Permit Streamlining Task Force


The South Coast AQMD has been a pioneer in developing and implementing a wide range of permit streamlining measures. In the early 1990s, the South Coast AQMD developed several innovative measures to promote permit streamlining and other customer service programs, some of which were incorporated into state law (California Health and Safety Code Section 42320 et seq) and made mandatory for state-wide implementation. In 1998, the Governing Board Chairman announced a new Permit Streamlining Initiative to further improve permitting efficiency. In April 1998, the Permit Streamlining Task Force (PSTF) subcommittee, including Governing Board members, industry representatives, local government representatives, environmental groups, and South Coast AQMD staff, was launched to brainstorm new ways to expedite permitting and improve customer service. In June 2016, the South Coast AQMD embarked on an aggressive effort to expeditiously reduce its pending permit application inventory. To assist with this effort and improve permit processing efficiency, South Coast AQMD’s Board approved an action plan that includes measures to help optimize use of current resources as well as opportunities to modernize and automate permit processing. A dashboard tool was developed to track progress in reducing the pending permit application inventory and help communicate the age of pending applications.

Permit Applications Dashboard

Backlog Reduction Action Plan of 2016

Press Release – May 25, 2018

     South Coast AQMD Slashes Permit Applications Inventory by 50 Percent

Permit Streamlining Task Force Meetings

The task force meets periodically to provide streamlining updates to members, as well as to gather comments and feedback from members. Information on upcoming and past meetings can be found below:

June 9, 2021 10:30 a.m.
Zoom Webinar Meeting

December 16, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Zoom Webinar Meeting

June 24, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Zoom Webinar Meeting

December 5, 2019 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

June 27, 2019 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

March 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

December 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

August 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

June 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

May 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

March 22, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Room CC-8

December 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

September 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Room CC-8

March 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Room CC-8

September 28, 2016, 2:00 p.m., Room CC-8

June 30, 2016,10:00 a.m., Room CC-8

Permit Streamlining Task Force Archive

Staff Contacts

Jason Aspell, Acting Deputy Executive Officer (
David Ono, Sr. Engineering Manager (


Board Member Representatives

William A. Burke
South Coast AQMD Governing Board Chairman
11110 W. Ohio Avenue, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-444-5544
Fax: 310-444-0101


Other Members

Mr. David Rothbart
Sanitation Districts of LA County
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, Ca 90607-4998
Phone: 562-428-2412 x2412

Mr. Gerry Bonetto
Printing Industries of California
5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Phone: 323-728-9500
Fax: 323-724-2327

Mr. Finis Carleton
Carleton Engineers & Consulting
558 Southwoods Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: 830-990-9127
Phone (CA): 626-836-6787

Ms. Judy Yorke
Yorke Engineering
31726 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949-248-8490 x225
Fax: 949-248-8499

Mr. William Pearce
Boeing/Environmental Services
4000 Lakewood Blvd.
M/C D802-0085
Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: 562-593-0217

Ms. Frances Keeler
101 Mission Street, Suite 1440
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-512-7890 x113
Fax: 415-512-7897



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