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.
General Application Word PDF
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
Plot Plan including stack location and nearby building
dimensions (only required if toxics may be emitted)
specifications including filter efficiency (if applicable)
The general and equipment specific application forms must be
submitted with each application packet.
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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
Abrasive Blast Pots Loaded Pneumatically or from
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
bottom of page) 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
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 2.2% that is charged by the credit card provider.
Best Available Control Technology
Unless abrasive blasting equipment consitutes a major source or does
not comply with state standards it is not subject to BACT
requirements; however if needed, 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
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:
1. A letter disclosing the proprietary information. This can
be submitted electronically.
2. A letter for the
explaining why the information needs to be held as trade secret.
The inclusion of 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
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.
How to Submit Application Packet
10124 Old Grove Rd
San Diego, CA 92131-1649
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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 abrasive blasing permits may take longer than 60
days to evaluate include: if they require a mandatory public notice
period due to being installed within 1000 feet of a school, if they do
not initially pass a health risk assessment (HRA), or if information
to justify dust collector filter efficiency is not submitted or is not satisfactory.
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.
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Access to get up to date information on the status of your application.
more about the application process and what to expect.
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 operations 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.
Calculation Procedures and Additional Resources
Abrasive Blasting Emission 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 calculation
procedure can be found at the link at the top of the page and the
correct emission factors selected from the list based on abrasive type.
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.
Need Help? Have Questions?
District or call (858) 586-2600 and ask for the duty engineer.
More in depth help and site visits can be performed by the District
Small Business Assistance Program Coordinator who may be reached at