Hazardous Materials Division
The goal of the Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) is to protect human health and the environment by ensuring that hazardous materials, hazardous waste, medical waste and underground storage tanks are properly managed. To accomplish this goal, the HMD regulates facilites that:
- Handle or store Hazardous Materials
- Are part of the California Accidental Release Prevention Program
- Generate or treat Hazardous Wastes
- Generate or treat Medical Waste
- Store at least 1320 gallons of Aboveground Petroleum
- Own or operate Underground Storage Tanks
All businesses in the County of San Diego that conduct any of these activities are required by law to obtain and maintain a valid Unified Program Facility Permit through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). For additional information please visit our CERS information page. HMD Forms and HMD Guidance Documents are still available and are accessible from any HMD webpage from the Popular Services menu on the right side of the screen.
IMPORTANT. Please Read: Changes in the law might affect your facility and hazardous materials reporting. See this link for more information.
Emergency Response and Border Inspections are also important programs within HMD. Both programs are collaborative efforts with local, state, federal and international agencies to protect the lives and health of all residents and visitors of San Diego County.
Want to know what to
expect during an inspection? Please watch this video: