For current employment opportunities with the Air Pollution Control District, please go to the Department of Human Resources. You can also fill out an interest card for positions to be notified when the recruitments open. 

We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Please contact us by phone (858) 586-2600, mail, or via email at airinfo@sdapcd.org


The mission of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is to improve air quality to protect public health and the environment.

APCD has primary responsibility for controlling stationary (fixed) sources of air pollutants such as power plants, manufacturing facilities, gasoline stations, and others.

Accordingly, APCD evaluates applications for new and modified stationary sources, issues permits to operate, conducts compliance inspections, witnesses and conducts air pollutant emissions testing, responds to complaints about air pollution, provides outreach to assist businesses in their compliance efforts, and administers a Hearing Board program that considers permit appeals and requests for variances from air pollution control requirements.

In addition to regulating stationary sources, APCD issues state funding to grant recipients for the replacement of older, higher polluting motor vehicles and other mobile sources. We monitor and record air quality using a network of equipment stationed around the county, and alert you to the conditions. Air samples are also tested in the field and labs. APCD has an annual operating budget of  $80.1 million and 164 employees.

California Assembly Bill 423 (Gloria, 2019), amended the California Health and Safety Code to require the composition of the APCD Board to include County, City and public members as of March 1, 2021. Because of the change in the composition of the APCD Board, on March 1, 2021, the APCD will cease to be part of the County organizational structure. However, Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff will remain County of San Diego employees and all existing salaries & benefits will not be affected. In addition, APCD employees will remain in the SDCERA retirement system.