Enforcement Policy

This page last reviewed September 8, 2017.

The Enforcement Division has developed a new proposed Enforcement Policy that will be presented to the Board in September, 2017.  This new policy describes the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) authority for enforcement; processes for pursuing enforcement and determining penalties in individual enforcement actions; resources for compliance assistance; responsibility to the public and especially disadvantaged communities; public communication; and information protection.  The policy has been developed in response to new higher penalties established over the past two years for stationary (AB 617) and mobile source (AB 1685) air quality violations, and meets current statutory requirements.  The Enforcement Policy would replace the current penalty policy developed in 2011. 

Enforcement Policy Updates


new button The current proposed draft of CARB’s enforcement policy can be found here.

September 2017

A webinar to discuss updates to CARB’s enforcement policy will be held on September 7, 2017 at the Enforcement Division Office located at the Depot Park Business Center in Sacramento

August 2017

Third public workshop held on August 21, 2017 in Sacramento

July 2017

Second round of workshops were held on July 10, 2017 (Sacramento) and July 12, 2017 (El Monte)


February 2017


First round of workshops were held on February 9, 2017 (El Monte) and February 15, 2017 (Sacramento):

Related Policy Documents


ARB’s proposed enforcement policy includes the Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) and Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) policies as appendices.  Senate Bill 1402 is the basis for the existing penalty policy.  Background information, including the corresponding policies, can be found in the links below.

         Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy

o   SEPs may consist of community-based projects that benefit the environment by reducing emissions or exposure to air pollution.

         Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Privacy and Usage Policy

o   ALPR is a camera paired with software that converts a license plate photo to a searchable text file.  ARB has developed a policy that describes how we protect the data.

         Senate Bill 1402 (SB 1402) 

o   Senate Bill 1402 required ARB to adopt a written penalty policy to provide air pollution violators with information about how ARB determines its penalties.


List Serv and Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the ARB Enforcement Policy or any of the information detailed above, please email penalty1685@arb.ca.gov. You may also contact the Enforcement Division at (916) 322-7061.


To receive notifications of ARB's Proposed Enforcement Policy, please sign up to the ARB Enforcement Listserv at https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=enf.

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