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Operating Permits

Operating permits are legally enforceable documents that permitting authorities issue to air pollution sources after the source has begun to operate. This Web site discusses the kind of operating permit (called a title V operating permit) that most large sources and some smaller sources of air pollution are required to obtain. This requirement comes from Title V of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990.

Most title V permits are issued by State and local permitting authorities. These permits are often called part 70 permits because the regulations that establish minimum standards for State permit programs are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 40 CFR part 70. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also issues title V permits to sources in Indian country and in other situations, as needed. EPA-issued permits are called part 71 permits.

For more information:

Basic Information - Basic information about operating permits.

Where You Live - Links to EPA Regional Office operating permits information along with contact information and web links for operating permit programs at state, local and tribal agencies.

Laws and Regulations - The legal requirements for operating permits.

Guidance - Clarifications and/or explanations of permitting requirements.

What EPA Does - Learn about EPA’s role in the permitting process, including contact information.

Issuance Status - Statistics and maps on permit issuance.

Public Input - How the public can influence the permitting process, including links to electronic versions of permits (where available).

Part 71 Permits - Learn about EPA-issued operating permits in Indian country.

Fees - Learn about permit fees, including inflation adjustments.

Title V Task Force Recommendations - EPA’s response to recommended improvements to the permit program.

Related Links - Learn more about industrial sources, compliance/enforcement, hotlines, FOIA, and more.

GHG Permitting - Resources and guidance to assist state and local permitting authorities as they implement their Clean Air Act permitting programs for greenhouse gas emissions.


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