State Standard Area Designations
This page last reviewed October 22, 2013
The Health and Safety
Code (H&SC) section 39607(e) requires the Air Resources Board
(Board) to establish and periodically review area designation criteria.
These designation criteria provide the basis for the Board to designate
areas of California as attainment,
nonattainment, or unclassified for the State standards.The
made the first area designations for State ambient air quality
standards (State standards) in 1989. Since then, the ARB has reviewed
the designations each year, making changes as needed. This web site
area provides information about the ARB's activities related to the
designation of areas in California with respect
to the State
In addition, H&SC section 39608 requires the Board to use the designation criteria to designate areas of California and to annually review those area designations. The Board makes area designations for ten pollutants: ozone, suspended particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, sulfates, lead, hydrogen sulfide, and visibility reducing particles. Each year, the Board reviews the area designations and updates them as appropriate, based on the three most recent complete and validated calendar years of air quality data.
We have established an e-mail mailing list for Area Designation activities. As announcements, reports and other information are posted to this website, we will send e-mail notifications to everyone on the list. If you wish to receive these notices, you can subscribe to the mailing list by visiting the Area Designations List Serve Web Page and following the instructions there.
The Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board is proposing amendments to the regulations designating areas of California as attainment, nonattainment, nonattainment-transitional, or unclassified for pollutants with State ambient air quality standards. Written comments on the proposed regulatory amendments must be received by December 6, 2013 in order to be considered by the Executive Officer. No oral public hearing is currently scheduled, but may be requested. Information regarding requesting a public hearing can be found in the Notice of Public Comment Period on ARB's 2013 Area Designations rulemaking page. Additional information regarding the 2013 State Area Designations, including a list of resources used in the designation process, can be found the 2013 State Area Designations webpage.
Maps and Tables
Maps of the current State area designations are available for downloading. These documents are in Adobe pdf format.
- Maps of current State Standard Designations - these maps are taken from the latest Area Designation Staff Report. Staff Reports from previous years can be found at the link in Prior Activities above.