Gas Stations

 Woman Fueling Car

Gas stations emit air contaminants and require a permit to operate. The following information will assist you in submitting an application for this type of operation. Each section of the page contains important information that you will need in order to process your application. 

Application Forms

The District collects information about your processes by asking you to complete application forms. These forms tell us about your operation and allow us to permit your process. It is very important that these forms are filled out completely and accurately. Errors and missing information may lead to delayed processing time and potentially additional charges if revisions are required. Please carefully review and complete the forms and contact the District with any questions.

General Application Word PDF

Gas Stations Exempt From Phase I and/or Phase II Controls Or E85 Stations Exempt From Phase I Word PDF

Gas Stations with Phase I and Phase II Controls Or E85 Stations with Phase I Controls Word PDF

Control Device (if applicable) Word PDF

Toxics Form Word PDF

The general and equipment specific application forms must be submitted in your application packet. 

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Estimated Fees

The correct fee must be submitted with your application in order for it to be accepted. For this type of equipment, depending on the application type, the fees are either listed in the table(s) below or are determined based on the time and materials required to conduct the review. If your application type is not listed in the table(s), a fee estimate must be obtained from the District prior to submittal. 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. 

Gas Dispensing requiring phase I and II controls
Gas Dispensing requiring phase I controls only
Non-retail Gas Dispensing, tanks 260-550 gallons

Before submitting an application, contact the District (see bottom of page) to obtain an application fee estimate 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 40.

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How to Pay

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, you must provide contact information (name and phone number) so that the District can complete payment.

Please note that credit card payments are assessed a transaction fee of 2.19% that is charged by the credit card provider.

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Trade Secret

The District has rules that regulate 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:

1.         You must indicate on the general application form that your submittal includes trade secret information to ensure that it is not inadvertently made publicly available.      

2.         A letter disclosing the proprietary information. Ideally, this information should be separated from your application and clearly identifiable. This can be submitted electronically, and can be a separate submittal from the main application package.

3.       A letter for the  public record explaining why the information needs to be held as trade secret or is otherwise exempt from disclosure.

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.

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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.

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How to Submit Application Packet



Permit Processing

10124 Old Grove Rd

San Diego, CA 92131-1649


(858) 586-2601

Select equipment types can now submit applications online through Citizen Access. Sign up today to get connected to your applications and permits. 

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Application Status

The District is required to act on complete applications within 180 days. If a specific turnaround time is required, discuss this with the assigned engineer. More complex processes will take longer. 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 at the bottom of this page. Learn more about the rules that govern application processing time. 

Sign up for Citizen Access to get up to date information on the status of your application.

Learn more about the application process and what to expect. 

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Gas station operations are subject to the following National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and Air Toxic Control Measures (ATCM):

NESHAP CCCCCC: Gasoline Dispensing Facilities - This EPA rule applies to all gasoline stations. The District will evaluate your application and include any applicable requirements of this rule in the Authority to Construct and Permit to Operate.

ATCM for Retail Gasoline Dispensing Facilities - This rule applies to all gasoline stations. The District will evaluate your application and include any applicable requirements of this rule in the Authority to Construct and Permit to Operate. 

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District Prohibitory Rules

Several prohibitory rules may apply to your equipment. The equipment specific rules that applies to retail gasoline stations are listed below. A complete listing of the District's rules can be found here .

Rule 61.3                    Rule 61.3.1

Rule 61.4                    Rule 61.4.1

Compliance Information

Notification forms, testing guidance and more is available to you at the Gas Station Compliance page.

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Need Help? Have Questions? Email the District or call (858) 586-2600 and ask for the duty chemical engineer. More in depth help and site visits can be performed by the District Small Business Assistance Program Coordinator who can be reached at (858) 586-2656.

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