Abrasive blasting equipment emits air contaminants including particulate matter and potentially toxic emissions. Many types of abrasive blasting equipment require a permit to operate from the District. Specific types of equipment that are exempt from permit requirements are listed in District Rule 11.
Emissions from abrasive blasting equipment can be controlled by a variety of means including using specific types of abrasive material, wet abrasive material or by enclosing the blasting operation within a temporary enclosure or permanent booth or cabinet that is vented to a dust collector. This page contains information for applying for a stationary permit for abrasive blasting. For information on registering a portable abrasive blast unit, please visit our portable registration page.
The following information will assist in the completion and
submittal of an application for each abrasive blast unit. Each section
of the page contains important information needed to process an
Application forms tell us about your operation and allow us to permit your process. Accurate and complete information decreases processing time and helps avoid additional charges for unnecessary revisions. Please carefully review and complete the following forms. Depending on the type of equipment, different supplemental forms should be used. Also listed below are required attachments that need to be submitted with the application.
Abrasive Blasting Pot/Machine not used in an enclosure Word PDF
Bulk Abrasive Storage System not associated with an enclosure Word PDF
Spent Abrasive Handling/Recycling System not associated with an enclosure Word PDF
Abrasive Blasting rooms, cabinets, and booths* Word PDF
*If your process includes abrasive blasting that is conducted in a room, cabinet, or booth, you do not need to separately complete additional supplemental forms under this section
The general and equipment specific application forms must be submitted with each application packet.
The correct fee, as shown in the table(s) below, must be submitted
with your application in order for it to be accepted. Please
note that the fees listed in these tables are estimated and the final
fee may be more or less than this amount based on time and materials
spent processing the application. The District maintains work records
for this purpose.
Abrasive Blast Pots with
no Peripheral Equipment
Abrasive Blast Pots Loaded Pneumatically or from Hoppers
Bulk Abrasive Storage Systems
Spent Abrasive Handling Systems
Abrasive Blast Cabinet/Room/Booth (no abrasive transfer or recycling system)
Abrasive Blast Cabinet/Room/Booth (with abrasive transfer or recycling system)
If you are unsure of the correct fee contact the District (see
Assistance tab) to obtain an application fee estimate to confirm the
fees required for application submittal. Please note that an
additional fee may also apply depending on the method of payment. A
breakdown of how the application fee(s) are determined can be seen here. Additional
information can be found in District Rule
These fees may be paid by check payable to "Air Pollution Control District" or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).
If you choose to email or fax your application and intend on paying with a credit card, ensure that you have obtained your fee estimate and have it in hand, and then after submitting the application, you must contact the District over the phone at (858)586-2600 to provide payment information.
Please note that credit card payments are assessed a transaction fee of 2.19% that is charged by the credit card provider.
The District will act on complete applications as soon as possible but at most within 180 days. The engineer assigned to your application will review it and contact you within 30 days of receipt to confirm that it is complete or request additional information. Typically permits are issued in about 60 days. More complex processes will take longer. Common reasons that applications may take longer than 60 days to evaluate include: the project is a complex project specifically at a major source, if the project requires a mandatory public notice period due to being installed within 1000 feet of a school or triggering the requirement for a air quality impact analysis (AQIA), if they do not initially pass a health risk assessment (HRA) or AQIA, if BACT is not proposed or complete BACT analysis is not submitted or for major sources if actual emission data is not included.
Ensuring your application is complete is the best way to reduce processing time. Complete emissions data is the most important factor in minimizing application processing time and iterative information requests. If you have any questions about what information is required, please contact the District using the information on the Assistance tab.
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If a piece of equipment or a process emits more than 10 pounds per day of particulate matter (PM10), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC) or oxides of sulfur (SOx), the application must include a best available control technology (BACT) analysis. The District has a BACT guide to assist with the analysis. If you have questions or need assistance reference the contact information at the bottom of this page. Please review District Rules 20.1 and 20.2.
District Rule 1200 applies to any new, relocated, or modified emission unit which may increase emissions of one or more toxic air contaminant(s). The proposed project must comply with Rule 1200. Proposed equipment may require toxics best available control technology (TBACT) depending on the project. Please review District Rule 1200 for further details.
District rules address how information that is submitted to the District is managed. District Regulation IX contains District Rules 176 and 177. Please refer directly to these rules when submitting trade secret information. However, be aware that you will need to submit:
Applications submitted with incomplete material composition data due to failure to include proprietary information can significantly delay permit applications. In an effort to expedite the permit application process it is recommended that you contact the manufacturer or vendor of any proprietary materials that are used in the process and prepare the required letters as part of your application submittal.
In 1989, the California state legislature passed a law, AB 3205, designed to protect schoolchildren from hazardous air contaminants. The law, as currently written, requires the District to notify parents of schoolchildren, neighboring businesses and residents of all new or modified equipment that emits any hazardous air contaminant into the air which will be installed within 1,000 feet of a school site. The law also requires the District to consider any comments before authorizing construction. Please review your proposed location. If a school property boundary is located within 1,000 feet of the proposed emissions point, the AB3205 process will be initiated. This process requires a 30 day public comment period and the overall process will delay projects by at least six weeks.
These rules do not typically apply to abrasive blasting operations with some exceptions for abrasive blasting operations associated with processes such as aerospace or marine coating that are subject to a federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) that applies to the entire process line.
Several District rules may apply to your equipment. General rules that may apply to Abrasive Blasting include Rules 50, 51, and 52.
Equipment specific Rule 71 applies to "non-permanent" abrasive blasting operations so does not typically apply to permitted abrasive blasting units. A complete listing of the District's rules can be found here.
Equipment Calculation Procedures - This page contains procedures to be used for calculating emissions from this equipment that should be submitted with each application.
Use of these calculation procedures will aid in minimizing application review time and costs. The correct emission factors should be selected from the list based on equipment. If available, manufacturer provided equipment specific emission data or source test results should be utilized before using default emission factors. Sources of all emission data used must be included as attachments to the application.
AP-42 - An alternative compilation of emission factors and calculation procedures prepared by the EPA that may be utilized by the District in some situations for some equipment types.