Ambulatory Surgical Centers

The Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Licensing Act was enacted in 1985 by the 69th Texas Legislature and can be found in chapter 243 of the Health and Safety Code. Ambulatory Surgical Centers are commonly referred to as "day surgery centers." An ASC must provide surgical services as its primary service. They do not provide overnight or inpatient care. Care is provided on an outpatient basis.

The Health and Human Services Commission has adopted rules at chapter 135 of Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code that establish minimum standards for ASC licensing procedures; for granting, denying, suspending and revoking a license; for licensing fees; for operating requirements; and for requirements concerning design, construction, and fire prevention and safety.


The staff of the Facility Licensing Group is responsible for licensing ASCs. To become licensed, visit the ambulatory surgical center licensing page.

The Architectural Review Unit is responsible for conducting plan reviews and construction inspections of new and existing ASCs.

Contact information for the zone offices is available by finding your zone (PDF) by your county and then locating the contact information for zone offices. The list also contains phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses.

Program Contact Information

Phone: 512-834-6648
Fax: 512-834-4514

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