Getting Your Permit Quickly
If I have to fill out the applications quickly what do I do?
- Call the DO/LAA and discuss the project and get the correct forms.
- Fill out Section I of the PTI/PTIO application form, Section II for each emissions unit and the Emissions Activity Category form for each emissions unit using the instructions found in the application.
- Submit the application to the DO/LAA.
If I need to get my permit processed quickly what do I do?
- Complete the above steps.
- Call the DO/LAA and ask for rush processing.
- Call Mike Hopkins, Assistant Chief of Permitting at (614) 644-3611 to put your permit on the "rush" list. Information on this process is available on the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) website.
- Call the Ohio EPA periodically to monitor the progress and to offer to help.
Electronic Copies of Issued Permits
The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) provides electronic copies of permits issued to facilities that we have an electronic copy of. Our electronic documents date back to late 1998. All electronic permit records are available in PDF. If an electronic copy is available, a link will be present in a list of all records we have going back to 1974 of issued permits. Additional search options and tracking status will be added to this website in mid- to late-2009.
All stages of issued permits are now available by clicking here.
Compliance Reporting in Permits
For many years, Ohio EPA has required quarterly and semi-annual compliance reports in Permits-to-Install (PTIs), Title V permits, and historical State Permits-to-Operate (PTOs) (i.e., former Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-35 permits-to-operate). Beginning June 30, 2008, Ohio EPA began only requiring those reports in PTIs issued to Title V facilities and for certain restrictions issued in a federally enforceable Permit-to-Install and Operate (FEPTIO).
Also beginning June 30, 2008, an annual Permit Evaluation Report (PER) requirement was instituted for any emissions unit subject to permit requirements issued in a final PTIO. The effect of this 2008 change was that at a facility that is not subject to Title V, the reporting requirements for “existing permitted” emissions units continue in effect and are required to be submitted until a PTIO is issued final for that emissions unit. Thus, in most cases, an existing quarterly reporting requirement will eventually be replaced with the PER for all operations at the facility as the existing PTIs/State issued PTOs (i.e., former OAC Chapter 3745-35 permits-to-operate) are superseded by the issued PTIO for each emissions unit.
- Quarterly Reports – Jan. 31, April 30, July 31, Oct. 31
- Semi-Annual Reports – Jan. 31, July 31
- PER - Date indicated in the issued PTIO.
- Title V Compliance Certification – April 30
Compliance Report Submission
The eBusiness Center - Air Services is required as the mechanism to submit the Title V Compliance Certification and other required reports for Title V facilities. Similarly, the PER, and as applicable other reports also must be submitted via eBusiness Center - Air Services for facilities subject to an FEPTIO. The use of Air Services to submit the PER or quarterly and semi-annual reports is optional for facilities that are not subject to an FEPTIO. Facilities subject to Title V or an FEPTIO are strongly encouraged to use Air Services to submit all types of reports.
A reminder letter is sent for the annual Title V Compliance Certification. A hard copy PER form or reminder letter is also mailed to all affected facilities at the end of the applicable reporting period. However, no letters reminding companies to submit the quarterly or semi-annual reports are sent by Ohio EPA due to the frequency of reporting. If you need to acquire a copy of the PER form/letter you should contact the applicable District Office/Local Air Agency for the location of the facility.
Note: A PER does not need to be signed prior to submission (although a PIN entered by a company employee is required to submit any item in Air Services).
Annual Emissions Reporting Program
The 1990 federal Clean Air Act Amendments established new permitting and reporting requirements for air polluting facilities. Under Title V of the amendments, facilities that have the potential to emit certain amounts of air pollution are required to apply for and obtain a state-federal operating permit and pay emission fees. In Ohio, facilities are categorized into three ‘types’ for purposes of deciding which reports are required to be filed on April 15 each year. A site is either ‘Title V’ or ‘Non-Title V.' Your facility ‘type’ in turn determines the level of detail, the reporting mechanism (Air Services versus hard copy report form) for reporting facility-wide emissions, pollutants included and the amount of fees that are charged. It also determines whether or not an Emissions Inventory (EIS) and/or an Emissions Statement (ES) is required to be filed simultaneously.
For more information, please visit Annual Emissions Reporting Program's website.
Most of the air pollution permit fees are emissions-based fees (i.e., a $/ton assessed fee based on estimated actual emissions). However, the Permit-To-Install (PTI) fee is assessed on a permit basis using a schedule identified in Section 3745.11 of the Ohio Revised Code. This schedule identifies various fees for specific categories of permitted activities. The total PTI fee is the sum of the various activity-specific fees assessed for the operations permitted in each issued PTI.
Emissions Fee Reporting
Reporting requirements are outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC)3745.11 and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)3745-78-02. If you are an owner or operator of a facility that is required to apply for and obtain an air pollution control operating permit, you are required to submit an annual emissions report for estimated actual facility wide emissions of particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), organic compounds (OC), and lead (Pb) no later than April 15 for the previous year. Once the emissions report is submitted to Ohio EPA, DAPC, a designated District Office or Local Air Agency staff person reviews the emissions data for accuracy. An invoice is generated based on the appropriate fee schedule designated in Ohio law.
Fees are assessed to cover a portion or all of the costs associated with air permitting activities, air pollution monitoring, inspections and providing technical assistance. To read detailed information on each specific fee category, click on the hyperlinks below.
For more information, please visit Annual Emissions Reporting Program's website.
Transfer of Ownership
Transfer of ownership and air permits (PDF, Word)
Non-Title V Ownership Transfer Form (PDF, Word)
The Permit Issuance and Emissions Reporting Unit is responsible for tracking, typing, proofing, and issuing Permits to Install (PTIs), Permits-to-Install and Operate (PTIOs) and Title V permits for air pollution sources.
To find out the status of your permit, it is recommended that you first contact the District Office or Local Air Agency (DO/LAA) that is responsible for your facility if you do not have the access to Air Services. The DO/LAA has already sent their permit recommendation to the EPA Central Office, you may contact us at (614) 644-2300 to determine the status and likely issue date of your permit. If you would like to see the steps involved in issuing a permit, click here.
Permitting Programs for Non-Title V Facilities
– smaller emitting facilities, generally less complicated permitting requirements (e.g., dry cleaners, small industrial operations, gas stations)
- Generally referred to as “Non-Title V” or “Synthetic Minor Title V” sources depending on whether or not voluntary restrictions on the quantity of air contaminants are included in issued permits that prevent the source from becoming subject to the Title V operating permit program.
- Permit-to-Install and Operate (PTIO) is issued for these types of sources.
- Permit duration is 10 years for Non-Title V facilities and five years for Synthetic Minor Title V facilities.
Types of Permit Documents
Permit-to-Install and Operate — This permit document is issued to Non-Title V and Synthetic Minor Title V facilities. Permit-to-Install and Operate (PTIO) is a relatively recent permit document type. Effective June 30, 2008, Ohio EPA began issuing a single PTIO for an air contaminant source rather than a Permit-to-Install (PTI), followed by a separate Permit-to-Operate (PTO) for Non-title V and Synthetic Minor Title V facilities. The PTIO was designed to streamline the permitting process for non-major facilities with low emissions of air contaminants. PTIOs are issued as final actions of the Director that are appealable to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission. If the permit is establishing federally enforceable terms and conditions or has high public interest, it will first be issued as a draft permit to allow a 30-day comment period by the public, U.S. EPA, or other interested parties.
Federally Enforceable Permit-to-Install and Operate (FEPTIO) — This a specific type of PTIO issued with federally enforceable limitations that limit the facility-wide potential to emit. The limitations restrict emissions below what is otherwise required by regulation so the permittee can avoid various regulations. The most common restrictions apply to one or more permitted operations at the facility in order to reduce the overall facility-wide potential to emit. In some cases the restriction is requested to avoid an operationally specific requirement (e.g. a MACT standard). FEPTIOs are issued at the same draft and final stages as described for the PTIO above.
Permit Mechanisms/Options — Various mechanisms have been developed over the years to speed up the permitting process. The basic process is described by the “Steps to obtain Ohio EPA air pollution permits.” However, additional permitting options may be available depending on the type of operation being installed. These options fall into two broad categories: exemptions and general permits.
Exemptions — Ohio EPA has developed several types of permitting exemptions. These exemptions include:
- De minimis: Outright exemption established in the de minimis rule for very small potential air contaminant sources.
- Permit exempt: Exempt an operation from being required to first be issued a permit, but are subject to certain criteria in the exemption rule and/or air pollution control limitations or restrictions established in certain air pollution rules.
- Permit-by-Rule (PBR): Permit exemptions that establish emission limits and/or other conditions through the specific exemption rule.
- General Permits: General permits speed up the permitting process for certain well-defined operations that are not eligible for a permit exemption. General permits are designed to identify the emission limits, operational restrictions, monitoring, record-keeping, reporting and testing requirements for the majority of sources covered by the general permit. The benefit of seeking a general permit is that the permit is issued very quickly once a complete application is received; the trade-off is that there is no source-specific tailoring of the permit terms. When it comes to general permits, what you see is what you get.
- Other options: In addition to the two stream lining options developed by the Agency, a company can also choose to use one of these options as the starting point for a traditional permit. For example, if the terms of a general permit don’t quite fit a specific situation, an applicant can suggest slight modifications to the general permit terms as the basis for quick processing of a traditionally processed permit. Feel free to discuss this option with your Ohio EPA District Office or Local Air Agency contact.
- Permit exemptions that establish emission limits and/or other conditions through the specific exemption rule (known as “Permit-by-Rule”).