Archive Documentation for Development of Enforcement Policies

This page last reviewed December 14, 2017

The CARB Enforcement Policy is the product of statutory requirements and stakeholder engagement, and evolved from previous polices and development efforts. For example, in 2011 CARB developed its first penalty policy, in 2016 updated its policy on Supplemental Environmental Projects Policy, and in 2017 developed its policy on the use of Automated License Plate Readers. All of these policies have been superseded by the current Enforcement Policy, but archive information about these legacy policies and the public process used to develop them is available below.

Enforcement Policy Updates

October 2017

Final - CARB Enforcement Policy

September 2017

The Board meeting was held on September 28, 2017 in Sacramento


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


August 2017

Third round of public workshop was held 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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 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