Ombudsman Business Assistance
Sometimes business owners find it difficult to understand and comply with California's air quality regulations. Businesses must determine which regulations apply, what compliance methods are available, whether or not permits are required and if so, who issues those permits. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) understands that owners of small businesses may need technical or financial assistance when trying to comply with regulatory requirements. CARB's Small Business Assistance program can help to guide you to the right resources, help answer your permitting/registration questions, and help you identify potential financial incentives.
What is the Business Assistance Program?
The federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 required all states to develop a program to assist small businesses to understand and comply with air quality control regulations. California's 35-air pollution control or air quality management districts (Districts) are primarily responsible for regulating stationary (non-mobile) sources of air pollution and CARB is primarily responsible for mobile and other sources of air pollution, such as consumer products. Together, the Districts and CARB offer California businesses a number of compliance resources including training courses, assistance with permitting, and referrals to financial assistance opportunities, including grants and programs for early compliance with some regulations. Compliance assistance is sometimes offered through the enforcement division of a local air District or CARB.
What Types of Small Businesses are Regulated?
Many businesses operating in California must comply with environmental requirements that protect public health and air quality. Examples of businesses affected by air pollution regulations include those involved with:
- Dry cleaning;
- Automotive refinishing;
- Commercial boilers, generators, heaters and incinerators;
- Solvent cleaners;
- Paint or inks;
- Toxic chemicals;
- Gasoline sales and distribution;
- Chrome plating; and
Who Coordinates the Business Assistance Program?
The Office of the Ombudsman operates CARB's Business Assistance Program. Additionally, the enforcement division operates CARB's compliance training program. One of our goals is to ensure that you have an opportunity to participate early in the regulatory process and you have the information needed to understand and comply with our air quality regulations. The Ombudsman will help you locate the correct contact person within CARB and/or in your local air district.
Call (916) 323-6791 or (800) 242-4450 for assistance.
Para asistencia en Espanol, llame (916) 324-1503.