Permit Appeals

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Permit applicants or public participants in the permit process may petition the Hearing Board for a hearing on any permit conditions and permit determinations.

What is a permit appeal and who can file one?

As provided in District Rule 25, permit appeals may be filed by either a permit applicant or an aggrieved person (see Rule 25(g)) who participated in the permitting process. “Permit” includes Authority to Construct, Permit to Operate, Temporary Authorization, renewal of a Permit to Operate with new or modified conditions, Certificate of Registration, and Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Certificate.  

For Title V permits, please refer to Rule 1425

When is the deadline to file a permit appeal?

What should I include in a permit appeal petition?

  • Petition for Hearing Board Action cover sheet
  • A written explanation of the grounds for the appeal. (See District Rule 25 for non-Title V permits or Rule 1425 for Title V permits.) Information provided in the petition should be clear, comprehensive, and concise. Please note that information you submit to the Hearing Board or present at the meeting becomes a public record subject to disclosure.
  • Agent’s Authorization form, if a representative (such as a consultant) will appear on your behalf at the meeting. Whoever appears should be prepared to discuss whether the permit was properly issued or denied.
  • Filing fee of $1679. 
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Where do I file a permit appeal?

Submit the petition forms with fees as soon as possible to the Hearing Board Clerk, located at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101.

The Clerk accepts cash or a check made payable to the County of San Diego.

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Compliance Division Contact

For general questions, please contact District Hearing Board Representative Heidi Gabriel-Pack by phone at (858) 586-2657 or by email. The District Business Assistant can also assist you in completing the petition forms. Please contact Eric Luther by phone at (858) 586-2656 or by email.

For procedural questions, please contact the Hearing Board Clerk, who can be reached in person at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101, by phone at (619) 531-5434, or by fax to (619) 531-6098. 

You may also contact the Compliance Division by phone at (858) 586-2650 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm or by email