SANTA BARBARA COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
RULE 201 - PERMITS REQUIRED
(Adopted 10/18/1971, revised 5/1/1972, readopted 10/23/1978, revised 7/2/1979, and 4/17/1997)
This rule applies to any person who builds, erects, alters, replaces, operates or uses any article, machine, equipment, or other contrivance which may cause the issuance of air contaminants.
Exemptions to this rule appear in Rule 202 (Exemptions to Rule 201).
See Rule 102 for definitions not limited to this rule. For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions shall apply:
"Erect" means the setting up, installing, or assembling of equipment that can be moved from one location to another and that must be stationary in order to operate.
D. Requirement - Authority to Construct
2. Notwithstanding any exemption in these rules and regulations, equipment used for the dredging of waterways, except during emergencies declared by public officials in accordance with state law, or equipment used in pile driving adjacent to or in waterways, or pipe-laying and derrick barges, shall obtain an Authority to Construct and a Permit to Operate when the potential to emit of such equipment per stationary source is equal to or greater than 25 tons per year of any affected pollutant during any consecutive 12 month period. The Control Officer shall not require Best Available Control Technology for such sources if federal law preempts this requirement.
E. Requirement - Permit to Operate
After issuance of an Authority to Construct and prior to issuance of a Permit to Operate, the Control Officer may require an applicant to undergo a Source Compliance Demonstration Period, to evaluate each article, machine, equipment or other contrivance listed within the Authority to Construct. The applicant must show that all of the listed equipment is so designed, controlled or equipped with such air pollution control equipment, that it may be expected to be operated in compliance with Sections 41700 or 41701 of the Health and Safety Code and these Rules and Regulations and any limitation or permit condition of the Authority to Construct.
2. Permit to Operate
Before any article, machine, equipment or other contrivance described in Rule 201(D) may be operated or used, a written permit shall be obtained from the Control Officer. No Permit to Operate or use shall be granted either by the Control Officer or the Hearing Board for any article, machine, equipment or contrivance described in Rule 201(D) constructed or installed without authorization as required by Rule 201(D) until the applicant presents such information or analysis as will disclose the nature, extent, quantity or degree of air contaminants which the source may discharge. The Control Officer may also require the same information if an article, machine, equipment or contrivance is altered or modified to conform to the standards set forth in these Rules and Regulations. Further, the Control Officer may require that the disclosures described be certified by a professional engineer registered by the State of California.
3. Consolidated Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate
The Control Officer may issue a consolidated Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate.
F. Requirement - Expiration of Authority to Construct
If unused, an Authority to Construct shall automatically expire one year from the date of issuance. An application for Permit to Operate existing equipment may be canceled one year from the date of filing of the application, if unused.
G. Requirement - Permit Reissuance and Reevaluation
A Permit to Operate shall be valid for one year and shall be eligible for extension provided the permittee is in compliance with permit conditions as determined by the District's annual compliance inspection and upon the payment of fees. The Control Officer may prohibit the reissuance of a Permit to Operate, or revise it as authorized by law, if the article, machine, equipment or contrivance subject to the permit does not comply with all applicable orders, rules and regulations of the District and CARB, and Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, including Health and Safety Code Sections 42301(e) and (f). A Permit to Operate shall be reevaluated by the Control Officer every three years to determine that the permit conditions are adequate to ensure compliance with, and the enforceability of, District rules and regulations applicable to the source.
H. Requirement - Notification to Officials
The Control Officer shall notify the building department or division of every governmental agency, excluding federal agencies, within the District boundaries, on an annual basis, that the owner or authorized agent of development projects which do not require a development permit other than a building permit, will need to comply with the requirements for a permit for construction or modification from the District. In addition, to assist the County and each city to comply with Government Code Section 65850.2, the Control Officer will provide the building officials with relevant Authority to Construct permit information to be distributed to building permit applicants.
I. Requirement - Posting of Authority to Construct or Permit to Operate
2. No person shall deface, alter, forge, counterfeit, or falsify a permit, or facsimile thereof issued or maintained pursuant to the provisions of this Rule.
J. Requirements - Absence of Permitted Equipment
Items of equipment, other than portable internal combustion engines which are eligible for registration pursuant to Health & Safety Code 41750 et seq, for which a Permit to Operate is granted, shall be at all times present within the boundaries of the stationary source unless the operator shows to the satisfaction of the District that the absence of the equipment is due to its being rebuilt or otherwise reworked offsite, or in temporary storage onsite. Failure to make this showing at the time of permit reevaluation and failure to obtain a permit modification listing the absent equipment shall result in removal of the absent equipment from the Permit to Operate upon the next reevaluation of the permit.
K. Requirement - Inoperability of Permitted Equipment
A permitted item of equipment found in inoperable condition must be demonstrated by the operator, to the satisfaction of the Control Officer, either to function in compliance with applicable permit conditions or to have no pollutant emissions. This section shall not apply to well heads.