Steps to Obtain Ohio EPA Air Pollution Permits

The following describes the general procedures used to obtain Ohio EPA air pollution permits. These steps are general in nature and cannot contain all of the steps involved in obtaining permits. The time needed for each step can be highly variable depending on current work loads at the various Ohio EPA offices.

  1. To be done two years to four months before construction is scheduled to start (two years if it is a very large air pollution source, four months for small air pollution sources).
    • Contact the local EPA office and discuss the proposed source. Discuss permitting, permit fees, permit processing time, application forms, air monitoring requirements, emissions testing requirements, possible regulations, obvious permit limits and any other pertinent information.
  2. To be done three-to-six months before construction starts for most sources (two years for major air pollution sources).
    • Complete the PTI/PTIO application and submit to Ohio EPA. Include any necessary supporting documentation. (You may want to contact the Ohio EPA District Office or Local Air Agency (DO/LAA) and confirm that the data you plan to submit is sufficient.)
  3. This step is done only after Ohio EPA receives a complete application.
    • Ohio EPA DO/LAA reviews the application, determines if the new installation will comply with the applicable regulations, and develops any necessary terms and conditions. If additional information is needed, the local office contacts the company for the information and waits for the information before proceeding.
  4. This step occurs typically one-to-three months from the date the complete application was submitted depending on the current backlog of permits at the DO/LAA level.
    • The Ohio EPA DO/LAA sends a recommendation to Ohio EPA Central Office. The Central Office does their technical review of the application. If it is approvable, a draft or a final PTI or PTIO is issued. If it is not approvable, it is sent back to the DO/LAA to be corrected. Depending on the Central Office backlog, this process could take from two weeks to two months.
  5. This occurs one-to-three months from the date the complete applications was submitted.
    • For large sources and certain types of sources Ohio EPA issues a draft permit. At the same time, Ohio EPA puts a notice in the local paper detailing the proposed installation. This notice solicits comments from the public and allows 30 days for anyone to comment. A public meeting may also be held at this point. If no comments are received, then the process goes on to Step #6. Otherwise the permit is either modified and reissued as a draft (Steps #4 and #5) or the permit is denied.
  6. This occurs one-to-six months from the date the complete application was submitted.
    • Ohio EPA then issues a final PTI or PTIO. This permit allows the company to begin construction of the new source and for a PTI, to operate it for the purposes of testing the emissions; and for a PTIO, operate for up to 10 years depending on the renewal cycle.
  7. This time varies depending on the construction schedule.
    • The source is installed. Any required emissions testing is conducted.

Note: Title V facilities may be required to submit a revised Title V application and (in some cases) be issued a revised Title V permit before beginning operation after issuance of a PTI. For information on Title V revisions, please see the Guidance for Incorporating Facility Changes into a Title V Permit.


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