Rollout of New Technology System to Most Dry Cleaning Facilities Occurring in November 2012
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is releasing a new computer technology system in phases. The first phase was released in March 2012 for stand-alone gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs). The second phase is being released in November 2012 for select dry cleaning facilities.
We recognize that with each release, we may encounter some unforeseen impacts as we transition to the new system. We are working diligently to make the transition as smooth as possible and we appreciate your patience.
Who is impacted?
Dry cleaning facilities will be transitioned into the new system beginning in November with the following exceptions:
- Dry cleaners that have other BAAQMD permitted devices (e.g., engines);
- Dry cleaners that have in-progress permit applications. These are submitted applications that have not been issued the final Permits to Operate.*; and
- Dry cleaners that have in-progress Annual Update Questionnaires and Permit Renewal Invoices.*
* Once the above activities have been completed, the BAAQMD will transition your facility to the new system.
Stand-alone gas dispensing facilities (GDFs) have been in the new system since March 2012. These are retail and non-retail GDFs that do not have any other BAAQMD permitted devices.
What changes should I expect if my facility is impacted?
Some of the changes that Phase 1 facilities will encounter are:
- New forms for permit applications, annual update reporting and facility information changes;
- A new look to permit/registration documents (e.g. Authority to Construct, Permit to Operate, Registration);
- Additional data required in applications
If my dry cleaner with ongoing business (e.g., active permit application or permit/registration renewal) with BAAQMD, how am I affected?
You will not experience any change at this time. We will transition your facility to the new system after your in-progress business with BAAQMD has been completed.
What future benefits are planned?
Most of the benefits that help customers will not be realized at this time. The BAAQMD will eventually move much of its business online with online customer access. Here is a sample of planned online functionality:
- Access to permit documents, including registrations
- Submission of permit applications and checking their progress
- Payment of invoices
- Renewing permits
- Updating information