As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

The Resource rss

Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Small businesses in Ohio can now access an updated online tool to help identify if they need environmental permits, licenses or registrations. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard can help new businesses get started on the right track with proper permits; existing businesses also may use the Permit Wizard anonymously as a way to check on whether they still have the right permits for their operations.

The Permit Wizard guides users through a series of general questions about their operations in a Turbo Tax® like format. “To dispel fear of using a tool on Ohio EPA’s web site, it was very important that users could remain anonymous,” said Rick Carleski, OCAPP manager and technical advisor on Permit Wizard development. “So users do not have to provide the name or location of their business,” he said. Once users finish answering the questions posed by the Permit Wizard, they receive a summary, identifying permits, licenses or registrations that will likely be needed, along with contacts and links to helpful resources.

Ohio EPA emphasizes that the Permit Wizard is simply a starting point, and just one tool to help businesses identify needed permits, licenses and registrations. It is not a substitute for reviewing the regulations and/or getting assistance, where needed, from an experienced permitting consultant.

Ohio EPA’s Permit Wizard is user-friendly and offers:

  • a choice of industry type to focus responses on those permits most applicable to that industry;
  • the ability to select specific permit categories (e.g. water discharge, air, waste);
  • more detailed information on specific permit requirements;
  • a downloadable, customized results summary with helpful web links and local contacts for follow-up;
  • the ability to evaluate the applicability of various permit exemptions; and
  • the flexibility to back up and change input information.

The Permit Wizard can be accessed at http://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/opa. We welcome feedback on how it is working and areas for future improvements are welcome. In addition to the Permit Wizard, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) offers free and confidential assistance to Ohio businesses to help them comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements. OCAPP is a non-regulatory program that also identifies pollution prevention measures that can help save money and benefit the environment. For more information about OCAPP’s services, please call (800) 329-7518.