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Who Needs a License
Broward County > Pollution Prevention > Air Quality > Who Needs a License

Stationary Source Air Permitting & Licensing

Main Number: 954-519-1220
Fax Number: 954-519-1495

If you are unsure whether a permit or license is required, or the type of permit you need, we recommend that you first contact Air Quality at 954-519-1220.

The Pollution Prevention, Remidiation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD) issues both Broward County Air Pollution Licenses and State of Florida Air Pollution Permits for stationary sources of air pollution. The following sections describe these types of licenses and permits in more detail. If you are not certain what type of license or permit you may need, please contact Air Quality at the numbers shown above. Broward County Code of Ordinances Chapter 27 Article IV requires that any owner or operator of an installation or construction which will reasonably be expected to be a source of air pollution must first apply for and receive a construction permit from PPRAQD unless specifically exempted by statute or rule. Construction means the act of performing on-site fabrication, erection, installation, or modification of a source or facility of a permanent nature, including, but not limited to, installation of foundations or building supports, laying of underground pipe work or electrical conduit; and fabrication or installation of permanent storage structures, component parts of a source or facility, associated support equipment, or utility connections. Land clearing and other site preparation activities are not considered part of construction activities. PPRAQD as been authorized by the state of Florida to review and act upon State and Federal air permit applications in Broward County. Therefore, sources may submit state permit applications, fees, and inquires directly to PPRAQD. Sources may be required to obtain PPRAQD authorization, by individual air permit, by air general permit, or by county license, to conduct certain activities involving sources of air pollutant emissions. Air general permitting only requires a registration procedure. Whereas, construction permits have public notice requirements.

Broward County Air License Requirements and Application Forms

PPRAQD issues Licenses to existing and proposed facilities that are considered small sources of air pollution. These licenses are appropriate for minor sources that utilize pollution control equipment or control technology to maintain emission levels below threshold limits established by state and federal regulations. Examples of facilities that are licensed under Broward County's air pollution licensing program are groundwater remediation systems, bake-off and gas-fired ovens, scrubbers, dust collectors, etc.

Exemption from Florida Air Permitting Requirements

Some activities that are sources of air pollution may be exempt from a state of Florida air permit. For more details, visit the Florida DEP’s Air Permitting web site. However, sources that are exempt from a Florida air construction permit, air operation permit, or air general permit may require a Broward County Air License.

Based on the number of facilities that engage in painting/ surface coating activities such as auto body shops and manufacturing operations, PPRAQD has developed a form to help determine the need for an air permit for these facilities. In order to evaluate whether your facility is exempt from an air permit, complete the Surface Coating Application Review Form (PDF, 40 KB) and mail or fax it to PPRAQD.

State Air Permitting Regulations and Application Forms

Application for Air Permit - Non-Title V Sources to be used for all applications for air construction permits and initial or revised air operation permits for non-Title V sources, including federally enforceable state air operation permits (FESOPs).If the source has multiple emission units, the applicant should use the long form which contains separate emissions unit information sections for each emissions unit subject to air permitting addressed in this application for air permit.The electronic permit application form may be accessed at the Florida DEP Division of Air Resource Management website at www.dep.state.fl.us/air/ or by calling the Electronic Products Help Line at (850) 921-9557.

License and Permit Fees

Following are the fees for county licenses and state air permits:

Checks for both county licenses and state air permits should be payable to:

Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Mailing Address: Pollution Prevention, Remdiation and Air Quality Division, attn: Air Quality, 1 North University Dr, Bld A, Suite 203, Plantation, FL 33324