Air Permit Services

Air Permitting

In an effort to maintain air quality of California and to be in compliance with Federal Air rules and regulations, businesses must adhere to various air rules and regulations.  

Typical large businesses that need permits include bulk petroleum operations, refineries and power plants. Typical small businesses include dry cleaners, gasoline service stations, auto body shops, coating operations and printing operation.

The State is divided into Air Pollution Control Districts (APCD) and Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD), which are also called air districts. There are 35 local air quality agencies in California.

These agencies are county or regional governing authorities that have primary responsibility for controlling air pollution from stationary sources. 

The local Air District has the responsibility to issue air permits and to ensure compliance to the conditions of the permit by means of enforcement.

An air quality permit is a document that states the requirements for equipment to comply with air pollution laws and regulations. Air quality permits, like city and county building permits, are required by state and federal law as a part of doing business.

Generally, new air quality permits are needed for:

  • Any equipment that may cause air pollution
  • Modifications of existing permitted equipment
  • Existing permitted equipment at a facility with a new owner
  • Permitted equipment that is transferred from one location to another
  • Installation of abatement equipment used to control emissions

The permit system requires an Air District engineering review of the equipment design and an inspection of the installed equipment to ensure compliance with District regulations. Two types of permits are required:

  • An Authority to Construct, issued after District engineers review a proposed project and determine if it is capable of complying with air quality laws; and
  • A Permit to Operate, issued after the project is built and compliance is demonstrated.

Both the Authority to Construct and the Permit to Operate are issued under the same permit application. By granting a permit, we indicate that equipment should be able to comply with all air quality rules and regulations.

Understanding all the requirements related to local regulatory programs is critical to your organization.

OSHA Compliance Services can assist you in your air permitting requirements.

We specialize in Stationary Air Permits (YS AQMD, SAC AQMD, FR AQMD), Mobile Air Permits (PERP), Source Testing Supervision and record-keeping and NON compliance issues which would lead to a Notice-to-Comply (NTC) or a Notice-of-Violation (NOV).


OSHA Compliance Services offers on site training to assist you with:

  • Provisions of the Clean Air Act
  • Air emissions inventories
  • Modeling air emissions
  • New source performance standards
  • Non-attainment new source review (NNSR)
  • Title V operating permits
  • Monitoring requirements
  • Hazard assessment
  • General duty accident prevention
  • Greenhouse gas regulations
  • Mobile source regulations
  • Risk management planning
  • Selecting emission controls
  • Recordkeeping
  • Handling a clean air inspection
  • Liability and enforcement

Contact OSHA Compliance Services for assistance.

General Manager

Charles Kosmerl

Office: (707) 254-8838   

Fax:    (707) 254-8747   

 Cell:   (916) 715-8052