What is a Washoe County Air Permit?

The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) outfits clean air solutions that aim to protect the quality of life for the population of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through community partnerships and programs that include air monitoring, permitting and enforcement, planning, and public education. This division monitors the air quality of the city and issues certain air quality permits in Washoe County that either allow, or disallow certain wood stoves, HVAC systems, asbestos inspections, and regulations, as well as smoke management programs.

There are certain rules and regulations that must be followed to remain in compliance with the Washoe District Board of Health regulations that governs Air Quality Management rules.

The Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division in coordination with the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board is required by federal law to permit and inspect 1500 stationary sources of air pollution for compliance with both the federal requirements and local air quality regulations.

The sole purpose of Washoe County Air Quality Permits is to regulate the types of air pollutants by stipulating specific permit conditions to stay compliant with air quality and health standards.

With the permitting program follows the enforcement program. To ensure that all stationary sources of air pollution are in ‘compliance’ the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board is required by federal and local regulations utilizing specific enforcement procedures and monetary fine schedule for stationary sources of air pollution not in compliance.

This enforcement program verifies compliance through periodic inspections or immediately responding to public complaints. Fireplaces, woodstoves, and pellet stoves are significant sources of wintertime air pollution in Washoe County. Periodic surveys are conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of AQMD strategies targeting these sources.

Air Monitoring Sites for Washoe County

The Clean Air Act requires every state to establish a network of air monitoring stations. Nevada’s stations are as follows:

Incline Village, Lemmon Valley, Plumb/Kietzke, Reno, South Reno, Spanish Springs, Sparks, and Toll. Each of these areas on the map monitor certain parts of the city. Follow the links to see lat/long.

SLAMS – (State and Local Air Monitoring Station) The Clean Air Act requires every state to establish a network of air monitoring stations for criteria pollutants, using criteria set by United States Office of Air Quality and Planning Standards for their location and operation.

NCore – (National Core Multi-pollutant Monitoring Station) A multi-pollutant monitoring station a part of a national network of similar monitoring stations that integrate several advanced and trace-level measurement systems for particles, pollutant gases and meteorology.

If you are unsure if your woodstove, or pellet stove is in compliance with Washoe County air quality and health standards, contact Grush Inspections today. Prior to the close of a real estate transaction, these devices need to be inspected for compliance.  If deemed non-compliant, the device will have to be removed from the property and a reinspection performed to validate the removal.  Washoe County levies steep penalties if non-certified stoves aren’t removed.