision of law that grants them eminent domain authority and the scope of that authority, but it does not limit entities' eminent domain authority if they make mistakes or omissions.
The inclusion of an entity's information in the database confirms that the Comptroller received the submitted information, but does not necessarily verify the entity's compliance with any provision of Texas law pertaining to the exercise of eminent domain.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.