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Proposed Complexity Level for air permit fees

Air Operating permits

Nov. 10, 2020 - Dec. 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

Comment on the proposed complexity level for air operating permit fees.

Every year, we prepare fees for businesses that have an air operating permit.  We determine fees using a three-tier fee structure.  One of these tiers is the complexity level.

A.  To figure out the complexity rate:

  1. Divide cost of air operating permit program by 1/3.
  2. Divide that number by staff hours to work on air operating permits in the previous year.

B.  To figure out a business's complexity level:

  1. Multiply the complexity rate (A) by staff hours to manage that business's permit​.

Review the proposed complexity level for air operating permit fees.


Commercial and industrial businesses that emit large amounts of air pollution are required to get an air operating permit. An air operating permit is a master document that lists all of the air pollution requirements that apply to a business or industry. We issue these permits along with other clean air agencies in Washington.

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Trischa Lohr Barlet
Washington State Department of Ecology
Air Quality Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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Trischa Lohr Barlet
Air Quality Program

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