Permitting Instructions During Shelter-in-Place

Due to the Bay Area's emergency Shelter-in-Place Order, the Air District’s office staff began working from home on March 17.

Support for Businesses Aiding COVID-19 Response
The Air District will prioritize and expedite permits for businesses and organizations changing or repurposing operations to aid in the public health response to COVID-19.

Read our full instructions to apply for Expedited Permits for COVID-19.

Please do not visit our office to meet with staff or drop off materials.

Here is an overview of how we will continue to handle permitting business during the Order:

Submitting documents and forms

Instead of mailing documents to the Engineering Division at 375 Beale Street, we encourage you to email your submission to:

For Open Burn, email:

For Asbestos Demolition, Renovation, Job (“J”) number, email:

For all other permits, email:

  • We accept only emails with attachments as PDFs (size limit not to exceed 35 megabytes). Attachments of other file types will be ignored or deleted by our cyber security software. Every email submittal must have a name and phone number for a facility contact in the email text as we will call to verify your identity before accepting your submittal.
  • If your facility has already been assigned a plant or facility number, please include the number in your email subject line.

Email submissions may include: Permit applications, banking applications, administrative forms, data (annual) update forms, and start-up notifications.

  • Do NOT email payment documents or documents containing payment info such as credit card information.

Status of permit applications (excludes asbestos, open burn, registration, and banking)

If you want to know whether your permit application was received, you can look up its status. It may take up to 5 business days upon receipt for submitted application to be entered and listed. Mailed applications that are not listed may be in transit. If you have questions about whether your application was received, please email us at or leave a voicemail message at 415-749-4990.

Online payments and payment status

You can look up the status of your payments and or pay online at You will need you invoice number and customer number located on your invoice to use this service. Payments submitted by mail will be processed.

Permit renewal invoices

The Air District will continue to mail permit renewal invoices during the Order; however, service maybe slower than normal. This includes late and delinquent invoices. The Air District will waive late and delinquent fees impacted as a result of any slowdown in service cause by the Order. If you incurred late fees prior to March 15, those late fees are valid and will not be waived.

Permit Renewal documents

If you recently paid to renew your Permit to Operate or Certificate of Registration, it may take the Air District additional time to mail you these documents. We expect that normal service will begin once the current Order has been lifted. In the interim, your current permit will be considered in good standing.

Permit documents from applications

After a permit application’s decision is made, permit documents will be issued by email as a PDF. When a signature is required, they will have an electronic signature.

Data Update forms

The Air District is still issuing these forms by mail during the Order; however, processing may slow down. We will adjust the due dates for completing the forms accordingly. If you have forms to submit, we encourage you to email them to per the instructions above.

Contacting the Engineering Division

If you have a question on Open Burn, please contact the Compliance & Enforcement Division at or 415-749-4999.

If you have a question on asbestos, demolition, renovation, or job numbers or j-numbers, please contact the Compliance & Enforcement Division at or 415-749-4762.

If you have an assigned Engineering staff, the best way to communicate is by email. We have access to voicemail but will not be able to answer direct calls. If you have a name but not the contact information, refer to the staff directory.

If you have a general question or don’t know your assigned Engineering staff, please email us at or leave a voicemail message at 415-749-4990.

For more questions on compliance please visit our Compliance Assistance page.

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Last Updated: 3/23/2020