- Background on SCAQMD's Permitting Program
The SCAQMD's permitting program has been established to implement
the requirements of the federal and state Clean Air Act (CAA),
the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) and air quality rules and
regulations by specifying operating and compliance requirements
for stationary sources that emit air contaminants. In
order to comply with federal and state CAA requirements, all
major and non-major sources in SOCAB are subject to "no
net emission increase" and BACT and/or LAER source-specific,
prohibitory and toxics rules (federal, state and local) as well
as other applicable requirements.
- Permit Types
The most common types of applications filed at SCAQMD are for
Permit to Construct (PC) or Permit to Operate (PO). Prior to
installation of new or relocated equipment, or prior to
modification of an existing equipment, the operator of the
equipment is required to obtain a PC from the SCAQMD. Once
a piece of equipment is installed, modified and/or operated,
SCAQMD processes the application for a PO. In cases where
equipment is installed without a prior PC, the SCAQMD also
processes the application directly for a PO. In cases of
Off the shelf type equipment, the SCAQMD issues a one-step PC/PO.
- Types of Permit Applications
- Permit to Construct (P/C)
- for a new or relocated equipment as
well as alteration (both physical modification
and change of operating conditions) of existing
equipment. These applications always
receive a high priority for processing.
- Permit to Operate (P/O)
- for equipment that is installed and/or is
operated with or without a prior P/C (a prior
P/C or in cases where no prior P/C was issued,
the application acts as a temporary P/O until a
final P/O is processed).
- Change of Conditions
- for changes to the permit conditions,
such as operating limits, monitoring and
recordkeeping requirements, and other permit
- for changes to the equipment or process.
- Change of Operator
- for change of operator for an
- Plans - required
under some SCAQMD rules and regulations (i.e.,
RECLAIM Rule 2009, Excavations Rule 1150, etc.)
for compliance demonstrations and are subject to
- Emission Reduction Credits
(ERCs) - for issuance of ERCs
generated due to equipment shut down or over
- Title V - required
for initial issuance or subsequent revisions of
Title V facility permits.
- RECLAIM - for
facilities subject to the REgional CLean Air
- Permitting Program
All applications for permit to construct and Permit to Operate
are evaluated for compliance with the prohibitory rules, one or
more source specific rules, new source review rules for criteria
and toxic air contaminants and other applicable rules and
In addition, all applications have to meet the requirements
for Public Notice, if applicable. Public notices are required for
facilities that have risks or emissions that exceed the specified thresholds or
for equipment located within 1,000 feet of a school. All such public
notices are distributed to the communities near the project and parents of
children attending nearby schools and are subject to a 30-day public comment
For Title V permits, public notices are required for Initial
Title V permits, Renewals (5 years) and Revisions. For Tile V permits, in
addition to the 30-day public comment period, there is also a requirement for a
45-day review period by EPA. Title V permits can only be issued after the
public notice period is concluded and after taking into consideration any
comments received during the public and EPA comment periods.
To determine if your equipment needs a permit or is subject to a
- Check SCAQMD
Rule 219 to determine if
the equipment is exempt from
requiring a permit.
- If the equipment is
exempt as per Rule 219,
Rule 222 to determine if
the equipment is subject to
- If your equipment is
subject to filing
Rule 222 Filing Program
for more information on
|How Do I Obtain a Permit?
To apply for a permit:
Submit Form 400A, Form 400-CEQA and a supplemental
Form 400-E-xx (for certain equipment type) for each
equipment along with applicable fees. See the
and Equipment for a list of equipment with respective
forms and contact information.
For additional information and questions regarding how to obtain a permit,
please contact Permit Services at (909) 396-3385.
To obtain a copy of a permit:
SCAQMD's Facility INformation Detail (FIND) can be used to obtain
downloadable copies of most facility permit(s). To access FIND, please
click here or copy and
paste the web address below onto your browser:
If you require additional assistance with your request for copies of your
facility permit(s), please contact Permit Services at (909) 396-3385.
Application forms for permits and plans, as listed below, are available on the
Permit Application Forms web page:
Permit to Construct and Operate
Title V and RECLAIM Forms
Business Name Change
Mailing Address Change
Need more help?
If you need permit application forms or help to make sure all necessary
information is provided, our Permit Services representatives are ready to help
you and can be reached by calling (909) 396-3385.