Small Business Compliance Assistance

There are many small businesses that are subject to environmental laws and, although small business owners want to comply, they are often not aware of the laws that apply to them. In addition, small business owners have many priorities and sometimes limited resources to devote to environmental compliance. With these implications, it can be difficult for small businesses to keep up with changes in the regulations.

Recognizing these challenges, Ohio EPA offers compliance assistance "to help small businesses understand and comply with the environmental regulations that apply to them." The services of the office are free, non-regulatory and available to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Small businesses can also use the Environmental Compliance Self-Assessment Guide for Small Businesses as a tool to help identify the environmental regulations they are subject to and to assess their degree of compliance.

If you are starting or expanding a business in Ohio, it is very important for you to determine whether you need environmental permits for your operations. You can use the Guide to Environmental Permitting in Ohio to help you determine what environmental permits you need, why you need them and how to get them. This guide should not, however, be your only resource in determining your permitting and compliance responsibilities.

Local OCAPP contacts at Ohio EPA District Offices

Our local Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) contacts can explain environmental regulations, permitting requirements and compliance reporting in plain language. If your company is independently owned and has less than 100 employees, an OCAPP compliance specialist will visit your facility at your request to advise you on what you need to do for environmental compliance. These visits are not inspections, and the results are kept confidential.

Click on the map at right for the mailing address and contact information for the OCAPP compliance specialists located at each of the district offices. To find specific contacts for each county, click on the county name within the “Counties Served” listings for each district or click here for an alphabetical list of county names.




There are many benefits to small businesses in working with the office to achieve compliance with the environmental regulations:

  • Protecting workers' health and safety
  • Preserving natural resources
  • Reducing liability and the potential for violations or penalties
  • Saving money through pollution prevention (P2)

We hope you find this site to be a helpful resource. Please feel free to contact us directly if you need any additional information or help with environmental regulations.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

Physical Address:
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

General Telephone: (614) 644-3020 

Directions to Central Office here.  

General questions about EPA compliance, regulations, OCAPP services or policies, contact:  
Rick Carleski, Manager 
(614) 728-1742

Mailing Address:
Ohio EPA - CDO 
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

Physical Address: 
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700 Columbus, OH 43215

General Telephone: (614) 728-3778

Fax: (614) 728-3898

Directions to Central District Office here

Counties Served: DelawareFairfieldFayetteFranklinKnoxLickingMadisonMorrowPickaway and Union.

OCAPP Compliance Specialist:
Dan Sowry, Environmental Specialist 
(614) 728-8575

Mailing Address and Location: 
2110 E. Aurora Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087

General Telephone: (330) 963-1200

Fax: (330) 487-0769

Directions to Northeast District Office here.

Counties Served: AshtabulaCarrollColumbianaCuyahogaGeaugaHolmesLakeLorainMahoningMedinaPortageStarkSummitTrumbull and Wayne.

OCAPP Compliance Specialists: 
Tamara Girard, Environmental Specialist 
(330) 963-1282
Brianne Ciccone, Environmental Specialist 
(330) 963-1250

Mailing Address and Location: 
347 N. Dunbridge Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402

General Telephone: (419) 352-8461

Fax: (419) 352-8468

Directions to Northwest District Office here

Counties Served: AllenAshlandAuglaizeCrawfordDefianceErieFultonHancockHardinHenryHuronLucas
MarionMercerOttawaPauldingPutnamRichlandSanduskySenecaVan WertWilliamsWood and Wyandot.

OCAPP Complaince Specialists: 
Ron Nabors, Environmental Specialist 
(419) 373-3147
Brent Goetz, Environmental Specialist 
(419) 373-3095

Mailing Address and Location:
2195 Front St.
Logan, OH 43138

General Telephone: (740) 385-8501

Fax: (740) 385-6490

Direction to Southeast District Office here

Counties Served: AdamsAthensBelmontCoshoctonGalliaGuernseyHarrisonHockingJacksonJeffersonLawrence
MeigsMonroeMorganMuskingumNoblePerryPikeRossSciotoTuscarawasVinton and Washington.

OCAPP Compliance Specialist: 
Ralph Witte, Environmental Specialist 
(740) 380-5241

Mailing Address and Location:
401 E. Fifth St. 
Dayton, OH 45402

General Telephone: (937) 285-6357

Fax: (937) 285-6249

Directions to Southwest District Office here

Counties Served: BrownButlerChampaignClarkClermontClintonDarkeGreeneHamiltonHighlandLoganMiami
MontgomeryPrebleShelby and Warren.

OCAPP Compliance Specialist:
Jim Pellegrino, Environmental Specialist
(937) 285-6439