Small Business Assistance

Call the Small Business Assistance Office
at 800-388-2121 or 909-396-3529.

If we can't help you, 
we'll find someone who can!
Our staff will show you the most effective means of complying with SCAQMD Rules and Regulations. The SCAQMD Small Business Assistance Office helps small business owners to comply with SCAQMD rules and regulations, permit conditions, and recordkeeping through a variety of services offered.  We help small business operators find out which rules apply to their operations, how to meet SCAQMD requirements, and how to keep records.  We act as advocates for the small business owners/operators within SCAQMD.  Just give us a call and we will respond to your request ASAP.

Free Technical Assistance

If you need to find out which rules affect you or have any other compliance issues, we provide free technical consultations either on-site, by phone, through e-mail, or at SCAQMD Headquarters on request.  We will help with permit applications as well as provide compliance assistance.

Watch our video to see how a free consultation could help your business:

Variance Petitions

If you cannot comply with air pollution control laws, and you need temporary relief while working toward a solution without being subject to penalties,  you may need to obtain a variance. We provide assistance to small businesses in preparing for variance petition filings with the Hearing Board.

Dry Cleaner Grant Program

SCAQMD's Governing Board has authorized financial incentives to help small businesses in the region.  We offer assistance in applying for a  Dry Cleaner Grant  to help dry cleaners convert to non-perchloroethylene, cleaning systems such as professional wet-cleaning and CO2.

Fee Review Committee

The SCAQMD fee review committee resolves permit fee issues between regulated businesses and the SCAQMD.  We assist small business owners in filing for a Fee Review request.

Clearance Letter Program

For city and county staff, California state law requires that business owners need to comply with the applicable permitting/registration requirements of the SCAQMD prior to the granting of an occupancy permit. This Air Quality Permit checklist will help to determine what is necessary to obtain clearance from SCAQMD.


SCAQMD hosts various small business events throughout the year which provide a bridge for communication between business owners, SCAQMD staff, and SCAQMD Board members. Please join us at these events, which are usually free of charge, and give us your feedback.

Contact Us

If your business needs SCAQMD assistance, please contact one of our small business assistance staff or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

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