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APCD Hearing Board

The APCD Hearing Board is a five member quasi-judicial body whose purpose is to decide on matters of conflict between the Air District and industry and to act at the time of an air pollution emergency resulting from an upset or breakdown. The Hearing Board is an independent body, appointed at-large by the APCD Board and consists of an attorney practicing law in California, a registered professional engineer, a member of the medical profession, and two public members.

The Hearing Board issues variances from Air District rules and regulations from Health and Safety Code Section 41701; issues abatement orders requiring a source to cease and desist from a particular act unless specified conditions are met and; resolves permit disputes. A petition for hearing is required to be filed with the APCD Clerk in order to obtain a hearing.

You might want to think of the function of the Hearing Board in this way:

  • The APCD Board adopts rules and regulations (legislative function).
  • The Hearing Board applies rules and criteria to specific persons and situations (judicial function).
  • The Air Pollution Control Officer implements and enforces rules, regulations, permits and orders (executive function).

To find out more on the APCD Hearing Board procedures go to the Regulation VIII—Procedures Before the Hearing Board in the SLO County APCD's Rules & Regulations.

To find out more about small business compliance solutions and answers on variances check out our Small Business Solutions Brochure.

Upcoming Hearing Board Meeting & Public Workshop

October 23, 2020 - Agenda
9:00 a.m.

Zoom Webinar Teleconference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81331654308
YouTube Livestream Broadcast: https://youtu.be/YKBCOp8c8Tk

Draft November 18, 2019 Hearing Board Meeting Minutes
Notice of Meeting & Public Workshop Announcement. 
4th Draft 2020 Annual Report and Work Plan
th Draft 2020 ARWP Attachments
earing Board and Public Workshop Press Release

Written Public Comments Received Prior to October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Richard Wishner Public Comment
hris Sorenson Public Comment
Janice Reid Public Comment
Concerned Citizens for Clean Air Public Comment
Dorothy Modafferi Public Comment
Martin Akel Public Comment


The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Hearing Board is providing notice to the public that it will conduct a virtual public hearing and workshop on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

The Hearing Board will receive an informational update on activities in Stipulated Order of Abatement 17-01 issued to California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division. 

A public workshop addressing the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Provisionally Approved Annual Report and Work Plan (ARWP) will also be held remotely at this time. The workshop will include a presentation of the draft ARWP by State Parks, and a presentation on the adequacy of the ARWP and effectiveness of mitigation by the Scientific Advisory Group. In addition, APCD will also provide a summary of the process. 

The hearing and workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to make general comments and on any item considered. The public is invited to provide written public comments in advance of the workshop. Comments must be received on or before Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.to boardclerk@slocleanair.org.


Previous Hearing Board Actions

Click here to be directed to materials for previous Hearing Board Actions, including Petition 17-01.