Commercial Cooking Operation (Charbroiler) Registration

Charbroilers produce air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM). VOCs react with other compounds in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone, commonly called smog. Fine particles equal to or less than 10 microns in diameter, commonly referred to as PM10, pass through the ventilation system and are exhausted into the atmosphere.

Both VOC and PM10 present public health risks. Ozone produced from chemical reactions involving VOC may damage lung tissues and the respiratory tract. PM 10 can easily bypass the natural filters in the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs and lead to wheezing, nose and throat irritation, bronchitis, aggravated asthma, and lung damage.

On December 5, 2007, the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District adopted Regulation 6, Rule 2: Commercial Cooking Equipment. The new rule requires restaurants to install control devices for chain-driven and under-fired charbroilers in order to reduce the emission of particulates and in some cases, volatile organic compounds. All commercial cooking operations that are subject to the rule must also register their charbroiler(s) and control equipment with the BAAQMD and pay applicable fees.

New registrations and renewals are currently unavailable as the Air District transitions to a new online permitting system.

We estimate that the new system will be available by Summer 2017.

New Registrations

If you need to register new equipment, please email us at stating what type of equipment you wish to register. We will contact you when the new system is ready to use.

New equipment requiring registration may be installed and operated provided that:

  • We are notified of new equipment per the above; AND
  • The equipment is registered no later than 60 days after you have been invited to use the new system.


For existing registrations that have expired, when the new system is ready to use, the Air District will be sending you an invitation to create an account in the new system. Once you have created your account, you will be sent a registration renewal invoice which may be paid online.

We will not take enforcement action on expired registrations during this period.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2015