Rules Under Development

Find information on the Air District's rule development efforts, including draft rule documents, opportunities for public participation, and public workshop materials.

Staff will present the proposed amendments to Regulation 5 and Rule 6-3, along with supporting documents, at a public hearing on November 6, 2019. The proposed rule amendments are part of a comprehensive effort to prevent and prepare for future wildfires.

The Air District develops rules and regulations to improve local air quality and protect the health of Bay Area residents.

The Air District’s process for creating and modifying rules and regulations involves developing technical assessments, hosting stakeholder meetings and public workshops, developing draft rules and amendments, and evaluating potential impacts of the rule.

Throughout the rule development process, upcoming events, notices, materials, and reports will be available online for individual rules currently under modification or development.

New rules and amendments that have been adopted by the Air District's Board of Directors can be found in the list of Current Rules. Recently adopted rules and amendments include:

AB 617 Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule

AB 617 requires air districts to implement Best Available Retrofit Control Technology, or BARCT, on pollution sources located at facilities subject to the Cap-and-Trade program. The Air District has developed and adopted an Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule to meet these requirements.

Rules Under Development

Note that the Air District is currently updating the structure of the Rule Development section of the website, and information on all rules under development may not be listed immediately. Additional information will be posted as this update progresses.

 Rule #Rule NameExpected Hearing Datetable-mobile-only-column
Regulation 5Open Burning Under DevelopmentNovember 6, 2019
Regulation 5
Expected Hearing Date:
November 6, 2019
Next Upcoming Event:
Board of Directors Meeting (CANCELLED)
11/6/2019 9:30:00 AM
Watch/Listen:
Webcast not yet scheduled
Description:
Generally prohibits open burning, but also allows for exemptions such as agricultural burning, disposal of hazardous materials, fire training, and range, forest, and wildlife management.
Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934
 

Next Upcoming Event

Board of Directors Meeting (CANCELLED)
11/6/2019 9:30:00 AM

Watch/Listen

Webcast not yet scheduled

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934

Description

Generally prohibits open burning, but also allows for exemptions such as agricultural burning, disposal of hazardous materials, fire training, and range, forest, and wildlife management.

Regulation 6, Rule 3 Wood-burning Devices Under DevelopmentNovember 6, 2019
Regulation 6, Rule 3
Expected Hearing Date:
November 6, 2019
Next Upcoming Event:
Board of Directors Meeting (CANCELLED)
11/6/2019 9:30:00 AM
Watch/Listen:
Webcast not yet scheduled
Description:
N/A
Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934
 

Next Upcoming Event

Board of Directors Meeting (CANCELLED)
11/6/2019 9:30:00 AM

Watch/Listen

Webcast not yet scheduled

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934

Description

N/A

Regulation 6, Rule 7Roofing Asphalt4th Quarter 2017
Regulation 6, Rule 7
Rule Name:
Expected Hearing Date:
4th Quarter 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Regulation 6, Rule 8Bulk material storage and handling4th Quarter 2017
Regulation 6, Rule 8
Expected Hearing Date:
4th Quarter 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Regulation 8 Rule 34 Solid Waste Disposal Sites Under DevelopmentN/A
Regulation 8 Rule 34
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
N/A
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Laura Cackette
  • Staff Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4628
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Laura Cackette
  • Staff Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4628

Description

N/A

Regulation 12, Rule 15Petroleum Refining Emissions Tracking Under Development 20194th Quarter 2019
Regulation 12, Rule 15
Expected Hearing Date:
4th Quarter 2019
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
N/A
Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Compliance & Enforcement
  • General Compliance Information
  • 415.749.4795
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Compliance & Enforcement
  • General Compliance Information
  • 415.749.4795

Description

N/A

Regulation 12, Rule 16Petroleum Refining Greenhouse Gas Emissions LimitsJune 21, 2017
Regulation 12, Rule 16
Expected Hearing Date:
June 21, 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this rule is to set numeric limits on refinery emissions of greenhouse gases.

Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Gregory Nudd
  • Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive
  • 415.749.4786
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Gregory Nudd
  • Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive
  • 415.749.4786

Description

The purpose of this rule is to set numeric limits on refinery emissions of greenhouse gases.

Regulation 13 Climate PollutantsN/A
Regulation 13
Rule Name:
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this regulation is to establish uniform definitions and requirements for regulating emissions of greenhouse gases and related pollutants.

Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.8435
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.8435

Description

The purpose of this regulation is to establish uniform definitions and requirements for regulating emissions of greenhouse gases and related pollutants.

Regulation 13, Rule 1Significant Methane ReleasesN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 1
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this rule is to address emissions from large scale methane releases across all sources in the Bay Area.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • William Saltz
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4698
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • William Saltz
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4698

Description

The purpose of this rule is to address emissions from large scale methane releases across all sources in the Bay Area.

Regulation 13, Rule 2Organic Material Handling OperationsN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 2
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this rule is to minimize emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from facilities processing organic materials.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from facilities processing organic materials.

Regulation 13, Rule 3Composting OperationsN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 3
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.

Regulation 13, Rule 4Sewage Treatment and Anaerobic DigestionN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 4
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize climate pollutant emissions from municipal sewage treatment and anaerobic digester operations.
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Compliance & Enforcement
  • General Compliance Information
  • 415.749.4795
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Compliance & Enforcement
  • General Compliance Information
  • 415.749.4795

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize climate pollutant emissions from municipal sewage treatment and anaerobic digester operations.

Public Workshops and Materials

View scheduled dates for workshops and hearings on proposed rules. 

Note that as as of June 1, 2017, information regarding rule development regulatory workshops and public hearings will be consolidated onto the individual pages for rules under development that are linked from the table above . The Regulatory Workshops and Public Hearings pages will serve only as a source of archived historical information.

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Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive

415.749.4786

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415.749.4752

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