Do you need a permit?
Your business may need an air permit if any of your operations or equipment release air emissions (dust, vapors, fumes, etc.). Air permits may be required if equipment or processes:
Any activity that emits, or can reasonably be expected to emit, an air pollutant must obtain appropriate permits from the FDEP. Permits must be issued by FDEP prior to beginning construction or modification unless exempted pursuant to a Department rule or statute. All air permits in Pinellas County are issued by the FDEP .
Types of Air Permits:
Is an air permit required for everything?
No – three options for exemption:
General permits are permits by rule. A facility operating under a general permit does not get an actual permit issued to them. Instead, their permit “conditions” are contained in the state rules. A facility submits a notification to FDEP as a notice of eligibility. FDEP either denies the permit if the facility is not eligible or allows the permit to become effective in 30 days after receipt.
Examples of General Permit Types
Visit the FDEP Air Resource Management Air General Permit Registration Program website for additional information .
Required for any proposed new or modified facility, or emissions unit, prior to the beginning of construction or modification.
Note: Consider Asbestos Rules and Regulations before renovation or demolition activities are scheduled to occur in your facility. An asbestos survey is required before any renovation or demolition activity begins. A written notification is not required for renovation activities when no asbestos containing materials are disturbed. All demolitions require notification even when no asbestos is present. Contact Pinellas County Air Quality Asbestos staff at 727-464-4422 for additional assistance.
Required prior to expiration of an existing operating permit (renewal), or prior to the expiration of a construction or modification permit.
Resources Available for Air Permitting:
Resources Available for Compliance Assistance / Pollution Prevention: