The Permitting Process

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Learn more about the rules that require permits to operate and construct.

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Application Submittal

Within 30 days of receipt your application is deemed complete or incomplete. If your application is incomplete, processing will be delayed. A complete application includes all of the required forms, fees and all the information required for the engineer to complete the evaluation. If additional information is required, the engineer assigned will explain what is needed. When the application is assigned, the applicant will receive an automated email with the contact information for the assigned engineer. Select equipment type applications can now be submitted online through Citizen Access

Authority to Construct

Once you are issued an Authority to Construct (ATC) you will have authority to begin construction. The ATC will be valid for one year and can be extended for up to five years in one year increments. Make sure to read your ATC because it will contain the conditions under which you must operate. If you deviate from these conditions, you may be subject to compliance action.

Construction Completion Notice

When you complete construction and prior to operation you will submit the construction completion notice (CCN). Once the CCN is submitted the ATC serves as the temporary authority to operate your equipment. Again, be sure to read and comply with the conditions of the ATC. If you have questions contact the engineer assigned to your project.

Site Inspection

The District will visit your facility to ensure that you are operating in accordance with your permit conditions. The District representative will review your records and equipment and ask if you have any questions. 

Startup Authorization

If the site inspection indicates compliance with your ATC conditions and other requirements you will be issued a document called a Startup Authorization (SA) which authorizes continued operation until a final Permit to Operate (PTO) is issued or until required test results are submitted. The SA lists the conditions under which you must operate until you receive your final PTO.

Permit to Operate

Once the permitting process is complete, you will receive a permit to operate (PTO). The PTO will be valid for one year and must be renewed each subsequent year. Similar to the ATC and SA the PTO will list the conditions under which you must operate. Ensure that you read and understand each condition. You may contact the District at any time to clarify a permit condition.

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