California Government Code Section 65850.2(c) mandates that no city or county agency shall issue a building permit or certificate of occupancy unless the local air pollution control district requirements are met. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) works with city and county building officials to refer business applicants to the APCD for air pollution control clearance prior to issuance of building occupancy permits.
To help the building officials and applicants for occupancy permits comply with the legislation, the District has developed an APCD Questionnaire.
The purpose of the Questionnaire is to screen new or modified businesses that may need an APCD permit. The Questionnaire also lists operations and equipment that typically require permits from our office.
The Questionnaire can be mailed, hand carried, or faxed to the District. The applicant should contact the APCD directly if any of the listed equipment will be used. In those cases, we ask the applicant for more detailed information. If we determine the business is exempt from permit, we stamp the bottom left corner of the Questionnaire and return it to the applicant and/or appropriate agency. In most cases, our review of the Questionnaire can be completed within one working day.
Businesses with more than 100 employees reporting to a worksite must comply with Rule 211, APCD's Transportation Outreach Program.
Demolition or renovation projects that involve asbestos removal require that the APCD be contacted directly. A separate notification form may be required prior to any asbestos removal. Demolition, for asbestos purposes, is defined as "The wrecking or taking out of any load-supporting structural member of a facility . . ." In the case of a single-family residence where the owner-occupant is doing the work, the demolition or renovation is exempt from APCD regulations.
Why do businesses have to submit the APCD Questionnaire?
The Questionnaire serves several purposes. To let businesses know whether they need a permit from the APCD before construction begins. Persons planning on conducting asbestos removal or demolition projects are made aware of the APCD's requirements before the project is begun. Businesses operating equipment without the necessary permit(s) from the APCD or operators of asbestos removal or demolition projects that the APCD is not notified about may face substantial civil or criminal penalties.
What if a business is remodeling their facility but will not change its use?
Check the list on the reverse side of the APCD Questionnaire. If the business operation or equipment is on the list, the APCD Permitting Section should be contacted directly at (805) 645-1401. Rules change and an existing business may need an air pollution permit. Any asbestos removal or demolition must be reported to either Ken Hall (805) 645-1437 or Tod Neilan (805) 645-1476.
What if a business moves into a previously occupied space?
Check the list on the reverse side of the APCD
Questionnaire. If the business operation or equipment is on
the list, contact the APCD Permitting Section.
What about businesses that employ more than 100 employees?
Businesses with more than 100 employees reporting to a worksite must comply with the APCD's Rule 211, Transportation Outreach Program. Contact the APCD's Transportation Outreach Program at (805) 645-1428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For questions about the APCD Questionnaire, e-mail or call Julie Flores at (805) 645-1445. Questionnaires may be faxed to us at (805) 645-1444.
If an APCD Permit to Operate is required, contact the District's Permit Section at (805) 645-1401.
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