FOCUS: Permitting your Facility:
Permit Application and Application Review


Where can I find the Permit Application?

You can call SWCAA at (360) 574-3058 to request the Permit Application and all other additional forms, or you can download them from our Forms and Applications site.

Where can I find SWCAA regulations?

You can call SWCAA at (360) 574-3058 to request the regulations or you can download them from our Regulations site. This also includes information on Toxic and Hazardous Air Pollutants that are regulated.

What is a Permit Application?

A Permit Application is the document or form used by SWCAA to record and track requests from individual sources, registered and non-registered, for the purpose of obtaining information regarding proposed changes (equipment or processes) at an air contaminant source. Information which the source wants to be handled as confidential must be identified and handled in accordance with provisions of SWCAA 400-270 "Confidentiality of Records and Information." A fee consistent with the fee schedule provided in SWCAA 400-110 must be submitted with the Permit Application prior to review by SWCAA.

When is a Permit Application required?

A Permit Application must be submitted for all new installations and for modifications of existing process and emission control equipment. Examples of situations which require submission of a Permit Application are described in SWCAA 400-109(3) "Types of Applications." SWCAA evaluates each application as it is received, and must make a completeness determination in writing within 30 calendar days of receipt. Incomplete applications require the submission of additional information prior to further review.

What are the Permit Application review fees?

The review fees are found in SWCAA 400 regulations and can also be found on our Review Fee site.

How are Permit Applications reviewed and approved?

SWCAA's Permit Application review program requires proposed new sources and modifications of existing sources to demonstrate that all applicable emission standards have been met prior to approval. Examples of applicable emissions standards include, but are not limited to: Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT), Best Available Control Technology (BACT), Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER), Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT), New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), and ambient air quality standards. The review program uses information submitted in a Permit Application as the basis for determining whether applicable emission standards have been met. The Washington Clean Air Act requires all new sources and modifications which increase emissions to employ BACT. Where there is no increase in emissions, existing sources must employ RACT. SWCAA is required to issue a final decision on an application within sixty calendar days of receipt of a completed Permit Application. For those projects subject to public notice, SWCAA issues a preliminary determination and initiates notice and public comment procedures pursuant with SWCAA 400-171, followed as promptly as possible by a final decision. Final decisions are issued in the form of a regulatory order as described in SWCAA 400-230.

Can final determinations made by SWCAA be appealed?

Any decision or regulatory order issued by SWCAA may be appealed to the Board of Directors as provided in SWCAA 400-250 "Appeals" or appealed directly to the Pollution Control Hearings Board as provided in RCW 43.21B and WAC 371-08. See our Appeals section for more information.

Are there other permits I might need for my facility?

While SWCAA permits only those facilities that emit or has the potential to emit pollutants to the atmosphere, you might need other environmental permits for your facility. The Permit Handbook might be able to answer your questions for commonly required environmental permits in Washington state.