Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP)

This page last reviewed August 25, 2014


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Owners or Operators of portable engines and certain other types of equipment can register their units under the Air Resources Board's (ARB) Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) in order to operate their equipment throughout California without having to obtain individual permits from local air districts. The following sections will assist you with the PERP registration process and present facts on the Portable Diesel Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM).

IMPORTANT:  Please mail all PERP applications and related items to the address below.  Using the the general P.O. Box for the Air Resources Board or other addresses will delay delivery.

ARB/PERP
P.O. Box 2038
Sacramento, CA 95812

New:  Notification within 24 hours of operation is required for water well drill rigs, water pumps, or project-related equipment where the portable engine is not permitted or registered in PERP and is operating during California's drought emergency.  The notification form is available here and should be submitted to the Air Resources Board when beginning operation at each project location.

PORTABLE DIESEL ENGINE AIRBORNE TOXIC CONTROL MEASURE

On January 1, 2013, the Portable Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) fleet emission standards went into effect.  The ATCM required owners of portable engines to submit a Fleet Compliance Report to the Air Resources Board by March 1, 2013.  For more information, click here:  Fleet Compliance Reporting.

The next Fleet Compliance Report will be due March 1, 2017.

Changes to Fleets

The ATCM also requires owners to ensure the average PM emission level for their fleet does not fall out of compliance due to changes in the fleet.  Owners of portable diesel engine fleets who are adding or removing engines are strongly encouraged to re-calculate their fleet average.  Other changes, such as modifying a registration to be low-use or emergency only-use can also affect the fleet emissions average.  We recommended that once you have completed the calculator save it and update it any time your portable fleet changes.

  • Diesel engine owners submitting applications for PERP registration for the first time must include a Fleet Compliance Report.  This includes transfer of existing registrations for engines you have purchased.
  • Contact us at portable@arb.ca.gov if you have any questions regarding the fleet compliance requirements -- or see the contact list at the bottom of this page.

CRITICAL ENGINE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

June 30, 2014

This will be the last day ARB will accept initial registration applications for Interim Tier 4 engines rated from 175 bhp to 750 bhp.

Effective July 1, 2014

For initial registration into PERP, all diesel engines must meet the following certification tier levels:

  • 50 to 74 bhp - Final Tier 4
  • 75 to 174 bhp - Interim Tier 4
  • 175 to 750 bhp - Final Tier 4
  • Over 750 bhp - Interim Tier 4
  • Or, for all power categories - Flex engines certified under the flexibility provisions of Federal 40 CFR 1039.625, or CFR 89.102, or California Code of Regulations section 2423 (d).

The PERP eligibility requirements take effect six months after the federal and CARB non-road engine emission standards for engine manufacturers change -- as shown here:  Non-road Diesel Engine Certification Tier Chart (PDF)


Engines on Two-Engine Vehicles


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • The requirements for portable equipment can be complicated, so we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions with answers that may help you with this subject:  Portable FAQ document
  • A common question is raised about what constitutes portable versus stationary operation of equipment.  The PERP regulation defines portable operation and stationary sources however, there are some specific circumstances that, depending on each situation, the use of PERP-registered units may not be compatible with the objectives of PERP and those of local air districts.  Because such determinations are very fact dependent, we recommend you contact the district with questions about whether your portable equipment operation requires a district permit or can use PERP registration.  The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) has prepared a document which addresses these issues:  Explanation & Examples of Uses of PERP

Application Forms

  • Application Forms

  • Which Forms to Use

    Note:  PERP does not accept applications by Fax.  Please mail them directly to the address listed on the application forms or renewal invoice.

PERP Application Submittal Options:

Recordkeeping and Reporting Forms

Air District Notification

This is for notifying air districts for operation of registered equipment units (not engines).

  • Notification is required if an equipment unit (not an engine) will be at a location for more than five days. 

Training

List Server and Contact Information

PERP Contact Information


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