Permit Streamlining Task Force

Update!    Press Release - May 25, 2018
South Coast AQMD Slashes Permit Applications Inventory by 50 Percent

In June 2016, 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.

One year into its implementation, the 2016 action plan staff has:

  • Reduced the number of pending permit applications by 36% from the initial June 2016 baseline through June 2017, more than two thirds of the way towards achieving the two year target of 50% set forth in the action plan.

Pending Applications Graph        Application Production Rates

  • Reduced permitting staff vacancy rates.Apps Processed Exceeding Goals

  • Improved overall use of current resources focused on optimizing productivity.

  • Increased application production rates, exceeding goals established for total applications processed by 38% and for permits to construct issued by 32%.

  • Developed permitting tool prototypes for online submittal and processing of simpler high-use process equipment.

Continuing implementation of the action plan is expected to further reduce thePending Applications with/without PCs issued open application inventory through completion of the following additional steps throughout 2017-2018:

  • Roll-out of online permitting tools.

  • Updated and harmonized engineering policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • Improved pending application metric granularity.

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 past meetings can be found below.

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

Laki Tisopulos, Deputy Executive Officer (
Amir Dejbakhsh, Assistant 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

Mr. Bill Quinn
100 Spear Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-512-7890 x15
Fax: 415-512-7897



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