Local, state and federal air quality regulations help protect the quality of our air by limiting air pollution from industries and other air pollution sources. While all sources of air pollution must comply with Air Quality Regulations, some industries and businesses must also apply for Permits to Construct and Operate Air Pollution sources. Certain other facilities must register their air pollution source or submit notifications. You should contact our office if you think you might need an Air Quality Permit, need to Register, or need to submit a notification.
If your business, activity or facility emits substances into the outside air, you may need an Air Quality Permit. Permits set forth specific compliance obligations and meet federal and state requirements. Air quality permits ensure that permittees know what their air quality obligations are and how to comply with those obligations.
|Permit Application Forms|
|Permit Application Instructions|
|Dispersion Modeling Protocol|
|Disperson Modeling Guidelines|
|Toxics Modeling Worksheet|
|Stack Test Protocol Form|
|Title V Compliance Certification|
Permit application fees must accompany all permit applications. Applications will not be processed without fee payment. See permit fees by clicking on the "Fees" tab above.
The rules for determining whether an Air Quality Permit is required are in Section 3Q .0100 of the Forsyth County Air Quality Technical Code (FCAQTC).
Companies that emit small quantities of air pollutants may not need to have an Air Quality Permit or may simply be required to register with us. The rules for determining whether an Air Quality Permit is required are in Section 3Q .0100 of the Forsyth County Air Quality Technical Code (FCAQTC) and companies that are uncertain about whether they need to have an Air Quality Permit are encouraged to contact us for an applicability determination. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Permitting Manager by email or by telephone at (336) 703-2440.
Chapter 3 of the Forsyth County Code contains the air quality rules and regulations that were modified and adopted by the Forsyth County Commissioners.
Chapter 3: "Air Quality Control" - This PDF document contains "bookmarks" to go directly to different sections of the Code. After opening the file, you can view the bookmarks by selecting the "Bookmarks" tab on the left side of the screen. If the bookmarks tab is not visible in the pdf document, right click on the left side of the document and then click on “Show Navigation Panes”.
Appendices - The Appendices are provided as a PDF document and provide additional information and explanations pertaining to the Code.
The Forsyth County Code incorporates by reference federal rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Clean Air Act, including:
These Regulations can be accessed at Electronic Code of Federal Regulations - eCFR
Industrial facilities that have an air quality permit are required to prepare and submit an inventory of their air pollution emissions periodically. Facilities submitting an inventory should complete and submit the forms provided below, or contact the us to receive a Microsoft Access database interface for entering this data. See the letter sent to permitted facilities.
These are the forms and information you will need to complete your emissions:
To submit your EI electronically, please contact us for direction.
Title V sources and non-Title V sources with NOx or VOC emissions greater than 25 tons per year must conduct an emissions inventory annually. Non-Title V sources with NOx and VOC emissions of less than 25 tons per year must conduct an emissions inventory every five years, to coincide with permit renewal. Facilities should contact the Permitting Manager by email or by telephone at (336) 703-2440, if they think they may be required to submit an inventory but have not been notified.
Regulatory Basis for EI Requirement: Rules 3Q .0207 and 3D .0202 of the Forsyth County Air Quality Technical Code require facilities to quantify actual air pollutant emissions and report the data to the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection.
Use of EI Data: Emissions inventory data are used in air quality planning, toxic risk assessment, determination of permit fees, satisfaction of Federal emission reporting requirements, and other related purposes.
|Facility Category||New or
||Minor or Significant
|Title V (PSD or NSR/NAA)||$14,475||$60|
|Title V (PSD and NSR/NAA)||$28,153||$60|
|General||50% of the otherwise applicable fee|
Permit application fees must accompany all permit applications. Applications will not be processed without the proper application fee.
Area Added Fee
|General||50% of otherwise applicable fee|
All facilities holding an Air Quality Permit during the Forsyth County Fiscal Year (July 1 to June 30) are required to pay the applicable annual fee. Title V facilities are assessed the Basic Permit Fee as well as an emissions fee based on the most recent quality assured calendar year emissions inventory.
Facilities are also required to complete and submit a Emission Source Reduction and Recycling Activities Form (D3-3 Form) with their annual fee payment.
|Renovation||The greater of:
Applicants should refer to the Asbestos NESHAP Application/Notification Form for additional information.
All fees are non-refundable and must be made by check or money order payable to:
Forsyth County General Fund Fee payments should be delivered to:
Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection
201 North Chestnut Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Section 3Q .0200 in Chapter 3 of the Forsyth County Code contains the rules pertaining to permit fees. For more information regarding permit application fees, please contact us.
Copies of the permits issued to larger facilities in Forsyth County are reviewable here in PDF format. These facilities are subject to the federal “Title V” permitting program. Facilities are subject to Title V permitting requirements if they have the potential to emit 100 tons or more per year of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, or particulate matter of 10 microns or smaller. Facilities may also be subject to Title V permitting if they have the potential to emit 10 tons per year of a single hazardous air pollutant or 25 tons per year of a combination of hazardous air pollutants.
Title V Air Quality Permits:
Notices requesting public comment on draft Title V permits for significant modifications and renewals are posted on our Public Notices page.