Variance Oversight Program
This page last reviewed February 9, 2012
Air District Hearing Boards are allowed to issue variances to stationary sources that currently are or may become out of compliance with their local district rules, regulations, or Health and Safety Code (HSC) 41701. A petition for a variance must be brought before an air district hearing board which allows or denies the petition, based on a set of criteria defined by the HSC. ARB has oversight authority over all variances. This oversight consists of a thorough review of granted variances to determine that the requirements of the HSC are met and that compliance with increments of progress and emission standards are met as expediently as possible.
There are several entities involved throughout the process: petitioner, district staff, hearing board, and ARB, having different levels of responsibility and authority. Numerous regulations pertain to the issuance of variance and abatement orders. ARB offers Hearing Board Workshops which provide useful information for anyone involved in the variance process.
|For an overview of variance fundamentals, including the roles of the four primary participants in the variance process, please visit our Variance Fundamentals web page.|
|Board Members||This page contains information for Hearing Board Members regarding findings required for granting a variance.|
|District Staff||For information regarding district staff and the administrative functions involved in granting a variance, please visit our District Staff web page.|
|Petitioners||This web page contains information for anyone planning to request a variance from a local air pollution control district hearing board.|
|ARB's Role||For more information regarding how the ARB is required to ensure that all variance orders granted by local air district hearing boards are issued in accordance with state law, please visit this web page.|
|Laws & Regulations||Links to the regulations pertaining to hearing boards and variances may be accessed from this web page.|
|Workshops||ARB offers introductory, advanced and customized Hearing Board Workshops along with district variance program assistance. For more information, please visit our Workshops web page.|
|Advisories||This page contains links to ARB advisories related to local air district variance programs.|
|Legal Opinions||For access to opinions and memos from ARB's Legal Office regarding variances, please visit our Legal Opinions web page.|
For information regarding California's Variance Oversight Program or Hearing Board Workshops, please contact Vickie McGrath at (916) 324-7343.