Rule 1415 - Reduction of Refrigerant Emissions from Stationary Air Conditioning Systems

*   *   *   CPI Increase: Due to COVID19, the South Coast AQMD Governing Board voted to credit back the FY 202021 CPI based increase of 2.8%   *   *   *

Per Rule 306 – Plan Fees subdivision (c), the Plan Filing Fee is $202.06 for Title V facilities and $161.25 for non-Title V facilities, effective July 1, 2020 for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

Online Rule 1415 Registration of Stationary A/C Systems is now available!

The Rule 1415 Registration Web Application allows users to:

  • Obtain a valid Rule 1415 Registration Plan online in 30 minutes or less
  • Submit a Rule 1415 Registration Plan application and filing fee payment for multiple facilities
  • Obtain copies of submitted Rule 1415 Registration Plan(s)  
  • Manage registration plans for multiple locations

The online Rule 1415 Registration process is available for facilities with a valid South Coast AQMD Facility ID. If your facility does not have a valid South Coast AQMD Facility ID, please contact Area Sources at (909) 396-2390 or email at

* * * Please Note: Beginning August 1, 2020, the web application will be required for all Rule 1415 registrations; all paper submissions received after July 31, 2020 will be rejected. * * *


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Showing an installed chillerThe South Coast AQMD originally adopted Rule 1415 to reduce ozone-depleting refrigerant emissions from stationary, non-residential air conditioning (comfort cooling) and refrigeration systems with full charge capacity of greater than 50 pounds, and using Class I and Class II refrigerantsLink to external website..  The South Coast AQMD amended Rule 1415 (PDF, 85kb) to include high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerantsLink to external website., and the rule now applies only to air conditioning systems with a full charge capacity of greater than 50 pounds of refrigerant.

The requirements for the control of refrigerant emissions from stationary refrigeration systems are under Rule 1415.1 (PDF, 154kb). 

An owner or operator of an air conditioning system that meets Rule 1415 applicability must:       

  • Submit a plan to the South Coast AQMD every 2 years; 

  • Conduct an annual leak inspection of the air conditioning system; 

  • Repair any refrigerant leak within 14 days of initial leak detection; and 

  • Keep on site records of all leak inspections, leak repair work, and amount of refrigerant added to the air conditioning system.  The following forms may be used for record keeping:

Rule 1415 also contains requirements for any person who installs, repairs, maintains, services, relocates, or disposes of any air conditioning system, and for any person who recycles, recovers, reclaims, distributes or sells high GWP refrigerants.  The following form may be used for recordkeeping of recovery and recycling equipment: 


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