What is Portable Equipment?
Equipment that is designed to be and capable of being carried or
moved from one location to another. Examples of portable equipment
are: confined and unconfined abrasive blasting, portable concrete
batch plants, internal combustion engines, sand and gravel screening,
rock crushing, and unheated pavement crushing and recycling
operations. For a definition of portable equipment, please refer to Rule
12 and 12.1.
Additionally, examples of portable equipment can be found here.
What Is Not Portable?
- Is attached to a foundation
- Will reside at the same
location for more than 12 consecutive months
- Operates at a
location for 3 months or more over 2 consecutive years
- Replacement units (both of which have resided at the same
location for more than 12 months)
- The equipment replaces or
supplements an ongoing primary activity of a stationary source
(The above exclusions to the portable definition of Rule 12
are not complete. For a full definition of portable and exclusions
see Rule 12
How Do I Permit Portable Equipment?
Portable equipment can be permitted with a District
Certificate of Registration or via the California Air
Resources Board (CARB) Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP).
In some cases, a District Permit to Operate may be
required for portable equipment that operates at a stationary source
or is otherwise ineligible to operate under a Certificate of
Registration. To obtain a permit for this equipment, a standard
District permit application should be submitted.
District Certificate of Registration
The District offers the option to portable equipment operators to
obtain a Certificate
of Registration under Rule 12/12.1, which functions as a permit
to those wishing to register equipment as portable under Rule 12/12.1
in lieu of a District Permit to Operate. The District issues
Certificates of registration for the following equipment:
- Abrasive Blast (Confined/Un-Confined)
- Asphalt Roofing
kettles & Day Tankers
- Concrete batch Plant
- Engines-Diesel Fired and Spark Ignition
and Other Material Crushing and Recycling
- Rock Drills
- Material Screening (Including sand & Gravel)
California Air Resources Board Portable Equipment Registration
In addition to District Certificates of
Registration, the District also accepts those Certificates of
Registration issued by CARB under the Portable
Equipment Registration Program.
The District’s definition of portable differs from
that of the Statewide PERP. The PERP regulation limits how the
equipment and engines can be used.
The California Air Pollution
Control officers Association (CAPCOA) has an Explanation & examples of
uses of PERP.
To schedule a District inspection of your
PERP-registered equipment, please email a completed PERP
Inspection Appointment Form.
To notify the District you are moving
PERP-registered equipment into San Diego County, please email a
Compliance Division Contact
If you have any questions please contact the Portable Equipment
Coordinator by email or phone at (858) 586-2682.