Engine Permits

Get permit application instructions for obtaining a permit to operate an internal combustion engine.

The instructions below apply to all internal combustion engines larger than 50 horsepower that are not used to propel a motor vehicle. 

All of the data forms referenced below are available on the Air District's web site. Please note that Form ICE is the new form for all internal combustion engines. Form C and Form Diesel may no longer be used for engines.

Please submit all the information requested below to the Engineering Division of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Engineering Division
BAAQMD
375 Beale St., Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

If you need assistance completing any of the data forms, call the Engineering division at the phone number at the bottom of the page.

Permit application requirements

A. Engines brought on-site on or before May 17, 2000:

  • Application Form P-101B (1 per site). Permit renewal date will be April 15, 2017.
  • Form ICE1 (1 per engine).
  • Manufacturer specifications including: fuel consumption, rated horsepower output, emission rates for NOx, CO, hydrocarbons (VOC) and particulate (PM10).
  • Fees will be invoiced.
B. Engines brought on-site after May 17, 2000 and before September 1, 2001:
  • Application Form P-101B (1 per site). Permit renewal date will be April 15, 2017.
  • Form ICE1 (1 per engine).
  • Manufacturer specifications including: fuel consumption, rated horsepower output, emission rates for NOx, CO, hydrocarbons (VOC), and particulate (PM10).
  • A completed Health Risk Screening Analysis Form HRSA2 (1 per emission point).
  • Diesel engine application minimum fee: $1,861 per engine.
  • Diesel engine risk screening fee: $799 for the first engine, $337 for each additional engine.
  • Natural gas and/or LPG fired engine application fee: $1,673 per engine (no risk screening fee).
C. Engines brought on-site on or after September 1, 2001:
  • Application Form P-101B (1 per site). Permit renewal date will be April 15, 2017.
  • Form ICE1 (1 per engine).
  • Manufacturer specification data including: fuel consumption, rated horsepower output, emission rates for NOx, CO, hydrocarbons (VOC), and particulate (PM10).
  • Health Risk Screening Analysis Form HRSA2 (1 per emission point).
  • Application Fees: You will be invoiced for the application fees during the Air District's review of your permit application.
    The application fees include a filing fee, an initial fee, and a health risk screening fee. Additional application fees may be included for engines installed without an Air District Authority to Construct and for engines operating without an Air District Permit to Operate. Please refer to Regulation 3, Fees. The filing fee is specified in section 3-302 of Regulation 3. The initial, risk screening, permit to operate, and toxic surcharge fees are specified in Schedule B of Regulation 3.
  • For engines installed within 1,000 feet of a school site, California law requires that the Air District notify the public.
    To comply with this requirement, the Air District distributes or mails a Public Notice. You will be invoiced for a minimum additional fee of $2,146 to process the Public Notice. If the Air District's costs of preparing and distributing the Public Notice should exceed this amount, you will be sent a separate invoice with the additional fees due to cover these costs. If the Public Notice fees paid exceed the Air District’s costs, the Air District will refund you the difference.
Notes

  1. Form ICE
    All information requested on this form MUST be completed or provided. Much of the engine information requested on the form may be obtained from the engine manufacturer/distributor.
  2. Form HRSA
    All information requested on this form MUST be completed or provided. If any information is missing, then the application cannot be processed. Especially note that a map showing your site and surrounding residences and businesses is required.

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