Industrial Permit Process
Any industrial operation that has the potential to emit 5.5 pounds per day or 1 ton per year of any regulated air pollutant is required to obtain a permit from Pinal County Air Quality. The application material on this page must be completed and submitted in order to obtain a permit. A permit must be obtained prior to beginning construction.
PCAQCD Legal Authority
A.R.S. § 49-402 indicates that PCAQCD has jurisdiction over all stationary air pollution sources in Pinal County with the exception of the following:
- Smelting of metal ore.
- Petroleum refineries.
- Coal-fired electrical generating stations.
- Air pollution by portable sources.
- Air pollution by mobile sources.
Permit Application Requirements:
Permit Issuance Timeframes (Including Public Notice and EPA Review)
Fees (after the application is determined to be complete)
- Check for administrative completeness (entity name, address, parcel #, etc.)
- Application entered in the database and assigned a permit number
- Application assigned to an engineer
- Sixty (60) days from the receipt of the application to determine permit application completeness
- Written notification is sent to the source to submit the missing information
- The permit issuance clock stops until the requested information is submitted by the source
- Permit draft is sent to the source for review
- After reviewing and making changes to the draft permit (if applicable), the draft is sent to a 30 day mandatory public notice period
- If any member of the public objects to the draft permit in writing, an additional 30 days are added to hold a public hearing at the end of the initial public notice period
- The source can request public notice and public hearing to run concurrently
- If the source is a major source of any regulated pollutants, the draft permit is sent to EPA for 45 days of official review after the public notice
- The source is sent an invoice for the permit processing hours at the end of the public notice period or EPA review as applicable
- The invoice needs to be paid within 30 days of issuance
- A final permit is issued upon receipt of the payment
Application Fee Class I (Title V) Sources New Permit $500 - $4,000 Significant Permit Revision (Due to major modification) $10,000 Any Other Significant Permit Revision $1,000 Minor Permit Revision $500 Class II Sources New Permit $100 - $500 Class III Sources New Permit $100 Permit Processing Fee Class I (Title V) Sources New Permit $111.05 per hour Significant Permit $111.05 per hour up to $25,000 Minor Permit Revision $111.05 per hour up to $10,000 Permit Renewal $111.05 per hour Class II Sources New Permit $111.05 per hour Permit Revision $111.05 per hour Permit Renewal $111.05 per hour Class III Sources New Permit $250.00 Permit Revision $250.00 Permit Renewal $250.00 Annual Administrative Fee Class I (Title V) Sources Aerospace $14,771.00 Cement Plants $45,228.00 Combustion/Boilers $10,992.00 Compressor Stations $9,045.00 Class I (Title V) Sources Copper Smelters $45, 228.00 Electronics $14,542.00 Class I (Title V) Sources Expandable Foam $10,420.00 Foundries $13,855.00 Landfills $11,336.00 Lime Plants $42,365.00 Copper & Nickel Mines $10,649.00 Gold Mines $14,542.00 Mobile Home Manufacturing $10,649.00 Paper Mills $14,542.00 Paper Coaters $10,992.00 Petroleum Products - Terminal Facilities $16,145.00 Polymeric Fabric Coaters $14,542.00 Reinforced Plastics $10,992.00 Semiconductor Fabrication $19,122.00 Utilities - Natural Gas $11,679.00 Utilities - Fossil Fuel $23,129.00 Vitamin/Pharmaceutical Manufacturing $11,221.00 Wood Furniture $10,992.00 Others $11,336.00 Others with Continuous Emission Monitoring $14,542.00 Class I Annual Emission-Based Fee $19.78 per ton Class II Title V Sources Synthetic Minor Sources (Except portable sources) Class I Fee as above Stationary Sources (Not otherwise qualified) $5,725.00 Qualifying General Source - As defined in §3-1-030(16a) $3,435.00 Small Source - As defined in §3-1-030(20) $573.00 Annual Administrative Fee Class II Non-Title V Sources Stationary Sources (Not otherwise qualified) $3,721.00 Cotton Gins with A Permitted Capacity - Less Than 20,000 Bales per year $3,721.00 Portable Sources $3,721.00 Qualifying General Source - As defined in §3-1-030(16a) $2,290.00 Crematories - Qualify for an ADEQ General Permit $1,145.00 Gasoline Dispensing - Qualify for an ADEQ General Permit $573.00 - As Defined in A.A.C. R18-2-501 through 511 (At least 18 nozzles) Spray Operations - Medium $1,832.00 Spray Operations - Small $458.00 Class III Non-Title V Or Minor Screening Sources $250.00
- The fees are adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
- The emission fee is in addition to the Class I annual administrative fee and is based on per ton of actual emissions of all regulated pollutants emitted during the previous year.
- Class III includes sources that have the potential to emit below significant levels.
- A late fee of 1.5% per month will be charged for any fees that remain unpaid 30 days after the initial due date.
Accelerated Application Processing Fee (Code §3-7-630):
- Sixty (60) day's written notice in advance of filing the application.
- Standard application fee plus an additional 50% non-refundable surcharge based on the estimated cost of accelerating the processing of the application.
- Final action on Class I and II permits shall be taken within 120 days after the application is deemed complete (the department has 60 days to determine application completeness).
- Final action on minor permit revisions shall be taken within 60 days after receiving an application.
- Accelerated Application Processing Fee (§3-7-630) PDF
- Begin Actual Construction Definition Code (§1-3-140.19a) PDF
- Confidentiality of Records (§3-1-120) PDF
- Crushing and Screening Filing Instructions (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Form - Only Submit if Requested by PCAQCD (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Instructions (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 1 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 2 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 3 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 4 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 5 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 6 (PDF)
- Emissions Inventory Section 7 (PDF)
- EPA Method 203A (PDF)
- EPA Method 203C (PDF)
- EPA Method 22 (PDF)
- EPA Method 9 (PDF)
- Fuel Burning Equipment (PDF)
- Gas Station Tanks Application (PDF)
- Generators (PDF)
- Industrial Application (PDF)
- Industrial Fee Schedule (PDF)
- Industrial Information Outline (PDF)
- Major Source Emission Form (Only Submit if Applying for a Major Source) (PDF)
- Nonattainment Map (PDF)
- Notice of Equipment Transfer (PDF)
- Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaners Monthly Calendar (PDF)
- Petroleum Liquid Storage Vessel Information Form - for Tanks Not at a Gas Station (PDF)
- Soil Vapor Extraction Units (PDF)
- Spray Paint Booth (PDF)
- Visual Screen Form (PDF)
- Wastewater Scrubber Form (PDF)