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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

March 24, 2021  - Agenda
9:00 a.m

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

Documents Related to March 24, 2021 Hearing Board Meeting

March 24, 2021 Agenda

October 23, 2020 Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Press Release

APCD Comment Letter to State parks on Draft PWP and EIR

APCD Comment Letter to Coastal Commission on Review of CDP 4-82-300

Public Comments Related to March 24, 2021 Hearing Board Meeting

Michael Normoyle Public Comment
Arlene Versaw Public Comment
Dorothy Hines Public Comment
Lucy Jacob Public Comment
Chris Sorenson Public Comment
Rachelle Toti 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 on March 24, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to make comments on any item considered. The public is invited to provide written public comments in advance of the meeting.

Any materials intended to be provided to the Board and added to the meeting’s administrative record need to be received by the Clerk of the Board by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  Please note – any audio/video materials provided will not be played during the live meeting but will be posted to our website.  


Previous Hearing Board Actions

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