Do You Need An Air Permit?
Step-by-Step Guide
Cleaner Air Oregon
Do You Need An Air Permit?
Step-by-Step Guide
Cleaner Air Oregon
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Air Permits in Lane County

In Lane County, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency is responsible for issuing air permits to commercial and industrial operations with emissions above a certain threshold. LRAPA’s air permits have operational requirements that follow Federal, State, and Local regulations that are designed to minimize emissions from businesses.

There are approximately 300 commercial and industrial operations in Lane County with an air permit issued by LRAPA. Here is a partial list of the types of operations LRAPA issues an air permit for:

  • Asphalt, concrete plants
  • Boilers
  • Foundries, mills
  • Coffee roasting
  • Crematories
  • Crushing operations
  • Dry cleaners
  • Emergency generators
  • Fiberglass fabrication
  • Gasoline stations
  • Marijuana production, processing
  • Metal plating
  • Painting, coating
  • Printing
  • Solvent cleaning

Businesses outside Lane County receive air permits from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality division.

Does my business need an air permit?

Any business or industry (e.g. source) in Lane County that emits or has the potential to emit pollutants into the air may be required to obtain an air permit from LRAPA. LRAPA issues permits for new sources, for existing sources, and for sources that are undergoing a modification to industrial processes.
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LRAPA issues five different types of air permits. These permit types are ranked below from lowest complexity with lowest fees to highest complexity and highest fees:

  • Basic Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP)
  • General Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP)
  • Simple Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP)
  • Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP)
  • Title V Operating Permit
Follow this step-by-step guide to determine if your business needs an air permit, and if so what type.
Step 1

Refer to Table 1 – Section 37-8010 of LRAPA’s Rules to determine if your operations fit into any of the defined categories. Please include all combustion equipment (e.g., engines, boilers) located at your facility, as well as their size/rating and fuel type.

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Step 2

​If your operations fit clearly into one of the categories, determine which ‘part’ of the list that category is located.

  • Part A activities and sources are subject to LRAPA’s lowest level air permit, the Basic Air Contaminant Discharge Permit.
  • Part B activities and sources may be subject to any one of the next 3 levels of ACDP, General, Simple, or Standard. This depends on the specific activities and complexity of your source.
  • Part C activities and sources are subject to a Standard ACDP.

If your operations fit into only category A, go to step 3.

If your operations fit into category B, C, OR multiple categories, go to step 4.

Step 3

​​If you only fit into Part A activities and sources, refer to application materials and resources under the Basic ACDP Applications Forms heading on our Facility Forms & Resources webpage.  Review the application materials and annual reporting form for your specific operation to see what information LRAPA will likely require or request when issuing a permit or making a regulatory applicability determination.

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Step 4

​If your operations fit into multiple categories or in Part B, review General ACDP Contaminant Discharge Permits on the Air Permit Holders webpage to see if a General permit exists for your industry type. If your industry type has a General ACDP, review the General ACDP Application Forms and General ACDP Annual Reporting Forms on the Facility Forms & Resources Webpage for to see what information LRAPA will likely require when issuing a permit or making a regulatory applicability determination.

If a General ACDP does not exist for your source, you will likely be required to obtain a Simple or Standard permit. LRAPA writes these permits for a specific facility based on their operations and processes.

Review application forms and annual reporting forms on the Facility Forms & Resources Webpage for the type of information requested on these forms that may apply to your operations. LRAPA will require a form for any emission producing activity and any control device, specifically the 200 and 300 series forms for activities and control devices. The 400 series forms are required for Standard ACDPs.

Step 5

After reviewing the information in this step-by-step guide and determining your operations require an air permit please contact:

Max Hueftle
Operations Manager
541-736-1056, ext. 231
Max@LRAPA.org

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Cleaner Air Oregon

Cleaner Air Oregon is a state-wide program designed to regulate emissions from Hazardous Air Pollutants. New facilities beginning operation, or current facilities called into the program by LRAPA, are required to quantify all air toxic pollutants emitted from the facility. Then a computer model determines how emitted pollutants move across Lane County, to understand who is exposed to the pollutants and in what amounts. With that information a health risk assessment is conducted of that exposure. Depending on the level of risk that exposure presents, LRAPA has the legal authority to require changes to processes and practices at a facility, or require the installation of pollution control devices, until risk is lowered to an acceptable level.
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LRAPA monitors air quality throughout Lane County with eight regulatory-grade monitors and over 90 commercial-grade air sensors. Air Quality Index values are updated hourly.

Find the current air quality, look up the closest monitor to you, and learn more about the Air Quality Index (AQI) on the Current Air Quality Page.

LRAPA regulates the burning of wood and yard debris, known as “outdoor burning,” in Lane County. LRAPA also enforces home wood heating – such as fireplaces and wood stoves – opacity ordinances for the cities of Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge.

Seasonal and daily restrictions can exist for both forms of burning. Check to see if there are any active burning curtailments in effect on the burning restrictions webpage.

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LRAPA is responsible for issuing air permits to commercial and industrial operations with emissions above a certain threshold. Check to see if your business needs a permit by following our 5-step guide on our Permitting Overview webpage.

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LRAPA regularly solicits public comment on proposed agency actions such as rule changes, proposed air permits, and the agency’s annual budget. LRAPA also hosts monthly Board of Director and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings.

Learn more about these public comment window and public meetings on our News, Notices & Public Calendar webpage.

The physical environment is a crucial component of any individual’s health and well-being.  Every community needs access to safe air, land and water.  LRAPA has curated together a collation of topics commonly asked about by the community to provide information, important details, and connect interested community members with resources.

Explore the many topics of information on our Community Center webpage.

LRAPA is the local air authority responsible for monitoring Lane County’s air and administering programs that protect and improve air quality. LRAPA was founded in 1968 as an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Springfield and Eugene. Today’s intergovernmental agreement includes Lane County and the cities of Cottage Grove, Eugene, Oakridge, and Springfield.